Case Studies

ZFOn July 12th 2012 Governor Steve Beshear announced that ZF Rubber & Plastics Hebron LLC will expand its Northern Kentucky manufacturing operation, adding more than 60 new jobs to its current full-time workforce of 206.

The company's $17.9 million investment will increase the existing Hebron facility by 52,000 square feet and allow for the purchase of new equipment to manufacture bushings, engine mounts, anti-vibration products and plastics components for the automotive industry.

BentelerMore than 100 sites compete for new Benteler facility

In 2011, Benteler Group, a 135-year-old Austria-based company, was exporting up to 25 percent of its steel tube production to the United States. This high concentration of export volume presented the company with a new opportunity to more effectively deliver its product to customers. Executives from the Benteler Group's steel/tube division made the strategic decision to expand operations into North America and build their first hot-rolling tube mill in the U.S.

hinoHino Motors to invest, create jobs at Williamstown plant, Williamstown, West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Sandy Ring, Vice President and General Counsel of Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Steve Stalnaker, Vice President and Plant Manager of Hino Motors Manufacturing USA West Virginia, representatives of Senators Rockefeller and Manchin, along with Hino Motors employees and state and local officials, and announced a $2.9 million direct investment in West Virginia.

lorealOn November 15th, 2012, Governor Steve Beshear joined company and local officials in northern Kentucky to announce an expansion for global cosmetics and hair care manufacturer L'Oréal USA, which plans to add 211 jobs and invest more than $42 million in the Commonwealth.

Gov. Beshear met with L'Oréal officials in Paris during an economic development trip to Europe this summer to discuss the company's Kentucky footprint and growth opportunities.

BauschBauschLinnemann North America to establish operations in Horry County

More than $8 million investment expected to create 55 jobs

August 10, 2012 – BauschLinnemann North America, a producer of surfaces and edge bandings for furniture makers, today announced plans to establish a new facility and its North American headquarters in Horry County. The more than $8 million investment is expected to generate 55 jobs.

GameloftDigital gaming boom prompts Gameloft expansion

In 2011, PocketGamer.com ranked Gameloft the No. 1 publisher of mobile games. A leader in the booming digital gaming market, Paris-based Gameloft was poised to capitalize on this growth and evaluated several locations for a new game development studio.

The company evaluated many potential sites, looking for a location with a strong business climate and the support of economic development organizations. Gameloft leadership required the location to possess a pool of young talent and provide an enriching lifestyle for its staff.

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