Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces New Facility in Hopkinsville

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 16, 2005  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

            FRANKFORT, KYGovernor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong announced today Maintainer Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of premium quality, customized mechanic’s service truck bodies, lubrication truck bodies, and extendable cranes, will locate in Hopkinsville.  The $3.25 million investment will create 60 new jobs in the commonwealth.


“The decision by Maintainer Corporation to locate its new facility in Kentucky means excellent opportunities for our citizens in the Hopkinsville area,” said Governor Fletcher.  “We look forward to working with them as they grow and prosper here in Kentucky.”


Fueled by continued growth in sales, Maintainer, which is privately owned by the Van Wyk family of Sheldon, Iowa, will locate its new 50,000 square foot facility at 1405 Frank Yost Lane.


"We're excited about locating our major expansion project in Hopkinsville," stated Maintainer President, Denny Michels.  "We were instantly impressed by the community and its people.  Everyone involved with our project has been very helpful and we're looking forward to being a great addition to the Hopkinsville community."


Founded in 1976, the company has earned a reputation in the marketplace for its high quality product, outstanding service and support, and its ability to customize its products to meet the specific needs of its individual customers.  Maintainer’s end-users include heavy construction equipment dealers, road builders and heavy construction companies, railroads, mining operations, and others. 


Additionally, Maintainer’s sister company, Link Mfg., Ltd, also owned by the Van Wyk family, will use the new facility as a regional distribution and installation center for several of its products.  Link Mfg., Ltd. is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered products and systems to the heavy truck and commercial vehicle industries including: air suspensions for truck cabs; liftable axles for work trucks; air suspensions for light and medium-duty trucks; and a variety of cargo management products for several niche industries.


“It’s Christmas come early in Hopkinsville,” said Don Henderson, Chairman of the Economic Development Council.  “We’re extremely excited and thankful that Maintainer has chosen Hopkinsville to locate their facility.  This success was made possible by many state and local partners as well as TVA.  We know that Hopkinsville and Maintainer will have a long term profitable partnership.”


The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved tax benefits for Maintainer Corporation at its meeting today for up to $2 million under the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act (KREDA), an incentive program aimed at increasing employment in the commonwealth.  A community profile of Hopkinsville may be found at the following link: