Gun maker Beretta USA is opening a new factory on Friday, the culmination of generous land and tax offers in Tennessee and restrictive gun laws at its old Maryland location.
Beretta USA is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently built facility in Gallatin, Tennessee, on April 15, having moved all manufacturing from Maryland.
The new factory is 160,000 square feet, compared to 115,000 square feet if left behind, said Gabriele de Plano, vice president of defense marketing and operations for Beretta USA.
“We’ve got plenty of space to expand as well,” he said.
He said the new factory is on a 100-acre plot that will feature an outdoor shooting range, unlike the old factory, which had a range in the basement.
Beretta is an Italian gun maker that has been manufacturing guns in Maryland since the 1980s, when it started providing arms to the U.S. military, which required them to be American-made.
The company, which is about 500 years old, had a factory in Accokeek, Maryland, about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C.