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Beretta Expanding in Tennessee

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Italian gun manufacturer Beretta is building a new plant in Tennessee, not Maryland. WBAL reports:

Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee.

The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs.

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

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.

The company operates a manufacturing plant in Prince George’s County.

Maryland’s gun control law allows the company to manufacture weapons banned under the law, and the company can ship them to out of state customers.

Beretta said it plans to complete the new facility this year.

“From the moment when we started to consider a location outside of the State of Maryland for our manufacturing expansion, Governor(Bill)  Haslam and his economic development team did an excellent job demonstrating the benefits of doing business in Tennessee.  We are convinced we could find no better place than Tennessee to establish our new manufacturing enterprise.  We look forward to building operations here and being part of your community for many years to come,” said Franco Gussalli Beretta, Vice President and Managing Director of Fabbrica D Armi S.p.A and Executive Vice President of Beretta USA, in a company news release.

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