That contrasts with Ilion, where the concern among people is the future of Remington. The company had said last March it could leave New York if the state went ahead with a move to add unique identifying information on spent bullet casings. That proposal is off the table but people here now wonder where things stand in the wake of the new state law, which does not affect Remington’s ability to manufacture assault-style weapons here.
‘‘If I'm an executive at Remington, what’s my attitude going to be toward the state that bans one of the premier products that I produce?’’ asked local Assemblyman Marc Butler.
Obama’s gun-control proposal added more uncertainty. Rudwall, president of the United Mine Workers of America Local 717, said he expected the gun business to increase in the short term amid new regulatory proposals, but he worries about jobs in Ilion long term.
‘‘We've been here almost 200 years. I hope to be here another 200,’’ Rudwall said.
AP Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio in Raleigh, N.C., contributed to this report.