HVAC maker, tofu company to bring 700 jobs to Shelby, 100 to Louisville

SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentuckiana Curb Co. Inc., a commercial HVAC product manufacturer doing business as KCC Manufacturing, plans to add 700 high-pay jobs in Shelby County with an investment of $ 60 million to establish a new location in Simpsonville.

And a Japanese company provides more than 100 jobs in Louisville.

To meet the need for more manufacturing space, KCC initially plans to build 380,000 square feet of facilities on 80 acres along Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, Governor Andy Beshear said in a statement Thursday.

The KCC project supports the company’s HVAC equipment manufacturing, as well as roof curbs, curb adapters and other sheet metal products for roof-mounted air conditioning equipment for a growing customer base including agritech-related businesses, healthcare facilities and schools. neighborhoods, shops, restaurants and accommodation.

Work on the project is expected to start in January 2022 and finish within a year. The company’s existing presence in Kentucky includes two manufacturing facilities in Jeffersontown, where it employs more than 510 people.

“We are very pleased to continue our expansion efforts here in Kentucky,” said Anthony Balbach, Chief Financial Officer of KCC Manufacturing. “KCC’s vision to promote the healthy building initiative through our range of 100% outdoor air units and other HVAC products can now be fully realized by expanding in Simpsonville, Kentucky. We are fortunate to partner with the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation and our large Commonwealth of Kentucky to make this vision a reality. As a 100% employee owned company, we look forward to welcoming new team members and continuing our evolution as a leading technological and exceptional quality manufacturer. “

KCC was headquartered in Kentucky in 1977. The company designs and manufactures commercial heating and air conditioning equipment aimed at improved indoor air quality, as well as proprietary technology for indoor agricultural applications.

Other products include metal and conventional roof curbs, stainless steel gutters, skylights, smoke grilles, roof hatches, walkways and other roofing products. Aside from its Kentucky locations, KCC also operates in Tooele, Utah.

Shelby County Judge / Executive Dan Ison highlighted the community’s ability to attract new clients.

“Shelby County’s business-friendly climate has brought another large manufacturing facility to the county,” said Judge / Director Ison. “Thanks to Kentucky’s Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes and Governor Andy Beshear for working with us.”

Simpsonville Mayor Cary Vowels welcomed the significant job creation of the project.

‘This is excellent news. KCC Manufacturing will be a great addition to Simpsonville and Shelby County, ”said Mayor Vowels. “The company manufactures quality products with quality jobs in Kentucky!”

Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, said the growing business will be a good fit for the community.

“KCC Manufacturing will be a great asset to our community,” said Adams. “They have a proven track record of delivering quality jobs and being a good community partner. We are delighted to welcome them to Simpsonville, Shelby County. “

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) tentatively approved a 10-year stimulus agreement with the company on Thursday under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can deliver up to $ 10 million in tax benefits based on the company’s investment of $ 60 million and annual targets of:

  • Create and maintain 700 full-time jobs in Kentucky for 10 years; and
  • Paying an average hourly wage of $ 29, including benefits for all those jobs.

In addition, KEDFA approved KCC for up to $ 500,000 in tax breaks through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA enables approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use taxes on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development, and electronic processing.

By meeting its annual targets during the term of the agreement, the company may be eligible to keep some of the new tax revenue it generates. The company can claim eligible incentives against its income tax and / or payroll assessments due.

Meanwhile, tofu producer House Foods America Corp. plans to establish its first Kentucky facility in Louisville Riverport Authority’s Phase 5 development with a $ 146.3 million investment that will create 109 full-time jobs.

“I am proud to welcome House Foods to Kentucky. This company really has its eye on the future, it produces healthy food products while creating a significant number of well-paid jobs, ”said Beshear. “The diversity of the food and beverage industry in our state is one of its strongest points and House Foods is the latest company to contribute to the fast-growing industry. Louisville will be an excellent match as the company continues to grow and expand its presence in the US market. “

House Foods plans to build a 350,000-square-foot facility on 30 acres in southwest Louisville to produce tofu with 100% US-grown, non-GMO soybeans and other food products for US customers. , production workers, engineers, R&D personnel, logistics and administrative functions.

Work on the project is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2025.

“It is an honor to join the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and we are thrilled to contribute to the community by making great, healthy products for customers across the country,” said Hiromasa (Hunt) Takahashi, assistant. business strategy planning manager at House Foods.

House Foods America Corp., a subsidiary of the Japan-based House Foods Group, was founded in 1983 to introduce the company’s tofu, shirataki, and other nutritional products to the U.S. market. House Foods has been operating in Japan for over 100 years and its US presence includes facilities in California and New Jersey.

House Foods contributes to the more than 350 food and beverage manufacturing, service and technology facilities in the Commonwealth, which currently employ more than 52,000 people. Last year, the industry announced more than 50 new location or expansion projects expected to create approximately 1,500 full-time jobs in the coming years with $ 960 million in announced investments.

Nearly 200 Japanese-owned manufacturing, service, and technology facilities currently operate in Kentucky, employing approximately 47,000 people statewide, making it the state’s largest international investor.

House Foods supports the Governor’s AgriTech initiative, while Team Kentucky works to establish the state as an agritech leader for the nation. The initiative joins Kentucky’s advanced manufacturing sector with our deep roots in agriculture. It partners with Kentucky entities with international players to leverage best practices and technologies. These efforts will drive innovation and growth in the industry in the long term.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said it was all hands on deck to bring the project together.

“Louisville is pleased to welcome House Foods America Corp. to Riverport Phase 5 in southern Louisville,” said Mayor Fischer. “Their new facility and the new jobs it will bring represent a great combination of our manufacturing and food and beverage clusters. I appreciate that our partners at MSD, Louisville Water Co., Louisville Riverport Authority and Louisville Gas & Electric are working together to help House Foods decide to make this their only US facility, not on the coasts. Great teamwork! “

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) tentatively approved a 10-year stimulus agreement with the company on Thursday under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement could deliver up to $ 2 million in tax benefits based on the company’s investment of $ 146.3 million and annual targets of:

  • Create and maintain 109 full-time jobs in Kentucky for 10 years; and
  • Pay an average hourly wage of $ 26.87, including benefits for all those jobs.

In addition, KEDFA approved House Foods for up to $ 2 million in tax benefits through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA enables approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use taxes on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development, and electronic processing.

By meeting its annual targets during the term of the agreement, the company may be eligible to keep some of the new tax revenue it generates. The company can claim eligible incentives against its income tax and / or payroll assessments due.

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