Kentucky economic officials don’t expect the recent Volkswagen emissions controversy to have a large impact on the state’s automotive industry, which contributes $14.3 billion to Kentucky’s gross state product according to a report from the University of Louisville Urban Studies Institute.

Mark Welch

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and local government and economic officials opened Murray’s newest manufacturing facility today. 

The German automotive supplier iwis is creating 75 full-time jobs and investing more than $12.5 million. 


Murray mayor Bill Wells says he will run for re-election next year.

Wells made the announcement at Thursday night's meeting of the Murray City Council, after filing to run earlier in the day. He said he has several projects that he’d like to see come to fruition in his second term as city executive.

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.

With early achievement of planning goals, the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce is focused on what it can do better to effect useful advances for local businesses. Today we continue our visits with area Chamber of Commerce executives – getting a read on business in 2012, holiday promotions, and planning for 2013.  Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lance Allison chats with Kate Lochte next.

iwis Announces Plant and 75 Jobs for Murray

Nov 30, 2012
Photo by Mark Welch

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.