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Nationwide Uniform Expands Hodgenville, Kentucky, Operations

Nationwide Uniform Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fechheimer Brothers Co., will expand operations in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The $11.5 million project is expected to create 63 jobs.

The investment will include the construction of a new 140,000-square-foot distribution center on 9.5 acres of vacant land next to the company’s current facility on 235 Shepherdsville Road.

“We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development in helping to secure this tax incentive,” said Chris Cundiff, executive vice president of supply chain at Fechheimer. “This program will support our growth as a company, expanding our Nationwide facility and support of the LaRue County community.”

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) on Thursday preliminarily approved a 10-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $800,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $11.5 million and annual targets of: creation and maintenance of 63 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 10 years; and paying an average hourly wage of $22.44 including benefits across those jobs.

By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.

In addition, Fechheimer Brothers Co. can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.

“Time and time again, industry leaders looking to expand their operations are choosing to do so here in the commonwealth,” noted Governor Andy Beshear. “That is not a coincidence. We are building an economy that has the resources and workforce to allow companies of all sizes and specialties to thrive with us in Kentucky. I want to thank Nationwide’s leaders for their continued belief in our talented workforce and choosing to expand their operations here in the commonwealth. I look forward to the company’s continued success.”

In operation since 1842, Fechheimer is a leading manufacturer of uniform apparel based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company provides uniforms of public safety for police, military, and postal workers under its Flying Cross and Vertx brands. Fechheimer was recently selected to provide the new Army Service Green Uniform to the U.S. Army. In addition to the corporate office and distribution center in Cincinnati and operation in Hodgenville, Fechheimer also operates a manufacturing plant in Grantsville, Maryland.

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