For the second time in less than a year, Remington Outdoor Company has laid off dozens of its employees in a move the company says “streamlines” the company’s business functions and helps make it more competitive in the market.
According to local reports, Remington has issued layoffs to more than 40 workers at its Madison, North Carolina, headquarters, with the terminations beginning in October and running through December. The layoffs include personnel from the human resources, customer service and financial management offices.
Grand View Outdoors requested details on the move from Remington and received a short statement arguing the layoffs wouldn’t effect the company’s products.
“As part of an effort to streamline our business functions, concentrate our resources and become more competitive in the marketplace, we released multiple employees from service,” the Remington statement said. “This organizational streamlining was designed to have minimum impact on engineering/R&D, manufacturing, sales and marketing functions.”
In June, Remington initiated a major management shakeup, letting go its then-CEO George Kollitides and reshuffling the board of directors to “accelerate an ongoing transformation at the company.”
Remington, which owns a host of other firearms and accessory companies — including Bushmaster, DPMS and Advanced Armament Corp. — opened a new manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama, in the spring and has consolidated much of its personnel to the new plant.
It is unclear whether the recent layoffs in North Carolina have anything to do with the Huntsville move.