Remington Announces Closing Of Kentucky Plant

Remington announced today they will be closing the Mayfield, Kentucky plant. This closure will take place over the course of several months. Relocation of the facilities equipment will be to the Huntsville, Al. plant. If you remember when I wrote about the tour of the Huntsville plant I related they had a large area in which to expand. Consolidating will make the operation more streamlined and reduce operating cost.

Approximately 200 employees will lose their jobs when the plant closes it’s doors after 20 years in operation. The employees will be given severance pay as well as offered a service which will help them find new jobs.

Remington Press Release
Huntsville, AL – Remington Outdoor Company announced its plan today to close its Mayfield, Kentucky firearms operations in an effort to become more organizationally focused and competitive. Approximately 200 employees will be affected. The operation will be consolidated into their Huntsville, Alabama operation. Actual plant closure and transition to Huntsville will take several months. The two plants are roughly 250 miles apart. The Mayfield facility has been in operation for nearly 20 years and although there is a great team at this location the strategic decision to consolidate centered on three competitively oriented areas:

• Logistical proximity and freight synergies
• Organizational synergy and focus with engineering, sales and marketing
• Facility overhead leverage and streamlining
outplacement services.
Employees will be offered severance pay and employment services

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!


  • Mattblum

    They have to do what the business demands. I wasn’t planning on buying a Remington anyway. Don’t think I will now.

  • Remington’s a great american company but they haven’t turned out really good products that I’ve wanted to buy for a while.

    • Swarf

      Remington was a great company.

      Freedom Group has turned then in to a turd along with Marlin and everything else they touch.

      • Kivaari

        When I could find Marlins, the lever action guns were trash. The bolt action rim fire rifles used to be a good value. Now they are like Canadian built Savage rim fire rifles. Junk.

        • Cymond

          Is there any way to tell which ones are the old, good ones and which are the junk? Like a change in manufacturing location or serial number?

          • HenryV

            The Marlin owners forums has several threads on the subject.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            While the Marlin Owners forum as mentioned by Henry will have much more information, from what Ive gathered a good general rule is that Pre Remington Marlins will have a small JM marked on the base of the barrel. That may or may not be absolutely correct, but it is the majority of the time. I know mine is Pre Remington and it has the JM.

          • LouAnnWatson

            i remember shooting a marlin lever action 22 back in the early 70’s…what a wonderful gun to use as a kid. i imagine they are hard to find right about now.

          • Kivaari

            HenryV’s reference. From memory only I thought Marlin had a serial number site on the home site. When in doubt, first check the website. Other guns have mention in the Blue Book series.
            There is no shame within the manufacturers, where there should be. Remington has moved to crude finishes and synthetic stocks.
            It looks like a “Safari finish” or “Military finish”. In some places that I good. They just don’t do it well. Like the NEF/H&R I ordered that did not even have rifling. It had the inspectors mark showing it passed.

      • Budogunner

        This. My professional interactions with Remington since they got under Freedom Group’s umbrella landed them on my boycott list. I got to see behind the curtain a bit and it was disappointing.

    • Kivaari

      That is painfully evident in the products coming out in the last 10 years. It should embarrass the Remington board members. I found a nice M700 fitted with a 3-12 Monarch scope in $3 rings for $350. I could likely buy it for $300. I didn’t need it so I ran it past a dealer, and got the common answer, “No, even at that good price it is still a Remington”. I hear that at many gun stores.

      • nicholsda

        If you want a good Remington, buy a M1903A3 made during the war. Since then, most of their guns have been going down hill.

    • They are trying and I think succeeding in making improvements. It certainly takes time to accomplish that goal.

  • Michigunner

    It is sad to say, but this is the countdown to the end of Remington. In an era of unprecedented ammo and firearms sales, Remington failed to turn a profit for 2015 and is now closing down a factory. Not good. Some would say “good riddance”, but it is not good at all. I realize that I am jumping the gun a bit (no pun intended), but think of all the domestic ammunition production that will cease to exist when big green goes belly up. Who cares about what firearms they make and if they are desirable. You think we have a .22lr shortage now? Pretty sure Remington accounts for a huge portion of domestic rimfire production. Get ready to say goodbye to that.

