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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WSFA) -
The oldest firearms manufacturer in the United States is coming to Alabama in an expansion announced Monday in Huntsville.
Remington Outdoor Company Chairman and CEO George Kollitides joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and other state and local leaders in north Alabama to announce the company's decision, promising to create more than 2,000 jobs in the coming decade.
"I am honored to welcome Remington to Alabama," Governor Robert Bentley said. "The Alabama workforce, our business climate and our quality of life continue to make Alabama extremely attractive to companies," Governor Bentley said. "Remington will soon experience the same type of success that other companies in Alabama have already experienced."
The gun and ammunition maker will expand into Huntsville's old Chrysler building.
"With the acquisition of this facility, we plan to create 2,000 jobs in Huntsville over the next decade," Kollitides said. "This additional capacity is essential to fulfill demand and introduce new products. Having watched our Company grow from 2,400 employees in 2008 to 4,200 employees by the end of 2013, a five year, 75 percent increase, it is easy to see why we're investing now."
"Our relationship with Remington is just beginning, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company," Governor Bentley said.
The state has been trying to lure ROC to Alabama for more than a year, recommending more than 9 possible sites.
"Make no mistake about it, the behind-the-scenes competition for Remington's plant was fierce and nation-wide," said Representative Mo Brooks (R-Dist 5). "It is a credit to the citizens of Alabama generally, and the Tennessee Valley in particular, that Remington chose us over every other competitor in America."
The company has 19 locations in the United States. Company officials say they expect to begin operations in Alabama within the next 18 months.