Republican State Senator Jim Seward who represents Cortland County says the announcement by Remington Arms expansion plans in Alabama does not mean the 200 year old company is pulling the plug on its operations in Upstate New York.
Seward's district includes the gun manufacturer, he says Remington's expansion into the heart of Dixie will not siphon jobs from the gun maker's oldest factory in New York.
Seward released a statement on Sunday saying he has assurances that Remington's new plant in Alabama will not affect workers in Ilion.
Remington Arms employs 1,300 workers in the Mohawk Valley. Seward says the company recently invested $20 million to upgrade the plant.
Over the weekend, a union official at the Ilion plant blamed Remington's expansion in Alabama on the NY Safe Act, the tough gun control law New York passed in 2013.