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Old 03-26-2010, 06:51 AM
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18 month notice that the plant is closing.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:47 AM
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I don't understand why Remington/Marlin/H&R/Private Equity Company would move the Marlin plant from a liberal, union, high tax, anti-gun state to a Right to Work Red (neck) state like North Carolina where people actually like guns.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:30 AM
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I don't understand why Remington/Marlin/H&R/Private Equity Company would move the Marlin plant from a liberal, union, high tax, anti-gun state to a Right to Work Red (neck) state like North Carolina where people actually like guns.

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Old 03-26-2010, 10:56 AM
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Marlin firearms to close

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Marlin Firearms to Close - 8
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The Model 94 might be back but it looks as though Marlin Firearms is set to close. There’s no way to sugarcoat this news: this really stinks.
A 140-year-old icon is disappearing, 256 people are going to lose their jobs and lever-gun fans are going to have to content themselves with browsing the used-gun racks.
For people like me, whose first image of a deer rifle was a lever gun, this is a black day. The virtues of a lever gun are many—they are handy, elegant, effective and, from the perspective of a gun nut, have great histories and are interesting examples of industrial design. It is discouraging to think that they can’t be produced in such a way as to be profitable—especially in light of the some of the advances Marlin achieved in partnership with Hornady Ammunition in recent years.
Do lever guns still have a place in the field today? Without a doubt, yes. I used one this last fall up in Saskatchewan for deer and wouldn’t have been better served by any other rifle. The compact profile of my Marlin 336C was ideal for the tight confines of the blinds I hunted from and in .35 Rem. delivered plenty of oomph for those big-bodied Canadian bucks.
The last new lever gun I purchased was a Marlin in .308 Marlin Express. I certainly didn’t need the rifle from any practical standpoint—I own a dozen other rifles that will do exactly what it can—but I appreciated the effort the company was making to keep their products relevant to modern hunters. I haven’t shot it much and my plan was to send it off to Jim West of Wild West Guns to have him convert it into one of his crazy-accurate takedowns. I still might do that but now I’m not so sure. I might want to keep it stock and pristine so that when I take it hunting it will remind me of what was best about Marlin in its final days.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:58 AM
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I just had a feeling that they wouldn't last after selling to Remingtom. It just seems like when a company sell out to a rival company, that they will just be killed off at the convience of the purchsing company.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:50 PM
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Well.......SHUCKS!

Those are some of my favorite rifles.

I guess I better add a few before they are gone.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:52 PM
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But wait, there's a glimmer of hope that Marlin may be down but not out. There's an update to the original article that states that the New Haven, Connecticut plant is going to be closed but a new plant (location undecided yet) is to be started up and that the layed off employees will be given the first opportunity to hire on. The close date will not be announced until the location of the new site is known.

My suggestion is that they relocate to a gun friendly state.

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Old 03-26-2010, 12:52 PM
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May be they will go the way of Winchester. I was told that most of the new Winchesters are made in Japan now. Another americal ICON gone down as well if it is true.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:20 PM
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I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. It has been assumed since Remington bought out Marlin that, just as they did with H&R, the plant would be closed and production would be consolidated at a new location. There are stiil plenty of H&Rs being turned out, and I believe we'll still be seeing Marlins for a long time, too.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:35 PM
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:53 PM
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They probably dont want to pay for the new health care plan.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:28 PM
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If you own 5 companies with plants all over the country and one plant that is big enough to make everything in one location, what would you do in a massive economic tailspin?

