SORD has selected Frankfort, Kentucky, for its first U.S. manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facility. The Australian company will invest more than $2.1 million and create 81 jobs there.
"My SORD mates and I are very excited about the opportunity to locate and establish successful business operations in the commonwealth of Kentucky and very much appreciate everything Governor [Steve] Beshear and the professionals at the Cabinet for Economic Development did to convince us to locate here," said Luke Fegen, SORD owner and founder. "We love your beautiful commonwealth with its great location, business climate, business networking opportunities, quality of life, and last, but certainly not least, the very hospitable and talented residents. We look forward to working with you and many others to provide good employment opportunities to many Kentuckians for years to come."
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has preliminarily approved SORD for tax incentives up to $1.8 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program.
Sord will produce tactical nylon goods such as backpacks, load-bearing garments, pouches, belts, and military accessories at the 15,000-square-foot plant. It expects to begin production in September.