Homecare Products Inc., a Seattle-based designer and manufacturer of wheelchair ramps, will open a manufacturing plant in Morganfield Industrial Park that will bring 135 new jobs to the region.
The new plant will be operated by the company’s EZ Access subsidiary, which designs and manufactures portable wheelchair ramps and modular wheelchair ramps for residential use. Production plans for the Union County plant will also include the manufacture of a new commercial ramp line, as well as products currently produced in its Seattle facilities.
Homecare Products will purchase and finish out a 100,000-square-foot “spec” building on 21 acres in the Morganfield Industrial Park. The company will also utilize the Morganfield site for distribution of its entire product line to the eastern United States and has indicated that all future manufacturing expansions will take place in Union County.
“Over the last year we have researched and negotiated with several states and local governments in an effort to secure a viable manufacturing and distribution point for our products,” said Dave Baile, director of manufacturing and product development. “By a large margin, we have found Kentucky, and particularly Union County, to be more business friendly, cooperative and welcoming.”
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Association has granted preliminary approval to Homecare Products for tax benefits up to $1.6 million.