It does look dismal for Marlin right now, but I think the move to North Carolina will strongly benefit them.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:02 AM
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no offense to you fine folk in that state.but if they going anywhere..
n.c. is a good place to stop..theres more on gov t paper money down here than are working..i don t care what the unemployment figures are..
as bob barker use to say..come on down.. slim
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:58 AM
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It is indeed a dark day for the gun community. Just as when Winchester closed, this is the end of an era. In 18 months Marlin will no longer exist in the state where they started. I truly hope this is a proactive attempt to prevent the business from closing completely due to economic conditions. Connecticut is not a friendly state for gun manufacturers, and has been that way for some time. I hope they do re-open in another state and still manufacture a full line of products. I hope they also take advantage of this opportunity to replace worn equipment. Some of their quality issues of late could be fixed that way I believe. In the end, if they survive, I for one will be much happier than I would be if they close altogether!
Either way, I can see the price of good used Marlins going up a notch, so hang onto your Marlins!
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:00 PM
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Hi all,
I haven't done a lot of posting, but frequently visit (lurk) to keep up to date and enjoy this wonderful site. My Marlinitis affliction started about seven years ago as a result of posts by VTDW, Ranch Dog and the BTB forum; so, I accuse them for my dreadful desease . I own 23 Marlins and, to the best of my knowledge, own all of the calibers that were made in the 336 model (just calibers, not all of the models); of course, I own a number of triple-4's and 1895's (and one lonely 1894CL in .32-20). This is a sad day for those 265 employees and I truly feel bad for them. I do know a couple of people a Marlin. The bulk (70%) of the blue collar workforce are machinists and unless they relocate to other states, there is no equivalent work for them in CT. In 1986, Ct had 4 million jobs in the manufacturing sector, now it is about 300K jobs. At one time, Ct was a manufacturing stronghold including firearm, aerospace/defense, medical devices, etc.; no more. It is gone.

I have been in Ct for almost 20 years with the past ten years as a GM for a mid-size (350 people) manufacturing firm. I have watched the demise of the CT manufacturing base. The state of CT has publicly announced that they want CT to be a service-based economy, so they are going to push for the insurance companies, etc. This is not a union vs non-union cost issue; Marlin is non-union. The fact is that CT, with the 2nd highest cost of living in the USA, is an extremely high cost state to do manufacturing. Property taxes are out of control, there is a personal tax on cars/boats etc, companies are taxed on assets (net book value), insurance rates are high and utility costs are in the stratosphere.....therefore, wages are high. I'm not defending Remington's decision, just stating the facts. I am VERY dissatisfied that Marlin is moving. I don't know if it is true, but I heard from a person at Marlin that CT was approached by Marlin/Remington to see if CT would match the incentives offered by another sate....CT gave 'em squat! I'm not surprised.

FWIW, Pratt & Whitney (the biggest manufacturing outfit in CT) has announced that they are moving 1,000 jobs out of the state.

All we can hope for now is that there is a successful transition of Marlin manufacturing to wherever they go.

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I have been in Ct for almost 20 years with the past ten years as a GM for a mid-size (350 people) manufacturing firm. I have watched the demise of the CT manufacturing base. The state of CT has publicly announced that they want CT to be a service-based economy, so they are going to push for the insurance companies, etc.
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Let's just keep our fingers crossed they stay in the US long term. With our current political trend, more and more jobs will move not only out of high tax states, but out of the country. As more taxes and regulations and less freedom of enterprise is forced onto companies, their management will move them to places where their variable costs are lower and less likely to increase dramatically. This is just a fact of markets and business. The more restrictive and regulated a market becomes due to government intervention and taxation, the more likely movement abroad is. We should be happy they are consolidating in the US. Don't be surprised if that doesn't change at some point down the road.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:43 PM
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Marlin will still be a company, there will still be Marlin rifles, and many of those employees will have a job in 18 months, it'll just be in North Carolina.
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Let's just keep our fingers crossed they stay in the US long term. With our current political trend, more and more jobs will move not only out of high tax states, but out of the country. As more taxes and regulations and less freedom of enterprise is forced onto companies, their management will move them to places where their variable costs are lower and less likely to increase dramatically. This is just a fact of markets and business. The more restrictive and regulated a market becomes due to government intervention and taxation, the more likely movement abroad is. We should be happy they are consolidating in the US. Don't be surprised if that doesn't change at some point down the road.

At the risk of being to political (and if the moderators delete this post I understand - You guys would more than likely be right in your decision), that's what we Americans get and deserve for Electing the HardCore Communist (Democrat) Party as the majority party in both Houses of Congress and a HardCore Communist as President!!!

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Alright guys let's keep it on topic...... thanks!
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