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TN Unemployment at Five Year Low

Jan 18, 2013

The number of unemployed Tennesseans is at its lowest point since the economic meltdown of 2008.

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.

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Paducah-based ice cream company Dippin’ Dots plans to upgrade and expand operations at its plant. The announcement comes after bankruptcy proceedings for the company ended yesterday.

As Kentucky and federal lawmakers consider legalizing industrial hemp, the chair of the University of Kentucky's agriculture economics department notes that such an industry won't rise overnight.

iwis Announces Plant and 75 Jobs for Murray

Nov 30, 2012
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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.

Murray Industry Announcement Set for Friday

Nov 27, 2012
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear joins local officials this Friday in Murray for an industry announcement. Murray-Calloway Economic Development Council President Mark Manning says the event is at the former Webasto plant at 9:30 a.m.

New data shows small businesses have led the Mississippi Delta region in job creation. The Delta Regional Authority released private-sector data Monday showing 90 percent of all new jobs in the area over the last 20 years have come from businesses with nine or fewer employees.

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Paducah Economic Development officials say they've signed a deal that will bring 450 jobs to the area. Development President Chad Chancellor tells The Paducah Sun the agency has an agreement with Colorado-based Teletech Holdings, which has promised 450 call center jobs that have an average wage of $9.50 an hour.

300 New Jobs in the Works for Paducah

Oct 30, 2012
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Paducah development officials are negotiating with a Florida company to bring 300 new jobs to the city. Economic Development President Chad Chancellor tells The Paducah Sun he expects to reach a deal in the near future. Chancellor says he won’t name the company involved until the deal is finalized. He will say the company is an outsource call center. Chancellor says similar businesses offer salaries around 9 dollars an hour, with benefits. He says incentives for the company would be provided by the PED rather than tax money.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Kentucky as the second highest state in the nation for job growth. From September 2011 to September of this year Kentucky’s added 47,000 jobs. Its net job growth was 2.6 percent, which is more than twice the average of competitor states. Those states include Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri. Much of Kentucky’s job growth was in the central area of the state. But Murray gained a few manufacturing jobs with the expansion of R.T. Vanderbilt in August. North Dakota edged out Kentucky in the rankings.

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