From the mayor: Beretta brings attention to Gallatin

The groundbreaking for Beretta USA last week marked the beginning of a strong relationship between the city of Gallatin and the Italian company. All of its manufacturing operations are being moved to Gallatin from Maryland. Beretta is making a $45 million investment in Gallatin and will be bringing about 300 jobs.

The groundbreaking event was attended by Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Beth Harwell, Beretta Executive Vice President Franco Gussalli Beretta, myself and numerous city and county officials. Franco Beretta is a 15th-generation member of the Beretta family.

Pattillo Construction Corporation will oversee this project for the next year. The new facility will be nearly 160,000 square feet and will occupy about 100 acres of our industrial center. Last week, Pattillo held a meeting for all vendors and subcontractors interested in participating in this project. There were close to 200 who attended the meeting and had the opportunity to meet Pattillo.

Beretta has brought international attention to Gallatin. With the company being more than 500 years old, it is a well-known name. Gallatin has already been contacted by other companies who have heard of Beretta’s move to our city and are interested in finding out more about Gallatin.

There are many factors that go into a company choosing where to locate its operations — low taxes, competitive utility rates, a willing workforce, available land and state incentives. Gallatin was fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the state of Tennessee. Commissioner Bill Hagerty and his staff did an outstanding job of recruiting Beretta to Gallatin. The citizens of Gallatin were well served by this very professional department.

It may come as no surprise to anyone that even though Beretta was pleased with the incentives that were offered, another thing that impressed the company was the friendliness and sincerity of all of the people here in Tennessee. They felt welcome. Oak Ridge National Laboratory was also a deciding factor in Beretta choosing Gallatin, as Beretta is interested in product research and development.

Gallatin has many exciting events and projects taking place this year in our city limits. We are garnering state and national attention. To learn more about what is taking place in Gallatin, you will want to come to the mayor’s State of the City address on Monday, Sept. 8. It will be at the Epic Event Centre at 11:30 a.m. Please call the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce at 615-452-4000 to make a reservation.

Jo Ann Graves is the mayor of Gallatin. Contact her at 451-5961 or joann.graves@gallatin-tn.gov.

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