HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A landmark deal that will bring gun manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company to north Alabama was the result of a “perfect recipe” of economic and cultural factors, officials told WHNT News 19 on Monday.
Since the official announcement Remington chose Huntsville from a slew of candidates spread across 24 states, we heard local and state leaders laud the economic impact of industry and the nearly 2,000 jobs expected to follow the plant’s opening.
But Remington will bring an economic boost just by keeping the lights on.
Huntsville Utilities will land one of its largest customers when Remington reaches employment capacity.
“We’re excited,” say Huntsville Utilities spokesman Bill Yell. “Another new, large industrial customer coming to Huntsville will be one of our customers.”
Yell says it will take a while for Remington to ramp up to full employment, but they will eventually be one of the larger consumers of energy in the area.
“So we’re very glad to have them, not only does it bring jobs but helps us with our rate base,” Yell says.
Huntsville Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority work hand in hand with local teams who endeavor to recruit industry to the area. North Alabama’s largest energy provider can provide information to prospective companies about the infrastructure already in place to support their operations.
“It’s a big win for the community,” Yell finished.