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December 15, 2017

Battery manufacturer will invest $412 million across two locations

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin today joined local officials and executives from EnerBlu Inc., a high-power energy-storage provider, in Pikeville to announce the company’s decision to locate its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

Pikeville, a town of 7,000 near Kentucky's eastern tip, "will get 875 jobs paying an average of $39 per hour Pikeville, a town of 7,000 near Kentucky's eastern tip, "will get 875 jobs paying an average of $39 per hour

The company will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in Eastern Kentucky with the establishment of a production facility in Pikeville, and an additional $40 million and 110 jobs with the relocation of its headquarters to Lexington.

“We are excited that EnerBlu has chosen Kentucky as home for its headquarters, research and development facility, and for the first Lithium Titanate battery facility in the United States,” Gov. Bevin said. “EnerBlu will help power our nation’s transportation and defense industries, while providing job 

EnerBlu presidentCEO Dan Elliot (Click on pic for video)EnerBlu presidentCEO Dan Elliot (Click on pic for video)

opportunities that will harness the highly skilled workforce of Eastern Kentucky. We are grateful to EnerBlu for locating this incredible project in our state, and congratulate the communities of Pikeville and Lexington for the opportunities this new corporate partnership will create. This project will have a positive impact on Eastern Kentucky and the commonwealth as a whole for many years to come.”

Eastern Kentucky has long played a significant role in the global energy market with its strong ties to the coal mining industry. With this announcement, the region will expand upon that concept as it enters into the renewable energy industry.

EnerBlu will construct a 1 million-square-foot, high-tech facility in Pikeville to manufacture lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, called EnerBlu Advanced Energy Storage Units. The batteries will power transit busses, commercial trucks, military vehicles and other equipment. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.

EnerBlu site in Pike Co., Ky.EnerBlu site in Pike Co., Ky.

Lexington operation will have 110 jobsLexington operation will have 110 jobs

Additionally, the company will relocate its headquarters from Riverside, Calif. to a 150,000-square-foot building in Lexington, where it will create 110 administrative, research-and-development and executive positions. The office is expected to open early next year.

The LTO is a rechargeable battery with the advantage of a faster charge than other lithium-ion batteries and provides high currents when necessary. Currently, more than 70 percent of the world’s LTO production is located in China. The Pikeville facility will be the first LTO factory in the US.

In selecting Kentucky, EnterBlu leaders noted the state’s logistical advantage of being within a day’s drive of 65 percent of the US population, the availability of a trained workforce in Eastern Kentucky and low costs for industrial power contributed to their decision.

“Creating a team that is building something meaningful that can benefit both the local and global community is not only exciting, but very meaningful to us,” said Michael Weber, executive chairman at EnerBlu. “You cannot imagine how thrilling it is to play a part in helping revitalize a region and put coal miners back to work through retraining and good jobs. It is tremendously gratifying to be more than just a company that sells products, but to also make an impact on people’s lives.”

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides an innovative company like EnerBlu with the resources and support necessary for success,” added Daniel Elliott, EnerBlu president and CEO. “It has a highly skilled workforce with strong understanding of direct current (DC) power, complex machinery and robotics’ operations in production environments. We appreciate the exceptional support we have been given by state government leaders and look forward to creating good-paying jobs for the state.”

The LTO is a rechargeable battery with the advantage of a faster charge than other lithium-ion batteries and provides high currents when necessary. Currently, more than 70 percent of the world’s LTO production is located in China. The Pikeville facility will be the first LTO factory in the US.The LTO is a rechargeable battery with the advantage of a faster charge than other lithium-ion batteries and provides high currents when necessary. Currently, more than 70 percent of the world’s LTO production is located in China. The Pikeville facility will be the first LTO factory in the US.

EnerBlu, established in 2015 through a collaboration between BRAC Global Automotive and Symblu, is an energy-storage provider focused on electric transportation, PV hybrid microgrid, power grid and genset hybridization.

The company provides research, development and production of low-cost, high-performance LTO batteries. EnerBlu plans to supply batteries and other energy storage devices for industrial, automotive, defense and commercial applications in the US and internationally.

Its EnerBlu AESU is compatible with hundreds of thousands of US and NATO military generator systems, which will help to reduce fuel usage. In turn, that will lessen the need for dangerous military fuel-resupply missions.

EnterBlu executives anticipate growth of its zero-emission commercial truck, shuttle bus and school bus business. Electric school buses also will be equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology for emergency energy storage.

“EnerBlu is the exact type of company we need in Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Sen. Jones said. “These quality jobs can help diversify our economy and keep our hard-working men and women from leaving our region.“EnerBlu is the exact type of company we need in Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Sen. Jones said. “These quality jobs can help diversify our economy and keep our hard-working men and women from leaving our region.Sen. Ray Jones, of Pikeville, acknowledged the impact this project could have on Eastern Kentucky.

