ILION — Remington Arms will be manufacturing more than 50,000 R4 carbine rifles for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, according to U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna.
Hanna announced Monday Remington Outdoor Company, the parent company of Remington Arms, has been awarded a $47 million direct commercial sale contract to produce the rifles.
He said work on the contract is scheduled to begin immediately and is to be completed in 2014.
The work will be done at the Remington plant in Ilion with components sourced from Remington’s facilities and suppliers across 20 states. More than 50,000 R4 carbine rifles will be manufactured along with accessories, spare parts and training.
“The award of this competitive contract continues to prove Remington’s excellence in the industry worldwide,” Hanna, R-Barneveld, said in a news release. “I have full confidence that this contract will be fulfilled with the high quality and standards that define our Ilion workforce. The proven performance of Remington’s quality products keeps attracting buyers at home and abroad.”
In March, Remington Arms was awarded a nearly $80 million contract from the Pentagon to produce sniper rifles at the company’s Mohawk Valley plant. The contract called for Remington to make more than 5,000 sniper rifles and millions of rounds over 10 years for the U.S. Special Operations Command. That announcement came two days after a group of state lawmakers met with Remington officials who said the company plans to spend $20 million upgrading its gun manufacturing plant in Ilion.
Concerns were raised about the company’s future in Ilion and the 1,200 people employed there after the state Legislature passed a law banning the sale of military-style rifles, including the Bushmaster product made at the plant.
Remington Arms was founded in 1816 in upstate New York and is one of the nation’s oldest continually operating manufacturers. Remington Arms designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as military, government and law enforcement markets.