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(WBIR- Sevier County) Beretta's move to Middle Tennessee could bring jobs to businesses in East Tennessee.

The firearm manufacturer contacted Parker Trutec in Sevierville July 9 about outsourcing heat treatments and chemical processes, said Phil Whaley, Trutec vice president.

"Anytime you get this kind of news for a company with brand recognition like Beretta, they're a big player," he said. "It's really a good opportunity for a company like us."

Parker Trutec does a process called induction heat treating, which improves the black appearance of weapons, Whaley said. It also improves corrosion protection and prevents scratches.

The process Beretta currently does is called black oxide. Parker Trutec's heat induction could replace this, Whaley said.

Trutec currently employs about 50 people, Whaley said. Doing business with an account like Beretta means the company would need to add as many as 10 jobs, he said.

"It could be significant," he said. "Obviously any time we hear of a gun company relocating to the South, it's exciting for us."

Whaley said their company heard about the Beretta move about six months ago. He said the gun manufacturer has also been contacting other businesses in East Tennessee about contracting services as well.

"It's unfortunate some of the things that have changed in the industry that's forced these companies to move south," Whaley said."We believe in handling firearms safely and being responsible, and it's just good the industry really. It's great news for the state."

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