“EnerBlu is the exact type of company we need in Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Sen. Jones said. “These quality jobs can help diversify our economy and keep our hard-working men and women from leaving our region. This investment will result in a real economic boost to our area. I look forward to seeing EnerBlu grow and prosper and am hopeful this will be a sign of more good things to come in Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky and our commonwealth.”

Rep. Angie Hatton, of Whitesburg, said the project was a team effort.

“This announcement is the perfect early Christmas present for Eastern and Central Kentucky, and I cannot overstate how much it means to those of us in Pike County and the surrounding area,” Rep. Hatton said. “I want to thank EnerBlu for making such a significant investment in our community and giving hundreds of families a bright future to look forward to. I have been proud to work with our local and state economic development leaders to make projects like this possible and stand ready to do whatever else I can to build on the gains we have made.”

Rep. John Blanton, of Salyersville, said Kentucky is “open for business.”

EnerBlu will construct a 1 million-square-foot, high-tech facility in Pikeville to manufacture lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, called EnerBlu Advanced Energy Storage Units. The batteries will power transit busses, commercial trucks, military vehicles and other equipment. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.EnerBlu will construct a 1 million-square-foot, high-tech facility in Pikeville to manufacture lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, called EnerBlu Advanced Energy Storage Units. The batteries will power transit busses, commercial trucks, military vehicles and other equipment. Construction is scheduled to start in mid-2018 and the facility’s opening is planned for 2020.

“Since the GOP took control of the House a year ago, economic development has been the top priority of the House Majority Caucus,” Rep. Blanton said. “I am elated about the $372 million dollar investment and nearly 900 additional good-paying jobs that EnerBlu Inc. plans to establish in Pikeville. Kentucky is open for business because enterprise entities around America are beginning to see the quality of people we have right here in the Bluegrass.”

Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter noted the significant scope of the announcement.

“This is a revolutionary announcement for the City of Pikeville and all of Eastern Kentucky,” Mayor Carter said. “It is the culmination of years of hard work by the Pikeville City Commission and many others. Pikeville is known as the ‘City that Moves Mountains’ and much like the Cut Through project, EnerBlu will change the landscape of Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky. With this project, we will continue to lead in energy production and provide high-quality jobs for a skilled and dedicated workforce.”

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray described the arrival of EnerBlu as a “win-win” for all of Kentucky.

“We look forward to the good jobs EnerBlu will create in Kentucky,” Mayor Gray said. “Lexington has a long history of partnering with its neighbors to the east. Partnerships between cities like Lexington and Pikeville are a win-win for all of us.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $27.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program for the Pikeville project and up to $2.5 million for the Lexington location. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

In addition, EnerBlu can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

An introductory video shown during today’s event can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vPTR8D5Jlsw.

For more information on EnerBlu, visit www.EnerBlu.net.

Detailed community profiles for Pike and Fayette counties can be viewed at http://bit.ly/PikeCoKy and http://bit.ly/FayetteCo.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

 

December 13, 2017

CITY APPROVES $100,000 TOWARDS 'RIVERFRONT OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER' ON BANKS OF BIG SANDY

Louisa City Council met in regular session on December 12, 2017 at 7pm.  Council members present were Mitch Castle, Ron Cordle, Tom Parsons, and John Nolan.

December 12, 2017

      *  Call to order 7:02pm, with the Pledge of allegiance and prayer.

 

*  Mayor presented awards to Local Community Group, Rise Above, for partnering with the city for multiple projects including the basketball court rehab and the new deck at Lockview Park. Receiving the award on behalf of Rise above was Daniel Ward and John Nolan.

 

*  Mayor also presented an award to City Clerk Kathy Compton from Harold Stone, a resident of Ohio who came to Louisa for genealogy research, His Grandfather RA Stone, is named on the placard in City Hall, and was once Mayor. Mr. Stone, Wanted to present an award to Kathy for her assistance in assisting him in finding information while researching his family history.
*  Motion to approve minutes from November meeting was made by Ron Cordle, Seconded by John Nolan, all approve.

 

*  Motion was made by Mitch Castle, and seconded by Ron Cordle, to approve the second reading of The City’s ordinance dealing with garbage pickup, this would add a voluntary $5 maintenance fee for upkeep of commercial dumpsters. All approved

 

*  Motion made by John Nolan, Second by Mitch Castle, to approve first reading of Amendment to Employee pay ordinance. All approved.

 

*  Motion to approve application for an energy savings grant by Ron Cordle, Second by Mitch Castle, all approve. Grant is $80,000 to pay toward current energy savings project.

 

*  Police Chief Greg Fugitt advised council that in recent weeks, the oldest Police Cruiser in the fleet had a transmission breakdown and has been taken out of service, this cruiser was scheduled to be replaced in the current FY. Another cruiser was also taken out of service due to an accident. The cruiser was a total loss in the accident. The insurance payout will be paid to the city in the coming weeks. Motion was made by Mitch Castle, Second by John Nolan, to approve the purchase of 2 new police cruisers from Paul Miller Ford, the current holder of the state contract. All approve.

