Case Studies

webastoOn November 14th 2012 Governor Steve Beshear announced that Webasto Sunroof Systems Inc. plans to expand manufacturing operations in Lexington, creating 65 new, full-time jobs and investing $10 million in the Commonwealth. Gov. Beshear met to discuss the potential project with Webasto officials this summer during an economic development trip to Germany.

"It's outstanding to see Webasto bring 65 new jobs and a $10 million investment to Lexington," said Gov. Beshear. "Through its rich history, Webasto has faced adversity, persevered through difficult economic times and emerged successful and stronger. This is an exciting time for the company, and a period when Kentucky's automotive industry is moving forward and helping drive the economy in the right direction."

SasolNew investment opportunities emerge as natural gas prices fall

A few years ago, a major price differential emerged between oil and natural gas; that differential is now expected to persist for decades. As new technologies allowed for the capture and use of natural gas, market rates for this resource fell to historically low levels. Across the nation, manufacturers cut their operating costs by relying on natural gas to power their equipment, machines and vehicles. With an abundant supply of this resource available in the U.S., the stage was set for a renaissance in America's industrial sector.

GekaBrushGeka Brush GmbH chooses Illinois for its US manufacturing plant.

GEKA BRUSH , a German company that specializes in the production of premium brushes and applicators for the cosmetic industry, has chosen Elgin , Illinois for its new manufacturing plant. The company plans to invest €11.5 million which will result in 88 new jobs for the Elgin area. Geka Brush GmbH selected Illinois on the basis of skilled labour. Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs provided incentives in the region of $1.1 million towards the project.

dignabiotechCompany established in 2003, focused on development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products.
In 2012 they decided to create a Business Unit in USA, developing market through licensing.

They decided to start with a small unit in PA Biotechnology Center in Doylestown, because of proximity to pharmaceutical companies and the interaction with other companies around Life Sciences, located in the Center.

GonvarriSteelGonvarri Steel Services locating new facility in Union County

$35 million initial investment and 40 jobs; additional $15 million investment and 25 jobs over 10 years

July 25, 2012 – Gonvarri Steel Services, a provider of steel processing to manufacturers, today announced plans to locate its new production plant in Union County. The initial $35 million investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs, with an additional $15 million investment and 25 jobs created over the next 10 years.

gestampSpanish Automotive Stamping Company, Gestamp, Ramps up operations at South Charleston Facility, South Charleston, West Virginia

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined company executives and other dignitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newest milestone for Gestamp West Virginia. The automotive stamping plant in South Charleston is now officially in operation. Gestamp announced its intention to move into the formerly-shuttered plant in April 2012 and started small scale cold line product production by September.

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