Remington Exceeds Hiring, Wage Expectations For Huntsville Plant

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Remington has met two major milestones in its agreement with Madison County, Alabama regarding its new facility in Huntsville. The new location will become the central production facility for Remington Arms, with only the original Ilion, NY plant remaining open. Remington’s development agreement with the city and State of Alabama required them to create 280 full time jobs meeting an hourly wage of $19.50/hr by February 28th, which they have well exceeded. According to Guns.com:

A recent Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce report indicates that as of the end of August, Remington had 324 employees with an hourly pay rate almost $10 higher than was required by the company’s development agreement with the City of Huntsville and the State of Alabama, the AL.com reported.

“Remington is doing more than promised and is well ahead of schedule,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told the newspaper.

The employment figures, requested by the Huntsville Industrial Development Board, were certified by Mercer & Associations, and the company plans to increase its hiring over the next several years.

If all goes according to plan, Remington would like to have:

  • 680 employees by the end of 2016;
  • 1,018 by 2017;
  • 1,258 by 2018;
  • 1,498 by 2019;
  • 1,698 by 2020;
  • and 1,868 by 2021.

And Remington is continuing to recruit production workers through AIDT — whose mission is to “provide quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses” — for positions offering insurance benefits, a 401(k) and tuition reimbursement, with pay based on skill and experience.

Remington was “recruited” to Alabama through a joint effort by local governments and the State of Alabama in February 2014. The city, local counties and the state all pitched in on an extensive incentive package to help Remington open the $110 million plant in the old Chrysler facility near the Huntsville International Airport, where they manufacture AR15s, handguns, H&R shotguns and AAC silencers.

Remington’s move to Huntsville was precipitated by the passage of the NY SAFE Act, which increased restrictions on firearms in the state of New York. The new Huntsville location will take up production of Bushmaster, Para-USA, H&R, and AAC products. Critically, production of the R51 handgun, which abortively began at Para-USA’s Charlotte/Pineville, NC plant, is transitioning to the new Huntsville location for re-launch, as of January 2015. The Pineville Plant has reportedly been closed.

In December, Remington Arms Co.’s credit rating was downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services in November, due to failed product launches, several recalls, and the moving of production to Huntsville, which resulted in declining profits for the Company. However, the successful move to Huntsville should in theory help reverse the trend, as a more consolidated and streamlined production process could mean more competitive products.


Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • smartacus

    no Sanctuary Cities nearby either

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Looking at 2017/18/19… That’s some amazingly optimistic growth for a company no one wants to buy or buy from :

    • nova3930

      I actually live in HSV and the way its working out is that it isn’t growth so much as consolidation of production and moving jobs to HSV. Remington was previously spread out in a half dozen places. Going forward they’ll have the one facility in NY and everything else will come out of HSV.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Makes more sense than new hires.

        • Ergo

          The contract with the State of Alabama stipulates that *only* local hires count towards their hiring milestones. It was in one of the articles from back when they announced the move.

      • Dual sport

        I am in the area. I would love to see actual check stubs as many were angered by actual wages being advertised. Advertised wages in the ads I saw were around $12.00 per hour and not the promised $20.00 per hour range, as indicated by this report.

        I have also heard the rumors that many people were brought by Remington to Huntsville as you said. GM did the same thing when they started up the Saturn plant.

        We have witnessed a decline in the quality of the 700 action over the years. I shudder to think what it will be like when the production line refuses to stop and is manned by $12.00 per hour employees.

        Don’t waste your time trying to tell me the 700 of today is as high a quality as the ones being produced just twenty years ago.

        • nova3930

          Keep in mind that the wage stated is an average. Averages being what they are, some people will make more and some will make less.

          I also wouldn’t doubt some people are being imported. Far as I know, nothing in the deal said they couldn’t transfer people in for the jobs. Fact is local or import, more people in the area with a paycheck to spend is beneficial to the area.

          And I know for a fact the R700 isn’t what it once was. That’s why I paid more for a vintage one when I bought my 308 ADL. Far as quality going forward, that remains to be seen. $12 buys a lot more in AL than most other places. Couple that with new machinery and it could get better. We’ll have to wait and see though

  • As a MS resident, I congratulate our AL neighbors. This was a good get for them and another for our region. But will Remington quality improve? Is the brand dead? We’ll just see.

  • De Facto

    Hopefully Remington will find some talented gunsmiths and pay them a pretty penny to train these new employees. Their only chance to save the brand is for their quality to suddenly be on par with FN, CZ, etc. If they were to relaunch the R51 and have it actually be everything the first R51 was supposed to be, that would help. However given that in recent years they’ve managed to screw up their bread and butter (Model 700, 870), they’ve got their work cut out for them.

