Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS) is once again expanding their Kentucky footprint.  Renovations are currently underway on a 65,000 square-foot building in Franklin, Kentucky, the first industry to locate in the new Henderson Interstate Industrial Park.

“I am pleased Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems will continue to grow its Kentucky presence,” Gov. Bevin stated in a news release. “Sumitomo’s Franklin plant will be the fifth location in the Commonwealth and will work closely with the Scottsville facility less than 30 miles away. We welcome the newest SEWS addition and are grateful for their continued investment in the Bluegrass state.”

Over the next decade, SEWS plans to create up to 145 new jobs at the new location, which will produce molded plastic connectors and housings for wire harness assemblies.

“Investing in additional production capacity will accommodate for future growth and development, which will position us well for further advancement in the industry,” said Alan Bomar, plant manager at the Scottsville facility.  “More importantly, the southcentral Kentucky region has a talented workforce, which has been key to our success thus far, and we’re pleased to be able to continue our growth here.”

Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg, said this announcement could provide a substantial boost to the local economy. “As an enterprise with a longstanding presence in Kentucky, I welcome the news of Sumitomo’s expansion,” Sen. Givens said in a news release. “The company’s investment in our area will not only create new jobs but will also energize our regional economy, and I thank Sumitomo for choosing Simpson County as its newest location.”

Just last year, SEWS broke ground on a 440,000 square-foot facility in Lexington, Kentucky.  The new building consolidated two existing facilities and opened in Spring 2016.