Smith & Wesson decided in 2021 that Massachusetts politicians’ attitudes on guns didn’t fit well with their company. So they scouted for a new home and found it in Maryville, Tennesee. Now after two years of construction the facility formally opens Saturday, October 7th.
We have a pair of tickets available free on a first come, first-served basis. They’ve sold 5,000ish tickets and our member who has the tickets (the $25 variety) can’t make it. So he’s offered to mail them to the first person who wants them.
Put your name and address in comments and he’ll drop them in the mail to you.
Here’s a blurb about the event from WBIR:
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Smith and Wesson said its Maryville headquarters is set to open on Oct. 7 with a grand opening event starting at 12 p.m.
The gun manufacturer announced in 2021 that it planned to move its headquarters to East Tennessee. It entered into a “Payment-in-lieu-of-tax program” agreement with area leaders and agreed to spend at least $120 million on the new property and to complete construction by the end of December 2023.The Industrial Development Board of Blount County and the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville said the company would be required to create 620 new jobs at an average wage of $25.97 per hour. This would generate more than $33 million in direct income for workers in the area, according to records.
The company will be renting its facility from the local government, according to officials. They will need to pay 40% of the taxes they would theoretically owe to the government if they owned the property themselves starting in 2023.