Huntsville gives Remington more time to hit hiring goals

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An Alabama city has double-down on its support for a firearms manufacturer that filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

The Huntsville City Council on Thursday approved a three-year extension for Remington Outdoor Co. to meet the job quotas laid out in an incentive deal that it has fallen short of meeting.

The deal was made when Remington moved to Huntsville back in 2014 — the company was to hire 2,000 local employees in 10 years, 680 of those by 2017, in exchange for $69 million.

But Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told local news outlets Remington has yet to meet it hiring commitment and has only hired roughly 450 workers thus far.

“They’re 450 right now and it probably should’ve been about 600 at this point, so the ramp up is not as rapid,” Battle told WAFF-48.

The City of Huntsville has given the rifle and handguns company until 2022 to meet its employment goal of 1,868.