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Remington Arms factory, Ilion, NY | by simonov
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Remington Arms factory, Ilion, NY

When deciding where to stay for the night, I looked at a AAA map of New York state and found a town called Herkimer in red ink at about the spot where I thought we would want to stop (on AAA maps, red ink means there's AAA-approved accommodation). The following morning, I was in the lobby of the motel and, glancing at a map of the area, noticed by chance that Ilion was two towns away (that is, less than two miles).

 

Now Ilion is of interest to me as the original home of Remington Arms Company, an important customer. Indeed, I talk to Ilion-based Remington employees every week (though more and more are moving to Huntsville, AL). I had no idea at all I was going to be visiting this famous town before I saw that map.

 

We took a few minutes to drive through the town before heading south for Newark Airport. I was really surprised by how very tiny the town of Ilion is: I thought it would be much larger. The Remington factory is obviously the largest facility and employer in town, though sadly for the town itself it employs fewer and fewer people. As a consequence the town appears to be experiencing a gradual decline.

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Taken on October 10, 2014