Industrial film manufacturer to add state-of-the-art operations in Franklin, create 30 new jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 19, 2019) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced RKW North America Inc., a German-owned manufacturer of industrial film, will significantly expand its Simpson County facility, investing in new technology with a roughly $18 million project expected to create 30 full-time jobs.

Fritz Winter North America LP celebrated on opening phase one of its iron casting foundry and manufacturing facility in Franklin, Kentucky a large-scale project producing brake rotors and brining about 200 new jobs to Southwest Kentucky, serving also as the company’s new US headquarters.

The German-owned parent company, Fritz Winter Eisengiesserei GmbH & Co. KG in Stadtallendorf will grow its investment to about $194 million with this expansion and the number of employers could surpass 300. This company is a global leader in the automotive supply industry and supplied the American market from Germany for more than 50 years. It serves the international car and truck industry and has developed a competitive advantage in lightweight and material-specific design. The family-owned company currently employs 3,700 people worldwide. 

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Swedish Match, a smokeless tobacco products manufacturer, expands its Owensboro, Kentucky production facility with a more than $40.9 million investment and create 36 full-time jobs. The investment brings a 34,000-square-foot expansion of its current facility and the purchase of new equipment for the production for ZYN, a smokeless and spitless tobacco-derived nicotine pouch. The construction began in September 2017 and finish by July 2019. Click here for more information

Webasto Roof Systems Inc. marked its 20-year anniversary in Lexington, Kentucky announcing that it will add a new production line with a $15.2 million investment, creating 183 jobs in this area. The line will manufacture high-tech, electronically tintable all-glass panorama roof systems for luxury vehicle marques. The 572-employee Kentucky campus, which includes dedicated space for an employee training “dojo,” is a subsidiary of the German Webasto Group a global innovative systems partner to almost all automobile manufacturers and among the industry’s top 100 suppliers as ranked by Automotive News.

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LINAK U.S. Inc., manufacturer of linear actuators for hospital beds, office desks, farm equipment and other uses is expanding and investing $33 million, creating 413 full-time jobs. Since locating in the commonwealth more than 20 years ago, LINAK has steadily grown its business and presence in Louisville, KY. LINAK, headquartered in Denmark, operates facilities in 35 countries and maintains its Americas headquarters in Louisville. The approximately 145,000 square-foot building doubles the size of LINAK’s manufacturing plant, allowing LINAK to improve efficiency, generate higher profits and make more reliable deliveries to customers while lowering production costs by 25 percent. LINAK’s leaders expect to double output and sales over the next five years.   

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