Takigawa Breaks Ground in Bardstown on First U.S. Factory

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (April 20, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin joined company and Nelson County officials Friday as Takigawa Corp. America broke ground on its $46 million flexible packaging and high-performance films plant expected to create 180 jobs.

“Today represents an exciting moment for Takigawa, Nelson County and the commonwealth, as we continue to solidify our position as a prime location for investment in the food and beverage industry,” Gov. Bevin said. “This is another significant indication of our rapid progress toward creating the most favorable business climate in the country. We are grateful to Takigawa for their decision to locate in Kentucky and we know they will be a great asset to this wonderful community for many years to come.”

Takigawa announced in December it would build a 148,000-square-foot facility on an 18-acre greenfield site in Bardstown to keep pace with growing demand from its customers. Construction is expected to be complete in March 2019 with the plant opening in April 2019. The company’s first US operation will primarily provide packaging for national and international product brands.

A June meeting at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C. between Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Terry Gill, Executive Officer Vivek Sarin and led to conversations about Kentucky’s suitability as a site for an American facility. Gill and Sarin followed up during a visit with company executives during a December trade mission to Japan.

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Independent Stave to Build New $66.5 Million Cooperage in Morehead

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 5, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Co. will create 220 jobs for Kentuckians with a new $66.5 million cooperage in Morehead.

“Independent Stave is a strong corporate partner to Kentucky with multiple locations across the commonwealth. This new investment, which will create 220 jobs in Eastern Kentucky, is the latest sign that ISC has truly made itself at home in our state,” Gov. Bevin said. “The bourbon industry plays a significant role in our economy, and that extends to cooperages and other sectors. We are grateful to the company for its continued commitment to Kentucky and are excited about its prospects for continued growth in the future.”

ISC plans to buy land in Rowan County for its cooperage and purchase new machinery and equipment to outfit the barrel-making plant. Strong demand in the bourbon and whiskey industry prompted the new project. Building in Morehead will create production flexibility and logistical advantages. ISC opened a stave mill in Morehead in September 2015, which will supply the new cooperage. Company leaders plan to start the cooperage’s construction in early 2019 and open by July 2021.

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Fitzgerald Industries to Buy Former Belden Plant in Monticello, Create 250 Jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Fitzgerald Industries II LLC, which manufactures aluminum dump truck beds, will locate in the former Belden Inc. plant in Monticello with a $6 million investment that will create 250 full-time jobs.

“Fitzgerald Industries is providing an incredible opportunity for the workforce in Monticello and Wayne County,” Gov. Bevin said. “The closure of the Belden operation was a major blow to the local community, and this chance to put 250 people back to work comes at the perfect time. This investment by Fitzgerald Industries also strengthens Kentucky’s rapidly growing aluminum sector. This is truly a win for all involved, and we look forward to the company’s success in southeastern Kentucky.”

The company’s $6 million investment will reconfigure the plant and add machinery to cut, form and weld aluminum sheet for production of commercial-grade dump beds for Class 8 trucks. The facility also will form steel parts for use in fabrication of steel dump truck bodies.

Tommy A. Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Industries, described his family’s enthusiasm about reopening the once bustling cable wiring plant, which closed last year as the company consolidated North American operations.

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Blue Grass Metals Expanding in Northern Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 2, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Blue Grass Metals Inc., a supplier of wire forms to the automotive industry, will expand its operation in Boone County with the creation of 15 jobs via a more than $4 million investment.

“For years, Blue Grass Metals has been a strong corporate partner in Northern Kentucky, and its latest investment will help bolster our state’s already thriving automotive industry,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful for this latest example of a Kentucky company making a long-term decision that will diversify its products within the marketplace. We commend Blue Grass Metals’ foresight, as they continue to forge a lasting legacy of excellence.”

Blue Grass Metals has been in operation for over 25 years, initially serving the pneumatic tool industry and supplying the automotive industry since 1998. The construction of an adjacent 50,000-square-foot facility in Boone County and the purchase of new equipment will add manufacturing capability to produce wire forms for seat frames, exhaust brackets, frame components, stamping and tube fabrication.

“Ever since becoming an employee-owned company back in 2013, we have been investigating ways to improve our competitive advantage and increase market share,” said Dale Badger, president of Blue Grass Metals. “We believe that expansion here in Northern Kentucky will provide strategic opportunities to expand not only our customer base but our product offering as well.”

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Greensburg Lands $11.6 Million Hardin Scientific Facility

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) – Biotech device maker Hardin Scientific Inc. will locate its new $11.6 million manufacturing and development operation in Green County, a project expected to create 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“Hardin Scientific combines cutting-edge science with the kind of business initiative we want to encourage more of in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Companies like this are fueling our state’s rise to national distinction in research and advanced manufacturing. It is the entrepreneurs with big ideas, like those guiding Hardin Scientific, that are making this happen. It is great to see a homegrown product of one of Kentucky’s universities leading the way as we move into the future.”

The company will locate in a 40,000-square-foot spec building in Greensburg where it will manufacture T3-i7 Cell-Culture incubators, the first modular and internet-enabled device on the company’s platform. The device enables accurate reproduction of human-like body conditions for tissue culture, stem-cell research, protein expressions and genetics in the research, diagnostic and forensic industries.

