Hansens Aluminum Awarded US$970,000 Block Grant for Kentucky Expansion

Hansens Aluminum Awarded US$970,000 Block Grant for Kentucky Expansion
Southern side of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River at Henderson, Kentucky. Source: Wikimedia

The Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) has awarded South African firm Hansens Aluminum LLC a block grant of nearly a million dollars to build a plant on the Ohio River in Henderson.

The Department for Local Government approved a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of US$970,000 to fund the building of a 75,000ft2 facility at the Henderson Riverport Industrial Area.

Hansens will add US$18.3 million of its own funds to purchase a 10.3 acre tract upon which to build the plant as well as to construct the building itself and purchasing and leasing necessary equipment. The project is expected to create fifty full-time jobs at the plant.

“The Henderson community welcomes this new international industry, the much-needed new jobs that will follow, and the boost to our economic climate,” said Kentucky Senator J. Dorsey Ridley (D). “We stand ready with a dedicated and skilled workforce to meet the company’s needs. I look forward to a long and prosperous partnership between the Henderson community and Hansens Aluminum.”

“I am very pleased to have a dynamic, innovative manufacturer like Hansens Aluminum in Henderson,” said Kentucky Representative Robby Mills (R). “The Henderson community is deeply grateful that this South African company chose Henderson as their U.S. home. Our skilled and readied workforce is more than capable of making this investment venture a success in Kentucky for years to come.”

Hansens Aluminum was founded in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1956. A family business for three generations, the firm sells auto parts to suppliers the world over, including in Germany, Spain, Poland, China and Mexico. Hansens turns out over twenty-five million anti-vibration and HVAC parts each year.

Kentucky’s Community Development Block Grant program was created to help communities revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure, and improving a community’s facilities and services.