Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces New Jobs Coming to Clark County
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong announced today the location of Sekisui S-LEC America, LLC in Winchester. The Japanese company, which manufactures interlayer film and sound acoustic film for automotive glass use, will create 80 new jobs and invest more than $43 million in the commonwealth.
“This new location represents a tremendous investment in both the community and the people of Clark County,” said Governor Fletcher. “I welcome Sekisui S-LEC America to Kentucky and look forward to working with them as they grow and prosper in our great state.”
Sekisui S-LEC America will construct a new facility located on 23 acres in the Winchester Industrial Park. The facility’s production capacity will be approximately 6 million automobile units per year and is expected to be operational by Fall 2007.
“We are delighted to be locating our new facility in Winchester, Kentucky, a community with good accessibility and labor availability,” Sekisui officials involved in the project commented. “The enthusiasm shown and wholehearted support given by the state and community to this project is overwhelming and we look forward to a long and successful future here.”
The concentration of Sekisui’s major customers along I-75 and the available industrial park complete with infrastructure also played a key role in the company’s decision.
“I want to thank everyone at Sekisui, the Cabinet for Economic Development and all those involved locally in bringing this company to Winchester,” stated Winchester Mayor Dodd Dixon. “We are honored to have been chosen as Sekisui’s first interlayer/acoustic film manufacturing site in North America.”
“Sekisui is a welcome addition to our community,” said Clark County Judge-Executive John Myers. “The jobs they will create will add value to our community and provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds and levels of experience.”
Sekisui S-LEC America is a subsidiary of Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd, established in 1947, in Osaka, Japan and employer of more than 17,000 people worldwide. Currently, Kentucky is home to nearly 350 international companies employing more than 70,000 Kentuckians. With today’s announcement by Sekisui S-LEC America, Japanese-owned investment now accounts for 142 of those international companies and employs more than 35,000 Kentuckians.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Sekisui S-LEC America for up to $1.6 million in tax benefits under the Kentucky Industrial Development Act, an incentive program aimed at increasing employment in the commonwealth. A community profile for Clark County may be found at the following link: http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw093/Location.htm
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The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2005 totaled nearly $1.7 billion with the creation of over 17,100 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.thinkkentucky.com.