Remington Announces It Is Moving Headquarters from New York to Georgia

by Jon D. B.

America’s oldest gunmaker is set for a big shakeup as Remington packs up shop in New York, becoming Georgia-bound.

On Monday, Remington announced they’re fleeing the north. The nation’s oldest existing firearms manufacturer will pack up its global headquarters in New York. The destination? Georgia’s LaGrange.

Down south, Remington will open a manufacturing facility alongside a research center. There, the historic brand will design and produce its firearms.

According to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, the company aims to spend a whopping $100 million in order to create an estimated 850 jobs in LaGrange’s Troup County. This will happen over the next five years, give or take.

“As yet another big manufacturing win for our state, I look forward to seeing the oldest firearms manufacturer in America thrive in Georgia’s pro-business environment,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quotes of Kemp.

In a statement, Remington clarifies the above will result from manufacturing their “strategic products” in Georgia. Specific weapons and/or accessory names are not public.

The age-old gunmaker is far from the first to set up shop in the state, however. South Georgia hosts a Taurus plant, for example. And Remington’s Chief Exec. Ken D’Arcy credits this – and his company’s move – Georgia’s pro-gun politics.

“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 offers. He adds that Georgia “not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry.”

Remington’s Troubled History

In the beginning, Remington got its start creating flintlock rifles in the early 19th century. 1816, to be precise, would see the company become a workhorse for American pioneers. For almost two centuries, Remington would remain one of the U.S.’s most prominent firearm makers.

Then, in 2012, Remington would meet enormous political and financial pressure amidst the horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The gunman used Remington firearms within, and the company hasn’t been able to recover from scrutiny since.

By March of 2018, the manufacturer would file for bankruptcy. Once wasn’t enough, and July of 2020 saw a second filing. Remington almost had a buyer in the Navajo Nation, but once talks fell through the company hit a brick wall.

As a result, the legendary company would be broken up into parts and sold. All in all, Remington was sold off as seven different firms in Q4 of 2020. Rival gunmakers were quick to snatch up each aspect; from ammunition manufacturing to rifle and shotgun merchandising.

To clarify, Remington Firearms is the remaining portion of the brand that will relocate to Georgia.

Despite this troubled history, Remington has stood the test of time with American gun enthusiasts. What a future in the south holds, however, will need time to unfold.