Automotive manufacturer cites local support, workforce
FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER South Korea-based INFAC chose Campbellsville for its first North American production facility, that decision continues to pay off for both the company and the community.
In June, the automotive manufacturer broke ground on a $53 million expansion in Taylor County expected to more than double the existing workforce, creating 220 jobs.
“Since the opening of INFAC North America in Campbellsville, Kentucky, we’ve always been very happy with the excellent workforce and supportive local and state organizations,” says INFAC Chairman Ohe Gil Choi. “When the time came for the next investment and expansion to prepare for INFAC North America, there were many options to consider, but it was an easy decision for us to invest in Campbellsville because we already knew how easy it would be to work with the local government, both at the state and county level, and how good the teamwork would be with the diligent, hardworking people of Taylor County.”
This is INFAC’s second major expansion in Campbellsville. In 2013, the company added a 110,000-square-foot assembly, manufacturing and warehouse facility. The new expansion is located at the company’s existing facility in Campbellsville and comes in response to growing customer demand to boost growth in North America and increase the company’s global competitiveness. INFAC plans to add 125,000 square feet for increased manufacturing capabilities.
“Our community is a better place because of INFAC North America,” says Jeff Williams, president and CEO of Taylor County RECC. “Their success is a great example of how manufacturers flourish here, and their leadership as a corporate citizen makes a real difference. We are proud to serve INFAC and count them as a member of our electric cooperative.”
By meeting annual job and wage targets, INFAC can be eligible to keep a portion of the new state tax revenue it generates.
Established in South Korea in 1969, INFAC specializes in the manufacture of automotive components such as control cables, solenoids, antennas, actuators and horns. The company supplies Hyundai, Kia, GM, Chrysler and others. Recently, INFAC added EV battery and electrification-control systems to its list of products.