Remington Firearms announced Monday that it will invest $100 million in a factory in Georgia and research operations, The Associated Press reported.

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Remington’s headquarters will be moved from New York to LaGrange, Georgia, which is southwest of Atlanta. The nation’s oldest gun maker is one of several corporations abandoning the Northeast in favor of a politically gun-welcoming South.

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“We are very excited to be visiting Georgia, a state that not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry,” Remington CEO Ken D’Arcy said in a statement. D’Arcy said they plan to create more than 850 jobs over a five-year period.

The company’s sales declined following the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012, and increased anti-gun sentiment and support for legislative gun reform due to mass shootings across the US.

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“I am proud to have some of Remington’s first-class products, and now, I am excited to welcome them to their new home in the Peach State,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement.

“Georgia’s firearms industry is responsible for thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investments in our communities.”

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Scott Malone, economic development director for the city of LaGrange, said Remington has already acquired at least one building in the city, and will operate by combining new and renovated facilities. He said local governments would offer property tax exemptions, utility and infrastructure improvements.

Phil Smith, a spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America, which represents some workers at a factory in Illian, said the union had no information about whether workers in New York would be affected.

The new owners recently resumed operations there, recalling more than 200 workers who had been laid off. The local government in New York offered a 10-year tax break in exchange for restarts and upgrades.

It was not immediately clear what effect the relocation would have on Remington’s operations in New York and Tennessee. The company also owns parts of the former Remington Outdoor Company, which makes rifles, shotguns and some handguns after the former parent auctioned off its assets piecemeal during bankruptcy proceedings in Alabama last year.

Investors doing business as Roundhill Group purchased the Remington-branded gun-making business, which includes operations in Illion, New York, and Lenore City, Tennessee, for $13 million.