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Remington Arms to close Pineville facility; 65 jobs affected

Remington Arms Co. is closing a plant in Pineville, a move that will cost 65 jobs, according to a notice filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The notice says the company will close the Pineville plant permanently by Aug. 15, 2015. An exact date is not given. PARA USA, a subsidiary of Remington’s owner the Freedom Group, operates a manufacturing facility on Southern Loop Boulevard in Pineville. The company manufactures Colt 1911-style semi-automatic handguns.

Remington is consolidating eight of its firearm companies in Hunstville, Ala., where the company announced earlier this year it would expand production at a former Chrysler factory.

The new factory could employ up to 2,000 people.

According to media reports from Alabama, Remington is moving production of prominent firearm lines including the Bushmaster rifle to Huntsville.

The move has sparked political controversy. The Bushmaster rifle is produced in New York, and Republican lawmakers have blamed new, stricter gun laws passed in that state after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings for Remington’s move.

Remington owner the Freedom Group, the largest manufacturer of guns and ammunition in the U.S., purchased PARA USA in 2012. The company’s website touts its North Carolina connections.

“North Carolina. Where every PARA 1911 is born. Each a brainchild of the most innovative, influential minds in pistol design. Made by hand, on a bench, one at a time, by men as passionate about building firearms as they are about shooting them,” reads the description.

Messages left Monday for Remington and the PARA USA plant in Pineville seeking more information were not returned.

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