FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2015) – A Glasgow truck assembler plans to nearly triple its workforce. Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that D & B Trucks and Equipment Sales is expanding its operations in Barren County.
D & B Trucks, which builds and sells truck gliders, plans to add up to 50 new jobs and invest $575,000 into the project.
“The evolution of D & B Trucks and Equipment in Glasgow is a great success story in south central Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Over the past 14 years, the company has blossomed into a booming truck glider assembly business. I congratulate D & B for this expansion and for creating dozens of jobs in the region.”
D & B purchases old or wrecked semi-trucks, deconstructs them to the framing and re-assembles them on a new chassis and shell with rebuilt engines, transmissions and clutches. These gliders are also customized with more user-friendly components than brand new trucks, which give them a competitive edge.
Because of high demand, D & B plans to add 9,600 square feet to its current 15,440-square-foot operation on Burkesville Road. The expansion, which will be completed this fall, will allow to the company to more than double its monthly production.
“We are very excited about our expansion and the opportunity to provide more jobs in Barren County,” said owner Dale Clark. “Though construction to be completed by the end of October, we will begin the hiring process immediately. We are grateful of the support we have received from our local and state government and are looking forward to this new venture and continued growth.”
D & B offers a lineup of new and quality used trucks, trailers and forestry and construction equipment, including parts and services. The company, which opened 14 years ago by selling forestry equipment, currently employs 29 Kentuckians.
“I have heard nothing but praise for the work D & B Trucks and Equipment has done, so hearing that the company is going to double production and nearly triple its workforce is certainly great news for our community,” said Rep. Johnny Bell, of Glasgow. “I really appreciate the hard work that went into making this expansion possible and want to thank the company’s owners, as well as our state and local economic development leaders.”
“D & B Trucks tripling its workforce is great news for Barren County,” said Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg. “Congratulations to D & B on their expansion and success. We are proud that Barren County will continue to be home to this growing company.”
“We are proud and pleased that D & B is once again reaffirming its involvement in Glasgow and Barren County by adding 50 new jobs,” said Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty. “We congratulate the company on its announcement and appreciate the opportunities D & B has given to our citizens.”
“D & B Truck and Equipment Sales’ expansion and partnership is a testament to the business climate in our community,” said Barren County Judge-Executive Michael Hale. “D & B brings diversity to our industrial base, which will add long-term strength to our local economy.”
To encourage the investment and job creation, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $400,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition, D & B is eligible to receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 4,100 Kentucky companies.
For more information on D & B Trucks and Equipment Sales, visit www.dandbequipment.com
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