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November 17, 2021


Smith & Wesson's move to Blount County became very real Friday.

State and local officials along with economic development leaders and the gunmaker's principals sealed another step of the deal in a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at Partnership Park North. It involves about 240 acres off Proffitt Springs Road, west of the McGhee Tyson Airport runway.

Just more than a month after the nearly 170-year-old company announced it would move its headquarters and some manufacturing operations from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Blount, company officials and policymakers turned the dirt to prove how serious they are about the transition.

The move has been lauded since then, not only by Blount, Alcoa and Maryville governments — which each have a strategic hand in the move, though ultimately the company site will be in Maryville — but also by the state's top-tier leadership, including Gov. Bill Lee, who spoke at the groundbreaking Friday, praising Tennessee's ability to recruit big corporate names.


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