German automotive parts business coming to Calloway County
MURRAY, Ky.— Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined local economic leaders to announce another German automotive company has chosen to call Calloway County home. Kemmerich Metal Engineering is setting up a factory and its American headquarters in Murray.
The big announcement from Kemmerich's CEO Thomas Bergen was met with healthy applause from a room full of politicians, business leaders, and Kentuckians excited about the 120 full-time jobs coming with company. Governor Beshear said, "That's 120 Kentucky families that are going to be able to put their heads down on their pillows feeling more confident."
Beshear says the deal makes everyone a winner, because the friendliest city in the nation can offer things big cities can't. "They like smaller communities. Many of the German companies we visit are in smaller communities in Germany. That's a great sell for us," he said. Bergen echoed his sentiments saying, "It was absolutely clear to us that we had to find a location that fits perfectly."
In just about a year, Kemmerich will become the first business up and running in the Murray West Industrial Park. Economic development leader Mark Manning said, "It just so happened that the construction schedule this company is on is very aggressive. By having sites that are prepared and pad-ready, if you will, has made it a little easier to work out."
Manning also says Murray has plenty of people who are ready to work. They are people Governor Beshear has made his priority. He said, "I'm willing to go anywhere in this world to bring a job to Kentucky."
Along with the jobs, Kemmerich is investing 12.2 million dollars into bringing their automotive parts business to Murray.
Kemmerich is looking to begin construction as early as March 2013. Their manufacturing plant and HQ are scheduled to be completed in the first part of 2014. No word yet on how or where to apply for the jobs.