- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Remington Outdoor exceeded hiring and wage milestones at its new advanced manufacturing and research and development center in Huntsville.

The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville-Madison County shows the firearm maker had 324 employees as of Aug. 31 with an average hourly wage nearly $10 higher than stated in the development agreement between the company, City of Huntsville and state, Al.com (http://bit.ly/1SMrWEn ) reported.

Remington was required to create at least 280 full-time positions by the close of the second project year ending Feb. 28.

Remington is still hiring production team members through AIDT. It received an extensive incentive package from the city, local counties and state to launch the $110 million plant on 100 Electronics Boulevard in Huntsville.

“We have been extremely pleased since they arrived,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle in a statement. “Remington is doing more than promised and is well ahead of schedule.”

The employment figures were certified by Mercer & Associates as requested by the Huntsville Industrial Development Board.

Remington is seeking Huntsville maintenance technicians and machine operators, which both offer health, dental and vision insurance, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, 401(k) benefits, tuition reimbursement and more to eligible employees. Hourly pay is based on skill level and experience.

The company announced last week it will expand its Lonoke, Arkansas, plant by adding about 84 new positions to its workforce of 1,200 employees, according to The Times Record.

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