Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (right)
Balluff Inc. broke ground on its new building in Florence, Ky., on April 11. The governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, attended the ceremonial event along with other community and company officials.
"Balluff has found a successful home in northern Kentucky, with steady growth here over the past 30 years," said Gov. Beshear. "We're proud to have the company's U.S. headquarters in Kentucky, and especially happy to see the company continue to expand, adding 24 new jobs and investing $6 million in the commonwealth."
Balluff's new 48,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in March 2014 and will be a state-of-the-art, customer-support, training, and sales and marketing center. The facility will include green concepts and worker-friendly features, such as 100% employee access to daylight from workspaces.
Balluff is expected to boost employment by adding approximately 60 to 100 jobs (local and across the country) over the next five years.
"Balluff is working hard to help keep jobs in America by offering our customers technology and expertise to increase their productivity, improve their quality, and reduce their total cost of ownership, helping to make U.S. manufacturing the most productive in the world," said Kent Howard, president of Balluff.
A global automation supplier, Balluff specializes in products for industrial sensing, networking and identification for a wide range of applications and industries. Balluff is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, based in Neuhausen, Germany.
The company's U.S. headquarters currently employs more than 150 people, and has been located in Independence, Ky., since 1983, with expansions in 1994 and 2001. The facility is the final assembly, distribution and training site for Balluff in the United States.