Remington Ilion Plant Tour

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This is the second part of the Remington Tour. This is the Ilion, Ny plant in Herkimer Co. Let me start by sharing some statistical information on the area, the employees and the plant itself.

The Ilion plant was founded in 1816 and currently occupies 34 acres within Ilion which is located in Herkimer County, NY. Total employees at the Ilion plant numbers 1300 with 100 being salaried and 1200 union employees. Remington is the largest employer in the county. The plant takes up 1,000,000 square feet of floor space. Remington runs a 5–7 day shift with a total of three shifts daily. This is a vertically integrated facility utilizing 3000 machine tools and 3700 pieces of equipment. Also uses a State of the art cold forged barrel process.

Early view of the Remington plant showing the Erie canal running  beside the plant. Today it's a driveway by the front entrance to the plant.

Early view of the Remington plant showing the Erie canal running beside the plant. Today it’s a driveway by the front entrance to the plant. Underneath the road running a long distance is the rifle range.

The current guns manufactured at the Ilion plant:

Bolt action M700
Pump action M870
Pump action rifle M7600
Autoloading shotguns M1100, M V3, M 1187
.22 Rimfire rifles 552/572
Police
DOD
Marlin Lever action production line

In the third installment at the Huntsville plant I’ll list the guns made there.

The group chosen for the tour of all of Remington’s production facilities was kept very small with approx 10 writers and editors attending. I can understand why the group was kept small we had a million square feet to cover in one day and all of the activities in those departments to photograph and ask questions about.

First let’s take a look at the Remington armorer’s school. Local, state and federal agencies have been sending officers to this school for many years. The wall in the classroom contains a cork board with department patches from hundreds of agencies that have attended the school.

A patch from my PD.

One from my PD.

Each student has a workstation with supplied gunsmith tools, rifles and shotguns to perform repairs on. Multiple instructors work the classroom and assist the students with the repairs.

Weapons used in the armorers school.

Weapons used in the armorers school.

Gunsmith tools for each student.

Gunsmith tools for each student.

Display trigger for the study of function and repair.

Display trigger for the study of function and repair.

Instructors station

Instructors station

Complete workstation

Complete workstation

Next we moved on to the Marlin assembly area. You’ll notice the walnut buttstocks have orange/yellow spray paint on them. The reason for this is the workers use defective or damaged stocks so the new ones that are shipped out with the completed gun isn’t damaged in the assembly process.

Temporary stock

Temporary stock

Limited edition Marlin engraved with a gold inlaid cowboy.

Limited edition Marlin engraved with a gold inlaid cowboy.

A lever action Marlin blank below and a nearly finished receiver pictured at the top.

A lever action Marlin blank below and a nearly finished receiver pictured at the top.

A lever action (red) template for the first cuts making it ready for the CNC machine.

A lever action (red) template for the first cuts making it ready for the CNC machine.

The left side of the limited edition Marlin lever action

The left side of the limited edition Marlin lever action

Almost completed Marlin 30-30s. The rifle is waiting to have the defective buttstock exchanged for the one that it will ship with.

Almost completed Marlin 30-30s. The rifle is waiting to have the defective buttstock exchanged for the one that it will ship with.

defective work stock removed waiting on the new stock to be installed.

defective work stock removed waiting on the new stock to be installed.

This completes part two. Tomorrow I’ll have part three with the remainder of the Ilion plant. This will show the shotgun and Model 700 lines. The last part will post Friday with the Hunstville plant tour.


Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Stanley Rabbid

    Is this the same plant where they filmed this really old “How It’s Made”? Like, black ‘n white old?

  • JumpIf NotZero

    [you’ll notice orange spray paint on the stocks]
    I did not. Did you forget a photo? Or did I just miss it?

    [1200 union]
    Which Union? UAW like Colt?

    1,000,000 sqft
    Cool, did they show you the dimly lit cubicle that the R51 is assembled in?

  • D Dub

    Right down the road from me! That’s cool.

  • iksnilol

    UNHAND THAT MARLIN, YOU BRUTE!

    Those poor, poor Marlins.

    • Hey I just took the pic the Marlin worker held it:-)

      • iksnilol

        I am yelling at Remington.

        I took it personally when they “adopted” (more like kidnapped and abused) Marlin.

        • I don’t know who ambushed who on that deal. Marlin sold the machinery to Remington. The machinery was worn out and the tolerances were off. The old gunsmith knew how much the machines were off and hand fitted the guns to compensate. Guess what that’s where the problems were with the first Marlins.

          • iksnilol

            I hope the issues are resolved 🙂

        • Here’s the new machinery for the “new” Marlin 39A.

          • iksnilol

            :3 I hope that one works 😛

  • derpmaster

    TFB: Why are there so many dead links on your site as of recently? I get a redirect to localhost (127.0.0.1) on about half the articles that I click on. The FG42 article is a perfect example.

    • Honestly we don’t know why this is happening. We have IT guys on it as well as Steve. Steve also posted a request from any web dev people who read TFB.
      Why it randomly redirects to 127.0.0.1 I have no idea. We are working on it.

  • hillcountryredneck

    please post link to first installment video, thanks

  • FelixD

    Did you actually see a V3 or are they still saying they’ll be released soon?