How to do business at Beretta’s new Gallatin plant

Beretta USA will break ground on its new $45 million facility in Gallatin Thursday, which when completed will house all of the Italian gunmaker’s U.S. manufacturing.

The manufacturing facility is expected to be operational in mid-2015 and employ around 300 workers (up to half potentially moving from the gunmaker’s existing Maryland operations). Beretta has hired Georgia-based Pattillo Construction Corp. to design and build the facility alongside architectural and engineering firm BRPH Cos. Inc.

Also on tap this week, Pattillo will host a meet-and-greet in Gallatin on Wednesday afternoon for potential subcontractors and vendors for the Beretta project.

Wyatt Wolverton, a project manager with Pattillo, said between 15 and 20 subcontractors and vendors may be hired for the project, though the ultimate number depends on the final design of the new plant. He noted the need for “anything that runs the gamut of constructing the facility,” from concrete work, precast metal work to drywalling.

Pattillo previously said it is seeking to subcontract work on the project locally. Thus far, Wolverton said there’s been “a lot of feedback” from Middle Tennessee subcontractors.

There will be a variety of deadlines on bidding, which will depend on how the project moves forward, Wolverton said. Pattillo will provide additional details on the project and bidding process Wednesday. For interested companies, here’s more on the Wednesday meeting andcontact information for Pattillo.