Today, Mid-Park, Inc. of Grayson County, Kentucky celebrated the opening of their newest Service Stamping and Threading (SST) operation in Morgantown with a ribbon cutting and tours of the facility. A number of company, state and local government officials, chamber representatives and variety of community members attended the event. SST estimates a total investment of as much as $3.5 million and expects to create 50 new jobs in Butler County over the next three years.
SST Division President Joel Bernard along with Human Resources Manager Trish Niles stated "We are thrilled to become a part of Butler County's industrial base and part of this community. With the addition of SST's Morgantown Plant we are able to further enhance our 40 year history of suppling stampings, assemblies, and machined components to a variety of industries while making a positive impact on the lives of Butler Countians."
Mid-Park's existing SST facility in Leitchfield manufactures farm gate hardware and offers a variety of contract manufacturing services. They are the largest manufacturer and distributor of farm gate hardware in the United States.
"We are thrilled that Mid-Park has decided to locate their newest expansion in Morgantown," stated Morgantown Mayor Billy Phelps. "Morgantown SST is a significant investment for both Mid-Park and the Morgantown community and we're very excited to see how both will grow in the future."
SST's Morgantown Plant is a manufacturer and supplier of parts for the automotive industry. Those parts include frame, structural and suspension components as well as assemblies.
SST - Morgantown Plant will also add large stamping capabilities, up to 800 tons, to Mid-Park's production CNC and tool and die, and threading operations.
"Mid-Park, Inc. is a Kentucky born company with demonstrated success since operations began almost 40 years ago," said Butler County Judge Executive David Fields. He went on to say "We are delighted to welcome Morgantown SST to our community. This expansion is great news for the citizens of Butler County."
Originally Rough River Metal Products, SST/Mid-Park was established in 1971. In 1976, Rough River Metal Products expanded employment to three. By 1977 the company had outgrown its location in Western Hardin County and Rough River Metals made the move to Leitchfield and the name Mid-Park Metal Products was born. In 1993 Mid-Park acquired their Clarkson location with the goal to increase production capabilities and introduce new product lines. The expansion of SST/Mid-Park to Morgantown was announced in December 2015.
"This project is a shining example of when a regional approach to economic development works well." Stated Bowling Green Area Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. "Through our economic development partnership with the city of Morgantown, we were able to leverage our resources and experience in a way that positively impacted the Morgantown community. There were a lot of hands that touched this project and we are sincerely grateful for each contributing person and organization responsible for the fruition of Morgantown SST."
SST - Morgantown Plant is located at 490 Veterans HWY in Morgantown. Plans are in place to expand their production capabilities and grow their workforce. For more information about Mid-Park, Inc. and Service Stamping & Threading, visit www.mid-park.com
This is the second economic development announcement in 2016 for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for a total capital investment of $19 million and 65 jobs.