For much of the past year, Beretta has been scouting for locations for a manufacturing facility after the state of Maryland passed stricter gun legislation, company officials said. The family-owned, Italian company had expressed frustration about the new laws and said it might be looking for a new home for a factory currently located in Accokeek, Maryland.
Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta, said the company was looking a state that supported Second Amendment rights,and had other key attributes, including a competitive tax environment, good quality of life and was focused on corporate recruitment.
I love it Beretta facility will be less than five minutes from my house I'll have to start taking my 682 gold e with me to shoots just in case a Beretta rep shows up (hide the Blaser) may get some promo items. 2nd amendment going strong in Tennessee too bad so sad for the other states that have ignored our rights.
TENNESSEE PROJECT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ARE WE PLANNING TO CLOSE THE MARYLAND FACILITY?
WHAT WILL WE MAKE IN THE TENNESSEE FACILITY?
Our plan at this point is to make new products that we are not currently producing in the
Maryland facility. Some of these are confidential so we are not providing exact details to the
public yet but we have been planning for some time to buy new manufacturing equipment and
to make significant investments to increase our production lines and capacity. Those plans are
still in place but now, instead of doing them in Maryland, we will do them in Tennessee.
We are also considering ideas to use the new Tennessee facility for some innovative consumer
projects but these concepts, too, are in the discussion stages and are confidential since we do
not want competitors to know our plans.
WHAT IS THE TIMING OF ALL THIS?
We are entering or have entered into agreements through which we will obtain the land in
Tennessee and obtain other incentives to help with our investment. Our plan is to build the
initial part of the production facility by the end of 2014, after which we would add machines
and other equipment needed to support production starting in 2015. We will continue to add
investment over the next few years to enhance the operations and add other capabilities.
For a number of reasons. Tennessee has a great, consistent history of supporting 2nd
Amendment rights and is very likely to continue in that way for decades, if not centuries, to
come. The State and local government in Tennessee is also much more pro-business and progun
than in Maryland.
Tennessee also has a number of quality of living and quality of doing business advantages that
we found very attractive. For example, the average cost of living in the U.S. is set at a rating of
1.00. In Accokeek the cost of living is about 1.54. In the part of Tennessee where our new
facility will be located the cost of living is .87. That means you could buy 77% more stuff in the
new Tennessee location than for the same dollar in Accokeek.
WHERE EXACTLY IN TENNESSEE WILL THE NEW FACILITY BE LOCATED?
Near a town called Gallatin, which is about 30 miles north of Nashville. That is in the central
part of Tennessee.
WILL WE MOVE ANY OFFICES OR PRODUCTION FROM MARYLAND TO THE NEW FACILITY?
During the Maryland legislative session in 2013 the law that passed the Senate included
provisions that would have prevented us from bringing high capacity magazines into the State
for assembly into pistols, even if those pistols were intended for military and law enforcement
customers. Another part of the Senate bill would have banned our ability to receive, make or
ship some of our commercial shotguns (such as shotguns used for turkey hunting that have a
pistol grip stock) and tactical shotguns and rifles we also plan to make. Although we succeeded
in stripping those ridiculous provisions out of the law that eventually passed, the fact the
provisions were approved by the Senate causes us great concern so we need to evaluate
whether we should protect that production by moving it elsewhere. We have not made a
decision in that regard, though, and since the new facility will not even be open until next year
we have time to evaluate this issue carefully. No matter what we do, though, we will keep our
Accokeek employees informed months in advance of any part of the project that might affect
I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU CHOSE TENNESSEE OVER MARYLAND BUT WHY TENNESSEE
COMPARED TO OTHER STATES?
When we decided to look outside Maryland for our new investment we started with a list of
States that have a consistent history of supporting 2nd Amendment rights and that are likely to
do so in the future as well. Some of those States were too far away to make building and
supervision of a new facility reasonably manageable so we eliminated those States from
We then hired an independent consulting firm to give us a ranking of the remaining pro-gun
States from a business and quality of living point of view, looking at such factors as cost of
living, cost of doing business, availability of employees, availability of job training, availability of
tax and investment incentives, etc. This consulting firm also identified particular cities or areas
within each State as being the best to look at in terms of these factors.
From that ranking we chose the top seven States recommended. We then visited 80 specific
sites within the seven States that were proposed to us by the State government and by State
and local economic development officials. Although many of these sites were excellent and the
support we received from State and local officials was fantastic, Tennessee was the best State
in terms of both specific and overall ranking and for the same reasons the Gallatin site was the
best of all of the sites we saw.
WHAT IF I WANT A JOB IN THE NEW TENNESSEE LOCATION? IS THAT SOMETHING YOU
As we got closer to choosing the Gallatin site, we started to realize that a problem we might
have was not that our Accokeek employees would be concerned that their jobs would be
moved from Maryland to Tennessee, but that they would want to take a job in the new
location. Central Tennessee is a beautiful area with lakes and forest and hills and valleys and
both Gallatin and the towns nearby are very nice. (Many music stars, athletes and other people
from Nashville live near Gallatin because the area is so attractive and the cost of nice homes
there is so much more reasonable than in other places.) Nashville is also a much more vibrant
and fun city than people who have never been there would guess, with professional sports,
excellent restaurants and tourist sites and, of course, great music venues in everything from
country and western to symphonic to blues to rock and roll, etc.
We also looked specifically at the quality of schools (from kindergarten and grade school all the
way up to the university level) and found that here, too, Gallatin and the surrounding area had
excellent facilities. Tennessee has other benefits to offer, such as no State income tax for
personal income received from working in that State. The idea that our Accokeek employees
might want to move to the new location to take advantage of all of these benefits and to
improve their quality of life became something we started to consider.
We knew, of course, that these same employees would bring workplace experience to the new
facility we will need, so the answer to the question is Yes. If you want to talk about taking a
position in the new facility we will be glad to consider such. Again, we have plenty of time to
evaluate this but if you are interested (or just intrigued by the idea and want to know more)
please let Paola Boniforti know and she can help answer or get answers to any questions you