Beretta broke ground on their brand new manufacturing plant located in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Thursday morning.

According to WSMV, Beretta CEO Jeff Cooper said the new facility would focus on advanced research and development.

“This advanced research and development department will be critical in how we accelerate our new products and our new product plans to support our military, our law enforcement and our civilian customers,” Cooper said.

The facility — which, WSMV says, is part of a $45 million investment expected to create hundreds of new jobs — will include 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space and another 12,000 square feet of office space. New gun lines will be manufactured there, which requires a highly skilled workforce.

“We’ll also take this opportunity to redesign and re-engineer our lean manufacturing practices to surely make this Beretta facility in Gallatin, TN world-class,” Cooper said, according to WSMV.

“The average salary for the Beretta organization is $41,000,” said Jo Ann Graves, mayor of Gallatin. “They do research and development. They’re precision craftsmen. These are skilled jobs. These are jobs that offer a future to people in these areas.”

As WSMV reports, Beretta went to seven different states and 80 physical locations before settling on Gallatin. Construction on the plant, located at Gallatin Industrial Center off Airport Road, is expected to begin next month.

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