Cabinet for Economic Development
Gov. Beshear Announces Unique Granite and Marble to Expand Manufacturing in Owensboro, Create 25 Jobs
Countertop manufacturer to invest $400,000 in the Commonwealth
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced Unique Granite and Marble Inc. plans to expand manufacturing operations in Owensboro, creating 25 new, full-time jobs and investing $400,000 in the project.
“Unique Granite and Marble is a true small business success story, with an owner who saw a need in his community, began filling that need and is now looking to expand the company’s footprint,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re excited to see these 25 new jobs and a $400,000 investment in the Commonwealth.”
Unique Granite and Marble has been manufacturing custom granite and quartz countertops in Owensboro since 2004, after the company saw a need in the local market and transitioned from home building and remodeling to countertop manufacturing.
With 28 current employees, Unique Granite and Marble has grown into the Owensboro area’s largest fabricator of custom stone countertops. With the expansion, the company plans to establish a new division to produce countertops for large commercial and multi-family units throughout a six-state region.
“We look forward to the opportunities presented to us with the support of the people at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation,” said Unique Granite and Marble CEO Rick Thomas. “These incentives will be used to bring jobs back to Owensboro. This community has given so much to us; we are very excited for the opportunity to give back.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in Owensboro, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $250,000 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.
“I congratulate Unique Granite on its success, which has tangible proof in this welcomed expansion,” said Sen. Joe Bowen, of Owensboro.
“Unique Granite has really established a strong reputation in the homebuilding industry, so I’m not surprised at all that it is expanding operations here and across a broad section of the country,” said Rep. Tommy Thompson, of Owensboro. “It’s another example of the quality products that are produced in our community, and I’m certainly happy that our local and state officials could help the company make this possible.”
“This is a great opportunity for the Owensboro area, and it speaks highly of our local workforce and the quality of craftsmanship done by Unique Granite,” said Rep. Jim Glenn, of Owensboro. “I’m pleased to see the company take this step.”
“Unique Granite and Marble is experiencing success in our economy, and Owensboro is happy to support its growth,” said Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne. “This creation of 25 new, full-time jobs is wonderful news for our community.”
“Unique Granite and Marble is a great example of the quality businesses that we have in Owensboro and Daviess County,” said Nick Brake, president of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. “We thank Rick and his team for choosing to grow here, and we deeply appreciate their commitment to increasing the economy in our region.”
For more information on Unique Granite and Marble, visit www.uniquegranite.biz.
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