(January 26, 2017) Frankfort, Kentucky
Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Stark Truss Co. Inc., a roof and floor
truss manufacturer in Auburn, will convert a former big-box retail
store in Franklin with a nearly $1.66 million investment expected to
create 22 full-time jobs.
“Stark Truss has been a reliable business partner and employer in
Kentucky for years, and their expansion is welcome and exciting news,”
Gov. Bevin said. “The company’s ability to find a suitable site for
growth, and allowing it to keep its current workforce, makes this
announcement a positive one for both Auburn and Franklin. We are
thankful for Stark Truss’ commitment to Southcentral Kentucky and wish
the company well in its future ventures.”
Stark Truss will relocate its Kentucky operation from nearby Auburn to
a long-vacant former Wal-Mart store on North Main Street in Franklin.
The location will help the company better serve current and future
customers in Kentucky and Tennessee and improve logistics. Stark Truss
plans to renovate the facility and open this spring, retaining its
current 25 employees in addition to the new hires.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the state of Kentucky and their
economic development team in facilitating this move and expansion of
our manufacturing plant in Kentucky,” said Stephen Yoder, president of
Stark Truss. “Being able to utilize an abandoned facility and bring it
back to active production is a plus for everyone. Investing in this
expansion will be key to the further development of our business in
this region and will be instrumental in future growth for our company
as well as the surrounding community.”
“Stark Truss Co. Inc. has had a manufacturing facility in this region
of Kentucky for over 20 years,” added Mike McKinnis, plant manager of
the Kentucky operation. “We are very grateful for our growth that now
requires expansion to a larger facility in the Franklin community.
This expansion will allow for our future development as a company and
will give back to our local community by increasing employment
opportunities and providing much needed jobs.”
Founded in 1963 and family-owned, Stark Truss is headquartered in
Canton, Ohio. The company manufactures roof and floor trusses, wall
panels, engineered wood products and I-joists. Its customer include
residential homebuilders, general contractors on commercial projects
and lumber wholesalers. Stark Truss has 10 manufacturing facilities in
Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg, showed his appreciation of the
company’s commitment to the state.
“I am pleased to hear of Stark Truss’ new investment in our region
along with the creation of new Kentucky jobs,” Sen. Givens said. “I
thank the company for its dedication to our local workforce and I look
forward to its future successes.”
Rep. Wilson Stone, of Scottsville, congratulated Stark Truss and
thanked the company for the boost in employment.
“I congratulate Stark Truss for their investment in our region and
thank them for all they are doing to add jobs to our economy,” Rep.
Stone said. “It’s always good to see such a highly reputable company
expand and create more opportunity for our working families.”
Franklin Mayor Ronnie Clark welcomed the community’s latest business
“Stark Truss is the newest industry to locate in Franklin,” he said.
“They are taking a vacant building and turning it into a viable and
attractive manufacturing facility that will employ 20 to 30 people in
the near future. Stark Truss is an outstanding company and a very
welcomed addition to our city.”
Simpson County Judge-Executive Jim Henderson said the community is
fortunate to welcome a company with Stark Truss’ business record.
“We are very pleased to have an outstanding company such as Stark
Truss locate one of their manufacturing facilities in Simpson County,”
he said. “This Ohio-based company has been in business since 1963 and
is one of the premier truss manufacturers in this region of the
country. We welcome the investment they are making and appreciate the
jobs they are bringing to Franklin.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the
Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in January
preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $250,000
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.
For more information, contact Industrial Authority Executive Director
Dennis Griffin at 270-586-4477 or at