Area Development
Fuel Total Systems California Corporation, a Japanese-based automotive supplier, opened a 120,000-square foot, $38 million, manufacturing facility in Marion County, Kentucky that will create an estimated 100 new full-time jobs. The firm manufactures and supplies automotive fuel tank systems and related components.

Gov. Steve Beshear said "Kentucky's relationship with the Japanese business community continues to grow, and this is another example of how the right business climate, workforce, incentives and company goals can come together for a successful partnership." The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved Fuel Total Systems for tax benefits under the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act, an incentive program designed to attract new manufacturing employment to the state.

"We would like to give our thanks for the support shown to us from both the state and local governments," said Hiroyuki Nishioka, president of Fuel Total Systems California Corp. "Our ultimate goal is to make a positive contribution to and be an integral part of our community, as well as to the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

"Fuel Total Systems' grand opening, amid these challenging economic times, brings our community another step toward a promising economic comeback," said Sen. Jimmy Higdon, of Lebanon. "Their investment has provided 100 new jobs and will offer great opportunities for our workforce."

"On behalf of the city of Lebanon, I can say that we are extremely proud and blessed to have Fuel Total Systems located in our community," said Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw. "Their commitment to our community has exceeded our expectations as they operate a quality company with outstanding people."