    • Risky

      Ammunition is still profitable… if Remington does go away either a new startup or existing company like Olin or Federal will buy Remington’s equipment and continue pumping out ammo.

    • This move has been in the works for a long time. The reason for the plant in Alabama was to consolidate things into one plant rather than have smaller plants scattered around.

      • Lt_Scrounge

        Now they need to make a smart move and close the one in NY and move it to Alabama.

      • LouAnnWatson

        i remember reading about this awhile back…economies of scale. at least they didn’t move to mexico

  • ColonelColt

    What did they produce in Kentucky, exactly? Ammunition?

    • Heartbroken Remington Fan

      Rifles…the Model 597 started the factory in HickoryHickory, Ky. Then the M710 came along which was a more affordable scale of the M700. There were some camming complaints so the bolt and stock were redesigned and now called the M770. Thesr two kept the factory busy for years. Then Marlin can with all the rifles except the lever actionaction and overwhelmed the factory. The lever action went to the main Remington plant in Ilion, NY.

      • Lt_Scrounge

        One complaint that I heard about the 710 was that it had plastic bolt rails that wore out very quickly. One reason why they have probably gone to producing guns with less than perfect finishes is the market is that a highly polished blued finish is going to raise the price of the gun substantially and the market is trending towards more durable “tactical” finishes that are much less expensive. They simply don’t have the demand for the bright blue finishes that you see on weapons from the 50s and 60s. It’s simple economics. They have to tailor what they produce to what the customer base is buying. We all may like nicely blued rifles and shotgun, but are we willing to pay hundreds of dollars more for a finish that will require more care than a Cerakote or parkerized one will? Especially on a rifle that will be used for hunting where shiny is not desirable? Then there is aesthetic appeal. Their recent designs simply do not have any. It takes less effort and material to make a rifle with a reasonably appealing classic contoured synthetic stock than to make one with the goofy squared off trigger guard of the 770.

        • Ben Pottinger

          Blueing is mostly obsolete at this point. For some specific guns (cowboy revolvers or sharps rifles, etc) a case finish looks amazing, but for most weapons the newer glock/hk/AR style finishes look excellent and are vastly more durable. Given the choice between a blued gun and one with a more modern finish I’d jump on the modern finish everytime. It’s just way more likely that in 10-20 years the modern finish weapon will still look new while the blued one will not (unless it’s been a safe queen).

          • Lt_Scrounge

            I mostly agree. Bluing may look good, but it does take care to keep it that way. I recently bought a Winchester Model 12 made in the mid 50s that I thought was a good 30 years newer. The stock’s finish was heavily worn, but the bluing was near pristine.

            Of course for those who want the appearance of bluing but the durability of a spray on finish, Duracoat now offers a color that approximates a nice rich blued finish. Sort of the best of both worlds.

          • Ben Pottinger

            I really like duracoat. I had a heavy barrel 16″ AR15 barrel (RRA) 10-15 years ago that I got tired of the weight on and had a friend resize it to M4-profile under the handguard (which was where RRA put all the extra material). Anyway, he refinished it with duracoat and it looked great and worked great. The rifle now belongs to a friend of mine and its still going strong and the finish still looks new. Great stuff.

    • Johnny Doug

      The Hickory, KY plant currently produces/produced the Remington 770, 598, 783 and marlin rimfire semi-autos and bolt action rimfires.

  • Spencerhut

    200th Anniversary Present?

  • Kyle

    Ouch, Mayfield is not a particularly large town. Losing 200 jobs is gonna sting.

  • Mark

    They haven’t made good products free of serious manufacturing defects or finishing issues for years. I don’t know where they went wrong or what has caused it but they don’t seem to have the will to fix it. It’s all very disappointing to see this happen.

  • Joe Reeder

    Para was doing great… Until Remington bought them…

    • QuadGMoto

      I have to wonder how good they were doing if Remington was able to buy them.

