"That was the first building they showed to the owners and it turned out to be perfect for what we were looking for." -Industrial Automation Business Manager, Brian Carey
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Industrial Automation said when they came to Bowling Green a year and a half ago, they were just testing the waters. The test is over and their products are in high demand, meaning expansion is a must.
"It happened so quick and the need for a new building happened quick as well." said Business Manager, Brian Carey.
After the decision to expand was made, officials at Industrial Automation said the best move for them, was to a preexisting facility, rather than building a new one. Lucky for them, the perfect fit was just one county over.
"Being a native of Franklin, I knew about the building down there and I mentioned it. That was the first building they showed to the owners and it turned out to be perfect for what we were looking for." added Carey.
The 23,000 square foot facility, that formally held Cumberland Plastic Solutions, will keep the company and it's expected 26 new jobs in the Commonwealth. That's good news for workers, who knew the move could potentially take their jobs out of state.
"Very optimistic. It brings more jobs and more money to the community. It's a benefit for everyone." said Mechanical Design Engineer, Robert Riley.
The company adds a manufacturing supplier to an area that already has a very strong industrial presence.
"That building is a great front door to the front of the industrial park. It was good for us and it was good for them. It worked out where they stayed in the region, which is important. I think they have a lot of growth potential." said Simpson County Judge-Executive, Jim Henderson.
The new facility is expected to provide 35 full time jobs, compared to the 8 the current facility allows.Governor Steve Beshear said the work of Bowling Green and Simpson County officials together, to keep current and potential jobs in Kentucky, is an example of regionalism at its finest.