Sumitomo Electric Wiring Opens Franklin Facility

(June 8, 2017) Franklin, Kentucky (from Megan Purazrang, Editor of the Franklin Favorite)

Sumitomo Electric Wiring shared its grand opening in Franklin with community members last week.

The facility, located at Exit 6 in the Henderson Industrial Park, officially opened on Thursday, June 1.

"Today it goes without saying that Franklin and the Simpson County executive group here has done a fantastic job to grow and expand the facilities that you have here in Kentucky and Simpson County -- and I'm so happy to say that on behalf of Sumitomo that we are apart of that expansion with this brand new facility," Sumitomo General Manager of General Affairs Matt Adams said.

Adams stated that Sumitomo currently has 1,711 United States Associates and out of that total 786 are Kentuckians.

"It goes without saying that Sumitomo is committed to this part of the country and to the Commonwealth for what we found to be truly a home for dedicated and hard working associates," Adams said.

Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Thurmond said if targets are met within a few years the facility is scheduled to have over 150 employees.

Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority Chair Gary Broady said three years ago when the industrial authority began its partnership with Alliance Corporation to build the facility they were hoping to land a tenant that was an industry or distribution center.

"We could have never envisioned that we would land a tenant the caliber of Sumitomo," he said. "In the 10 years that I have been chairman of the authority, this experience has been one of the most pleasant that I've had."

Kentucky State Representative Wilson Stone attended the ceremony to congratulate the company on its new location.

"Speaking on behalf of the Commonwealth, it's hard to underestimate the effect of having good jobs in our communities," Stone said. "I appreciate the Industrial Authority, Mr. Griffin, everyone working together making it just as robust as it could possibly be -- not just in Franklin and Simpson County, but across Southcentral Kentucky."

Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson echoed the importance of having a facility like Sumitomo available "in the growing economy."

Henderson said he believes if the facility was not open and available at the time when Sumitomo began its search to expand, they may not have chosen Franklin as a location.

"It's important to understand how critical it is to have an inventory, buildings and sites available and ready to go, ready to be retrofitted and made ready quickly," Henderson said. "Companies today are looking to expand in record time - they need to get in and get their product line moving fast. This is a great example of private investment, local participation and ultimately ends in good jobs and millions of dollars of investment in our community."

Franklin Mayor Ronnie Clark spoke briefly offering his thanks to the company for providing jobs for the area.

Following the ribbon cutting, attendees were treated to a tour of the brand new facility and refreshments.

"This is a dream come true as those of us in Simpson County who have gone by and watched this spec building sit, and for Sumitomo - a great corporate citizen all around us - to choose to come to Franklin and Simpson County is tremendous," Thurmond said.

For more information, contact Industrial Authority Executive Director Dennis Griffin at 270-586-4477 or at fsindustry@bellsouth.net.