CHICAGO Kemmerich USA LP
plans to invest $12.2 million to establish a manufacturing
facility and U.S. headquarters in Murray, Ky.
The project will create 120
full-time jobs, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said.
Kemmerich, a producer of stamped
and drawn automotive parts established in Germany 115 years
ago, has supplied the auto industry for 50-plus years. It
specializes in designing, tooling and manufacturing punching,
drawing and bending metal parts, and also performs welding,
automatic thread-shaping and complex assemblies.
Kemmerich chief executive
officer Thomas Bergen cited Kentuckys lower cost of
production, skilled work force and proximity to American and
transplant vehicle assembly plants as reasons for choosing
Murray for the new plant.
The Kentucky Economic
Development Finance Authority has preliminarily approved
Kemmerich for up to $3 million in tax incentives in return for
meeting job and investment targets.
Kemmerich is the second
German-owned company in the past two months to choose Murray as
the site for a new facility. Iwis Group, an automotive drive
chain manufacturer, expects to spend more than $12.5 million to
build a 119,000-square-foot plant there (
amm.com, Dec. 4).
Beshear met with Kemmerich and Iwis executives during an
economic development trip to Germany last summer.