Beretta plans to move machinery into the 158,000-square-foot Gallatin facility once construction is completed in April 2015, and open shop later that year.
Along with shifting its entire manufacturing capabilities to Gallatin, Tennessee, Beretta U.S.A. has plans for a new research and development facility as well, to develop projects like an ARX rifle and all-purpose tool for the U.S. military.
“We will be making a version of the ARX here and we have a variant on the ARX for military applications that has an integral battery system, so soldiers don’t have to carry a bunch of D-cell batteries with them,” said Jeff Reh, general counsel and manager at Beretta, at the ground breaking ceremony Aug. 28. “And it has bluetooth capabilities, so they could even have instant communications with headquarters when they’re in harm’s way.”
The ARX rifle is a new take on the AR-platform. Beretta introduced it in January 2012 and released it to market almost a year and a half later.