9:07pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Business and the Economy

Bardstown Manufacturer to Add Jobs

FRANKFORT – American Fuji Seal will expand operations in Bardstown, creating new 45 jobs and making a $10 million investment at its plant. “Here’s another shining example of a Japanese-owned business that has found success by locating its North American headquarters in Kentucky,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release from his office. “We’re thrilled to see American Fuji Seal succeed, expand its footprint in the Commonwealth, invest millions of dollars here and create dozens of full-time jobs for Kentuckians.”

Japanese-owned companies already operate more than 150 facilities in Kentucky and provide more than 34,000 full-time jobs. Additionally, Kentucky has the country’s second-highest Japanese foreign direct investment on a per capita basis.

American Fuji Seal is part of the Fuji Seal International packaging company based in Osaka, Japan. Its North American corporate headquarters is in Bardstown. The company prints and manufactures sleeve, molding and insulating labels for product packaging. More than 460 employees currently work at the Bardstown facility.

“Fuji Seal is very excited and pleased to expand its manufacturing operations in Bardstown,” said Fuji Seal Vice President of Operations Bruce Atcher.

To encourage the investment and job growth in Bardstown, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

“We are proud to have a company like American Fuji Seal continually making substantial investments in our community,” Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles said in the news release.