I had read of this last week, but it makes the Strib this morning and as a snarkline in The Glean:
My observations as an “expert”:
Remington as a conglomerate is a product of the modern age. In recent years Remington was a part of Cerberus / Freedom Group, which were private equity ventures to roll up a lot of quality, old firearms brands into a larger corporate enterprise. Leverage efficiencies!
Since Sandy Hook, Cerberus has been trying to figure a way to spin off the gun companies therein.
“Remington” as the flagship entity for this is going to bring manufacture of several brands under one roof in a large facility in the south. Marlin, DPMS, etc
DPMS makes AR-15s. The AR design has been in the public domain a while now, and over the years several machinists in different places around the country built nice businesses making AR-15’s. I think this DPMS guy was part of that trend.
RE DPMS closing locally, I doubt Minnesota’s business / taxation climate was the largest issue here, inasmuch as a few other northern states lost out as well. I mean ,yes, DPMS went to elsewhere as part of a larger centralization plan, Minnesota not being the location chosen for that centralization. But the company seemed to operate and compete here fine while it did.
DPMS leaving is not political per se, at least not with respect to the Minnesota legal environment. Remington did feel they were hindered operating in New York.
These machinists / assemblers who are laid off at DPMS will have jobs in no time flat.
I hadn’t known until recently that ATK owned the Savage line, which is old and esteemed, but not Minnesotan. ATK is similarly spinning off Savage.
I still don’t own an AR, never have.
I saw a guy shoot a deer with a DPMS AR a couple years ago. He had no difficulty. This notion of it being not enough cartridge for deer is ‘baloney’.