First Chinese-owned Manufacturer Sites to Kentucky
Birtley Industrial Equipment Corp., a subsidiary of Shandong Borun Industrial Processing Equipment, recently celebrated the grand opening of 67,500-square-foot facility to manufacture coal processing machinery. The company’s facility is located at the Blue Grass Business Park in Lexington.
“Last September, we were happy to announce that Birtley would become the first Chinese-owned manufacturer in Kentucky. Today, we can see the direct results of our successful partnership,” says Gov. Steve Beshear. “The 30 new jobs and $10 million in investment are welcome numbers, but this project also paves the way for an even brighter future, because foreign direct investment is so important to our overall economic strength.”
“Commerce Lexington Inc. is very excited officially to welcome Birtley to the Bluegrass,” says Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington. “We are honored that the Birtley team has chosen Lexington to mark this historical milestone as the first Chinese manufacturer to locate in the Commonwealth. Birtley’s new facility not only increases the international presence inside the Blue Grass Business Park, but also adds to our community’s global impact across so much of our economy, such as higher education, equine, health care, tourism and more. We look forward to helping Birtley build on its success.”
Kentucky’s foreign direct investment continues to grow, boasting 425 foreign-owned companies from 30 nations, employing more than 80,000 people.
To learn more, visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
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Compiled from Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development press release.