Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has announced it will move its manufacturing capabilities from Accokeek, Maryland, to Gallatin, Tennessee.
The company announced Tuesday it will move its manufacturing capabilities to a new production facility that it is building in Tennessee. That facility is scheduled to be opened in the middle of next year.
Jeff Cooper, general manager for Beretta, says the version of a gun-control bill that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited the company from being able to manufacture, store or even import into Maryland products that it sells. He says while lawmakers reversed some of those provisions, the company is concerned such restrictions could be reinstated in the future.
Beretta says it has no plans to relocate its office, administrative and executive support functions from Accokeek, Maryland.
Maryland Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan, issued a statement following the announcement of Beretta's departure:
I am saddened to learn that the hard working women and men I met at Beretta’s factory in Accokeek in May will now lose their jobs as a direct result of the O’Malley-Brown administration’s high taxes and punitive regulations.The dedicated workers at Beretta’s Accokeek factory proudly manufactured the primary sidearm carried by our nation’s servicemen and women around the world. The loss of these several hundred jobs will tear through the local community, as millions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue evaporate and numerous small businesses that supported this factory and its employees also suffer.