CEO: Gun maker no longer planning to build Blount Cty plant

Joe Roebuck told 10News that terms and conditions had changed and that he was moving the company back to Florida

MARYVILLE, Tenn. The founder and CEO of a weapons manufacturer will not be building a plant in Maryville now.

Three years ago, amid fanfare over government plans, SCCY Industries announced plans to build a center in Big Springs Industrial Park that would include its corporate offices and primary manufacturing operations.

CEO Joe Roebuck told 10News that terms and conditions have changed since then and that he will be relocating the company back to Florida.

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The foundation stone for the plant had not yet been laid. The property, part of a Blount County Open Incentive, will be returned to the Blount Partnership.

Roebuck said he had a heavy heart to make the decision and enjoyed the East Tennessee area. The company had rented a 10,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the property on Ross Drive.

In April 2017, economic and state leaders said a new plant would create 350 jobs in the region.

At this point in time, the SCCY site should be operational in the first half of 2018.

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