Gunmaker Beretta celebrates opening of Tennessee plant

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN0 — Beretta USA held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its recently built facility in Gallatin Friday.

Beretta will make its new version of the M9 semiautomatic pistol called the M9A3 at the location.

The company has supplied the M9 to the US military since 1985. Gallatin’s mayor spoke at Friday’s press conference about the factory.

“It was in January of 2014 when Gallatin learned that Beretta had selected us as home for their new location. The excitement in our city and in our state was over the top,” said Mayor Paige Brown.

The new factory is 160,000 square feet compared to the 115,000 square feet at its previous Maryland location.

Beretta executives moved from Maryland after lawmakers passed restrictive gun control laws that applied to some of the companies more powerful weapons.

“We were sitting talking about some of the things that are happening back in my hometown and I said you know mother, this is the week that we are going to be celebrating Beretta being in Gallatin, Tennessee and she said why did that company leave Maryland? I said it may be because you all don’t like guns here, and that’s sort of their business,” said Congressman Diane Black of the 6th Congressional District.

Gallatin offered tax incentives and free land to Beretta. The financial package for the $45 million factory also included a 10 year abatement worth about $2.2 million.

The 100 acre plot will also feature an outdoor shooting range.

Construction begins on Beretta's Sumner County plant. (Photo: WKRN)
Construction begins on Beretta’s Sumner County plant. (Photo: WKRN)

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