(July 18, 2016) Frankfort, Kentucky
Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc.
(SEWS), an automotive supplier with a three-decade presence in
Kentucky, is investing nearly $10.5 million to establish a new
production facility in Franklin.
“I am pleased Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems will continue to grow
its Kentucky presence,” Gov. Bevin said. “Sumitomo’s Franklin plant
will be the fifth location in the Commonwealth and will work closely
with the Scottsville facility less than 30 miles away. We welcome the
newest SEWS addition and are grateful for their continued investment
in the Bluegrass state.”
SEWS plans to create up to 145 new jobs over the next 10 years at its
new Franklin location. To house the operation, the company is
currently renovating a more than 65,000 square-foot building on Garvin
Drive. The decision to locate in Franklin comes in response to an
increase in demand SEWS anticipates from its automotive-industry
customers throughout the next several years. Company leaders noted
Franklin’s access to I-65, proximity to the SEWS Scottsville location
and the region’s workforce as deciding factors in selecting the site.
“Investing in additional production capacity will accommodate for
future growth and development, which will position us well for further
advancement in the industry,” said Alan Bomar, plant manager at the
Scottsville facility. “More importantly, the southcentral Kentucky
region has a talented workforce, which has been key to our success
thus far, and we’re pleased to be able to continue our growth here.”
The Japan-based Sumitomo family of companies owns SEWS, a global
supplier of automotive electrical systems. Sumitomo established SEWS
in 1986 as a joint venture between Sumitomo Electric Industries and
Sumitomo Wiring Systems. SEWS maintains its U.S. headquarters in
Bowling Green and operates facilities in Edmonton, Lexington and
Last year, SEWS broke ground on a 440,000-square-foot plant on
Remington Way in Lexington to consolidate its two existing Lexington
operations. That $8.5 million project will create up to 10 new jobs
and will double the company’s Lexington footprint. The company
anticipates the location will better serve customers and provide ample
space for future growth.
Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg, said this announcement could provide
a substantial boost to the local economy.
“As an enterprise with a longstanding presence in Kentucky, I welcome
the news of Sumitomo’s expansion,” Sen. Givens said. “The company’s
investment in our area will not only create new jobs but will also
energize our regional economy, and I thank Sumitomo for choosing
Simpson County as its newest location.”
Rep. Wilson Stone, of Scottsville, pointed to SEWS’ existing presence
in the region as evidence that this announcement will benefit Simpson
“I’m extremely pleased to see Sumitomo make such a prominent
investment in Simpson County, especially since it is creating so many
good-paying jobs,” Rep. Stone said. “This adds to the company’s
already great reputation in the region, and I’m confident it will have
a successful partnership here for many years to come. I want to thank
everyone involved in making this possible.”
Franklin Mayor Ronnie Clark pointed out that Sumitomo is the first
company to locate in the community’s newly established business park.
“The announcement of Sumitomo marks the first industry to locate in
our Henderson Interstate Industrial Park,” Mayor Clark said. “The
company is making quite an investment in Franklin and will eventually
employ over 100 people. This is great news for Franklin.”
Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson said the region has
become a hotbed for Japanese-owned businesses.
“Sumitomo now marks the fifth Japanese industry to locate in Simpson
County,” Judge Henderson said. “It is an honor to have such a
well-known company locate in our area. We welcome the jobs they are
bringing, as well as the investment they are making in our community.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the
Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in April
preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1.36
million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The
performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its
investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax
credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
Additionally, KEDFA approved SEWS for up to $30,000 in tax incentives
through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows
approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on
construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and
development and electronic processing.
SEWS can also receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network.
Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive
no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost
customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the
Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more
than 5,600 Kentucky companies.
For more information on SEWS, visit
For more information, contact Industrial Authority Executive Director
Dennis Griffin at 270-586-4477 or at