HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Layoffs at Remington Arms are nothing new.

"Most recent hires will probably be the first to be let go so that's usually the way they have to do it," said Herkimer Working Solutions Career Center Manager Karin Piseck.

Piseck said the center was told that about 66 employees will be laid off. 

Each time it's concerning, but the community is counting on a comeback.

"Periodically they do have a reduction of workforce, and they bounce back," said Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica. "So I'm hoping for the best. I'm hoping that's all we're dealing with at this point in time."

It's believed the layoffs are happening due to a drop in sales.

Remington Arms in Ilion currently employs over 1,000 people. It opened back in 1816.

"If you look at a map of the Village of Ilion, the Village was actually built around Remington Arms, and it's always been a very important part of our Village, and I hope that it's an important part for many years to come," Lamica said. 

The layoffs at Remington Arms are a bit of a blow to the area, but Herkimer Working Solutions Career Center staff said there are other opportunities locally for employment.

"There are a lot of companies hiring, and we can help get people ready for those jobs by looking at their resumes. We can do some job-interviewing skills with them," Piseck said.

The Center's Workforce Development Board can also help retrain dislocated workers, and those who are being laid off would qualify for that help.

Remington Arms emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.