Editorial: Selling Alabama, and it worked — Remington’s arrival in Huntsville is one business deal that makes sense
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Feb 19, 2014 | 2511 views |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo: The Associated Press
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Gov. Robert Bentley traveled to Huntsville this week to take part in the ceremony welcoming the Remington Outdoor Co. to Alabama.

The gun manufacturer will convert an existing building into a new plant and in less than two years it expects to employ more than 2,000 workers. In a job-starved economy, that is very good news.

CEO George Kollitides neatly summed up why Remington picked Alabama. “We undertook a very rigorous process,” he told the gathering. The company looked at labor, at the quality of life, at the business climate, and “of course, pro-gun policies.” Based on these criteria, “Huntsville won hands-down,” he said.

It also helped that Huntsville had a facility ready for use so the company could “hit the ground running.”

Looking at it another way, to sell Huntsville and Alabama to Remington, the state’s recruiters did not have to exaggerate or promise. They simply had to lay out the facts.

Huntsville has a trained (or at least trainable) labor force and, as cities go, it has most of the amenities relocating management would want — good schools, recreational facilities, etc. Huntsville has strong ties to the military, which is one of Remington’s major customers.

Another important factor: The city’s leadership is on the same page, meaning men and women from the business, education, government and nonprofit communities are in general agreement about the city’s top priorities.

Huntsville also is in Alabama, a state well-known for residents who love the outdoors and who love guns. It would be hard to find a more Second Amendment-friendly state in which to locate.

So it would seem a perfect match, one made by simply presenting ourselves as being what we are.

Welcome to Alabama, Remington.
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