Tuesday, 04 01, 2014
Joe Hall 502-564-4886
Custom freezer manufacturer to create 75 new jobs
Ky. (April 1, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced
Custom Cooler Inc. plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Todd County.
Cooler, which manufactures custom walk-in coolers, freezers and freezer doors,
will create 75 jobs and invest nearly $5.8 million into the project.
“What a welcome investment to southern
Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m confident Custom Cooler will find our strong
workforce and strategic location beneficial to their long-term success. I thank
Custom Cooler for coming to the Commonwealth and for providing more Kentuckians
with quality, high-paying jobs.”
This will be Custom Cooler’s second manufacturing facility, and
the 117,000-square-foot operation will serve customers throughout the eastern
and central United States and internationally. The company chose Todd County
because of its central location.
at Custom Cooler Inc. is excited about the decision to locate in Elkton,” said
Ray Tolcher, vice president and general manager of Custom Cooler. “We look
forward to building a strong business and long-lasting relationships in Todd
County as well as throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Established in California in 2006,
Custom Cooler serves more than 300 domestic and international customers in the
food industry. Kentucky beat out three other states for the investment.
To encourage the investment and job
growth in Todd County, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority
preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1.5 million
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.
“When new jobs are
created in our district – that’s some of the best news we can hear,” said Sen.
Whitney Westerfield, of Hopkinsville. “It means that our community is
attractive and that our workforce is solid. I look forward to welcoming Custom
Cooler to Todd County.”
“I am proud to welcome Custom Cooler to
Elkton and look forward to the day when it is fully operational,” said Rep.
Martha Jane King, of Lewisburg. “This manufacturing facility will create 75 new
jobs, and will be a great asset to the community and the lives of the families
who will benefit. I applaud the teamwork of the local and state officials and
business leaders who have made this project possible.”
“The City of Elkton is very excited for
the opportunity to welcome Custom Cooler Inc.,” said Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp.
“Our appreciation goes out to those who worked so hard to bring them to our
area. Local manufacturers were significant in landing this project by
highlighting the fact that Elkton is well-suited for this particular industry.
Custom Cooler will be a great enhancement to our community.”
“On behalf of our citizens, I would like
to personally welcome Custom Cooler to Todd County,” said Todd County
Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield. “I would also like to thank our many partners
that worked together to encourage the company to locate in our county. It is an
honor to work with Custom Cooler as they bring a significant investment and
quality jobs into our community.”
information on Custom Cooler Inc., visit www.customcooler.com
Todd County has also been
certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a Work Ready in Progress 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.
Information on Kentucky’s economic
development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can
also join the discussion on Facebook
or follow on Twitter. Watch
the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.
community profile for Elkton (Todd County) can be viewed here.