Deals We’ve Done

Aggressive Incentive Packages.  Excellent Transportation Infrastructure.  Skilled Workforce.

All reasons that West Kentucky has announced three automotive manufacturing deals in the past 12 months.  But we won’t waste time telling you when these fine companies can do it for us.

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 IWIS is a German-based supplier to the automotive industry around the world, with products such as high-quality chain drive systems for camshafts, injection pumps, differential shafts, oil pumps and auxiliary units. The company will operate in the 119,000-square-foot facility that used to house Webasto, and employees at the Murray facility will manufacture timing drive systems for automotive engines.

“Choosing Murray, Kentucky as the location for our first U.S. manufacturing location was an easy decision.  In Murray we found an abundance of trained manufacturing employees with an excellent work ethic.  We also experienced tremendous support from Governor Steve Beshear and the local economic development team led by Mark Manning.  We also found that Murray has good logistics and proximity to automotive customers.  We were happy to see that we found ourselves within a day’s drive of almost all of the customers we had in mind.

 In summary, Murray offers an excellent cost-benefit ratio for us to be successful.  More than that, we have fund a community dedicated to helping make iwis a true success in the U.S. market.” – Johannes Winklhofer, IWIS


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Gov. Steve Beshear joined company and local officials in August of 2013 to announce A. Kayser Automotive Systems USA plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Fulton, creating 121 jobs and investing more than $17.5 million in the project.  The company is a subsidiary of Germany-based A. Kayser Automotive Systems GmbH.  The operation will be Kayser’s first plant in the United States.

“We are happy to locate our new operations in Fulton.  The U.S. market is very important to us, and we believe that Fulton, with its skilled employees, will ensure that we continue to live up to our high quality standards.” – Kayser Automotive CEO Kurt-Heinz Borth