Kyndle announced Pride Industries Inc., an architectural building products manufacturer and installer, will expand its Union County operation with a $150,000 investment that will create 10 full-time jobs.
Pride's decision to expand comes in response to the rise in popularity of aluminum composite metal (ACM) wall panels. The company plans to buy new equipment to begin an ACM panel production line. ACM panels offer a well-insulated, affordable alternative to insulated sandwich panel often used on commercial buildings.
"With the purchase of the CNT Motion Systems Table Router System, we intend to diversify our established product line by entering into the aluminum composite metal ACM wall panel and architectural metal accessories markets," said company CEO Bart Pride. "We will provide a single source for fabrication and installation services that the growing markets in the region require. By turning product lead times from weeks into days, we will be able to more efficiently deliver an installed product in a schedule-driven industry."
Family-owned Pride Industries established in north western Kentucky in 1978 as a commercial insulation company specializing in sprayed cellulose insulation. In 1984, the company created Ultra Seam, which started as a marketing group and grew into a nationally recognized architectural metal roofing brand. Currently, two other Ultra Seam manufacturers, based in North Carolina and California, fabricate ACM panels.
"I offer my congratulations to Pride Industries on its upcoming expansion," said Senator Dorsey Ridley. "Our region welcomes the growth and the new business that will be generated and stand ready with a skilled workforce to meet any future needs. Pride Industries has been a good corporate partner and we look forward to continuing that relationship to the benefit of the company, the community and the region."
Union County Judge-Executive Jody Jenkins expressed gratitude for the new jobs coming to the community.
"I am very pleased that Pride Industries has chosen to expand at its location here in Union County," Judge Jenkins said. "As a result, it will allow us to have more people from our area going to work. The addition of new jobs is always welcomed and exciting news."
Donna Crooks, Kyndle interim president and vice president of economic development, said her organization takes pride in its role to help cater the new investment.
"It's always an exciting time when an existing company expands and chooses to grow its business here. Pride Industries is a great example of that," Crooks said. "Kyndle is proud to have had a hand in helping them with the expansion of their Union County operation resulting in capital investment and new job creation."