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It’s billed as a “manufacturing consolidation” but to the 200-plus workers at what used to be the H&R 1971 –now- Remington Arms’ Gardner, Massachusetts plant, it’s a closure. For most of them, it means outplacement assistance. That’s a corporate pseudonym for unemployment.

Yesterday, confirming rumors that had been swirling about for the past three weeks, Remington’s CEO Tommy Milner issued a short press release saying that the Gardner plan would be closed by the end of 2008. “A number” of employees will be transitioned from Gardner to other positions within the company, but the majority will be offered the severance, outplacement and referral services that accompany a shutdown.

“While it was a difficult decision to close Gardner, we believe that this consolidation will enhance our ability to more efficiently provide quality products at competitive prices in an increasingly demanding global marketplace,” Millner, wrote in the short release.

“We are always looking for ways to strengthen and optimize our business in order to stay competitive, while also creating additional opportunities for our employees and better products for customers. Our number one goal is to provide our customers and end-users with the best, most innovative products at a competitive price. Consolidation of manufacturing capabilities and migration to common operating systems are expected to create efficiencies that will achieve this goal.”

From a traditional industry perspective, the decision is certainly a head-scratcher.

H&R 1871 has a reputation of showing a modest, but continuing profitability. Many in the industry felt that, as is the ultimate owner, Cerberus Capital’s habit (they own Remington), the Marlin/H&R 1871 operations would continue, receiving support from the Remington infrastructure as well as its considerable raw materials purchasing power. At least for the time being.

In Gardner, Mayor Mark Hawke has called the move by Remington a “travesty.” Hawke, too, maintains H&R has always been a profitable company.

“Now,” he says, “Remington comes in and they’re going to close them.”

Hawke is livid at the fact Remington didn’t bother to give local officials a courtesy call on the closing, letting them learn about the closure when the public announcement was made yesterday.

Likewise, Massachusetts officials say no one from Remington ever contacted them about their plans.

The Outdoor Wire contacted Remington, and we were told there would be “no further comment at this time” on the decision.

With this closure, it may be that Remington brings the paranoia concerning Cerberus Capital Partners from an undercurrent in the firearms industry to a front-and-center position.

Some industry leaders have expressed concern regarding the privately-held behemoth and its sudden – and very significant – entry into the firearms industry. Despite the stated love of the shooting industry, officials at other companies are privately concerned that Cerberus has sufficient resources to either bolster the firearms industry - or cripple it.

Now, with Remington, Marlin, H&R 1871, New England Firearms, LC Smith, Parker, Bushmaster, Cobb and DPMS already under the Cerberus umbrella, the speculation will likely grow.
 

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I started worrying about Cerberus when they bought Chrysler from Daimler. Anybody with that much clout could really foul things up. Now they own half the American firearms scene, and a big chunk of AR production with Bushy and DPMS. I know they're just in it to make money, but closing an American plant that was actually making money makes me wonder if they have another adjenda.
 

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I started worrying about Cerberus when they bought Chrysler from Daimler. Anybody with that much clout could really foul things up. Now they own half the American firearms scene, and a big chunk of AR production with Bushy and DPMS. I know they're just in it to make money, but closing an American plant that was actually making money makes me wonder if they have another adjenda.
Again paranoia shows it's ugly while well founded head.
 

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Damn.... guess I shoulda bought a Stoeger last summer instead of an Excell!!!

This sucks.... A lot of good solid guns being manufactured under that banner and now a closing. I hate it for the folks at Gardner! I guess the execs needed another bonus. I hope it comes back and bites em on their fat @&$!
 

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sorry guys, i am just a little "slow".

are they ending production of the H&R/NEF guns or just closing a plant?
Since they are calling it a "manufacturing consolidation", it sounds to me like they are moving the jobs somewhere else.
 

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Sure as hello hope they aren't stopping production!!!! getting ready to send one of my Handi-rifles in for a re-barrel to 30/06!!!!!!
 

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"We are always looking for ways to strengthen and optimize our business in order to stay competitive, while also creating additional opportunities for our employees and better products for customers. Our number one goal is to provide our customers and end-users with the best, most innovative products at a competitive price. Consolidation of manufacturing capabilities and migration to common operating systems are expected to create efficiencies that will achieve this goal.”

Does that mean the jobs are going to China? Probably so at least to some overseas area.
 

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If they move the jobs and tooling it'll likely hit Turkey. Might be wrong, but it is/has become a hotbed for gun production.

I sure wish American gunmakers could get back to "name brand" ownership! These huge "global" ownerships have the ability to make famous, traditional names simply disappear!

I guess 'fore long we'll have "Habbib & Aboo" in place of Smith and Wesson!!
 

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If they move the jobs and tooling it'll likely hit Turkey. Might be wrong, but it is/has become a hotbed for gun production.

I sure wish American gunmakers could get back to "name brand" ownership! These huge "global" ownerships have the ability to make famous, traditional names simply disappear!

I guess 'fore long we'll have "Habbib & Aboo" in place of Smith and Wesson!!
WRRRRRRRRRRong....Mexico:smack:
 

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If they move the jobs and tooling it'll likely hit Turkey. Might be wrong, but it is/has become a hotbed for gun production.

I sure wish American gunmakers could get back to "name brand" ownership! These huge "global" ownerships have the ability to make famous, traditional names simply disappear!

I guess 'fore long we'll have "Habbib & Aboo" in place of Smith and Wesson!!

(overheard during cafe robbery)

Eastwood: We can't let you two just walk out of here.

Criminal: What you talkin' 'bout, "we?" You is all alone, sucka!

Eastwood: I mean me, Habbib, and Aboo! (BOOOM, BOOOM, splat.)

--somehow it's just NOT the same!
 

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(overheard during cafe robbery)

Eastwood: We can't let you two just walk out of here.

Criminal: What you talkin' 'bout, "we?" You is all alone, sucka!

Eastwood: I mean me, Habbib, and Aboo! (BOOOM, BOOOM, splat.)

--somehow it's just NOT the same!
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"Do you feel lucky?"
 

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I'll tell ya... if my boy "Harry" had ever spit the words "Habbib, Aboo and me.."

I'd not own copies of those amazing cinematic dramas!!! (Okay that's just a joke... not so amazing, but I DO watch them all of the time!!) :)!

I do keep hoping that someday we'll see a return to traditional ownerships of the firearms industry. But after what?..... nearly thirty years or more of "global" ownerships of several of "our" old guard companies... it just ain't likely.
 
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