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Kentucky Offers Incentive For Electric Car Plant

FRANKFORT, KY -- A Shepherdsville company can get as much as $48 million in state tax incentives if it builds low-speed electric cars in Simpson County, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edtion.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave its blessing Friday to a proposal from Integrity Automotive to make ZAP (Zero Air Pollution) electric cars at an $84 million plant in the Wilkey North Industrial Park in Franklin.

Integrity Automotive, a division of Integrity Manufacturing, would build the electric cars for ZAP, a California company. Integrity proposes to employ as many as 4,000 workers within four years and pay an average hourly wage of $20, reports the Herald-Leader.

Bob Gunnell, a Louisville public relations executive who represents Integrity, said the company had no comment on the incentive package. He said Integrity would defer to any announcement from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.

Gunnell said Integrity hopes an announcement could come soon, perhaps in the next week. Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton also declined to discuss details, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader

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