In the near past Marlin was purchased by the same company that owns Remington (Cerberus Capital Management) and under the Marlin company's umbrella part of the sale included the H&R 1871 brand. Now, in a move to consolidate its manufacturuing in Ilion, NY, Remington is closing the H&R plant in Gardner, MA. Some 230 jobs in MA will be lost when operation cease by the end of the year. Some employees will have the opportunity to transfer to other jobs within the company, but the rest will be offered severance, outplacement and referral services. If you have any experience with H&R shotguns and rifles, you know they are as ulitarian as they come. You can use one to bag a turkey in the morning and use the barrel as a jack lever in afternoon to fix a flat on your pickup truck. They are great single-shot guns that allow barrels to be swapped long before TC’s rifles came on the scene. And speaking of TC, this past month 36 jobs were lost due to abunmant inventory. S&W, which owns TC is laying off workers and will sell down its inventory of firearms. Seems there wasn’t a run on hunting rifles this past quarter. So if you are wondering how to spend your rebate check from George W., perhaps a TC Icon rifle or maybe an H&R single-shot shotgun. It’s too late to help those who are already on the street, but it will make a statement especially in this election year. To close on a cheerier note, Remington recieved a $1.5 million senate capital grant which translates into a 100 new manufacturing jobs at its Ilion facility.