R.A. Jones to upgrade Kentucky facility, create new jobs

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Packaging equipment manufacturer R.A. Jones will upgrade its facility in Kenton County, Kentucky, with a more than $2 million (€1.7 million) investment that will create 20 jobs.

The company’s investment includes new equipment and other upgrades at its facility in Crescent Springs Pike, Kenton County. New jobs created at the location will include mechanical and electrical engineers, machinists, fabricators, assemblers and service technicians, among other positions.

R.A. Jones’ operation is among approximately 4,500 manufacturing-related facilities in Kentucky, which employ around 260,000 people statewide. The company is a subsidiary of Italy-based Coesia, which oversees a group of global innovation-based providers of industrial and packaging products.

Demand for the firm’s packaging equipment, including aerosol product filling and crimping machines, has grown ‘consistently’ in recent years, said the firm, which has seen a surge since the start of the pandemic.

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in June preliminarily approved a 10-year incentive agreement with R.A. Jones under the Kentucky Business Investment programme. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $200,000 in tax incentives based on the firm’s investment of $2 million.

Jonathon Titterton, CEO of R.A. Jones, commented: “The state tax incentives will allow R.A. Jones to invest in various corporate initiatives and projects designed to strengthen our current workforce, expand our manufacturing and service capabilities, and increase research and development resources to help us attain our full market growth potential over the next 10 years.

“The R.A. Jones leadership team is honoured to have been approved for these tax incentives and excited to continue its 115-plus-year tradition of contributing to Northern Kentucky’s growing economy and providing quality job opportunities for residents of the surrounding communities.”

Lee Crume, president and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, said R.A. Jones is part of a strong consumer product goods and packaging manufacturing sector in the Cincinnati region.

“Northern Kentucky’s proximity to the headquarters and manufacturing operations of CPG giants Procter & Gamble and The Kroger Co make our region ideal for companies like R.A. Jones that specialise in innovative packaging technology for the beverage, chemical, consumer goods, dairy, food, pharmaceutical and industrial industries.

“R.A. Jones’ decision to add new, professional career opportunities is testimony to our strong higher education system in the Cincinnati region.”

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