      From what I read, their quality vastly improved after the buyout leading to a significant drop in warranty claims. Unfortunately, since the announcement that they were being rebranded early last year, their pistols seem to have disappeared completely, not even reappearing as Remington products. 🙁

      • Lt_Scrounge

        The single stack 1911s are still being sold as Remingtons. The Para branded single and double stack models are being sold off through CDNN and the remaining parts are being sold off through SARCO. If you want one, those are your best options. I wouldn’t mind having one of the commander sized double stacks like I looked at in Phoenix a decade ago but decided against because of magazine availability. I hate expensive magazines. That’s why I don’t currently have any Ruger or Sig handguns and only one Taurus that I bought on a whim. Kahrs aren’t much better, but they are at least under $30 for a Mec Gar and under $20 for a Pro Mag. It’s gotten to the point that unless a pistol comes with at least two magazines, I’m not going to buy it unless it’s a 1911 where I have or can get magazines for under $20.

        • Gunner4guy

          Never was a fan of the double-stack pistols as they didn’t fit my hands well so I’m not crying that Para is disappearing. As far as magazines go, when my wife bought me a Walther P99 for my birthday 2 yrs ago it came with 2 10-rd mags and 3 16-rd mags. Last time I checked new ones are easily available from CDNN & other places. Only kick I have about Walther is some doofus engineer(or maybe beancounter) has decided that every new Walther model has to have it’s own specific magazine design rather than commonality like the M1911 series pistols or the STANAG mags for M16’s. Unacceptable.

          • Lt_Scrounge

            It’s not just Walther. Sig, S&W, Ruger, Taurus etc etc etc are all like that. That’s also the reason why I don’t buy them very often if at all. When they make everything proprietary and then charge $40 a magazine, I either don’t buy them, or if I did before finding out what the spare magazines cost, I get rid of them.

            I got a Sig SP2002 in a kit with a light/laser combo, holster, double magazine pouch and two magazines on a sale for under $500. Not a bad buy, but when I got home and discovered that buying a third magazine to fill the magazine pouch was going to cost me $40, I decided I didn’t really need another 15 round 9mm that was bigger than my Tristar C-100. It went to a gun show the next weekend where I traded it to a dealer for an M1 Carbine.

            It was an after market one built on surplus parts in the 60s, but with a little TLC, it looks like it is ready to hit the beaches of Normandy. I had been forced to sell my last two M1 Carbines due to financial reasons, so it was a good deal for me. I love the little carbines.

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            Hopefully your M1 Carbine came with 3 mags.
            How dare SIG only provide 2 magazines for their cheapest pistol.
            It’s called doing your homework before a purchase.

          • Lt_Scrounge

            If they were going to put in a magazine pouch that held two magazines, you’d have thought that they would’ve put in the third magazine to fill it instead of wasting money on an overpriced light/laser combination unit. A simple light would’ve been perfectly useful.

            It was an impulse buy where researching the cost of a magazine wasn’t possible.

            BTW M1 carbine magazines are under $15 each, so buying a couple of them isn’t an issue. Buying a handful of ones that run $40 is another story.

          • Gunner4guy

            Oh, yes. Fully understand that. I’m happy with my HP and the various M1911’s and of course the Walther. Might have gotten one of the newer models on my own dime but when checking found no interchangeability, sooooo. Ended up getting a Taurus P111 G2 which can also use hi-cap Sig P226 and Taurus mags plus Canik TP9 and Beretta mags(with mods) if I’m so inclined so the multiple models of mags thing for Walthers(and the others you mentioned) is a minor thing for me, just annoying.

            Got rid of my MI in a trade for a really, really good scope and some extras – a heck of a deal at the time but 45 yrs later…..traders regret but then I got an M79, an XM177 and other toys to play with plus Conexes full of ammo so the pain diminished some.

    • BigFED

      Para was going downhill with quality long before. I was a gun smith in a shop during the “transition” of Canadian and US production. The Canadian products were mediocre at best. In an effort to up sales, Para changed their warranty from 1 year to lifetime. That was a joke! We had some “1 year” guns on the shelf along with some “lifetime” guns. Which ones do you think we were stuck with. In fact, we STILL have one of the originals on hand! And warranty repair was a disaster!!! Normally we (the shop) would assist the customer in the warranty repair process, but when it came down to getting an “early” model (limited warranty) fixed, we had to refer the customer directly to Para! We didn’t want to get between the two in a no win situation.

