This week, Remington Arms broke its silence on Facebook, calling the New York Safe Act unconstitutional. The company makes no promises of staying in Central New York saying,"Remington will not run or abandon its loyal and hard working 1300 employees without considerable thought and deliberation."
Born and raised in Ilion, Kelley Holmes-Morton loves having her businsses right in the center of town. She owns a salsa company called "Kelley's Lip Smackin' Best," a hair salon called "Heads-R-Turning," and food stand next door called "Froggy's Take-Out." Since she's located across the street from Remington Arms, she relies on the workers and their families for business.
"It would be a big hit to lose such a big industry across the street," says Holmes-Morton.
Deputy Mayor Beth Neale says the village and the entire Mohawk Valley would be devastated without the arms manufacturer, but she understands their frustration.
"We hope to keep them here. I believe they will stay here, but unfortunately, they're not in the most friendly climate right now and you can't blame them for feeling the way they may feel," says Neale.
With a 200 year history, Remington Arms is truly the heart of the Mohawk Valley.
"Ilion is Remington. It would be a shame for them to leave," says Neale.