FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) - Those looking for weekly deals often turn to the newspaper for inserts. Many of those inserts are printed in South Central Kentucky and business is now expanding.
"Ink on paper is what we need to have going on," says Todd Ramsey, Plant Director for Quad/Graphics.
With the cut of a ribbon, more of that ink will be flowing at Quad/Graphics in Franklin. Their name may be unfamiliar, but their product is used everyday. Large cooper cylinders that rest inside are future newspaper inserts for major retailers.
"So when you see those in the paper those are made here. We produced 2.6 billion inserts in the last 12 months," says Ramsey.
To expand on an already popular industry, 25 employees were hired this year and another 14 will be in the coming weeks. $3 million has also been invested on a new rack printing system.
"It's all about how competitive we can be within the market and doing this expansion with the rack is definitely doing that. It allows us to do 30% more cylinder capacity, as well as faster through put, more efficiency so we can keep the presses running," says Ramsey.
It's the second industry to expand in Franklin over the last two weeks. County officials are please, since a recession almost stopped growth.
"We lost one or two small industries, 20 or 30 employees, but all our large industry remained intact," says Dennis Griffin, Executive Director of the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority.
With a number of people continuing to work, more expansions could be coming.
"The economy is very good. The last few months we have had the lowest unemployment in the Barren River area," says Griffin.
Griffin says the partnership between business and county leaders keeps the economy strong.