RKW North America Commits to $18 Million Simpson County Expansion

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.


“This exciting announcement is a great example of how Kentucky has become America’s center of engineering and manufacturing excellence,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful that RKW North America has been a vital part of the Simpson County community for many years. The jobs being created by this latest expansion will positively impact families throughout the region, and we look forward to celebrating RKW’s continued growth now, and for generations to come.”

RKW leaders plan to build a new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility, as well as add state-of-the-art equipment allowing the company to tap new markets. The plan includes new production equipment and modification of existing extrusion lines. RKW executives will implement a comprehensive training program for the new employees.  

RKW North America took ownership of the Franklin production facility from Danafilms in 2010 and has continually invested in state-of-the-art equipment and grown its employment. The operation’s products include high-performance technical films and hygiene films, used by well-known, global brands.

RKW North America is a subsidiary of RKW Group, an independent, family owned company founded in 1957 and headquartered in Frankenthal, Germany. RKW Group markets products in the areas of hygiene and agricultural films, films for the beverage industry and packaging for powdery goods. In addition, the company makes films and nonwovens for medical applications, the chemical and converting industries and the construction sector.

In fiscal 2018, RKW generated approximately $1 billion in total sales. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees process more than 850,000 pounds of plastic materials annually at 20 locations around the world.

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in May 2018 preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $600,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. 

In addition, RKW can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.


Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook, follow on Twitter and watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

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