Beshear: Northern Kentucky a bright spot for jobs amid recession

06/10/2010 06:15 PM

Northern Kentucky will add more than 400 jobs thanks to investments by seven companies that are helping the state dig “our way out of this recession,” as Gov. Steve Beshear put it.

Beshear said the expansions of the companies include a total investment of $28.4 million.

He praised the state’s newly-reorganized economic development incentive programs as playing a part in six of the seven expansions. But he said the main key is a trained workforce.

Beshear made the statements at the soon-to-open Gateway Community and Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Florence, which was designed in collaboration with the region’s large manufacturing base. He said it “will serve as a state-of-the-art facility to prepare, train and retrain the region’s workforce with 21st Century skills.”

The complex is scheduled to open this September.

Two manufacturing companies, Coating Excellence and Jacobs Automation, have recently announced their location to the Northern Kentucky area bringing 80 new jobs.

Diversified Structural Composites, Inc., Hahn Automation Inc., Parway Products Inc., Impak Acquisition LLC and Zumbiel Packaging will add 324 new full-time jobs to the community’s industrial base.

- Don Weber

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