Remington Arms, which is the oldest gun manufacturer in America, made a major announcement this week.
Its headquarters will be moved from New York to Georgia, Remington CEO Ken D’Arcy said in a statement.
In 1816, Remington was founded in an upstate New York town called Ilion.
“We are very excited to come to Georgia, a state that not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry,” D’Arcy told ABC News.
“Everyone involved in this process has shown how important business is to the state and how welcoming they are to all business, including the firearms industry,” D’Arcy added.
The company will pump $100 million into its operation in LaGrange, Georgia, and hire 856 people over the next five years.
Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York slammed liberal policies in the state.
Tenney said, “Far-left progressives in New York, starting with disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo, made it clear their mission was to destroy the Empire State’s iconic firearms industry,” she said in a news release.”
“Today, the Mohawk Valley is sadly seeing the disastrous fruits of their labor.”
“Politicians in Albany continue to target, criminalize, and destroy our economy, way of life, and everything we upstate New Yorkers hold dear,” Tenney added.
“Remington Arms has been a staple of the Mohawk Valley since 1816, providing good manufacturing jobs to generations of New York families. I am deeply concerned that today’s announcement may bring this long and storied chapter in our region’s history to an abrupt end.”
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp responded to the news by saying, “Georgia’s firearms industry is responsible for thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of investment in our communities.”
“I am a proud owner of some of Remington’s first-class product, and now, I am excited to welcome them to their new home in the Peach State.”