Beretta Invests $45 Million in a New TN Plant That Will Employ 300 Workers

   01.30.14

Beretta Invests $45 Million in a New TN Plant That Will Employ 300 Workers

After searching for quite some time to expand U.S. manufacturing outside of Maryland, Beretta USA has chosen Gallatin, Tennessee for its reputation as a gun friendly state.

Tennessean.com reports on the transition.

Franco Gussalli Beretta, Executive Vice President and a Director of Beretta USA, mentions:

We’re convinced we could find no better place than Tennessee to establish our new manufacturing enterprise.

Beretta expects to add 300 employees in Gallatin by the third or fourth year of operations. They will still keep and operate the manufacturing plant in Maryland, but employees may choose to move to Gallatin instead.

Italian gun-maker Beretta USA plans to make Gallatin its manufacturing base in the United States, announcing plans Wednesday to invest $45 million in a firearms plant that will initially employ 300 workers.

Tennessee’s reputation as a gun-friendly state was key to the Sumner County city landing its biggest economic development win since clothing retailer Gap Inc. opened a distribution center two decades ago.

Beretta, meanwhile, is negotiating with Gallatin officials to buy 100 acres at the Gallatin Industrial Center off Airport Road, where the manufacturing and research and development facility will be built. Construction should start by May, with production expected to start during the first quarter of 2015.

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