Beretta To Build Manufacturing Facility, Bring 300 Jobs To Gallatin

Beretta To Build Manufacturing Facility, Bring 300 Jobs To Gallatin

CREATED Jan 29, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gun company Beretta USA will build a manufacturing facility in Sumner County, bringing at least 300 jobs.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the $45-million investment on Wednesday morning at a press conference at the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the State Capitol.

"I want to thank the Beretta family for their substantial investment in Tennessee and the 300 jobs they'll create in Sumner County," Haslam said. "Beretta is one of the world's great companies, and its commitment to excellence and Tennessee's rich history in manufacturing make today's announcement a great match as we continue toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs."

The company will build the state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility at Gallatin's Industrial Center. 

"The city-owned Gallatin Industrial Center definitely had curb appeal," James Fenton, Executive Director of Gallatin Economic Development Agency said in a statement.

Fenton said the industrial center's 205 acres of available land and completed infrastructure helped tip the scales in favor of the Gallatin site. 

Construction on the 100-acre site is expected to begin in May, and estimated to be complete by the end of the year. 

Most of the 300 jobs will be higher wage skilled, technical and white collar positions.

Beretta officials say it will take three to four years before employment reaches the 300 level. Their goal is to finish building the plant by the end of the year with production starting early in 20-15

Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year. Company officials said Wednesday that have reached capacity in Maryland, requiring the expansion elsewhere.

Gallatin officials said discussions began in April when state officials learned that Nashville was one of several locations being considered for the expansion. In November, the Gallatin site was chosen as a finalist and negotiations began in December.

"This move is proof that communities must invest in themselves before prospective employers will invest in them," said Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves in a statement.

Beretta is the oldest family-owned company in the world, operating since 1526 in Italy. Beretta makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the U.S. Armed Forces M-9 pistol.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)