Gov. Matt Bevin announced Bluegrass Supply Chain Services LLC, a third-party logistics provider for the automotive and food and beverage industries, will invest more than $3.35 million and create 51 jobs at two locations: a new operation in Edmonson County and upgrades at its Bullitt County facility.
“Bluegrass Supply Chain Services has been a customer-focused and high-growth employer in Kentucky for the past 15 years,” Gov. Bevin said. “Their decision to open a fourth location in the commonwealth and to reinvest in an existing facility is a compliment to Kentucky’s leadership in the distribution and logistics sectors. I congratulate BSCS and thank its leaders for their continued confidence in Kentucky.”
The company will invest more than $1.78 million to lease and upfit a building in Park City for office and warehouse space, and more than $1.57 million for similar upgrades in Shepherdsville. The projects will create 27 and 24 full-time positions, respectively.
“We are thrilled to continue our growth and expansion in the Shepherdsville area,” said John Higgins, president of BSCS. “This incentive program provides a mechanism for Bluegrass to compete with other companies outside of Kentucky.”
Headquartered in Bowling Green and founded in 2002, BSCS provides warehousing, quality support, light assembly and transportation management services to customers across four states. In addition to its Bowling Green and Shepherdsville locations, BSCS operates a 49-job facility in Russellville. The new jobs will bring its total Kentucky employment to about 590.
Sen. Dan “Malano” Seum, of Fairdale, bid the company well as it expands its presence in the region.
“It’s a great day for our city and our state when a local employer decides to expand its operations,” Sen. Seum said. “I thank Bluegrass Supply Chain Services for this new investment in Shepherdsville and wish the company all the best in its future endeavors.”
Rep. Dan Johnson, of Mt. Washington, said the state’s efforts to attract business are producing results.
“Bluegrass Supply’s significant expansion in Shepherdsville is fantastic news for Bullitt County, and will bring more jobs and increased opportunity to our area,” Rep. Johnson said. “The legislature’s work to make Kentucky more business friendly is already paying off for our workers, and I applaud the Governor for his continuing efforts to bring more investment to the commonwealth.”
Shepherdsville Mayor Curtis Hockenbury pointed out the significance of keeping business in Kentucky.
“I am always pleased to see a company that is in Shepherdsville expand, because it shows its faith in our community and our workers,” Mayor Hockenbury said. “It is an even greater thrill to have a Kentucky based company firmly believe in our city.”
Bullitt County Judge-Executive Melanie J. Roberts said the community welcomes the expansion with open arms.
“Bluegrass Supply Chain Services has shown a dedication to our community and we must admire the social conscience of its philosophies. The citizens of the county want to welcome this new investment and the job opportunities it provides,” Judge-Executive Roberts said. “We are glad to welcome more automotive-related jobs to the county, thus diversifying our employment base.”
Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg, believes the company will be a great fit for Park City.
“I am pleased to hear Bluegrass Supply Chain Services chose Park City for its newest location,” Sen. Givens said. “I know our region will serve this company well with a centralized location, strong workforce potential and a business-friendly economic climate, and I look forward to the company’s success in the region.”
Rep. Steve Riley, of Glasgow, expressed enthusiasm about the added job opportunities for the community.
“Since entering public office, attracting more jobs and higher levels of investment has been a top priority of mine, and I am glad to see that a company like Bluegrass Supply sees value in our area,” Rep Riley said. “This exciting announcement only adds to the positive economic news that we have been seeing across the state, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.”
Edmonson County Judge-Executive Wil Cannon welcomed the news.
“This is great news for Edmonson County,” Judge-Executive Cannon said. “This will be the third factory that will be operating in our county. We appreciate the opportunity for our citizens to have a job closer to home. On behalf of Edmonson County and our industrial authority, we thank everyone who assisted in making this happen.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in May preliminarily approved BSCS for tax incentives up to $300,000 for each project through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition, BSCS can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal 2016, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for nearly 95,000 Kentuckians and 5,000 companies from a variety of industry sectors.
For more information on Bluegrass Supply Chain Services, visit www.bluegrass-scs.com.
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