The oldest gun manufacturer in the United States has recently announced plans to move its headquarters to a more Second Amendment-friendly state.
Remington, which was originally founded in 1816, is relocated its long-held headquarters from New York To Georgia. Remington joins with multiple other firearms manufacturers who have fled blue states in the northeast region of the nation for other friendlier locales further south.
According to Ken D’Arcy, the CEO of Remington, the company and its stakeholders “are very excited to come to Georgia” for two major reasons. First, the Peach state “welcomes business”; second, the state also “enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry.”
Remington is not only relocating its headquarters to Georgia, but the company also intends to open a new research and development center, along with an advanced manufacturing facility, in the state.
The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, is a fierce proponent for Second Amendment rights, and he is ecstatic with Remington’s decision. Kemp notes that Remington’s relocation will result in at least $100M invested in the state, as well as the creation of more than 850 jobs.
“[The firearms industry in Georgia] is responsible for thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of investment in our communities,” Kemp declared, noting that he is “a proud owner” of some of the “first class” products offered by Remington.
“I am excited to welcome them to their new home in the Peach state,” Kemp added joyfully.
Remington’s move arises after other major gun manufacturers have moved further south in recent times. One of the most high profile moves occurred when Smith & Wesson opted to move their operations from Massachusetts to Tennessee, given that the latter is well-known for having vastly friendlier legislation with regards to firearms.
Smith & Wesson’s relocation emerged after various Democrat legislators began to suggest different proposals that would have inhibited Smith & Wesson’s operations in Massachusetts.
Similar to the impact on Georgia that Remington will bring about, Smith & Wesson’s move will also strongly benefit Tennessee. It is estimated that the move will bring 750 new jobs to Tennessee, as well as an investment of $125M in the state.
Outside of Smith & Wesson, other gun manufacturers are also on the move. For instance, in 2020, Kimber Manufacturing declared that it would relocate its headquarters from New York to Alabama, indicating a more business- and gun-friendly environment. In addition, Dark Storm Industries, also based in New York, announced earlier this year that it would be moving to Titusville, Florida.
In addition to gun manufacturers, an array of other companies have also been relocating to more business-friendly areas. One of the highest profile examples includes Tesla, which moved from California to Texas.