MARION, Ky. — Governor Steve Beshear today joined company officials and local leaders in Marion to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for a more than $2 million expansion at Siemens’ rail automation facility. The German-owned, integrated technology company will create 50 new jobs as a result of its expanded facility, which now totals 95,000 square feet.
“Companies always have choices on where to locate facilities. The economic development team and the Governor’s support for the local community, coupled with our excellent employees, makes our choice simple,” said Kevin Riddett, CEO of Siemens Freight and Products Segment, Rail Automation. “It’s important to also recognize our great customers and the entire Siemens global team that provides us the opportunity to grow. Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony is an outward symbol of our commitment to the Marion facility and Siemens partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Crittenden County and the city of Marion.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in Crittenden County, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
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