By: Budd McLaughlin
Remington’s plans for a manufacturing plant in Huntsville will have a profound impact on the Athens-Limestone County economy, according to local and state officials.
The company will expand into the former Continental Automotive Systems plant near Huntsville International Airport, and create some 2,000 jobs – many of which will be held by Athens and Limestone County residents — over the next 10 years.
The announcement by Gov. Robert Bentley and Remington CEO/Chairman George Kollitides was the culmination of a regional initiative, including the City of Athens, Limestone County Commission and Limestone County Economic Development Association, which contributed a total of $1 million to the incentive package.
“This regional effort will provide our citizens in Athens and Limestone County with the opportunity to obtain good paying jobs, which is the reason we supported this effort,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said in a statement. “This is a nearly 200-year-old company, bringing more than 2,000 jobs to our area, and when companies like this are looking at other locations, we have to work together on a regional scale to be competitive.”