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BARETTA COMES TO TENNESSEE
Beretta USA announced last week the company will be building a new
manufacturing facility in Gallatin. In a press release, Beretta stated
that it expects to complete the construction of the Gallatin facility
later this year, which will also bring along a minimum of 300 jobs.
The cost of the expansion is priced at $45 million. According to Beretta
USA’s general counsel and vice-general manager Jeff Rah, deciding upon
the final site for the company’s expansion took months of consideration.
“Around March 2013 the Beretta family decided to expand its
manufacturing and business operations outside Maryland, where Beretta
U.S.A. is located,” Rah said. “We started our search by looking only at
States that have a consistent history of support for and likelihood of
future support for Second Amendment rights.”
Two months after Beretta decided to expand elsewhere, Maryland Governor
Martin O’Malley signed a set of strict new gun control bills into law.
Beretta heavily opposed the new laws, leading some to speculate that the
gun maker might be leaving the state. While no changes have been
announced yet for the company’s Accokeek factory, it is clear that
Beretta plans on putting down roots in Gallatin.
“When Beretta chooses a location for its business, we start with the
possibility that we will be in that location for decades, if not
hundreds of years, to come. We move forward with confidence knowing that
Tennessee is a great place to do business. We look forward to our
opportunities here and we look forward to working side-by-side with our
new Tennessee neighbors,” Rah said.
Franco Gussalli Beretta credited Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for his
persistence and skill in marketing the state as a place where the gun
maker can grow. The company did not lack for suitors after it announced
its intentions to expand.
Founded in Italy in 1526, Beretta is the oldest family-run firearms
manufacturer in the world.
Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing
area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to
various national publications.