In 2009, Barrett filed suit against Rutherford County and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, alleging TDOT’s refusal to widen Miller Lane near Epps Mill Road has cost the company.
In 2004, Barrett Firearms received a $40 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to produce the company’s .50-caliber rifles for U.S. military snipers in Iraq.
The company’s current 20,000 square foot facility and 60 employees were unable to complete the contract without a 48,000 square foot expansion and the addition of 50 employees.
Barrett said he proposed extending the Rutherford County road at the company’s expense. The extension required TDOT to move a fence adjacent to I-24.
TDOT said the access road would jeopardize the state’s federal road funding.
Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle in a ruling handed down Sept. 22 found that state agencies like TDOT are immune from breach of contract lawsuits.
Earlier this year, State Rep. Donna Rowland, company owner Ronnie Barrett’s wife, tried to push legislation through the Tennessee General Assembly requiring TDOT to build the road.