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New manufacturer announced for Bardstown

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Japanese company would bring 180 new jobs, average $36 an hour

By Forrest Berkshire, Editor

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday afternoon the Bardstown area had landed a new employer that would bring nearly 180 full-time jobs and invest nearly $46 million in a new facility.

Bardstown will be the first U.S. operation for Takigawa Corporation, a flexible packaging and high-performance films producer.

“Kentucky’s food and beverage industry has grown consistently in recent years, and that momentum continued with the addition of Takigawa,” Bevin said in a press release announcing the company. “I commend the economic development teams at both the state and local level for helping to bring this amazing company to Kentucky. This will be a fantastic addition to the corporate community in Nelson County. We are grateful to Takigawa for this decision and welcome them to the commonwealth.”

Kim Huston, president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency, said it would be located in the Nelson County Industrial Park on an 18-acre tract between Thai Summit and Flowers Baking Company.

The operation will primarily serve high-impact packaging for high-impact brands.

The state gave preliminary approval this month for $2 million in tax breaks for the company. According to those documents, the company will grow to 180 jobs by its fifth year. The average hourly wage for workers was listed at $36 an hour, including employee benefits.

The deal has been in the works since state officials met the company’s leaders in June in Washington, D.C., according to the announcement.

“The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Bardstown’s leadership made us feel welcome from the first visit to the last and exceeded our expectations in providing for all of our needs. We look forward to a long and prosperous economic partnership with the City of Bardstown,” said Hiroyuki Takigawa, president of Takigawa Corp. Japan.

According to the announcement, headquartered in Narashino, Japan, Takigawa was founded in 1949 for the extrusion of high-performance films for the packaging industry. The company expanded beyond Japan’s borders for the first time in 2011 with the addition of a factory in Vietnam, and has since established a presence in Canada, Europe and Singapore, as well as a sales office in Torrance, Calif.

“The City of Bardstown greatly appreciates the investment of Takigawa in our community,” Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton said in the release accompanying the announcement. “This further substantiates the confidence this company has in our ability to deliver the necessary infrastructure, employees and other support needed for a successful launch of this business in Bardstown and Nelson County.”