Double jobs announcement for Paducah


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - After releasing plans to bring a pharmaceutical company to Paducah earlier in the day, McCracken County commissioners celebrated yet another economic announcement Thursday evening.

Whitehall Industires, a Michigan-based manufacturing company, will take over the Tyler Mountain Water building in McCracken County.

Commissioners made it official during Thursday night's fiscal court meeting.

Whitehall Industries will be looking to fill 150 jobs in the 330,000 square foot building, with a starting salary around $13 an hour.

The county will give Whitehall economic incentives, including a $1.7 million forgivable loan to purchase equipment.

Paducah Economic Development Council President Chad Chancellor says several companies are making a new home in our area because of our location in the state and country.

"West Kentucky is a good place to do business.  We are right in the center of a lot of things and we just got to get our word out there and promote ourselves and that is what we are doing" Chancellor said.

There's no word yet on when Whitehall would start operations.

As for Thursday's other announcement, the Canadian pharmaceutical company Maaco will expand operations to Paducah.

The company will move into the old Paducah spec building.  Macco plans to start production in mid 2014.