Manufacturing expansion brings 300 jobs to Mt. Washington
Hundreds of good paying jobs are coming to Mount Washington, Kentucky, with the expansion of a little-known business.
MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of good paying jobs are coming to Mount Washington, Kentucky, with the expansion of a little-known business.
Material Handling Systems is investing more than $20 million to double the size of its current facility and hire 300 new employees at its manufacturing plant off Griffin way.
"We moved here in November of last year and, either through incredible growth or poor planning on our part, we're already out of room," said Greg Judge, President of Material Handling Systems.
MHS builds and installs conveyors systems for companies like Amazon, Fed-Ex and UPS. These machines are integral in getting packages from online purchases to a customers home and in high demand as more people turn to online shopping.
"It's awesome," said plant worker Autumn Long. "Ever since I've lived here, we haven't had a place like this out here so it's really what we've needed."
With the unemployment rate in Kentucky hover at the record lows of 4 percent filling the positions may be challenging.
It's why starting pay for these positions averages $25 an hour according to Kentucky economic development records. The company also partnered with Bullitt County Schools to offer hands-on training in welding. Tech students spend half-days here and can be hired right out of high school.
The expansion is expected to take about a year and MHS will get a $2.5 million tax credit for the job expansion.
MHS also has offices in Ohio, the Netherlands and Canada and a sister company operated out of the same facility, Santa Rosa Systems.
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