New Mather Metals Plans Expansion in Franklin
(August 25, 2017) Franklin, Kentucky (from the Franklin Favorite)
The company is investing $12 million in building and equipment which will add approximately 49,000 square feet to their building in the Sanders Interstate Industrial Park plus additional parking spaces for the facility. The additional space, which is being constructed by Scott, Murphy, and Daniel brings New Mather Metal’s total square footage to approximately 379,000 square feet, making it one of the largest industrial buildings in Franklin.
The company will employ close to 600 people making New Mather Metals the second largest employer in Simpson County.
New Mather Metals, is a subsidiary of NHK Spring Company, Ltd of Yokohama, Japan. The Franklin facility is the largest stabilizer bar manufacturer in the United States and the world, manufacturing both solid and seam-welded, hollow tube stabilizer bars for the automotive industry. These suspension stabilizer bars are found in all types of on and off-road passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUV’s, and ATV’s across North America.
“We are pleased to be expanding once again in Franklin,” Yasuhiko “Yas” Kogetsu, president and COO of New Mather Metals, stated. “This expansion will allow us to provide even more production for our customers.”
Plant Manager Jeff Johnson added that he has enjoyed watching the facility over the last 15 years become almost four times larger than the original one built in 2002.
“We appreciate the hard working employees we have been able to hire over the years that have helped us become very successful in the stabilizer bar industry,” Johnson said. “The support of the community has also been invaluable to our growth.”
Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson noted that the continued expansion of New Mather Metals is a “great compliment to our community and to the state of Kentucky.”
“We promised the company back in 2002 that Franklin was an ideal area to locate and be able to grow their business,” Henderson said. “We keep seeing the results of this as New Mather Metals continues to expand every few years.”
Mayor Ronnie Clark expressed his pleasure in regard to the expansion announcement.
“New Mather Metals is providing nearly 600 jobs for the citizens of Simpson County as well as other areas of south central Kentucky,” Clark said. “We are truly blessed to have this outstanding company as a part of our community. They have been one of our top industries for many years in Franklin and I appreciate the great job the employees and the management team does for this area.”