FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 7, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Halton Co., which manufactures commercial kitchen ventilation and air distribution systems, will build a $6.66 million second facility in Scottsville.
“Over the past three decades, Halton Co. has proven itself to be an exemplary corporate citizen and strong economic partner of the commonwealth,” Gov. Bevin said. “Congratulations to the company and the Allen County community on this latest investment. We are thankful for Halton’s confidence in Kentucky and look forward to their continued success.”
The new 55,000-square-foot facility will house the company’s Halton Air Moving division, which supplies the North American market. The operation will include manufacturing space and a state-of-the-art R&D lab. The new location will make emission control devices, specialized air handling units and other products. Customers will use those proudcts to clean ventilation emissions from commercial kitchens and industrial spaces while providing a comfortable and healthy environment for workers.
“Halton is pleased to continue our growth in the United States. Kentucky has been a welcoming and productive environment for our operations,” said Mika Halttunen, board chair of Halton Group. “We wish to thank the state, city and county officials for assisting our endeavors in providing an efficient, growing and vibrant environment for our customers, employees and company. In every way, the Allen County-Scottsville Industrial Development Authority, the city, county and state officials have assisted our efforts to provide an atmosphere of growth and achievement. We are grateful for this positive outlook and cooperation.”
Halton Co. is a subsidiary of Halton Group Americas Inc., an arm of Halton Group, which was founded in Finland in 1969. Halton Group saw initial success thanks to its shop furnishings product line, but has long focused on R&D and its indoor climate control business. It established its first US-based sales office in 1982 and its first US manufacturing operation in 1989. The company moved to Allen County in 1997, where it currently employs 160 people. Halton Group has a presence in 32 countries and employs nearly 1,500 people worldwide.
Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg, said the region’s strong business environment contributed to the company’s decision to locate a second facility.
“The Halton Company continues to grow and expand their quality driven business model,” Sen. Givens said. “Because of our workforce and thriving southcentral Kentucky economic climate, they indicate the potential purchase of an additional 20 acres in Scottsville for a 50,000-square-foot facility. This additional $6.66 million investment will boost their production capacity and add to the region's economic engine.”
Rep. Wilson Stone, of Scottsville, said this project adds to the company’s strong reputation within the community.
“The Halton Company has been an outstanding corporate citizen, so this expansion is great news for our community and says a lot about all that we have to offer,” Rep. Stone said. “I’m especially proud it will be the first company to locate in our new industrial park. I want to thank its leaders for making this investment, and I also appreciate the hard work of our local and state economic development officials.”
Scottsville Mayor Rob Cline described the project as “another home run for Scottsville and Halton.”
Allen County Judge-Executive Johnny Hobdy said local officials will work closely with the company through its continued growth.
“I’m certainly excited that the Halton Company continues to grow in Scottsville and Allen County with the addition of this new facility,” Judge-Executive Hobdy said. “We are committed to work with Halton to make this latest venture as successful as possible.”
Jordan Clarke, chairman of the Allen County-Scottsville Industrial Development Authority, noted the importance of the company to the region.
“We’re thrilled that Halton has decided to continue to invest in the Scottsville and Allen County community,” Clarke said. “This is an important step. Because of Halton’s investment, we’re able to offer more land for future industrial and economic development for Scottsville and Allen County as well. Halton’s been a great community partner for years, and we’re glad to have them.”
“This is a solid first step,” added Richie Sanders, Allen County economic development director. “We’re really excited about working with Halton for this project. They’ve been a great community partner for years, and we appreciate working with them to create jobs and offer good opportunities for the people of Scottsville and Allen County.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in March preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $100,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing.
In addition, Halton can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.
For more information on Halton, visit www.halton.com.
A detailed community profile for Allen County can be viewed here.