 

*  Councilman Parsons inquired of adding a Port-a-Potty to Lockview Park for the summer months. As he had reports there are several parents taking their kids into the woods to use the restroom as there are no 24 hour bathrooms at the park. Mayor will inquire and update before the spring outdoor season.

 

*  Council went into Executive Session to discuss acquisition of property, sale of property, and litigation.

 

Upon returning from executive session, Council approved purchase property on the Big Sandy River in downtown Louisa. Purchase price of $100K, paid by $20,000 per year installments until paid in full, with no interest, also approved acceptance of another adjacent property donated to the City.  This site will be for future construction of a Riverfront Outdoor Amphitheater, part of the Re-Discover Louisa, Riverwalk Project. No final actions were taken on the other executive session items.

 

*  Meeting adjourned Adjourn at 7:58pm.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

December 13, 2017

To the citizens of Lawrence County:

press release


After 36 years of community service with 21 years of that being in law enforcement, I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for the office of Lawrence County Sheriff. Being born and raised in Lawrence County, I have over the course of my life dedicated myself to community service and hope to continue to do so as your sheriff.

LPD Chief Greg Fugitt ro run for sheriff in 2018LPD Chief Greg Fugitt ro run for sheriff in 2018For the ones that do not know me let me take this time to introduce myself and tell you about me.

Like I stated earlier I was born here in Louisa 51 years ago to Carole Sue Bradley Fugitt and Glen Fugitt. My grandparents were Marie Nelson Bradley & Edgar Bradley, all from Louisa. My family has always been vital in the community either in the grocery business ( Bradley’s Market) or the restaurant business ( Lula Bells & Kentuckian Restaurant) so I understand what It takes to keep your customers happy and in law enforcement the public are your customers.

I graduated from Lawrence County High School in 1984 as so did my wife Kelli Gene Hurt Fugitt in 1995. All of our kids, which are young adults now, have graduated from LCHS or is a senior this year. LaKeisha in 2007, Blayne & Gregory in 2016 and our youngest Latana will graduate this May.

In 1982 I started volunteering at an early age by being only 15 years old and a founding member of the Lowmansville Fire Department and now I’m presently on the Louisa Fire Department.

In 1985 I began working as a part time dispatcher for the City of Louisa 911 Center before leaving and later on taking a job with Brown Food Service for 12 ½ years.

I began my law enforcement career as a volunteer deputy sheriff in 1996 and thanks to a COPS grant was able to be placed on full time in 1998, where I became sergeant in 2000.

Graduating from the Department of Criminal Justice Training I was one of only six to receive awards from my class. During that time I was well aware of what it took to work and manage the office of sheriff by assisting in tax collection and civil process both which is just a couple of the duties of the office.

In 2002 I took the position as patrolman for the City of Louisa where I remain today. During this time I graduated from the Academy of Police Supervision and was promoted to the position of sergeant. Also during this time I worked part time as an EMT for Life Ambulance.

Following the resignation of Chief Claxon I was promoted to Chief of Police in 2011 where I remain as of today.

In my years as Chief I have overcome the budget woes of the city and was able to rebuild the city police department back to a full staff of six full time officers. Preparing a large budget, which is made up of the tax payers money, is a huge portion of running an office.

As administrator you have too know what the needs of the community and your agency are at all times and I feel I have done just that and stayed within our budget.

Writing grants and receiving grant money is vital to a public agency and I have successfully written 5 Kentucky Highway Safety Grants, a Kentucky Homeland Security Grant for ballistic vests and a few years back I started the 'Toys 4' Tots program for the city police department and after meeting with Fire Chief Eddie Preston I merged it with their already existing program. I applied for and received a $2,500 Walmart Community Grant to help keep the program continue passing out toys for between 500-800 Lawrence County Children. In 2003 starting the “Eddie the Eagle” Gun Safety program which teaches kids preschool through 4th grade about the importance of gun safety. Knowing that Sheriff Roberts has started the Coats for Kids Program several years ago and I would like to continue with that program.

As I’m just shy of a decade away form retirement I would like to complete my career at the next level as your sheriff. My goals for being your sheriff is to improve even more on the professionalism that has been already established and increase better response and investigation so that Lawrence County can fight TOGEHER this drug epidemic we are facing.

A more efficiently run department would result in better service to our community and increased law enforcement effectiveness. The deputies that are running for this position are fine men and good officers but I feel my experience in managing an office and overseeing a budget along with my plethora of years of service and training is what Lawrence County needs to lead their sheriff office into the next phase of growth.

So with that said, I’m asking for your support and vote for the position Lawrence County Sheriff, Thank You and God Bless.

--Greg Fugitt