Louisville-based ISCO Industries, one of the nation’s largest distributors and suppliers of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping products, has acquired Wright Water & Waste, a company headquartered in Solon, Ohio. ISCO President Jimmy Kirchdorfer said that the addition of Wright gives ISCO the expertise to supply additional items and offer a complete package to its current customer base. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
WinNet Communications Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. WinNet is the parent of Win.Net, an Internet service provider that has customers in Louisville, central Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Ford Motor Co. has reopened the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville after closing the facility for approximately two months to install the new tooling required to build Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs in addition to the F-Series Super Duty trucks already built there. The plant has added some 400 employees to its workforce of 3,800, most of whom have transferred from Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant. In recent years, Louisville Assembly has been responsible for the production of Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers, but with the decreased demand for those products, Ford plans to convert LAP to handle small car production by 2011.
Louisville-based Peritus Public Relations has opened a fifth office in Indianapolis. The firm also has operations in Nashville, Tenn., and Frankfort, and recently added an office in Lexington to handle the needs of clients in central and eastern Kentucky.
Flextronics has informed the Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development that it will eliminate about 150 jobs at its facility in Jefferson County. The Singapore-based company, which produces and repairs electronic components for items such as cell phones and other electronic devices, employs approximately 1,000 workers at the Jefferson County facility.
Louisville Technical Institute’s computer graphic design program has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Technical Program award from the American Technical Education Association. The award recognized LTI, which is part of the Sullivan University system, for its “state-of-the-art design instruction as being both current and cutting edge.” According to criteria set by the ATEA, the winning program must be both exemplary and contribute to the nation’s workforce. The ATEA also reviewed the institute’s teaching strategies, instructors’ credentials, enrollment practices, the placement of graduates, and the knowledge and participation of the program’s advisory committee.
Louisville-based Republic Bank has hired nearly 400 employees to handle the bank’s annual income tax season activities. Republic Chairman and CEO Steve Trager said that during the January-April tax season, the bank’s income tax group typically processes and files nearly 2 million applications for bank products associated with tax returns.