  • Shawn Morris

    As much as I hate to hear the 200 will loose their jobs in Kentucky, I am glad to hear the jobs are not going to Mexico.

  • Geoffry K

    So don’t even ask if any of the employees would like to relocate and keep their job?

  • Lt_Scrounge

    Here’s a thought that would be a good business decision for them. Instead of having to train new personnel, why not offer relocation assistance to the ones that are willing to move? It will increase productivity by reducing the amount of training time needed to get a fully trained team of employees up to capacity.

    • Cattoo

      If the employees are already making a less than decent quality of firearm why would the company want to assist employees in remaining with the company when they can relocate and hire some fresh employees that may actually have some work ethic and care about the products Remington is paying them to make.

      • Lt_Scrounge

        There are a number of factors that play into the quality of a manufactured product and employee work ethic is only one of them and it is the easiest to fix, especially in a right to work state like Kentucky. If poor quality is leaving the factory, and no one is losing their jobs over it, then the issue is the company culture that either allows or encourages poor quality. One poster talked about a receiving a rifle without any actual rifling in the barrel, that is a lack of QC issue that needs to be addressed. I’ve bought brand new firearms that simply would not work. One was a German made single action six gun that would only rotate on 5 chambers, the 6th chamber would NOT rotate and the cylinder had to be removed to get it lose. The replacement was one serial number higher but worked perfectly. Employees who want to do quality work but have supervisors who are demanding a level of output that precludes them from doing so, are given substandard materials, or bad designs are not going to be able to produce quality products whether they want to or not.

  • Lt_Scrounge

    If that dollar saved keeps them in business, it will be worth it.

  • supergun

    Is the Remington R1 1911 45 a good pistol to invest in?

  • BigFED

    Well, At least they aren’t moving it “off shore”!!! It may be difficult for many, but it isn’t that far between the two cities! Slightly over 260 miles or so! Maybe some support for those that want to move from the company would help.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      It would be REALLY hard to offshore firearms production. They would end up paying almost as much in tariffs as they would be saving in labor costs and the move would be a marketing disaster. Yes, there are a lot of good firearms made overseas in places like Turkey and the Philippines, but they would lose a LOT of business because of people wanting to buy American made products. Of course from what I have read about this Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, consumers won’t even be able to boycott products made overseas without facing possible lawsuits and the manufacturers won’t even be allowed to mark items “made in America”. If that deal goes through, the standard of living in this country will go third world in a HURRY.

  • bushisan

    The Remington 783 rifles made in KY
    are great.

  • Hurri Cane

    4 hr drive from one to the other…if i worked at the KY plant and was offered a job at the AL plant i’d probably relocate. Just lay me off so i can claim unemployment for a few weeks and find a place to live!

  • VT Patriot

    Such a shame what has happened to Remington and it’s aquisitions. My in-laws,(recently deceased) worked at Rem in B’port Ct before, during, and after WW!!. He, both before and after as he was busy in Germany for a few years. She in QC during the war. They were both so proud of their time with Rem, and I still have some of his favorites in my safe. I also owned some dating from the ’70’s and ’80’s including the prettiest and most dependable 22 semi auto I ever saw. (a 552 BDL)

    They would be ashamed and heartbroken to see the company they so revered to be in the shape it’s in now, especially with the potential to be the world leader it once was. Big bucks and greed have destroyed this once great company.

  • RMP52

    I have bought 4 Marlin rifles in the last 2 years and they are just as good as the guns I bought 30 years ago. Several friends have new Remington rifles and are quite happy with them. Yes they had problems a couple of years ago, but they have improved greatly and are again making quality arms. Don’t believe all the derogatory comments and trash you read on the internet.

  • Brine0

    They did shotgun research and development. They had shooters that would show up at Rockcastle shooting center and shoot the different models of versamax and 11-87 they brought the 3gun model to market

  • smartacus

    At least it’s going to Huntsville and not Honduras.

    And it’s not as bad as Disney forcing the expendable fodder to train their replacements with a camera recording them to make sure they train them well enough to earn their severance packages.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      Which is why I am boycotting everything Disney. I was looking forward to the Captain America civil war movie, but since it’s from Disney, I’m not going to spend my money supporting them. IF I see it, I’ll buy a used DVD from a rental store.