Italian firearms maker to build $45M facility in Gallatin

Beretta bringing about 300 jobs to area

Officials with Italian gun maker Beretta announced Wednesday morning the company will establish a major U.S. presence in Gallatin with the construction of a $45 million manufacturing and research/development facility.

The move is expected to generate 300 jobs, according to state economic and community development officials. The company is expected to complete construction on the facility this year in the Gallatin Industrial Park. It will make firearms at the new Gallatin plant for both its sporting and tactical product lines.

Before choosing Tennessee, Beretta officials also considered Georgia and South Carolina for the facility.

“From the moment when we started to consider a location outside of the State of Maryland for our manufacturing expansion, Governor Haslam and his economic development team did an excellent job demonstrating the benefits of doing business in Tennessee," Franco Gussalli Beretta, executive vice president and a director of Beretta U.S.A. Corp., said in a release. "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."

Gov. Bill Haslam and Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, joined Beretta U.S.A. officials during the announcement at the State Capitol, with Haslam calling the move "a great match."

Headquartered in Brescia, Italy, Beretta is the oldest active firearms manufacturer in the world, having been established in 1526. The company is privately owned and operated by members of the 15th and 16th generations of the Beretta family. Specifically, Beretta manufactures the U.S. Armed Forces M-9 pistol, the standard sidearm of U.S. soldiers since 1985.

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. is based in Accokeek, Md.