Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear Announces Gator Made to Expand in Somerset
Utility trailer manufacturer to create 15 new jobs, invest $300,000
SOMERSET, Ky. (March 25, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear today joined company and community leaders in Somerset to announce the expansion of Gator Made Inc. A manufacturer of utility trailers, goosenecks and cargo trailers, Gator Made will create 15 new full-time jobs and invest $300,000 in the Commonwealth.
“Job creation is a vital part of economic progress in any community, and the 15 new jobs made possible by the expansion of Gator Made is a most welcome addition to the Somerset, Pulaski County community,” said Gov. Beshear. “The Commonwealth is pleased to partner with Gator Made and the Somerset community to make this investment possible. We will continue to work with Gator Made and other existing industries to make sure they have the tools they need to grow and prosper.”
Founded in 1996, Gator Made has grown from two employees to 54, and will expand its Somerset operation again by adding a new line of box trailers, plus a powder coating-paint line to its 305,000 square-foot plant. The facility presently houses Gator Made Trailers; Bondtech Corporation, a manufacturer of autoclave systems; and Innovacycle, a document destruction and recycling facility.
“I am very excited that our business is growing,” said B.J. Brown, president of Gator Made Inc. “By expanding our business we are creating an opportunity for us to further invest in our plant here in Somerset, Kentucky.”
“The location of the Gator Made plant is strategic for us to serve many customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” added Elsa Brown, vice president of Gator Made Inc. “We are very pleased with the support we’ve been receiving from the local officials and governments, both Pulaski County and the city of Somerset, as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Gator Made for tax incentives up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The incentive can be earned over a 10-year period through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments. The maximum annual approved amount to be earned by Gator Made is $30,000.
“It is an honor to announce that Gator Made is expanding operations in Pulaski County, especially during these hard economic times,” said Pulaski County Judge Executive Barty Bullock. “On behalf of the citizens of Pulaski County, we would like to thank B.J. and Elsa Brown for their continued support of our community. We also want to thank Gov. Beshear and the Cabinet for Economic Development for their hard work and support in making Gator Made’s expansion possible.”
“The additional jobs and retention of the existing jobs at Gator Made are a major boost to the economic base of Somerset, Pulaski County,” added Somerset Mayor Eddie R. Girdler. “The expansion of our existing industry is an important way to improve our local economy. We appreciate Gator Made for being a part of Somerset, Pulaski County and their investment being made for the future.”
A detailed community profile for Somerset (Pulaski County) can be viewed at http://thinkkentucky.com/EDIS/cmnty/index.aspx?cw=116. Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.