Louisville manufacturer adding 100 jobs with $4M expansion

Louisville manufacturer adding 100 jobs with $4M expansion

WireCrafters LLC received preliminary approval for $1 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority Thursday during its monthly meeting. The company plans a $4.1 million expansion of its facility on Strawberry Lane, and most of the expansion costs will go toward new equipment, according to its KEDFA filing.

The company is looking to expand the facility to increase productivity and help meet customer demand. The 100 jobs added would pay an average hourly wage of $34.75, including benefits. WireCrafters currently has 158 full-time Kentucky employees, according to its KEDFA filing.

In December, we reported that the company is adding about 26,000 square feet to its facility at 6208 Strawberry Lane, according to a development plan that was filed with Louisville Metro Government. The facility, near Louisville International Airport, has more than 150,000 square feet in two buildings, company president Stephen Diebold said.

WireCrafters makes the kind of steel cages found in secure evidence, server and drug-holding facilities. Its products also include machine guarding systems used to keep personnel safe in manufacturing facilities. I have reached out to the company for more information on the expansion, and this story could be updated.

It is a family-owned business that is operated by the Diebold family. It does all of its manufacturing in Louisville, according to the company’s website. It also owns and operates a wire partition warehouse in Sparks, Nev. The company has been operating for more than 50 years.

Stephen Diebold said the expansion is necessary to create the space needed to fill orders more quickly. The company customizes most of its orders upon receipt and aims to ship an order 10 to 15 days after receiving it. But the company has been finding it hard to meet those numbers, he said, hence the need for more space and more workers.

“We’ve got a great workforce here,” he said. “We just need more folks.”

He expects the company to put the expansion work out for bid next month and hopes to have it completed by year’s end.

Read the full article by Marty Finley at Louisville Business First.

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