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Hitachi Expands Construction Plans in Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Hitachi Automotive Products will build a second facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, representing a $68 million investment and creating 145 jobs. The project significantly increases an expansion the company previously announced.

"Hitachi Automotive Products broke ground on our first Kentucky manufacturing plant in 1985. This year marks our 25-year anniversary, and we can't think of a more exciting way to celebrate than breaking ground on this additional manufacturing facility," said Ken Funasaki, president of Hitachi Automotive USA. "Our new facility will allow Hitachi to significantly increase our production of advanced electronic controls for the automotive industries next generation of vehicles."

The company will build a 170,400-square-foot facility to make advanced electronic control modules for auto engines and drivetrains, fuel systems, and other new auto products. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2011.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) had preliminarily approved Hitachi's initial expansion project for tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) Program. With the expanded plans, the Cabinet for Economic Development will recommend an amendment of the incentive package to the KEDFA Board.

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