Springfield, Massachusetts-based Troy Industries is leaving the anti-gun Commonwealth for friendlier digs down south in the Volunteer State.
The nearly 20-year-old gun, magazine, and accessory maker announced this week that it will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing plant to Clarksville, Tennessee. The $7.2 million move will begin this June and will offer 75 new jobs in the Montgomery County area.
Whereas Massachusetts is one of the most frigid states when it comes to Second Amendment rights – having a ban on consumer ownership of suppressors as well as a prohibition on modern sporting rifles coupled with a magazine capacity limit – Tennessee is welcoming Troy with open arms.
“I appreciate Troy for choosing to relocate to Tennessee and am proud to partner with this world-renowned firearms manufacturer," said Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican that just signed a permitless carry bill into law. "When companies pick Tennessee to locate or expand their operations, it is a vote of confidence to our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce. I thank Troy for this investment and the creation of new jobs for Tennesseans.”
Troy, founded in 2003 by Steve Troy, Jr., is one of America’s largest suppliers of OEM small arms accessories, with a wide customer base among consumers as well as military and law enforcement. Mr. Troy was candid about the reasons for leaving what had been the company's home for the past two decades.
"While Troy has enjoyed a very successful period of growth in Massachusetts, the changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state determined the need for our relocation to Tennessee to ensure the continued success of the company," he said. "We are excited to begin this new venture and appreciate all the support we have already received from Rep. Mark Green, Gov. Bill Lee, and the state of Tennessee in making this relocation possible.”
Finally, although they called Illinois home for over 40 years, LMT, formerly known as Lewis Machine & Tool, pulled stumps in 2019 and opened a new factory just across the state line in pro-2A Iowa. They may have learned the trick from Olin-Winchester, as the ammo maker may be headquartered in the Land of Lincoln, but for the past several years has concentrated production in Mississippi, a constitutional carry state with industry-friendly practices.