Alabama Govenor Robert Bentley made an appearance in Huntsville, Alabama to help welcome Remington Arms Company to the state. The oldest arms manufacturer in the country is making its newest location Sweet Home Alabama.
City and state leaders gathered for the press conference at 2pm Monday to offically announce the company and the 2,000 jobs that will be coming to the Huntsville/Madison County Area.
Remington's CEO, George Kollitides, said that one of the reasons that Huntsville, Alabama stood out above the rest is the Alabama State motto, "We Dare Defend Our Rights."
As it was stated several times during the press conference from the Mayor of Huntsville to the Alabama State Govenor, Alabama's support of the right to bear arms was key in helping get the major company to the area.
Govenor Bentley handed over large replica of the Alabama State seal and said, "Welcome to sweet home Alabama." Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong said that the past year they have gone through the rigious process of getting the company to Huntsville. He jokingly called it the "best kept secret in Huntsville."
The 2,000 jobs over 10 years will make Remington one of the top three private employers in the Madison County. All leaders present said they look forward to this being a very happy and beneficial partnership.
Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods and products for the hunting, shooting sports and self defense markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816, the Company is the nation's oldest continuously operating manufacturer. Remington is privately-held and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Remington Family of Companies has 23 locations across 14 states employing over 4,200 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.