Smith & Wesson and Republican Governor Bill Lee announced the relocation of the Smith & Wesson headquarters and significant portions of their operation to Tennessee.
In addition to its headquarters, Smith & Wesson will relocate its distribution, assembly, and plastic injection molding operations to Tennessee. The project represents an investment of approximately $125 million and will create 750 new jobs.
Smith & Wesson now joins 20 other small arms and ammunition companies in Tennessee. Tennesse ranks no. 1 in small arms employment with an increase of 54% over the last five years. Since 2017 Tennessee has supported ten economic projects resulting in 3100 jobs and 1.3 billion in investments.
“Our pro-business reputation, skilled workforce and commitment to the Second Amendment make Tennessee an ideal location for firearms manufacturing. We welcome Smith & Wesson to The Volunteer State and are proud this U.S.-based brand has chosen to relocate from Massachusetts. Thanks for your significant investment in Blount County and for creating 750 new jobs.” – Gov. Bill Lee
“The strong support we have received from the State of Tennessee, and the entire leadership of Blount County throughout this process, combined with the quality of life, outdoor lifestyle, and low cost of living in the Greater Knoxville area, has left no doubt that Tennessee is the ideal location for Smith & Wesson’s new headquarters. We would like to specifically thank Governor Lee for his decisive contributions, and the entire state legislature for their unwavering support of the Second Amendment and for creating a welcoming, business-friendly environment.” – Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. President, and CEO Mark Smith