Monday, 03 17, 2014
Joe Hall 502-564-4886
Irish safety gear manufacturer to establish new markets
in the United States
Ky. (March 17, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today joined company
officials and local leaders to announce Portwest LLC, a global workwear and
safety gear designer and manufacturer, plans to build a distribution center in
Bullitt County facility will be the first North American operation for the
company. Portwest, based in Ireland, will create 100 new jobs and invest nearly
$4.4 million into the project.
“I’m very excited
Portwest chose Kentucky as its entryway into the U.S. market. This is yet
another great example of Kentucky being at the forefront of international
commerce,” said Gov. Beshear.
Portwest specializes in
selling workwear and personal protective equipment. The company expects the
Shepherdsville operation to open new markets throughout North America, adding
to its extensive distribution network in Europe and Africa. Portwest will
occupy a 71,000-square-foot building on Omega Parkway, and plans to be
operational by early 2015.
has specialized in safety clothing and footwear for over 100 years,” said Harry
Hughes, Portwest’s managing director. “We are delighted to start a new branch
in Kentucky, which is centrally located for distribution and business friendly.
We look forward to growing our company in the U.S. and working with local
communities in creating long-term employment.”
Portwest started as a small shop in Ireland in 1904 and
today employs more than 1,000 people in Europe. The company operates other
warehouses in the United Kingdom, Poland, Dubai and Ireland.
To encourage the investment and job
growth in Bullitt County, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority
preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives of up to $1 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.
“Portwest’s choice of Bullitt County as the location of its
first North American facility is exciting but not surprising,” said Sen. Dan
Seum, of Fairdale. “Our community and its people are top-notch, and Portwest
obviously agrees. I look forward to watching this project come to fruition.”
“We are pleased that Portwest LLC chose Bullitt County as
its first location for business in North America, which speaks volumes about
the quality workforce and location our county offers to business and industry,”
said Rep. Russell Webber, of Shepherdsville. “This is yet another example
of the hard work being done on the state and local levels to market Bullitt
County as an outstanding place to do business.”
“We are happy about the commitment to the city of
Shepherdsville and look forward to a strong working relationship,” said
Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis.
“Over the past five years, Bullitt County has been fortunate
to attract many national companies and it is very appropriate on St. Patrick’s
Day that we welcome an Irish company to our community,” said Bullitt County
Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts. “We are pleased that Portwest chose Bullitt
County for its first distribution facility in the United States. Economic
development is a top priority for our county and increasing the number of jobs
and the overall wage rate is very important.”
information on Portwest LLC, visit www.portwest.com
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