Total Fuel Systems, a Japanese-owned automotive supplier, has announced plans to locate a manufacturing facility in Lebanon, bringing 100 new jobs to Marion County.
The jobs will have an average compensation package of $20 per hour, including wages and benefits.
Total Fuel Systems plans to construct a 140,000-s.f. plant on 20 acres, where it will produce automotive fuel tank systems and related components.
Kentucky governors have a long tradition of traveling to Japan to develop relationships with the business community there, and Gov. Steve Beshear said Total Fuel’s decision to locate in the commonwealth was a direct result of his trip to Japan this past summer.
“I think it’s safe to say if we had not visited with them in Japan, we may well have lost this deal,” Beshear said at a press conference. “This deal happened because we were there, and we were able to look them in eye when they brought up issues so we could assure we would address them.”
Total Fuel’s announcement brings the total number of Japanese-owned facilities in the commonwealth to 158, with employment at those companies totaling nearly 40,000.