Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Brightpoint Services Locating in Louisville

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Mandy Lambert
502-564-7670
 


Operation will bring approximately 154 new jobs to Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong announced today the location of Brightpoint Services, LLC in Louisville.  Specializing in wireless distribution and services, the new operation represents another win for Kentucky in the logistics industry.  Approximately 154 new jobs will be created as a result of the project.

“The Jefferson County region continues to build a reputation as a logistics hub,” said Governor Fletcher. “The addition of Brightpoint Services and more than 150 jobs to the area is terrific news.  Kentucky is proud to welcome the company as its newest corporate citizen.”

Through performance and service, Brightpoint has earned a place as trusted partners to its customers and suppliers around the world.  More than 20,000 global customers – including some of the industry’s most successful OEMs, network operators, retailers and dealers – rely on Brightpoint to distribute their devices, expand their sales channels and transform their logistical challenges into revenue opportunities.

“Brightpoint is excited about our expansion into the state of Kentucky and we look forward to becoming a valued member of the Louisville business community,” said J. Mark Howell, president of Brightpoint. 

The company will occupy a 239,000 square-foot distribution and fulfillment center located at 6001 Global Distribution Way.  Its fulfillment services are proven effective in direct-to-consumer, direct-to-store, and to national retailers. 

“Brightpoint Services will be a tremendous addition to our community’s dynamic logistics industry sector,” said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce.  “We are pleased that they recognized Louisville’s many competitive and economic advantages and we look forward to working with them in the coming years.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Brightpoint Services, LLC for tax benefits up to $3 million under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program designed to increase technology- and service-related employment in the commonwealth. 

A community profile for Jefferson County can be found at the following link: http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw/cw091/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 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.