Another prominent gun industry company is abandoning an anti-gun northeastern state for friendlier climes. Firearm and accessory maker Troy Industries has announced that it will be relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations from West Springfield, Massachusetts to Clarksville, Tennessee.
From clarksvillenow.com . . .
The company is moving to Tennessee in part because of the “changing climate” for the firearms industry in Massachusetts, according to Steve Troy, president and CEO of Troy Industries.
“While Troy has enjoyed a very successful period of growth in Massachusetts, the changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state determined the need for our relocation to Tennessee to ensure the continued success of the company,” Troy said.
About that changing climate…there are bills currently pending in the Massachusetts legislature that would ban the manufacture of “any assault weapon or large capacity feeding device,” unless manufacturers are selling those products to law enforcement or military agencies.
The Bay State is also the home of Smith & Wesson, Savage Arms and a Kahr Arms manufacturing facility, but legislators are apparently only too happy to drive those jobs out of the state as long as it means being on the politically correct side of the civilian disarmament issue.
Troy, however, decided that it won’t be waiting around to see how the current anti-gun legislative jihad turns out.
From fox17.com . . .
Gov. Bill Lee says the project will invest $7.2 million and create 75 jobs over the next five years.
“I appreciate TROY for choosing to relocate to Tennessee and am proud to partner with this world-renowned firearms manufacturer. When companies pick Tennessee to locate or expand their operations, it is a vote of confidence to our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce,” Lee said. “I thank TROY for this investment and the creation of new jobs for Tennesseans.”
How long will it be before more Massachusetts gun industry jobs are lost when managers decide the hostility of the business environment outweighs the hassle, disruption, and considerable expenses involved in moving?