Founder and CEO Aaron Hardin, a Berea, Ky. native, noted the Greensburg community’s hospitality and the logistical advantages of locating in Kentucky as major factors in the company decision.

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Business Growth Spurs Lynx Labeling’s Plan for New Glasgow Plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2018) – Lynx Labeling Inc., which develops and sells custom labeling machinery and software primarily to the meat and poultry industries, will build a $500,000 facility and create 10 jobs in Glasgow, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“Lynx Labeling’s decision to build a new facility and hire more people in Glasgow is further testament to the state’s favorable business environment,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful that another high-tech company has taken advantage of Kentucky’s many logistical and workforce advantages. We appreciate Lynx’s investment in our state and look forward to what the future holds for this company and the community of Glasgow.”

The company also plans to invest $65,000 in equipment and $25,000 in startup-related activities at its new 12,000-square-foot Barren County facility, which will be located in the Highland Glen Industrial Park. The additional space and 10 new full-time employees will allow the company to keep pace with growing customer orders. Lynx plans to break ground in March and finish construction by summer 2018.

“Lynx Labeling has done a great job meeting an increase in demand over the last couple years,” said Billy Jones, president of Lynx Labeling. “We’re excited this expanded facility will allow us to continue to deliver the innovative and industry leading solutions our customers have come to depend on.”

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Shelby Energy, Norfolk Southern Railway partner to promote Shelbyville site to employers

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2017) — Shelby Energy Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are using high-tech tools to help draw employers to a high-profile Shelbyville, Ky., site.

The 400-acre Norfolk Southern property, located adjacent to Interstate 64 in Shelbyville, is the latest site showcased on www.DataIsPower.org, which features locations available to commercial and industrial businesses looking to expand or relocate. Videos and detailed data about the property appear on the PowerVision page of the web site.


The property features ready accessibility to rail and interstate transportation, as well as the nearby Louisville International Airport and UPS Centennial Hub.

Working closely with Norfolk Southern, which owns the property, the cooperatives used aerial drones to film and digitally map and analyze the land, producing a five-minute flyover video and another video featuring three-dimensional analysis of the site.

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Federal-Mogul Motorparts Will Create 25 Jobs with Glasgow Expansion

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC, a provider to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket, will invest more than $8.68 million and create 25 full-time jobs with an expansion of its operation in Glasgow.

“Federal-Mogul Motorparts has called Kentucky home for more than 20 years, and has been a dependable employer in Barren County during that time,” Gov. Bevin said. “This investment will allow the company to react quickly to changes within the industry, which is exactly the type of forward thinking that allows Kentucky to remain at the forefront of the nation’s automotive industry. We are grateful for this decision by Federal-Mogul and are excited that the people of Barren County will have these new job opportunities.”

Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ investment will cover the cost of construction of a 15,000-square-foot expansion of its existing building and the purchase of new equipment. The facility currently produces drum brake friction for OEMs and the commercial vehicle aftermarket. The upgrades will allow the facility to better serve its customers with the market’s shift to air disc pads. The operation, which currently employs 172 people in Barren County and surrounding areas, is expected to manufacture 1.5 million air disc pads annually.

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Takigawa Corp. Japan to Establish First US Operation in Bardstown

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Takigawa Corp. Japan, a flexible packaging and high-performance films producer, will create 180 full-time jobs with a nearly $46 million investment to locate a manufacturing operation in Bardstown, its first in the United States.

“Kentucky’s food and beverage industry has grown consistently in recent years, and that momentum continued with the addition of Takigawa,” said Gov. Bevin. “I commend the economic development teams at both the state and local level for helping to bring this amazing company to Kentucky. This will be a fantastic addition to the corporate community in Nelson County. We are grateful to Takigawa for this decision and welcome them to the commonwealth.”

Takigawa will establish its first US manufacturing operation with the construction of a 180,000-square-foot facility on a greenfield site in Bardstown in an effort to meet growing demand. The operation will primarily serve high-impact packaging for high-impact brands.

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New Flyer of America to Locate Plant in Shepherdsville, Create up to 550 Jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced New Flyer of America Inc. will create up to 550 full-time jobs as it invests $40 million to lease and upgrade a facility for bus parts fabrication in Shepherdsville.

“New Flyer’s decision to locate in Kentucky further distinguishes the commonwealth as a top location for engineering and advanced manufacturing in the US,” Gov. Bevin said. “The significant number of jobs coming to Shepherdsville and surrounding communities through this investment will be a major economic driver for years to come. We thank New Flyer for selecting Kentucky and congratulate officials and residents of Bullitt County on this major announcement.”

New Flyer of America, a US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (NFI Group), will build out a 300,000-square-foot facility in Shepherdsville. The $40 million investment includes $28 million for equipment and building preparations and $12 million across a 10-year lease. Company leaders expect to begin work this month and be in full operation by the end of 2019.

The operation will support the company’s efforts to boost in-house production of components, which allows New Flyer to create jobs, increase competitiveness and improve its production processes. The facility will provide fabrication and parts to support all three NFI Group business entities: New Flyer, MCI and NFI PartsTM.

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