Behind closed doors this morning at the Advanced Armament Corporation facility in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Remington Outdoor Company told employees that AAC will be moving in February 2015. Our source inside AAC says all AAC employees were offered severance packages and told they could reapply for open positions as the company moves to ROC’s new Huntsville, Alabama, megafacility.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated with more details as they become available.
Update 5/15- 14:40 We’ve heard from a source at TAPCO that they were actually the first stop on the ROC reverse Welcome Wagon tour. A source at AAC says the ROC executives concluded the meeting at AAC and told at least one employee that they had another stop to make. Presumably, this means either StormLake Barrels in Lenoir City, Tennessee or Para USA in Pineville, North Carolina, or both, will be getting the same treatment shortly. Both are within four hours of Atlanta by car.
Another source with knowledge of ROC’s corporate plans tells us that Barnes Bullets and the Remington firearms manufacturing plants in Ilion, New York and Mayfield, Kentucky are the only manufacturing facilities that ROC won’t consolidate to Huntsville. At this point, there has been no mention of moving Remington’s Madison, North Carolina offices and a source there says they don’t expect to be part of the move.
Update 5/15- 16:00 We’ve now heard from employees at AAC, TAPCO, Para USA, DPMS and LAR Grizzly that they have been visited by ROC executives and told of the plan to move their respective facilities to Huntsville.
Update 5/15- 17:00 – An official statement from Remington confirms what we have been reporting via unnamed sources today. “Earlier today we announced the consolidation of multiple company plants into our Huntsville, AL facility,” said Remington Spokesman Teddy Novin.
The moves make perfect business sense. Consolidating the disparate resources into a manufacturing (and firearm-friendly) state while culling duplicity will make for a leaner, more efficient company. In the long run, there’s no doubt this will be a good thing for Remington. The kicker, though, is how the move affects employees. We’ve heard from our sources that employees were offered small severance packages and a memo went out ROC-wide stating that individuals interested in moving to Huntsville should speak to their supervisors about opportunities.
“This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality.” Novin said, “We are working hard to retain as many people from the affected facilities as possible.”
Our sources inside ROC referred to an internal memo from ROC CEO George Kollitides sent to employees today stating that AAC in Lawrenceville, DPMS in St. Cloud, LAR Grizzly in West Jordan, Montana Rifleman in Kalispell, Para USA in Pineville, TAPCO in Kennesaw, Remington manufacturing in Elizabethtown, and the Bushmaster and R1 1911 lines from Ilion, New York, will all move to Huntsville, Alabama.