FRANKFORT Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that KOWA Kentucky Inc. cut the ribbon on its manufacturing facility in Corbin.

KOWA, which specializes in metalworking and treatment, is creating 30 jobs with its $10 million investment in the project.

The Knox County location is the Japanese company’s first operation in North America.

“Having the opportunity to make Kentucky the home of the company’s first North American location is an exciting prospect and shows our state is an ideal location for attracting new business,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “This is just another example of how Kentucky is successful at bringing in foreign direct investment.”

KOWA’s parent company, KOWA KOGYOSHO CO.,LTD. in Nagoya, Japan, opted to establish the plant in the Corbin Regional Speculative building at the Southeast Kentucky Business Park. The company’s operations will focus on surface treatment for automotive suppliers, specifically an advanced process known as electroless nickel plating.

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