GREENUP COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) – A young manufacturer of economical, durable and fire-resistant doors and cabinets will invest $45.5 million in the state of Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.
The governor said Omnis Building Technologies (OBT) Ashland will create 55 jobs with a new facility in Greenup County.
Using renewable resources and advanced materials, OBT Ashland will manufacture doors and cabinets with the construction of a 100,000 square foot facility at the Wurtland Riverport. The doors and cabinets are to be available in bulk, but will primarily be used inside OBT’s energy-efficient homes, which are made with panels called composite insulated building units (CIBUs). The CIBUs are to be produced at a factory in Bluefield, West Virginia, which will complement the investment in Kentucky. Together they will provide affordable, high-quality, energy-efficient homes that are readily available to satisfy the growing housing market.
“We are working to create economic opportunity and quality jobs in every region of the state, and this investment by OBT Ashland in Greenup County helps us achieve that goal,” Governor Beshear said. “I am thrilled that company leaders are seeing the great benefits of establishing a foothold in this community, and I look forward to OBT’s growth in northeast Kentucky for years to come.”
Jonathan Hodson, president of OBT, said key factors in choosing the location included the ability to serve a substantial portion of the U.S. population and existing infrastructure, such as direct access to the river and railroad. iron.
“We are excited to expand our presence in Appalachia and bring family jobs to Kentucky by manufacturing groundbreaking products to help solve the nation’s housing crisis,” Hodson said. “Our collaboration with successful local companies like Wright Concrete ensures that our mission will be accomplished.”
Shannon Wright, President and CEO of Wrightway Building Solutions, a division of Wright Concrete, added that she looks forward to a successful partnership with OBT.
“We look forward to working with Jonathan and the OBT team to provide superior products and service to Kentucky and the rest of the country,” said Wright. “We are proud to be a partner in bringing innovative and long-term support to our local economy.”
Another goal of OBT is to specifically support the growth of communities impacted by coal decline and create an economically diverse ecosystem with opportunities for job creation, capital investment, workforce development. work and reuse.
OBT Ashland strengthens Kentucky’s manufacturing presence, which includes nearly 5,000 facilities that employ approximately 250,000 people statewide. In 2021, manufacturers created 13,900 new jobs in the Commonwealth with $10.5 billion in new investment.
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