Beretta USA announced today that the company will be building a new manufacturing facility in Gallatin, Tennessee. 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.

“It is with pleasure that I appear before you today to announce our selection of Tennessee as the new home for Beretta manufacturing and development in the United States,” said Beretta executive vice president Franco Gussalli Beretta at a press conference.

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, which also drew offers and interest from Texas Governor Rick Perry and politicians from other states.

Founded in Italy in 1526, Beretta is the oldest family-run firearms manufacturer in the world.

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6 thoughts on “Beretta USA Announces $45 Million Expansion to Tennessee

  1. I depend on a concealed Beretta Tomcat in .32acp for the personal defense of my life & that of my wife if she’s with me.As do our fighting men & women in uniform,& LE with the model 92F….live long and prosper Beretta Mfg!

  2. WOW! What a great opportunity for all Tennessians to welcome a great new “American” manufacturer. I fully support every citizens Constitutional Right to keep and bare arms. Beretta’s recognition of Tennessee as one of the fewer and fewer states that supports the Second Ammendment make me extremely proud. If you don’t support our contitution move to another country,,, you do have that right!

  3. Fantastic, See what Tennessee has accomplished. 300 minimum for jobs. God Bless Tennessee, Screw Maryland and California.

  4. Having grown up in the Wash Metro area, I can vouch that Maryland is an irrelevant state now. I feel sorry for Western MD citizens. .time to move out (you are no longer welcome in your own state).

  5. Randy TheReloader, Love Beretta and own several of their pistols, Used to carry the Tomcat in 32acp, however it is to small for good self defense and mine has jammed after being pocket carried for a little over a week without being cleaned. To big for pocket carry, but love my PX4 subcompact in 9mm and PX4 Stiorm in 40acp. Living in TN, I say WELCOME to Beretta, Glad to see you coming here.

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