Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently relayed some good news to workers with experience in the skilled trades – that they soon may be able to find work at ZF Rubber and Plastics Hebron.
The governor said the manufacturing company will spend $17.9 million to expand its existing factory by 52,000-square-feet and add new equipment to produce additional products for the automotive industry, including engine mounts and plastics components, according to WLEX News. The expansion will create 60 new positions.
Kentucky is currently home to more than 440 automotive-related businesses that employ approximately 68,000 people.
"Manufacturing is the heartbeat of industry," state Senator John Schickel of Union stated. "It's always good when a company finds such success with their workforce that expansion of that workforce becomes part of the business plan. I congratulate ZF and Hebron."
ZF officials said they expect construction, which is already underway, to be completed by the fourth quarter of this year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for industrial production managers are expected to increase by 9 percent through the end of the decade and be best for those with postsecondary training and on-the-job work experience.