Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for Fulton County

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Fulton County.  Funding will be used for the Fulton County Economic Development Partnership.

            CDBG funds will be used to assist the Burke-Parsons-Bowlby Corporation (BPB) with the purchase of equipment to assist in the location of a new manufacturing facility in Fulton County.  This will be the company’s second operation, the first being located in Stanton.

            “The fact that BPB is opening at a second location within the commonwealth serves as a testament to the strength of the workforce of Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This will be a great boost to the economic development of Fulton County.”

            The company plans on purchasing 80 acres of land north of the existing industrial park.  BPB manufactures treated wood products, principally railroad ties, making the rail location in Fulton County advantageous to the company for receiving raw product as well as serving their southeastern United States’ customers.  The company expects to hire approximately 52 people over a two-year period.

            Senator Ken Winters (R-Murray) said, “Fulton County’s unemployment rate is higher than the state’s average, making this project all the more important.  These jobs are needed in this community.”

            Additional BPB facilities are located in West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

            Representative Steven Rudy (R-LaCenter) said, “The creation of these jobs will have an important economic impact for citizens of Fulton County.  I am pleased that the administration chose to award funds to this project.”

            Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.