SOMERSET, Ky. — After more than a year in their new Somerset-Pulaski County location, Hollaender Manufacturing executives are showing off a new expansion, saying they are excited about what the future holds.
The Cincinnati handrail company announced in October 2019 it would open a manufacturing operation in a 12,000-s.f. warehouse on University Drive in Somerset, its first expansion outside the Cincinnati market. Local officials toured the facility earlier this month.
Those are the efforts that caught Hollaender’s attention. After an extensive search that included several states, it was Somerset-Pulaski County’s skilled labor force that attracted the manufacturer to locate here, said Marc Cetrulo, president and chief operating officer.
In operation since 1946, Hollaender’s pipe fittings and handrail systems can be found around the world, from rocket launch pads at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral to offshore oil rigs, from U.S. Army Corps, locks and dams to amusement parks like Kings Island and Six Flags Disney World — even at Hollywood movie studios. Hollaender components are used in the design and build of a handrail, guardrail, and safety rail systems as well as a variety of unique modular pipe and fitting-based structures for commercial, residential, public works, and industrial applications.
Specifically, Hollaender manufactures its line of Speed-Rail mechanical fittings at its Somerset warehouse. The company’s initial $667,000 investment in Somerset-Pulaski County was expected to create up to 16 full-time jobs and cover the cost of equipment needed to meet production requirements. But after the success of their first year, Hollaender executives are considering another expansion of jobs and equipment in the near future.