HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) – Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials on Thursday and executives from Pratt Industries in Henderson to break ground on the company’s $500 million paper mill and box factory, which will create 321 well-paying jobs across the two facilities and serves as the largest investment in the region in more than 25 years.
“As work continues to help our Western Kentucky communities heal after last week’s unprecedented storm, the arrival of Pratt Industries to this region will be an important part of that recovery process,” Gov. Beshear said. “Not only is this new operation going to create quality job opportunities for hundreds of Kentucky residents, the generosity shown by Pratt leadership during this difficult time also proves the company will be a perfect fit for Henderson and the surrounding area. I want to thank Anthony Pratt and his team for their commitment to the commonwealth. This is the start of a great partnership that will improve the lives of families throughout the region.”
Pratt broke ground on the first of two facilities that will total 1.15 million square feet of space along Kentucky Highway 425 in Henderson County. The company earlier this year announced a $400 million investment, which has since grown to $500 million to support construction of a 500,000-square-foot box factory. It will produce corrugated sheet and boxes, including pizza boxes and packaging for major distributors and big box stores with paper sourced from the new state-of-the-art, 650,000-square-foot paper mill, which produces 100% recycled paper. Construction of the box factory will be complete by 2023. Following today’s groundbreaking, company leaders anticipate the project will contribute to approximately 700 construction jobs over the years ahead.
The new location expands Pratt’s footprint in the commonwealth, which currently includes a Pratt Display manufacturing plant established in Hebron in 2011, which employs over 200 Kentuckians.