Remington Arms moving from New York-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email alleging that the Remington Arms company is moving from New York to Alabama.   The email said that this because the state of New York is no longer friendly to conservatives.

The Truth:

This was true according to a February 16, 2014 article by Fox News that said “Remington, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday (February 17) join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in announcing that they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama.”

The article said that Remington’s move to Alabama is a business expansion. The source for the article, Yellowhammer News,  speculated New York’s anti conservative policy by Governor Cuomo but the company did not cite this as the reason for the move. The recent demand for Remington products have “skyrocketed,” according to an unnamed spokesperson, which explained the need for expansion. The business decision will have a considerable impact their facility at Ilion, NY, which currently is staffed by close to 1,200 people.  It is not expected to shut down although the workforce at the old plant will be reduced.

Posted 03/12/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Remington Arms is moving. New York no longer wants their kind.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Doesn’t Want Them

Remington, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday join Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to announce they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama .

Most of the jobs will be relocated from their Ilion, NY plant, and the initial investment in Alabama will be $87 million.
Founded in 1816 in upstate New York , the company is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles.

Remington first began considering new locations after the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act in response to the tragic shootings in Newtown , Conn. It broadened the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include a wide range of guns, including the Bushmaster, which was being manufactured at Remington’s New York plant.

A month ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said “extreme conservatives” who are “right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay,” have “no place in the state of New York .”

Gov. Bentley responded “In Alabama we strongly support and uphold our great U.S. Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded.

“The Constitution serves to protect individual freedoms. Among them are those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. We will protect the freedoms of individuals and welcome any one or any company to Alabama to discover as so many have, that we are a pro-business state filled with good, hardworking people.

“If Gov. Cuomo doesn’t want hard working pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment people in his state, we will gladly take them here in Alabama