Wednesday, 06 12, 2013
Mandy Lambert 502/564-4886
Metal stamping company creating 45 jobs, investing $2.2
million in the Commonwealth
RICHMOND, Ky. (June 12, 2013) – Governor Steve
Beshear was in Richmond today to hold a ribbon-cutting for Thunder Manufacturing USA Inc.
The company’s 30,000-square-foot facility is located in Richmond’s Industrial
Park South II, where Thunder is in the process of creating 45 new, full-time
jobs and investing $2.2 million in the project.
is just beginning to rumble here in the Commonwealth, and that sound is music
to our ears, with 45 jobs and a $2.2 million investment,” said Gov. Beshear.
“We anticipate this partnership will have a lasting impact on Richmond and
Kentucky for years to come. This is a wonderful example of how Kentucky can
attract top quality companies from outside the United States.”
Thunder began in 1965 as a small
tool and die shop and has grown into one of the leading metal stamping
companies in Canada. The Richmond plant is the company’s first manufacturing
facility outside of Canada. Kentucky is home to 425 internationally
based companies that employ more than 80,000 people.
excited to be opening up our first U.S. facility,” said Thunder President and
CEO Singh Hansra. “We are looking forward to growing our presence here in
Kentucky and look at this as a long-term partnership with this community.”
Gov. Beshear led an international business trade mission
trip to Canada earlier this month, joined by nearly two dozen Kentucky
companies and several trade partners. With stops in Montreal and Toronto,
the first Kentucky Export Initiative (KEI) trade mission sought to increase
commerce between Kentucky and Canada.
Kentucky’s business ties to Canada
play a major factor in the Commonwealth’s economy, with an estimated $11
billion in bilateral trade between Canada and Kentucky. Canada is Kentucky’s
number one trade destination, with $7.3 billion in Kentucky products and
services exported to Canada in 2012. Overall, Kentucky’s exports to 199 nations
in 2012 totaled $22 billion, setting an all-time record.
To encourage the investment and job creation in Richmond,
the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the
company for tax incentives up to $650,000 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
“I am so pleased with Thunder as
they provide employment opportunities to our hard-working people,” said Sen.
Jared Carpenter, of Berea. “I am confident they will be exceptional community
“Today’s ribbon-cutting is another
major step forward for our community’s economic development, so I want to thank
Thunder for helping to make this possible,” said Rep. Rita Smart, of
Richmond. “This is a great addition for Industrial Park South II, and it
will mean so much to the 45 families who will benefit from these jobs.”
of the city of Richmond, we are excited that Thunder chose Richmond to expand
its stamping business,” said Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes. “We appreciate the job
opportunities they are providing for our citizens, and we look forward to a
long and successful partnership as they establish and grow their operation here
in the United States.”
great news for Richmond and Madison County,” said Madison County
Judge-Executive Kent Clark. “The various opportunities that 45 new jobs will
bring to our community and our region couldn’t have come at a better time.
Thunder is one of the leading metal stamping companies in Canada, and we are
very pleased it chose our community to start its U.S. expansion.”
For more information on Thunder, visit www.thundertool.com.
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can be viewed at http://www.thinkkentucky.com/community.aspx?county=Madison.