Local and state officials break ground at new car parts plant
PADUCAH, Ky.— Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined local leaders Tuesday afternoon to break ground at Whitehall Industries new Paducah car parts manufacturing plant. The goal is to have the building finished by September and the first of 150 new hires on the job by this December. It's a hefty goal that just goes to show how in-demand these plants and their products are in the state.
At about one million last year, Kentucky was fourth in putting out the most vehicles in the nation. Governor Beshear says he expects the state to jump up to second place in 2013. About 80,000 Kentuckians work in the auto industry, and that number is only expected to grow with the addition of the new Paducah plant and others that are in the works.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College will be assisting Whitehall Industries in the company’s plan to bring 150 new jobs to the community. WKCTC will be assisting with job screening and providing hiring recommendations to the company. This process, however, is not taking place yet. Please watch for further announcements later this summer. Updates will be posted on the WKCTC Workforce Solution Facebook page. For more information, call (270) 534-3335.