Beretta moving all manufacturing to Gallatin facility

Company leaving Maryland over 'obstructive' gun legislation

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has announced it will move its entire manufacturing capabilities to the new Gallatin facility due to Maryland gun legislation.

The company announced plans in January to build the $45 million facility in Gallatin and create about 300 jobs. Originally, the site was for new machinery and production of new products only.

Jeff Cooper, Beretta general manager, said in a statement that "obstructive" legislation passed in Maryland had the potential to prohibit the company from manufacturing, storing and importing its products into the state. Cooper said such restrictions left the company "very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory" in Maryland.

"While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent ... to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility," he said.

Beretta has not yet broken ground on the Sumner County facility, but expects the transition to Tennessee to take place in 2015. The company says it has no plans to move its office, administrative and executive functions from Maryland.