WURTLAND, Ky. — A company specializing in part in cement-based products is paving the way to more jobs in northeastern Kentucky.
Wright-Mix Material Solutions LLC will invest $8.5 million in a production facility at Wurtland’s river port. The new location will field 130 full-time jobs, announced Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday.
“... Wright-Mix will grow its parent company’s home-state economic impact and employment while reaching new customers across Kentucky’s borders,” Bevin said in a press release.
Bevin said Wright-Mix’s Wurtland establishment will showcase “a central location, outstanding shipping and logistics infrastructure and the availability of raw materials and talent.”
The family-owned business began as Wright Concrete & Construction Inc. in 1998 in Pikeville. Brothers Shannon and Kendall Wright founded the company. Wright-Mix’s inception occurred in 2011.
Wright-Mix provides customers with an assortment of items, including liquid-based chemicals, non-shrink grouts, thin-skin liners, gunite, shotcrete and cement-based products.
It will renovate an existing building at the Greenup-Boyd Riverport, increasing its size to a spacious 80,000 square feet, preparing it for fully automated toll blending and bagging operations.
Work is scheduled to begin in August. The facility could start operating as early as January.
“We feel the location fits our distribution needs and the 50-acre size of this property will allow us to grow our multiple comp $8.5 million facility, 130 jobs coming to Wurtlandanies going forward,” said Shannon Wright, president and CEO.
The Wrights pointed to Ohio River access and the luxury of a rail service as determining factors in picking out the Wurtland spot. The company will receive raw materials via barge, rail and truck. It will ship products by truck and train.
Sen. Robin Webb, of Grayson, said Wright-Mix is another win for the region.
“Our highly skilled and dedicated workforce is a great fit to the industry and I appluad the combined efforts of all who assisted and enabled this success story,” Webb said.
Said Rep. Danny Bentley, of Russell: “I am thrilled to see 130 new jobs coming back to an area decimated by job loss in the last decade.”
Donna Hayes, Wurtland’s mayor, said the city is “extremely excited.”