PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - EnerBlu, a battery company, announced on Friday it will bring nearly 1,000 jobs to Kentucky. The company will create 875 full-time jobs at a production facility in Pikeville. It will also relocate it's headquarters to Lexington, bringing 110 jobs.
Governor Matt Bevin joined other local leaders at the announcement at the Expo Center in downtown Pikeville.
EnerBlu is will build a $372 million facility located at the Kentucky Industrial Park in Pike County. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.
"It started as Marion's Branch. It was renamed to the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park. It seems this is quickly turning into the industrial park of 'Silicon Holler,'" said Representative Hal Rogers. "We've got a labor pool that extends far beyond the boundaries of eastern Kentucky that are dying to come home and this will give them the opportunity to do just that."
Governor Matt Bevin says the company will have a big impact on the region and entire state for many years.
"At the end of the day, if it were not for people who believed in this community, who had a passion for this community, who believed in it not only enough to invest themselves, their capital, their lives, but also to make sure others knew about this...none of this would be possible."
Additionally, the company will relocate its headquarters from Riverside, Calif. to a 150,000-square-foot building in Lexington, where it will create 110 administrative, research-and-development and executive positions. The office is expected to open early next year.