Graves County Economic Development announced more than 160 new full-time jobs as part of 11 projects worth more than $115 million in an event Wednesday at Graves County High School's Independence Bank Performing Arts Center.
Hemp manufacturer GenCanna announced that instead of a $40 million investment, its project on U.S. 45 near Hickory has grown to more than a $60 million investment.
Grace Commercial Park plans complete cleanup of concrete rubble at the former General Tire plant on U.S. 45, a new 30,000 square foot spec building and is negotiating plans for an additional 100,000 square foot facility with hopes that construction could start late this summer. Additionally, Ron Parks of First Choice Kubota said he was opening a Kubota dealership on eight acres in the complex this fall, where the former parking lot one stood, a $2 million investment.
Graves County Economic Development President Ryan Drane announced a 100,000 square foot manufacturing spec building to be constructed at the Hickory Industrial Park. It will be the largest spec building west of I-65, he said, and will be expandable to 200,000 square feet. Economic developers are partnering with TVA on the facility.
Additional announcements included:
• Mayfield Consumer Products is investing an additional $2 million in Mayfield for MCP Packaging Technologies, which will package its candles and offer packaging to other businesses.
• Ingram's Water & Air Equipment is building a 28,000-square-foot addition onto its 78,000-square-foot facility.
• Progress Rail is planning $1.7 million in facility upgrades.
•Pearson Safety Services, which specializes in professional services and corporate training, plans to consolidate its western Kentucky operations in Mayfield.
• Jackson Purchase Medical Center and Trifecta Real Estate will open a medical clinic in the Hickory Industrial Park.
• Four Rivers Foundation is developing new mobile software to help students connect with education, internship and career opportunities that will be available to Mayfield and Graves County high school students.
• The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is speeding completion of Ky. 80, having just held a pre-construction meeting. The I-69 Wingo interchange is in the design phase and should be ready for construction in about two years.