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Jacobs Automation Invests $1.7 Million To Expand Its Erlanger, Kentucky, Production Facility

Jacobs Automation, a firm that manufactures automation technology for packaging, material handling and automated assembly, invested more than $1.7 million in an expansion of its manufacturing center that included a new, 13,200-square-foot facility on Airport Exchange Boulevard in Erlanger, Kentucky.

The company’s patented iTRAK system provides independent control of multiple magnetically propelled movers on straight and curvilinear paths. The technology offers reduced changeover times, lower maintenance requirements and lower energy consumption than competing systems.

“iTRAK is a disruptive technology that is reshaping the motion control industry,” said Keith Jacobs, CEO and founder of Jacobs Automation. “We are delighted with the response from our customers and the support of our suppliers and investors. The announcement of our collaboration with Rockwell Automation on Intelligent Track Motion Control Technology, together with this expansion, is accelerating our market penetration. Our two companies are working together on the connectivity between their respective platforms allowing our customers to standardize on a single control platform for small-to-large platforms.”

“Jacobs Automation is an innovative company with revolutionary technology in its field,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “We are excited to see 26 new jobs and $1.7 million in investment, but we’re even more proud to have Jacobs Automation in the Commonwealth. The company is providing rewarding high-tech careers and adding even more quality to our talented workforce.”

As an incentive to encourage the investment and job creation in northern Kentucky, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $250,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

KEDFA also awarded Jacobs Automation state funding up to $250,000 from the Cabinet for Economic Development’s High-Tech Investment Pool, which is designed to build and promote technology-based and research-intensive companies and projects. The funds were used for prototype development and to purchase equipment and software.

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