Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Aska USA Corporation to Locate New Manufacturing Facility in Frankfort

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Mandy Lambert
502-564-7670
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary John Hindman announced today that Aska Corporation, headquartered in Kariya-City, Japan, will establish Aska USA Corp. in Frankfort.  The factory automation system manufacturer will create 15 new full-time jobs with an average hourly wage of $28.50, exclusive of benefits.  The project represents a $2 million investment in the Commonwealth.

“Kentucky is a primary destination for foreign investment, calling home to more than 380 international companies representing 26 countries,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Kentucky is delighted to welcome Aska Corporation as its newest corporate citizen. We look forward to assisting them as they grow and prosper right here in Franklin County.”

The company has purchased a 20,000 square-foot facility on approximately 9.5 acres in the Franklin County Industrial Park.  Plans for the facility include the manufacture of factory automation systems. Additionally, the facility will handle sales and after-sales maintenance work.  Operations are expected to commence in September 2007.

“It has been my dream to start a business in the United States.  We are very pleased to establish the Aska USA Corporation in Frankfort, Kentucky, which is surrounded by a beautiful environment and excellent employees,” said Keisho Katayama, president of Aska Corporation. “We appreciate all of the help from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development in selecting the commonwealth for this venture.  We are looking forward to Aska USA becoming an important part of the state and local community.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Aska Corporation for tax benefits up to $300,000 under the Kentucky Industrial Development Act (KIDA), an incentive program designed to attract and expand manufacturing operations in the state.

“We are so pleased to welcome ASKA Corporation as the newest member of our industrial community and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership,” said Franklin County Judge Executive Ted Collins.  “Their selection of Franklin County and start-up of their new facility just marks the beginning of our commitment to their growth.  We service after-the-sale and will be encouraging and assisting them with their development at every opportunity.”

“ASKA Corporation’s choice to invest and expand their business in our community is a testament to Frankfort and Franklin County's attractiveness to the advanced manufacturing industry,” added Frankfort Mayor Bill May.  “We offer a great location with an excellent transportation and telecommunications network, a highly skilled work force, support from numerous colleges, universities and technical schools, and quality of life amenities which attract a knowledge-based work force.”

A community profile for Franklin County can be found at the following link:  http://www.thinkkentucky.com/EDIS/cmnty/index.aspx?cw=085.


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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 2006 totaled more than $3.4 billion with the creation of over 18,500 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.