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Sen. Rand Paul takes job creation message to Shepherdsville plant that is scheduled to close

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul took his message of job creation to workers in Shepherdsville who may soon be losing theirs.

On the surface, it seems to be an unusual place to bring a reelection campaign -- a plant that will soon close its doors.

Paul took a tour Tuesday of the iconic Publishers Printing plant that has provided jobs in Shepherdsville for generations. But the family-owned company is closing the facility and moving its operations to a larger plant in Lebanon Junction.

Most jobs will go there as well, but some will not.

“I think there is part of the industry that is growing, part of the industry that is struggling with online information," Paul said Tuesday. "But really what we want to do is figure out what we can do to help the company grow."

Paul met with select employees and held a private session with company executives, who told him the move is painful, but necessary, if the company is to survive.

“We own all the real estate in Lebanon Junction, so we can continue to expand through the investment in new equipment," said Vice President for Sales, Dick Ryan. "And hopefully, [we'll] expand our work force as well."

Paul says part of the answer for companies like this one is cutting corporate taxes.

“We have the highest corporate income tax in the world, and having a high corporate income tax saps and takes their profits and makes it more difficult for them to compete domestically and worldwide,” he said.

The visit comes a day after Paul's Democratic challenger, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, released his own jobs plan, which also includes helping small business.

“However that can occur, we need to stimulate it. We need to encourage it,” Gray told WDRB on Monday.

But Paul dismisses Gray's approach to job creation.

“You have to have lower tax rates, less regulations, and you have to leave businesses alone," he said. "And I think his understanding of the marketplace is the opposite of that."

Publishers Printing says it will begin its transition to Lebanon Junction starting this fall. The plan is for the Shepherdsville plant to totally shut down late in 2017.

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