The German company Kemmerich Metal Engineering will build its U.S. headquarters in Murray. The automotive parts supplier plans to add 120 jobs to the community in the next five years. Murray Calloway Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Mark Manning says Kemmerich is the first business to locate in Murray's new northern industrial park.
One of the reasons this company is coming here is because everything had been pre-prepared. All the utilities were in place, the ground was cleared and compacted, so it will speed up construction by months.
Kemmerich CEO Thomas Bergen says the company’s customers include Ford, Volkswagon, GM and several others. Bergen says the Murray plant is the company’s first in the US, and was chosen from more than 120 areas interested in becoming the home for Kemmerich’s headquarters.
"The best fit and the best circumstances which we saw was here in Murray, Ky., based on all facts which we analyzed and calculated," Bergen said.
Kemmerich will install automatic assembly lines and metal presses to make a variety of car parts at its newest plant, which it has invested more than $12.5 million in. The company has four plants and currently employs more than 1,000 people world-wide. The first round of hiring for the company’s key players begins in a month and start of production is expected to begin by the first quarter of 2014. This announcement comes after Governor Beshear visited the company in July 2012.