Marlin Firearms to close in North Haven


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Jan 12, 2010
Upstate, SC
What a shame.

Marlin Firearms to close in North Haven

Published: Friday, March 26, 2010
By Ann DeMatteo, Assistant Metro Editor

NORTH HAVEN ? The Marlin Firearms Co., one of the town?s top taxpayers, will start to lay off employees in May and will close by June 2011.

The gun manufacturer?s employees were told Thursday that the jobs of 265 salaried and hourly workers would be eliminated over 18 months. Marlin traces its history back to 1870.

Marlin officials could not be reached for comment, but First Selectman Michael J. Freda heard the news from a company official Thursday evening.

Freda said several factors appear to be driving the closure, from the cost of doing business in Connecticut to wage differentials.

?The situation appears to be compounded by the fact that Connecticut is a difficult state for any manufacturer to sustain its business model,? Freda said after meeting with the company official.

Freda said he asked whether the services Marlin was providing would be moved, but was told that was undetermined.

State and federal officials also were contacted Thursday, according to Freda.

The Remington Arms Co. bought Marlin in late 2007. Marlin is on Kenna Drive, off Bailey Road. Remington is a North Carolina affiliate that falls under the umbrella of the Freedom Group, one of the largest manufacturers of firearms and ammunition in the world, according to its Web site.

No layoffs or closures were anticipated at the time of the $41.7 million sale.

The firearms manufacturer should not be confused with The Marlin Co., a business-to-business Internet and print publication service that operated at the plant until late 2007. Now in Wallingford because it needed more space, that company employs 120 people.

The chairman and president of The Marlin Co. is Frank Kenna III, whose grandfather, the late Frank Kenna Sr., bought Marlin Firearms at auction in 1924 when it was bankrupt. Marlin Firearms was started by John Marlin.

?I?m sure for the employees, it?s devastating,? Kenna said of the closure. ?I still know a lot of them, and all I can say is I?m very sympathetic to them. It?s a tough blow.?

But, Kenna said the rifle and shotgun industry has changed over the years. ?What?s happening in the industry is it?s consolidating and there are fewer and fewer individual firearms companies. The culture has changed.

?When we sold we were producing half of the number of rifles that we were in the early 1970s,? he said.

The news that Marlin will be closing comes at a bad time for North Haven, which has a $6.6 million revenue gap going into the next fiscal year.

?The timing of this news is very unfortunate as we are preparing for our upcoming budget,? Freda said.

As a result, his efforts to generate economic development in town, possibly with incremental tax financing to attract new businesses, ?will be kicking into higher gear.?

Freda said he will be doing his best to urge local Marlin officials to arrange a meeting for him with the parent company.

?I would like to meet with the parent company in an effort to see if there?s any way to keep them here,? said Freda. ?I can?t accept it without making an attempt,? he added.

How much tax revenue the town receives from the company annually was not immediately available. On the 2009 grand list, Marlin was ranked No. 14.


lafayette gregory

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Jan 11, 2010
Upstate SC
Looks like we will be left with henry and Rossi only. Just pick up a Rosi lever in 38/357. Hate to see Marlin go. And I thought they were doing great. I know they could not make the guide gun fast enough. When I was lookin for one last year there was a waiting list at several gun shops.

Red Hat

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Mar 16, 2010
Gray Court, SC
They decided to move to an undetermined site. Hopefully somewhere in our area!
NORTH HAVEN (AP) ? Marlin Firearms Co., a 140-year-old company which made a gun that was a favorite of Annie Oakley, is closing its Connecticut plant, company officials said Friday.

Workers at the Kenna Drive plant in North Haven say they've been told all 265 employees will lose their jobs over the course of the next 18 months.

Jessica Kallam, a spokeswoman with Madison, N.C.'s Remington Arms Co. Inc., which acquired Marlin two and a half years ago, said the Connecticut plant will close by June 2011 and employees would be offered severance and help finding jobs. She said Marlin is relocating its manufacturing operations to an undetermined site.

Kallam could not confirm if all employees in Connecticut are losing their jobs.


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Sep 26, 2009
I bought a Marlin .22 rifle about 6 months ago. the paperwork to register and submit the rebate went to Monroe, NC.
North Carolina has a history of dumacrats in teh govenors mansion due to gerrymandered districting.
Hopefully, though they might find a home in one of the Carolinas. The article stated that they were bought by Remington, which is a NC company.
Perhaps they will take their plinker lines and varmit rifles under the Remington name the way HP still sells Compaq as a consumer line.


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Oct 15, 2009
James Island, SC
I have a Marlin 60 (tube fed .22) that I got to teach my son to shoot with. We love that gun! I also used to have a .30-.30 that I wish that I had never gotten rid of. I really want to get another one of those. I hope that they do end up reopening somewhere.

Midnight Raver

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Sep 29, 2009
Dodge City, Moscowchusetts
I spent some serious time with a Marlin 336C .30-.30, it was an older one that was very special...

I sure hope Remington keeps Marlin alive some way, they are an American institution. :cry: