Posted by Trina Edwards - email
COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made several stops in Northern Kentucky on Thursday.
Beshear began his day in Hebron, where he attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a redevelopment project on Ky. 237 (North Bend Road).
The project is a $31 million investment that includes the widening of North Bend Road, construction of two roundabouts, bridge deck repairs, a 100-vehicle park-and-ride lot, and bike and pedestrian pathways. The project begins at Litton/Medical Arts Drive, south of the I-275 interchange, continuing north to Kara Lane.
A park-and-ride facility for 100 vehicles was built across from Cardinal Drive. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will deliver passengers to downtown Cincinnati during weekday peak times. The 29X Hebron Express route will pick up passengers from the new park-and-ride lot.
"This project modernizes the current infrastructure to accommodate the increase of traffic while focusing on safety and the easing of congestion," Gov. Beshear said. "Businesses and motorists will greatly benefit from the vast improvements made to this highway."
Beshear continued his day in Florence, where he made several economic development announcements at Gateway Community and Technical College. Seven manufacturing companies have announced expansions of existing operations or have recently relocated to the region since the beginning of this year, which will lead to the creation of 404 new jobs and a total capital investment of more than $28.4 million.
"The Northern Kentucky region has built a reputation for excellence based on its workforce, quality of industry and quality of life, and these new economic development announcements reflect this positive business environment," said Gov. Beshear. "These seven new and expanding manufacturers will also benefit from their proximity to the new Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which is expected to train as many as 10,000 workers and 400 companies annually by 2015. The center is yet another example of the importance the Commonwealth places on advanced manufacturing and related fields."
Two manufacturing companies, Coating Excellence and Jacobs Automation, have recently announced their location to the Northern Kentucky area, bringing 80 new jobs to the community. Coating Excellence, a flexible packaging company, is locating their operation in a 120,000 square-foot building on Aviation Boulevard in Boone County. Jacobs Automation, which has selected a site in Campbell County, develops automation technology marketed to the packaging, material handling and converting industries.
Five existing Northern Kentucky manufacturers have also announced investments in their operations, expansions that will add 324 new full-time jobs to the community's industrial base. The companies are:
- Diversified Structural Composites Inc. – Located in Boone County since 1991, Diversified Structural Composites is a manufacturer of pultruded fiberglass and carbon fiber composite components. The company is consolidating two operations into a larger 96,000 square-foot facility.
- Hahn Automation Inc. (Boone County) – Established in Kentucky since 2001, Hahn Automation is a full-service supplier of custom automation equipment serving the automotive, household and pharmaceutical industries. The expansion project will involve the construction of a 25,000 square-foot building on a five-acre site.
- Parway Products Inc. (Boone County) – Founded in 1946, Parkway Products is a global leader in custom molding technologies. The company's Erlanger facility specializes in the manufacture of composite engine and aerostructure components to support the aerospace industry. The expansion will increase the existing facility from 55,686 square feet to 110,166 square feet.
- Impak Acquisition LLC (Kenton County) – Impak Acquisition is a newly created company specializing in large point-of-purchase displays used in retail establishments. The expansion will allow the company to add equipment to its Edgewood facility.
- Zumbiel Packaging (Boone County) – Zumbiel Packaging is a manufacturer of paperboard consumer packaging. The company is moving its headquarters and the remainder of its manufacturing operations from Ohio to Hebron, Ky. Zumbiel Packaging will build a 180,000 square-foot facility next to its existing 320,000 square-foot Hebron facility, which is located on 30 acres in the Gateway Industrial Park.
Beshear also announced development grants in Fort Wright:
- Safe Routes to School grant for sidewalk improvements in the city of Ludlow
- Safe Routes to School grant for sidewalk improvements in the city of Crescent Springs
- Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant for TANK bus purchases.