The historic gun maker is almost ready to start moving into its new facility and headquarters in Maryville, Tennessee. 

Established in Massachusetts as far back as 1852, Smith & Wesson announced the shift to the more gun-friendly Volunteer State in September 2021. The news came after legislation proposed by Massachusetts lawmakers stood to prohibit the company from making certain popular firearms in the state. 

Now, with the company’s $125-million investment in Tennessee expected to bring in about 750 jobs, S&W released the above timelapse video covering its progress on the Maryville site over the past year. 

"We are about a year into the construction of our new 625,000-square-foot headquarters in beautiful Maryville, TN," said S&W on social media. "As gun builders and Americans, Smith & Wesson is dedicated to your freedom and the security and promise of the Second Amendment." 

Smith & Wesson broke ground in Maryville in Nov. 2021. (Photos and banner images: S&W)

The company broke ground on the new facility in Nov. 2021 in a ceremony attended by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican who met the gun maker with open arms.  

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According to the most recent data from federal regulators, S&W was the largest American pistol maker in 2021 in terms of volume, with 1,648,885 pistols made. It was also the third largest maker in terms of the number of revolvers and rifles produced. 

"Proud to be in Maryville to officially welcome Smith & Wesson Inc. to TN & break ground on their new headquarters," Lee said at the time. "This is a big win for East TN, & it speaks volumes of our state’s pro-business reputation, skilled workforce & commitment to the 2nd Amendment."

Local media reports that the company is hiring briskly in the area and plans to start moving into the new plant later this year.

Figures provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation stress the firearm industry already employs nearly 7,800 people in Tennessee through direct or indirect jobs and contributes over $1.07 billion in economic impact. The firearm industry pays $130.5 million in federal and state taxes annually and contributes an additional $22.1 million in excise taxes that benefit wildlife conservation.

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