Smith & Wesson's new headquarters will be located in Partnership Park North in Maryville. The state said the company plans to break ground by the end of the year.

Gun maker Smith & Wesson to move its headquarters to Maryville

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bizgrrl's picture

Does not please me. You

Does not please me. You should see the rural, bucolic setting into which it will be built. Besides that it is guns.

Take the Hunt Road west bound exit off Alcoa Hwy. Take a right on Louisville Road. The site is a couple of miles on the left, past the airport grounds, near Lovingood Way.

R. Neal's picture

One of the reasons they are

One of the reasons they are moving is that Massachusetts is in the process of banning the manufacture of assault weapons for civilians. Assault weapons are 60% of their business. Blount County is a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary, per county commission decree.

bizgrrl's picture

A little more to back up the

A little more to back up the previous statement...

Massachusetts is one of seven states that already bans the sale or possession of assault weapons, but gun safety advocates and families of mass shooting victims have accused the state, which led the nation in producing firearms in 2019, of “exporting bloodshed to the rest of the country.”
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The company cited several other reasons for the move to Tennessee, including the Republican governor and GOP-controlled legislature’s “unwavering support of the 2nd Amendment,” a business-friendly environment, a lower cost of living, and a “favorable location for efficiency of distribution.”

Then, there are other things to consider when moving a corporate headquarters along with employees.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health Care Snapshots: Massachusetts

* Massachusetts was the 15th largest state, with a population of 6,659,900 in 2018.
* 22.5% of Massachusetts residents had incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in 2018
* In Massachusetts, there were 177,824 uninsured nonelderly individuals in 2018

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health Care Snapshots: Tennessee

* Tennessee was the 16th largest state, with a population of 6,586,400 in 2018.
* 35.5% of Tennessee residents had incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in 2018
* In Tennessee, there were 666,116 uninsured nonelderly individuals in 2018

New York Times COVID-19 Data:

Vaccination Rates

Massachusetts
78.6% - 18+ fully vaccinated
89.3% - 18+ at least one dose

Tennessee
55.6% - 18+ fully vaccinated
64.1% - 18+ at least one dose

COVID-19 case data

Massachusetts
1,577 cases daily average
514 hospitalizations daily average
14.3 deaths daily average

Tennessee
3,409 cases daily average
2,426 hospitalizations daily average
57.6 deaths daily average

jbr's picture

One life was saved for every 830 adults who gained coverage

666,116/830 = 803

Overall, we concluded that one life was saved for every 830 adults who gained coverage.

Why Health Insurance Matters—and Why Research Evidence Should Too

bizgrrl's picture

Another reason for S&W to

Another reason for S&W to move to Tennessee...

S&W is moving to a state where they won't have to pay workers a living wage and won't have to worry about unions. MA has a minimum wage of $13.50, CT has a minimum wage of $13, and Missouri has a minimum wage of $10.30. Tennessee's minimum wage is $7.25.

yellowdog's picture

The good jobs are staying in MA

Metal working jobs are staying in Springfield. Injection molding and distribution are coming to TN.

bizgrrl's picture

Ah... what else to be

Ah... what else to be expected?

DCROSS1968's picture

Smith & Wesson

Welcome to Tennessee. I love your firearms.

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