Morgantown Economics

By: Stuart Peck Email
By: Stuart Peck Email

A South central Kentucky town is working to bring more industry to it's small community. Morgantown in Butler County has been hit hard in recent years with the loss of key industry which has been outsourced to other countries.

Tim Hack is the CEO of Transtek Recycling in Morgantown. He says his operations have grown tremendously in the past six months and because of the city's location, he decided to keep his business in Butler County.

"I mean we looked at other areas, but here in Morgantown, it's 100 miles from three major cities, and that's a big factor when you're looking at drawing in the supply you to actually process." says Hack

Hack says there's a lot of people in need of jobs in Morgantown and the surrounding area and that makes the city a good location for industry.

According to Hack, "It really depends on demand, if the demand is higher than we need more people working."

Morgantown's Mayor, Eva Hawes says industry is vital to any community, Large or small.

"You've got to have industry to move forward, you know, to furnish the basic necessities that the people want, and style of life. And it will help our local businesses when we get industry, because the people will have something to spend." Hawes says

Hawes, like Hack, says there are people ready to work in Morgantown, who are now being forced to go outside Butler County to find employment. She says that could soon change, as there are at least two industries looking at relocating in Morgantown. In a community the size of Morgantown, Hack says the impact of industry moving to or away from the area can really be felt.

"Any kind of revenue you bring in is no small importance to nobody, you know it all comes back around."

Transtek Recycling is planning a grand opening celebration for next Saturday at the company's new 200- thousand square foot facility on Veterans Way.

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