Layoffs at Savage Arms in Westfield

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thirty-seven employees at the Savage Arms manufacturing facility in Westfield have been laid off, its parent company says.

Tim Brandt,  Director of Communications for ATK Sporting Group, told 22News that the announcement was made on March 31, and workforce reduction will take place over the next couple of weeks.

Savage Arms is a gun and sporting goods manufacturer. In May of 2013, ATK acquired Savage Arms. At that point, according to a news release on their website, 600 people were working here.

Brandt said this adjustment puts ATK in a better position to meet current business needs. The parent company will continue to monitor the Westfield location. Also, about 440 people will work on site moving forward, said Brandt.

Many people told 22News a layoff announcement like this makes people think twice about their job security.

Mary Jane Carmel of Westfield said it’s concerning that so many people are suddenly out of jobs. “They don’t want to be laid off. They are not working there, thank goodness. And yeah, I think a lot of companies are because my daughter’s company last year just quit.”

Savage is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hunting rifles and shotguns, that has been producing for more than 100 years. It was founded in 1895 by Arthur Savage and has another location in Lakefield, Ontario.

ATK Sporting Group is based out of Arlington and is cited on their website as an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with about 14,000 employees.  The company operates in 21 states and internationally.

The acquisition expanded ATK by adding long guns to its leading brands in shooting sports and defense accessories, according to their website. Savage’s revenues were reported at about $200 million for FY2013.

The door is open to more layoffs.

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