Countertop manufacturer to invest $400,000
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Unique Granite and Marble Inc. plans to expand manufacturing operations in Owensboro, Ky., creating 25 new, full-time jobs and investing $400,000 in the project.
“Unique Granite and Marble is a true small business success story, with an owner who saw a need in his community, began filling that need and is now looking to expand the company’s footprint,” Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. “We’re excited to see these 25 new jobs and a $400,000 investment in the commonwealth.”
Unique Granite and Marble has been manufacturing custom granite and quartz countertops in Owensboro since 2004, after the company saw a need in the local market and transitioned from home building and remodeling to countertop manufacturing.
With 28 current employees, Unique Granite and Marble has grown into the Owensboro area’s largest fabricator of custom stone countertops. With the expansion, the company plans to establish a new division to produce countertops for large commercial and multi-family units throughout a six-state region.
“We look forward to the opportunities presented to us with the support of the people at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation,” said Unique Granite and Marble CEO Rick Thomas. “These incentives will be used to bring jobs back to Owensboro. This community has given so much to us; we are very excited for the opportunity to give back.”
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.
“Unique Granite has really established a strong reputation in the homebuilding industry, so I’m not surprised at all that it is expanding operations here and across a broad section of the country,” said Rep. Tommy Thompson of Owensboro. “It’s another example of the quality products that are produced in our community, and I’m certainly happy that our local and state officials could help the company make this possible.”