Mark Manning, President. Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation, and Jim Carter, Vice President Institutional Advancement, Murray State speak about the time-frame of two German industries, iwis and Kemmerich, establishing themselves in Murray and hiring and the prospect of partnerships with the University.
A German automotive parts company plans to open its first United States plant in Murray. iwis is hiring 75 employees for its plant that will make engine timing drives. The company takes over a nearly 119-thousand square foot facility north of town. The building was held by another auto parts manufacturer, Webasto, that shut down in 2008.
German automotive supplier Kemmerich announced that it will be setting up a manufacturing plant and the Kemmerich USA headquarters in Murray, Kentucky. The project will require a $12.2 million investment by Kemmerich, and will create 120 new jobs. This is the second German automotive supplier to land up in Murray in the past few months. The first one was iwis, which announced back in Nov 2012 that it was opening a similar $12.5 million plant and hiring 75 employees.