FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2017) – Homecare Products Inc., a producer of portable and modular ramps that operates under the name EZ-ACCESS, will invest $650,000 and create 10 full-time jobs paying $18 per hour with benefits with the expansion of its facility in Morganfield, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.
“Homecare Products has been a major part of the corporate community in Union County for the past decade,” said Gov. Bevin. “This company provides a great and necessary service to those with limited mobility. Their latest expansion is evidence that Homecare Products made the right decision when they chose to locate the EZ-ACCESS operation in Kentucky. We are grateful for this continued confidence in the commonwealth and look forward to many years of additional growth.”
The investment will allow EZ-ACCESS to lease an additional 13,100-s.f. facility in Union Co. near its current operation, and purchase new equipment for increased manufacturing capacity. The company will relocate manufacturing and assembly operations of its Power Access products from another facility, as well as establish a production line for the Passport porch lift. Positions to be created through the expansion include welders, production assemblers, warehouse employees and material handlers. The investment also will cover the cost of facility upgrades, such as increased lighting, improved wiring, added security features and an additional parking and truck dock area. Work on the expansion is expected to begin in early 2018 and be completed by midyear.
“There continues to be a joint commitment to growing business in Kentucky and bringing more jobs to both Union Co. and the City of Morganfield,” said Don Everard, CEO of Homecare Products. “We will continue to seek more ways to expand our operations, and believe in the support of the state, county and city, as well as our many hard-working and dedicated employees.”
Homecare Products, based in Washington, was founded in 1984 and manufactures portable and modular ramp systems for use by individuals in need of assistance with mobility. The company offers products for both residential and commercial use.
Homecare’s EZ-ACCESS operation has been located in Morganfield since 2007 and currently employs 37 people.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley, of Henderson, said the company’s growth in Morganfield reflects well on the local workforce.
“Homecare Products, Inc. dba EZ-Access is a good corporate partner in Union Co.,” Sen. Ridley said. “This expansion speaks highly of that partnership and of the company’s faith in our skilled and dedicated workforce. We look forward to the company expanding their success.”
Rep. Suzanne Miles, of Owensboro, anticipates even more growth for Union Co. in the future.
I appreciate EZ-ACCESS investing in Union Co. Their success continues because of the fine employees of our community,” Rep. Miles said. “I truly believe the best is yet to come for Union Co. and the surrounding region.”
Kyndle CEO Tony Iriti pointed out the significance of growth of existing companies.
“Kyndle has enjoyed working with Homecare Products, Inc. dba EZ-ACCESS to make this announcement possible,” Iriti said. “We always look forward to working with our existing industries because they are proven employers in the region and we know that they will continue to create jobs here in the future.”
Union Co. Judge-Executive Jody Jenkins noted that the company plays a significant role in the community.
“I am always pleased to hear of companies expanding. The announcement of new jobs and investment is great news for the company and Union Co. EZ-ACCESS is a vital part of our community,” Judge Jenkins said. “As a result of the expansion, more people in the area will have the chance to go to work. We would like to congratulate them on their ongoing success.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $120,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition, Homecare Products can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.
For more information on EZ-ACCESS, visit www.ezaccess.com.