Japanese company opens second plant in Kentucky

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. -- Sumitomo Wiring Systems said Friday it will locate a $10 million manufacturing facility in Scottsville that will employ about 150 people when production is at full capacity in 18 months.

Gov. Martha Layne Collins said the plant, located about 10 miles north of the Tennessee state line, will manufacture plastic connectors for automotive wiring harnesses.


Sumitomo also is building a plant in Morgantown and the harnesses manufactured in Scottsville will be shipped to the Morgantown plant.

'I think this reflects well on Kentucky's business environment and the advantage our state offers manufacturing industries,' Collins said.

The Scottsville operation will be housed in a 40,000 square foot building in the Scottsville Industrial Park. Work on completing the building will begin early next month with installation of equipment to begin in January.

Plans call for the plant to be in operation by April of 1988 with an initial employment of 35-50 people.

Commerce Secretary Carroll Knicely said the announcement brings to 21 the number of automotive related manufacturing plants to announce in Kentucky since Toyota Manufacturing Co. decided to open a plant in Scott County in December 1985.

Knicely said the 21 plants represent more than 3,500 jobs and investments of about $400 million.


Collins met with Sumitomo officials during her last visit to Japan during which time details were finalized on plans for the Osaka-based company's second plant in Kentucky.

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