Gun Maker Establishing Nashville Manufacturing Plant

Start-up firearm maker Vantage LLC will invest $5M and create 100 manufacturing and assembly jobs in Davidson County, TN.

Vantage LLC will invest $5 million to establish a manufacturing plant in Nashville, TN. The company will create 100 manufacturing and assembly jobs during the next five years. Vantage will begin producing a new shotgun at its Nashville plant, which will be operational in the fall of 2016.

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Vantage is a start-up created by the founders of Crye Precision, a design and manufacturing firm headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. Crye has been designing and producing apparel, armor and other equipment for the military, law enforcement, and civilian markets since 2000.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin this new endeavor in Nashville,” said Gregg Thompson, co-founder of Vantage. “It’s absolutely critical to the success of the company that we have the right people at the helm and the right environment to grow. We’ve come to the clear conclusion that Tennessee, and Nashville specifically, offers a top-notch workforce and a climate that is unwavering in its support of innovation. It’s an understatement to say that we are ecstatic to build this operation and this brand in Tennessee. It’s truly a perfect fit.”

“Vantage’s decision to invest in Tennessee is a testament to our state’s thriving manufacturing sector and our pipeline of workforce talent that can meet the needs of advanced manufacturers,” said Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd. “Over the last five years, Tennessee’s manufacturing sector has posted the second largest GDP increase in the Southeast. When I met with Vantage co-founders Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson, I was immediately impressed with their company’s operation. Vantage will be a vital part of Team Tennessee’s manufacturing growth for many years to come and I’d like to thank Caleb and Gregg for bringing 100 new jobs to Nashville.”

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