Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin announced plans by Ontario’s Dajcor Aluminum Ltd on Friday to construct a new, US$19.6 million plant in the southeastern reaches of the state.
Per local media, Dajcor’s new plant will be located in Coalfields Industrial Park in Perry County. The plant will employ a workforce of 265 upon full ramp-up, producing aluminium extrusion and other fabricated aluminium products for certain of the firm’s clients in the United States.
Mike Kilby, president and CEO of Dajcor, greeted the many milestones the project represents for his company.
“We are excited to get going on this expansion project for Dajcor. This project will not only expand our capacity but also our geographic reach as our first manufacturing facility in the USA. Perry County, in Eastern Kentucky, offers a ready workforce as well as excellent state-of-the-art fabrication training facilities within the area. This fits well with our ‘All Under One Roof’ aluminum extrusion and fabrication business model.”
The firm said it will begin retrofitting the former American Woodmark plant at once. Operations at the site are slated to commence by year’s end, with recruiting and hiring for the project to commence at once.
Gov. Bevin noted the advantages Dajcor will enjoy with a facility in the commonwealth.
“We are excited for another major jobs announcement in Eastern Kentucky, where we have a strong, skilled workforce ready to serve any industry’s needs. Dajcor Aluminum has selected an excellent location for its first U.S. operation and will be a great fit for the workforce in and around Perry County. We are grateful to Dajcor for their decision to locate in Kentucky, and we stand ready to help this company achieve its goals and continue its rapid growth.”
Dajcor Aluminum Ltd. is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified supplier of extruded, fabricated/machined, and anodized aluminium components and assemblies to various markets: automotive, renewable energy, medical equipment, transportation, building trades, military, recreation, and consumer-product industries. The firm began in 2010 when three Chatham businessmen purchased the assets of the now-defunct Daymond Aluminum after the 2008 financial crisis. It extrudes primarily 6000 series alloys, including 6063, 6463, 6061, and 6005 in its 190,000 ft2 plant.