FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 19, 2016) – Halton Group, a manufacturer of industrial and commercial kitchen ventilation systems, opened its new North American headquarters and R&D lab today, the culmination of a $3.7 million investment at its Allen County manufacturing campus.
The company also announced the start of a second, $2.95 million remodeling project at its production facility. The work will include additional cubicle space and new, more efficient equipment.
“Across nearly three decades Halton Group has proven itself as a successful corporate partner for Kentucky. As a forward-thinking manufacturer, Halton understands the benefits Kentucky offers of location, shipping and logistics infrastructure, and low costs of doing business,” said Erik Dunnigan, acting secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “Halton maintains a major presence in the industrial ventilation industry and we are proud the company chose to grow and invest in the Commonwealth.”
Halton Group’s manufacturing facility in Scottsville opened in 1997 and now employs 166 people. In 2006 the company located its North American headquarters in a small-business accelerator at Western Kentucky University.
As it outgrew its WKU space, executives decided to build an approximately 10,000 square-foot corporate office and R&D lab near the Scottsville plant. About 14 people will work in the new building.
“The working atmosphere and cooperation that we have received over the years from the Commonwealth of Kentucky has allowed us to grow and expand our operations with support and a strategic cohesiveness. For this, we are grateful,” said Mika Halttunen, Halton chairman of the board.
“We are always happy to see our units grow and expand,” added Kai Konola, CEO of Halton Group. “Existing in over 32 countries around the globe, the ease of doing business in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is much appreciated.”
“We very much appreciate the assistance and working relationship that we have with the Allen County-Scottsville Industrial Development Authority, the City of Scottsville and the county officials,” added Rick Bagwell, the president of Halton Americas.
Family owned and formed in Finland in 1969, Halton Group produces industrial ventilation systems used throughout North America. Its products include equipment for air diffusion and air-flow management, ventilation fire safety, kitchen and galley ventilation, cabin ventilation, air filtration and central vacuum cleaning systems. Halton Group employs approximately 1,400 people across operations in 30 countries.
Rep. Wilson Stone, of Scottsville, shared his pride in seeing Halton Group reach its goals.
“I’m very proud to see Halton Group complete this major step forward and invest more in our community,” Rep. Wilson said. “This new facility will go a long way in helping the company extend its reach in the years ahead, and it means a lot that WKU was able to play a critical role along the way. It’s further proof that our area has all it needs to help companies thrive.”
Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg, said Halton Group continues to drive the region’s economy.
“I am excited to see Halton Group begin their much-anticipated expanded operations in Scottsville,” said Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg. “Halton Group has been an essential part of our business community, and I congratulate them on achieving this next step in their enterprise.”
Scottsville Mayor Rob Cline said Halton’s presence and expansion in Scottsville benefits the community.
“We are very happy to have Halton Company continue their growth in Scottsville. We are proud to have them as a part of our community,” Mayor Cline said.
Allen County Judge-Executive Johnny Hobdy expressed gratitude for Halton’s decision to invest in the area.
“We are very grateful that Halton Company continues to invest in Scottsville and Allen County,” Judge Hobdy said. “They have always been a great corporate citizen for us and we wish them continued success.”
Jordan Clarke, chairman of the Allen County-Scottsville Industrial Development Authority (IDA), noted the strong relationship between local and company officials.
“We are extremely pleased to have the Halton North American headquarters and its research and development operations located in Scottsville,” Clarke said. “The IDA has always had a great working relationship with Rick Bagwell and Halton and look forward to working with them in the future.”
To encourage Halton’s investment in a new headquarters, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) last year approved the company for tax incentives up to $100,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). 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.
At its board meeting in April, KEDFA approved a separate KEIA incentive of up to $75,000 in tax credits for Halton Group’s renovation project.
Halton Group also previously received support from the Kentucky Innovation Network. A statewide network of 13 offices, the Kentucky Innovation Network helps small businesses at any stage — whether just starting with an idea or already an established business — to plan launch and grow their companies.
Additionally, Halton Group can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 5,600 Kentucky companies.
For more information on Halton Group, visit www.halton.com
A detailed community profile for Scottsville (Allen County) can be viewed here.
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