Smith & Wesson Relocates from Massachusetts to Tennessee

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Smith & Wesson relocated its headquarters from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Maryville, Tennessee, and the new facility hosted a grand opening Saturday.

On September 30, 2021, the Associated Press noted Smith & Wesson’s announcement that the move from Massachusetts to Tennessee would occur.

The move was expected to be “a $125 million investment expected to create 750 jobs in Tennessee.”

On October 5, 2023, WBIR reported that the figures have remained roughly the same, with Smith & Wesson agreeing “to spend at least $120 million on the new property.” The new headquarters is projected to “generate more than $33 million in direct income for workers in the area.”

Smith & Wesson company leaders explained their move from Massachusetts to Tennessee by citing Tennessee’s lower cost of living and more gun-friendly culture.

FOX Business quoted Smith & Wesson CEO Mark Smith telling the Daily Times, “From where I stand, the next 170 years of Smith & Wesson are looking pretty good. It is something special here in Tennessee.”

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