Tuesday, 06 25, 2013
Mandy Lambert - 502/564-4886
Automotive supplier to invest nearly $13 million in the
PADUCAH, Ky. (June 25, 2013) – Governor Steve Beshear
today participated in a groundbreaking for Whitehall Industries, which plans to
create 150 jobs in Paducah and invest nearly $13 million in the project. The
company manufactures aluminum components for the automotive industry.
is gaining a well-deserved reputation as a powerful engine for the automotive
industry, and companies such as Whitehall Industries are a crucial part of that
success,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re excited to see 150 new jobs and a nearly
$13 million investment in the Commonwealth, and we welcome Whitehall to
Kentucky’s automotive industry employs nearly 80,000 people
at more than 450 motor vehicle-related facilities. The Commonwealth produced
more than a million vehicles in 2012, putting Kentucky fourth in the nation in
light vehicle production.
First established in 1974, Whitehall Industries began as a manufacturer of precision components for the copier
industry. The company expanded into aluminum operations, growing into an
industry leader in the manufacturing of automotive sunroof tracks. In 2010,
Michigan-based SRS Industries LLC acquired Whitehall Industries.
The new facility will be built on
Commerce Drive in Paducah, and will produce high quality and cost effective
precision aluminum extrusions and machine fabricated components for the
automotive industry. Due to fuel efficiency standards, the company plans
to meet the demand of automakers to design more automobiles with aluminum.
“American manufacturing is the
cornerstone of our economy, which creates real wealth for our nation and jobs
for our people,” said Yogen Rahangdale, Whitehall Industries president and CEO.
“I would like personally to thank the leadership of the Commonwealth of
Kentucky, McCracken County, the city of Paducah and the Economic Development
Corporation for making this project possible. This new location will allow
Whitehall to grow profitably, providing jobs and other benefits to the local
To encourage the investment and job creation in Paducah, 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
“This is great news for Paducah
and Kentucky, the intersection of two of our signature industries: aluminum and
automotive manufacturing,” said Sen. Bob Leeper, of Paducah. “I am so
pleased that our community can contribute to the resurgence of Kentucky
“I’m very excited and encouraged
that Whitehall Industries is making such an important investment in our
community,” said Rep. Gerald Watkins, of Paducah. “I hope we see many more
partnerships like the one that helped bring this wonderful corporate citizen to
“This announcement, thanks to
partnership between the Commonwealth, Paducah Economic Development, and
McCracken County, comes at a critical time for Paducah-McCracken County and the
surrounding area,” said Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler. “Folks
will have an opportunity to find good employment opportunities with Whitehall.”
“Whitehall is exactly the type of
manufacturing company that any community in the United States would welcome
with open arms,” said McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry. “We
are honored that they chose McCracken County.”
For more information on Whitehall Industries, visit www.whitehallindustries.com.
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
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