Hundreds Of New Jobs Are Coming To Eastern Kentucky

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Hundreds of new jobs are on the way to eastern Kentucky and they're mostly high-paying engineering positions.

Monday night we toured Celerity Automations in Johnson County, and found out when the hiring begins.

Celerity Automations CEO Ron Ward expects to start mass producing machines like this linear transport vehicle and sell them to consumer goods companies at 250-thousand dollars each.

The Johnson county native needs hundreds of new employees to build the machines.

“We had to go away to school, to work, those things. There just wasn't anything available. So we look forward to being able to supply jobs for home grown people,” Ronald Ward said.

Governor Ernie Fletcher toured the facility Monday. He says Ward's company could lead to major economic growth.

“The big thing is the intellectual property they have, the patents they have on this will make this the unique supplier of this type of movement system, if you will,” Governor Ernie Fletcher said.

Ward expects to fill 600 jobs, many paying 50,000 dollars a year, within the next 5 years. He says he'll need 40 to 50 new employees in 4 or 5 months, when Celerity starts mass production.

“We're not looking for folks to come work for us for seven, eight, nine dollars an hour. We expect, as I said, to pay folks in such a way and remunerate them in such a way that they can support their families,” Ward said.

Ward says the actual number of jobs depends on new orders for machines, but he's confident his estimates are accurate.

As Celerity's workforce expands, so will its facilities.

CEO Ron Ward says he'll eventually have to build several more buildings on the company's eleven-acre site.


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  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Aug 21, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    I AM A NATIVE OF AND HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED IN THE EASTERN KY AREA FOR 40 PLUS YEARS. WOULD NOT WANT TO LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE. I AM EMPLOYED WITH ONE OF THE LARGEST BANKING CORPS. IN THE STATE. I HAVE BEEN AROUND A LOT OF THE WORLD AND I SEE JUST AS MANY IF NOT MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE WANTING THE GOVERMENT TO GIVE THEM HAND OUTS THAN WHAT WE HAVE HERE. UNTIL THE LAND BARONS OF THIS AREA ARE WILLING TO LET BIG BUSINESS AND GOOD JOBS COME IN WITH GOOD PAY, IT WILL ALWAYS BE TOUGH TO LIVE AND RAISE A FAMILY ON LITTLE OR NO INCOME. THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT HOW OR WHAT THE OTHER PERSON IS *** WALK A FEW MILES IN THEIR SHOES *********
  • by JILL Location: SOMERSET on Aug 21, 2007 at 02:11 PM
    I agree with john.I have seen the same here in Somerset.I have worked in differant parts of eastern ky for a few months for the most part i did see some hard working people.But its hard to turn a blind eye to welfare.It is everywhere in ky just on a larger scale in eastern ky.But i belive that they have a turn around.i know they can.
  • by john Location: sothern ky on Aug 21, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    first off lynn i am sorry to have offened you,i get a little ill every time i hear something about eastern ky to better themselves only to turn around and shot themselves in the foot by a few bad eggs,and yes i do see here also i cant deny that.you can go to the er on a friday night and it is filled with people with a upset stomach,people that need in cant because they are filled up, and guess who pays for that lynn me and you.i see them give a taxi cab driver 30 bucks at the first of the month to get them a hambuger delivered to them, i am all for helping them if they need it, but my gosh enough is enough, i could go on and on lynn, but i have to get back to work millions depend on me, and sorry to have picked on eastern ky,your right its all over ky
  • by LYNN Location: FLOYD CO. on Aug 21, 2007 at 07:03 AM
    Dear John,i find your comment to be rather smart indeed.and then you say,"they are a few hard working,good kentucky people over there" what does that mean John? myself i am so happy to see a new business come around and YES we have plenty of hard working people living here.not all of us ky people are spaced out & looking for a hand out.and as far as your comment "they want to get paid just not by working for it" do you think thats just here in eastern ky? it's ALL over the USA so please don't single US out. i'm sure you must see that sort of thing all the time yourself."workers comp claims will go though the roof" sounds like you have done that before hum, makes a person wonder.i just don't understand most of your lame comments,pointing fingers,making all of us look bad but you know something John? i/we are every bit as good as you are and we also deserve good paying jobs in our communities.this will help many families in many ways.
  • by john Location: southrern ky on Aug 21, 2007 at 04:12 AM
    this is great news, i hope all goes well ,eastern ky needs something. good luck finding that many to go to work though, workers comp claims will go though the roof.i say this not being a smart butt ,you cant help people if they dont want it,they want to get paid just not by working for it, i know they are a few hard working,good kentucky people over there and i pray that they do get a good paying job.

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