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You can bet that place is buzzing!

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Late February is usually one of JC's Gun & Tackle Shop's slowest times of the year, but since Remington Outdoor Co. announced it will open a new manufacturing facility in Huntsville, business has been through the roof.

Some Huntsville-area gun shops have noticed an uptick in traffic this week since the North Carolina firearms manufacturer revealed plans for a $110 million factory that will employ up to 2,000 workers in the Rocket City.
Even Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle admitted he spent $87 on the gun maker's website before arriving at the Remington press conference Monday afternoon.

Larry's Pistol & Pawn owner Larry Barnett, who is opening a second, 18,000-square-foot gun store in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County on April 6, said Remington's decision to invest in a new plant is "all anybody's been talking about" this week at his North Parkway shop.

Barnett compared Remington, the country's oldest gun maker, expanding to Alabama to "Coca Cola moving from Atlanta to Huntsville."

"I can tell you there's a lot more interest in Remington now than there was two weeks ago," he said. "Everybody here that comes in is excited about a gun manufacturer coming to the South. They're also very excited about the chances for jobs there."

Last Resort Guns General Manager Wayne Miller said he hasn't noticed a jump in Remington sales this week, but suspects business at his Madison store will pick up as customers continue to gain interest in the plant.
The Remington facility, which will be located in the old Chrysler plant near Huntsville International Airport, will be Madison County's third largest private employer when it reaches full employment.

"There's a lot of buzz from the customers," Miller said. "They're excited to see the Remington plant and think it's going to be good for the economy, which we do as well."

The company has not publicly announced what the Huntsville plant will produce, but has said it will be used to expand new products and enter the commercial, military and law enforcement markets in the U.S. and across the globe.

American Pride Firearms owner Dewey Weaver said he hopes his small Harvest repair shop will benefit from the new Remington plant when it begins production in the next 12 to 18 months.

More: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2014/02/huntsville-area_gun_shop_owner.html

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