Cabinet for Economic Development
Gov. Beshear Announces Davert USA to Establish Operations in Bowling Green, Create 20 Jobs
Canadian-based company to invest more than $2.3 million in the Commonwealth
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined company and local officials to welcome Davert USA to Bowling Green. The Canadian-based company chose Bowling Green as its first U.S. location and plans to create 20 new, full-time jobs and invest more than $2.3 million in the project.
“The Commonwealth is honored to have Davert choose Bowling Green as the site for its first location in the United States,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a testament to the quality of the workforce and strategic location Kentucky offers, and we’re happy to see 20 new jobs and a $2.3 million investment in the Commonwealth.”
Davert, which provides solutions for metal fabrication, engineering, design and prototype needs, has been in business in Canada since 1996. The company plans to purchase equipment and lease a building in Bowling Green.
“We are proud to locate Davert here in Bowling Green-Warren County,” said Bob Collier, president of Davert USA Inc. “South central Kentucky is an ideal location for our new facility, and we’re excited to start operations here. We thank Gov. Beshear and all of the leaders who have supported this project, and we look forward to being a great corporate citizen in the region.”
To encourage the investment and job creation in Bowling Green, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
“Our area is blessed with a productive workforce; so much so that we are even recognized internationally for the caliber of our people,” said Sen. Mike Wilson, of Bowling Green. “I welcome Davert to our community and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
“It really means a lot to our community to have Davert USA choose us for its first U.S. location,” said Rep. Jody Richards, of Bowling Green. “It’s a testament to our local workforce and the business-friendly atmosphere we have established. This announcement is also another sign that our economy is truly on the upswing.”
“This announcement is one more example of the attractiveness of our region for new companies,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “Davert is demonstrating its confidence in our community by locating here, and we are eager to help the company grow here.”
“It is an honor to be chosen as Davert’s first U.S. location, and their decision to locate here is a testament to our positive business climate,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Michael Buchanon. “We congratulate Bob and his team on today’s announcement, and we look forward to working with them long into the future.”
Warren County has also been certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a Work Ready Certified Community. The certification is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy.
For more information on Davert, visit www.davert.org.
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