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Brady Corp. to open plant in Louisville

August 9, 2013

Safety products company to invest more than $18.2 million in the project.

According to the office of the Governor of Kentucky, Brady Corp. is set to establish a manufacturing and distribution operation in Louisville, creating up to 121 new, full-time jobs and investing more than $18.2 million in the project.

“We welcome Brady Corp. to Kentucky and are proud that this global company made Louisville its first choice for its new manufacturing and distribution facility,” says Gov. Steve Beshear. “We’re also excited to see up to 121 jobs and an investment of more than $18.2 million on the way to the Commonwealth.”

After completing a multi-state search including sites in 60 cities, Brady chose Kentucky as the home of its latest manufacturing and distribution location for its Sorbent Products Company (SPC) operations. SPC is a leading manufacturer of synthetic sorbent materials used in industrial maintenance and environmental applications for spill clean-up, containment and control.

Brady acquired SPC in 2007 and has decided to move the operation to Kentucky in order to accommodate additional investments to meet existing and future customer demands. The company will begin moving equipment into the new facility in early 2014 and expects to be in full production by late 2014. The facility will be on National Turnpike in Louisville, providing a strategic location central to 75% of SPC’s customers.

“The new manufacturing facility in Louisville will provide us with expanded capacity to accommodate additional equipment and other investments we are making to meet existing and future customer demands,” says Matt Williamson, president of Brady’s Identification Solutions business. “We were attracted to Louisville’s central location and availability of skilled workers and look forward to being part of the Louisville community.”

To encourage the investment and job creation in Louisville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $3 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

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