FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 20, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin joined Thailand’s ambassador to the U.S., executives from Thai Summit America Corp. and local officials in Bardstown this morning to break ground for the automotive supplier’s $110 million-plus facility that will create 216 full-time positions.
The Nelson County plant, the company’s first in Kentucky, will produce stamped and welded aluminum assemblies for Ford Motor Co.
The company selected a site in the Nelson County Industrial Park for its 220,000-square-foot facility. The project’s first phase is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. At that point, the factory will begin delivering aluminum assemblies to Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Thai Summit’s investment also includes the purchase of presses and other equipment.
“We look forward to establishing Thai Summit’s first Kentucky facility and supplying our customer, Ford Motor Co., with the quality products that it has come to expect and rely upon from us,” said Chumpol Rangson, president and CEO of Thai Summit America Corp. “Our new location will also help us take advantage of other business opportunities in Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing industry.”
Established in Howell, Mich. in 1985, Thai Summit America Corp. – a Thai Summit Group company – supplies Ford, Chrysler and other automotive manufacturers. It offers remote laser welding, 3-D white-light measurement and high-strength steel capabilities. Thai Summit currently operates facilities in North America and Asia.
His Excellency Pisan Manawapat, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the U.S., joined in the groundbreaking. Thai Summit’s facility will be Kentucky’s first Thai-owned manufacturing plant.