Democrats drive Gun-Maker out of Maryland
Socialist Democrats drive 300 jobs from
Maryland to pro-gun Tennessee
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.
“This is a platinum project,” Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves said. “It’s an international company. It’s well-known, it has an excellent reputation and we’re very excited that they’ve chosen (us) over eight other states,” reports the Tennessean.
As a result of choosing Gallatin, Beretta will be eligible for tax credits, infrastructure and job training grants from the state. Details also are being finalized for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes grant from Gallatin.
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.
The site Beretta is pursuing is part of the 200-acre expansion phase of the Gallatin industrial park. Western Reflections and Laminate Technologies are among tenants in the first phase, which is 90 percent full.
Beretta USA’s choice of Gallatin came after nearly a year-long search for a location to expand U.S. manufacturing outside of Maryland, where the world’s oldest manufacturing dynasty, operating since 1526 in Italy, employs about 350 at a factory in Accokeek. After Maryland passed stricter gun legislation Beretta expressed frustration about the new laws and said it might be looking for a new home for that factory.
The Gallatin plant will make firearms for Beretta’s sporting and tactical product lines. The company is privately owned and operated by members of the 15th and 16th generations of the Beretta family.