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Smith & Wesson already breaks ground in Tennessee weeks after announcing move from Massachusetts
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Weeks after announcing the decision to move to East Tennessee, officials with Smith & Wesson broke ground on their future home Friday.
Several state and local leaders attended the groundbreaking. The site, referred to as "Partnership Park North" for now, is 240 acres large and will house both the company headquarters and manufacturing operations, a local TV station reports.
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The gunmaker founded in 1852 is currently centered in Springfield, Massachusetts, a state where company officials say legislative proposals would prohibit them from manufacturing certain weapons.
Mark Smith, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, is looking forward to the move, but said it wasn’t an easy decision, given it had to be right for today and for generations to come. "We’ve got 170 years of history in Springfield, Massachusetts … so, for us it was especially difficult," he said.