Posted on: Thursday - Jul 27, 2017

Beretta USA is currently one of Tennessee’s most well-known brands. The company opened its doors in April 2016 and has since been going strong at its Gallatin Facility. What initially drew the Beretta family to Gallatin and Tennessee was the tradition and quality of manufacturing and machining that is apparent across the state.

Beretta is having tremendous success at its Gallatin facility. Throughout its time here in Tennessee, Beretta has hired local Tennessee subcontractors that assist with manufacturing and machining. These companies have the same end goal in mind as Beretta: making a high-quality product. Currently, Beretta has hired seven subcontractors from across the state:

Axem – Gallatin
Betty Machine – Hendersonville
Crossover Drives – Loudon
EMJ – Memphis
Newcomb Springs – Ooltewah
PCA – Gallatin
Swiss Technologies – Knoxville

These companies provide Beretta with machined components, bar stock, springs and packaging materials.

Jeff Reh with Governor and First Lady Haslam

Hiring local Tennessee companies as subcontractors was a conscious decision made by Beretta. The Beretta leadership team saw that Tennessee had local companies that could assist Beretta in making a quality product.

“Having knowledgeable and skilled subcontractors who are located close to our facility reduces transportation costs, increases the speed with which supplies can be obtained and gives us easier access to face-to-face communication, all of which help our business succeed,” Jeff Reh, Beretta USA general counsel and vice-general manager, said. 

Beretta announced in 2014 its plans to invest $45 million to build a new manufacturing and R&D facility, committing to create 300 new Tennessee jobs. In 2016, the company held its official groundbreaking on the new 156,000-square-foot facility. Since then, the company has continued to excel in Gallatin. The company says that Tennessee’s willingness to learn new skills and its honored tradition of manufacturing is what makes Tennessee the perfect location for Beretta. 

“Beretta is doing well. When we started our manufacturing operations over a year ago we had, predictably, quite a few new employees so it took some time to train all of them, but we now have a fairly experienced workforce and our productivity continues to grow as a result.  One thing we were very happy to find as we hired in Tennessee was that the people who came to work for us were very intelligent, very willing to learn and committed to hard work, all of which has made us glad to have chosen Tennessee for our new facility,” Reh added.

Beretta plans on keeping the momentum going and will continue to hire local companies. Tennessee businesses that would like to be considered as subcontractors can send company information to Purchasing Manager, Beretta U.S.A. Corp., 1399 Gateway Drive, Gallatin TN 37066.

To learn more about Beretta USA, visit berettausa.com.