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July 10, 2014

Engineering firm plans to expand

80 new jobs being created in Boyd County

FRANKFORT — EN Engineering plans to expand its operations in Boyd County, creating 80 engineering jobs and investing nearly $3 million into the project.

 “This is very exciting for eastern Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear, who broke the news on Thursday. “EN Engineering’s announcement not only will bring dozens of well-paying jobs to the region, but also further signifies the Commonwealth’s importance in the industrial energy sector. I want to thank the company for investing in the state and helping build our economy.”  

EN Engineering provides engineering expertise to heavy industrial clients, including natural gas and oil pipeline infrastructure, gas distribution and petroleum refining.

The company currently employs nearly 90 workers in the Commonwealth and is expanding its engineering capacity to better serve the Tri-State region of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.

 “We are excited about the growth opportunities presented with the solid reputation of our Kentucky employees,” said Tom Ziegenfuss, president of EN Engineering. “They have been providing quality engineering services in the region since 1994.”

 “We believe the foundation is established for sustained growth by continuing to provide high-quality engineering services,” said Mitch Hulet, EN Engineering’s COO. “David Gibson, vice president of the Kentucky operations, will be providing leadership for this growth, and we feel confident his group is poised for success.”

 In addition to adding the new jobs, EN Engineering plans to build a 24,000-square-foot facility to consolidate its Kentucky operations, which currently occupy five separate buildings within the county. The new facility is expected to be complete next summer.

EN Engineering is a group of engineering professionals with centuries of experience in the energy sector. The company operates 10 offices throughout the country with approximately 725 employees.

 “This expansion of EN Engineering is exciting,” said Sen. Robin Webb, D- Grayson. “These new jobs and this investment in our industrial base will benefit our community, our region and the entire Commonwealth. EN Engineering has been a good corporate partner, and I look forward to building on that partnership to bring even more jobs to the region.”

State Rep. Kevin Sinnette, D-Ashland, was thrilled with the decision.

 “EN Engineering has been a great corporate partner for our community, so I’m certainly pleased to see it move forward with such a large expansion,” he said. “This speaks volumes about all of the good things our county and workforce have to offer.

“It also highlights the close working relationship our local and state economic development officials have with our businesses leaders, so I want to thank the officials for their contributions to this effort.”

Boyd County Judge-Executive William “Bud” Stevens said: “EN Engineering has been a good corporate partner for Boyd County. It is great to see 80 new energy engineering jobs and a $3 million investment in Boyd County.”

 To encourage the investment and job growth in unincorporated Boyd County, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

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