Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  


New company will bring up to 60 new jobs to the community



FRANKFORT, KYCabinet for Economic Development Commissioner George Burgess joined company and local officials today to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for EDi Medical.  The 10,000 square-foot surgical products service facility opened in fall 2006 with a dozen employees and is expected to grow up to 60 employees as the project expands.


“The Cabinet for Economic Development is proud to have played a role in bringing EDi Medical to the Barren County community,” said Commissioner Burgess. “The new jobs created by this location represent excellent opportunities for the citizens of Barren County.  We appreciate the investment EDi Medical has made in Kentucky and look forward to many years of continued growth.” 


The new operation, located in Fountain Run, will assemble custom sterile surgical packs for hospitals and related customers in the health care industry.  Its advanced system allows customers to track and monitor surgical kit orders via its web-based customer service portal.


“EDi Medical is very pleased to have chosen Kentucky to open our custom sterile surgical packaging company and appreciate the support from the Economic Development Cabinet, which was the determining factor in our decision to locate here,” said Kurt Tarter, President of EDi Medical. “We have been delighted with the quality of the labor force and are eager to expand from a dozen positions to multiple dozens as our business continues to grow.”


The custom sterile surgical pack business is a $4 billion industry within the healthcare field and EDi Medical is well positioned to pursue and secure multi-millions in revenue.  


“We are very fortunate to have a company like EDi Medical locate in Barren County.  The company and the 60 new jobs it will create mean a lot to this community,” said Barren County Judge Executive Davie Greer. “The health care industry continues to be a very strong and growing market and Barren County is committed to working with Mr. Tarter and EDi now and in the future.  I want to thank Secretary Gene Strong and the Cabinet of Economic Development for its assistance in working with EDi as well.” 


The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved EDi Medical for tax benefits up to $636,750 under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program designed to attract and expand technology- and service-related industries in the state.


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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