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Italian gun maker Beretta to build manufacturing plant in Tennessee

Gun maker plans to complete construction of new plant this year; said it will create 300 jobs

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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.

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