    • KestrelBike

      They could start with un-f’ing the ACR 2.0. And charging under the $2k mark and well towards the end of $1k.

      • I don’t see very much that’s redeemable about the ACR, to be honest.

        • Well it looks king of neat and is in some video games, that seems to be enough for a lot of people, hell some one is buying unredeemable guns just look at the the Kriss.

          • Scar 17 is expensive AFI and it has been selling decently, no?

        • Dual sport

          Agreed. It’s too far gone to be a future contender.

      • DaveK

        Just a thought, how about they begin with un-f’ing the 870? Quality has plummeted over the last five years or so. Once that is done, up the warranty from two years to something longer. It doesn’t have to be Mossberg’s or Benelli”s ten years but at least five would be nice and would show more confidence in the product.

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    Cerberus came down from the perch recently and lopped some head that needed to go. There is a plethora of the people at remington that are good, qualified people and struggle against the current in thr river of stupid in an effort to make great products.

    The biggest problem remington has had is their lack growing their talent and expertise internally. Too many years passed with frat boys hiring their worthless unqualified friends from college. This culture resulted in an abundance of bad talent concentrated at the top of the company (too many directors, vice presidents, senior vice presidents, presidents, senior presidents……etc), which in turn caused the systemic poison of red tape requiring everyones approval for even the most minute changes or ideas to be implemented.

    Once remington gets back to its roots of hiring qualified top level people and rebuilding its nco core, then it might have a fighting chance.

    Lastly, and most importantly the leaders of the company have to trust the decesions of their subordinates. Without that trust the company loses itself in meetings for meetings for schedules that have yet to planned for meetings in which no one will make a decision about the meeting to have to make the decision on a product or brand that has long been neglected.

    • John

      Been there, worked for that same type of company. My boss forced me to hire his idiot nephew. Glad I left.

    • nadnerbus

      Sounds like roughly every complacent, hidebound corporation ever. The lucky ones get shaken up and cut loose the dead weight before the market sinks them. I hope you are right, and Remington is one of the lucky ones.

  • Don Ward

    Remington Model 53… GO!

    Anytime now.

    Only a matter of time.


    Guys?


    GUYS?!?

  • Pranqster

    Not possible, Obama banned guns. Didn’t you know?

    • Rock or Something

      I guess. Although, every time he utters “common sense” I ignore him.

  • Anthony Rosetta

    They need to close the Ilion, NY plant too, and move it to the southern US, where gun manufacturers are more welcomed. New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, et al, are all anti 2nd amendment states. Did I miss anybody?

    • Adam

      Pretty sure the Military Contracted arms (XM2010, and the MSR/PSR) are still made there, but that’s pretty much it as far as I know

  • datimes

    I’m not sorry. NY got exactly what it deserves. Hopefully, any company remotely connected with the firearms industry will leave NY and the rest of the northeast

    • Brian Carlson

      Yeah, f-ck NY and Bloomberg. Alabama will be a great new home for Remington. While I’m not a big R guy, I do like AAC and own many of their products along with the newly acquired Para company.

      • Edeco

        I’m a fan of Southern US made goods. Glock of course. I deliberately went with a car from there as opposed to OH, MI or the like (sorry Ohio, I’m your biggest fan, but you know how you are). So, woot for Remington.

  • John

    They were actually going to pay the people who make firearms 9 lousy dollars an hour?

    I earned that at a factory. It’s $400 a week after taxes. It’s not enough to feed a family of three and the bills at the same time. It is incredibly stupid, and I am HAPPY the residents got that that changed.

    You think Remington is bad now? Try them with minimum wage.

  • Carlos Gonzalez

    Excelent…Remington.

  • Never going to happen. Remington has been in Ilion since about 1837. Look at Connecticut where the state used to be the leader in firearms manufacturing; now just about everything is gone. It’s much friendlier in the South.

    • S. Plankenberg

      I’m sure most New Yorker’s see it as good riddance.

  • Dixie Shooter

    Sounds like the reporter ran into some Southern hospitality in Huntsville. I’ve lived in New Market, Alabama my whole life and there is one thing I have never saw or heard of and that’s folks retiring and moving North. I’m kind of wondering if the flawed R51 was the result of the news that it was moving to Huntsville and the plant it was being made in was closing. You know the people that worked for Remington in Charlotte, NC and any of the other plants didn’t like hearing that they would soon be out of a job. I hope that wasn’t the case but Remington said all of the new R51 pistols would be made in and have Huntsville, AL stamped on the side of them. I’ll be glad when they are available again.