NASHVILLE—Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a manufacturing and research plant in Tennessee, which was one of the states trying to woo the company from Maryland after it raised objections to a wide-ranging weapons control measure enacted there last year.
The $45-million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs.
The family-owned company has operated in Italy since 1526.
Beretta makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the United States Armed Forces M-9 pistol.
Beretta officials said they have reached capacity in Maryland, requiring the expansion elsewhere.
Beretta says it plans to complete the new factory this year.