Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher announces UGN, Inc. has selected Somerset to locate its new facility

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Facility will bring an initial 150 new jobs and a $16 million investment

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Gene Strong announced today the decision by UGN, Inc. to locate a new facility in Pulaski County, creating an initial 150 jobs with an expected total of 300 jobs in the next three years.  The project represents a $16 million investment in the commonwealth.

“The decision by UGN, Inc. to locate its manufacturing facility in Somerset will provide a major boost to the local economy,” Governor Ernie Fletcher said.  “Kentucky has been an ideal location for automotive suppliers for a long time and UGN, Inc.’s new facility shows that the commonwealth continues to be a prime location for the automotive industry.”

UGN, Inc. is a recognized leader for acoustic, interior trim and thermal management products serving the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America.  The 314,000 square foot Somerset plant will produce the company’s first acoustical carpet system for 2007 production year vehicles and is expected to be operational by 1st quarter 2006. 

Expanding our offerings to include carpet systems to our current product line, paired with the opening of a fourth manufacturing facility is a great success for UGN.  The addition of this facility validates the contributions and commitment UGN has made to the automotive industry and our customers," said Peter Anthony, president and CEO of UGN.  "Somerset provides an excellent location for our fourth facility and we look forward to increasing the economic development of Somerset, as well as establishing a long and prosperous relationship with the community."

Established as a joint venture in 1986 between Nihon Tokushu Tokyo Co., Ltd. And Rieter Automotive Systems UGN, Inc. is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has three manufacturing plants, one research and development facility, and more than 1,200 employees.

“We are very happy with the announcement today that UGN, Inc. will locate a facility in Somerset,” stated Mayor JP Wiles, City of Somerset.  “We appreciate the assistance of Governor Fletcher and the Cabinet for Economic Development in making this project possible.  This is the kind of company Somerset needs to grow so we thank UGN, Inc. for choosing our town.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved UGN, Inc. for tax benefits up to $5.6 million under the Kentucky Rural Development Act (KREDA), an incentive program designed to locate or expand manufacturing operations in counties suffering from high rates of unemployment.  A community profile for Pulaski County can be found at the following link:  http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw116/Location.htm.

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