NASHVILLE – Smith & Wesson has found a new home in Blount County.
Gov. Bill Lee and TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced Thursday that Smith & Wesson, the U.S.-based leader in firearms manufacturing and design, will relocate its headquarters and other major operations from Springfield, Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee, investing roughly $125 million and creating 750 new jobs.
Smith & Wesson President and CEO Mark Smith noted Tennessee’s quality of life and business friendly environment as two of the reasons the state was chosen for its HQ relocation.
“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,” said Smith. “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.”
In addition to its headquarters, Smith & Wesson will relocate its distribution, assembly, and plastic injection molding operations to its future location in Partnership Park North in Blount County.