January 5, 2017 Franklin, Kentucky,
by Brian Hancock, Franklin Favorite
The process of bringing another new industry to Franklin has begun.
Construction began on a new speculative building in early November.
The structure, which is being built by Bowling Green-based Stewart
Richey Construction, is being located on 17 acres on Page Drive in the
Sanders Industrial Park. Once completed, it will include 100,000
square feet of manufacturing space and 5,000 square feet of office
This is the second speculative building being constructed locally.
Sumitomo, which manufactures plastic injection molding for the
automobile industry, moved into the first, which was built by the
Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority and Glasgow-based Alliance
Corporation in the Henderson Industrial Park back in 2014. Sumitomo is
currently installing equipment in the building and will begin
production in the 63,000-square-foot facility next year.
"The Industrial Authority is very excited to have a new speculative
building in the works," said Industrial Authority Board Chairman Gary
Broady. "We had great success with the last one, and we're excited to
have the opportunity to bring in new industrial clients again."
Construction on the latest spec building began in early November, and
the steel frame is already in place. Completion date is scheduled for
Private funds are being used to build the structure. The
Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority is assisting in its marketing,
and has made a presentation to the Kentucky Economic Development
Cabinet while the Tennessee Valley Authority has designed an artist
rendering. Several parties have displayed relative interest in
purchasing the structure so far, according to Industrial Authority
Executive Director Dennis Griffin.
"The general demand for existing buildings is high," said Simpson
County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson. "If interest can be attained at
this stage, then the developer can do more custom finishing, which is
good for the developer, builder and prospective client."
The new spec building lies on 17 acres inside the Sanders Industrial
Park between New Mather Metals and Toyo Automotive. With its
development, the Sanders Industrial Park, which opened in 2001, is now
full. Eight other industries and the Southcentral Kentucky Community
and Technical College also occupy the 400-acre park, which is home to
over 1,000 employees.
"We're very happy to see this facility being built by Stewart Richey
Construction," said Griffin. "We've had tremendous success with
speculative buildings in the past here in Franklin, and we believe
this building will help attract another good manufacturer or
distributing company to our community."
For more information, contact Industrial Authority Executive Director
Dennis Griffin at 270-586-4477 or at