BERETTA U.S.A. ANNOUNCES DECISION TO MOVE ITS ENTIRE MARYLAND MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES TO TENNESSEE
Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.
“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.
“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 from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper added.
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$25.5-million, 230 New Jobs
NASHVILLE (July 10, 2014) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ABC Group Inc. officials announced today the company will add an additional 180,000 square feet to its existing Gallatin facility in response to increased demand for automotive related products. ABC Group will invest $25.5 million in land, infrastructure and equipment and create 230 new jobs over the next five years in Sumner County. “I am very pleased that ABC Group chose to expand their facility in Gallatin. I know they had several options,” Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves said. “Existing business is the backbone of our community and as they expand, the city benefits from their growth. I appreciate the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Department of Economic and Community Development in making this expansion possible.” Read more in The Tennessean and see the state’s news release.
L-R: Rob Jones, Plant Manager for American Colors Inc (ACI); Matt Kosior, COO for ACI; Mayor Jo Ann Graves; Jim Wible, President/CEO of ACI; James Fenton, EDA Executive Director ; Jim Hallock, VP of ACI
American Colors Inc. broke ground in Gallatin’s Industrial Center today on a $3.7-million manufacturing and research facility that will bring 31 new jobs to the City. The Gallatin facility will produce products for the composites, coatings, plastics and agricultural industries and also include a research lab housing chemists and technicians. American Colors anticipates the facility will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2015. American Colors is a manufacturer of high quality liquid pigment systems and intermediates specializing in customer-focused solutions to complex coatings and colorants problems. The company enlists personnel and couples them with premium production equipment and state-of-the-art laboratory instruments. Read The News Examiner story (here).