Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Jom Pharmaceutical Services to Locate New Facility in Bullitt County
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Commissioner John McCarty were in Bullitt County today to announce the location of JOM Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a subsidiary of health care company Johnson & Johnson, and to break ground at the site of the company’s new approximately 325,000 square-foot pharmaceutical distribution center. The project will create about 100 full-time jobs and represents an initial investment of nearly $15.5 million in machinery and equipment in the facility.
“Kentucky is proud that JOM Pharmaceutical Services will call Kentucky home,” said Governor Fletcher. “The Louisville-Metro and Bullitt County region has become a logistics hub, offering companies a central location and access to a world-class freight airport and the UPS Worldport international hub. These assets and more make Kentucky a leader in global transportation opportunities.”
The new facility in Shepherdsville will complement distribution centers in New Jersey that serve 11 Johnson & Johnson operating companies.
“JOM Pharmaceutical Services selected Shepherdsville because of its central location and the excellent assistance we received from the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Courtney Billington, Vice President of Johnson & Johnson’s Global Pharmaceutical Supply Group in North America. “We are looking forward to a long relationship and are excited about the new facility.”
Located on Conestoga Parkway in the Settlers Point Business Park, the new distribution center is expected to be open by January 2008. Operations at the facility will include receiving, storage, distribution, shipping, customer service and support services.
“I am elated to have JOM Pharmaceutical Services Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which is a company noted for its excellent quality of products, locate in Shepherdsville,” said Bullitt County Judge-Executive Kenny Rigdon. “They will be a great asset to our community and we will work with them to make their venture successful.”
“We are extremely excited that JOM Pharmaceutical Services Inc. will locate their newest distribution center in Shepherdsville. Their presence in our community will only help further our vision for Shepherdsville and Bullitt County,” said Mayor Joseph G. Sohm. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership. We appreciate and thank all those involved whose efforts helped make this possible.”
“JOM Pharmaceutical Services’ decision to locate their new facility in Bullitt County reinforces how the strengths of all communities in the Greater Louisville region combine to make us more globally competitive,” said Joe Reagan, President and CEO, Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to be a part of the team that helped them make this decision and know their business and their employees will be successful here.”
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Johnson & Johnson for tax benefits up to $3.96 million under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program designed to increase service- and technology-related employment in the state. A community profile for Bullitt County can be found at the following link: http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw/cw013/Location.htm.
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 more than $1.6 billion with the creation of over 16,700 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.