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Denham-Blythe named winner of Design/Build Category for the 2023 AGC Build Kentucky Awards

Denham-Blythe received the 2023 AGC’s Build Kentucky Award in the Design/Build category for Catalent Pharma Solutions Front Office Expansion in Winchester, KY. The Catalent Front Office Addition consisted of adding a brand-new main office to the front of the Catalent Headquarters and be the new focal point and showcase of the facility. With contracts to manufacture pharmaceutical products from customers all over the United States and world, the new state-of-the-art addition serves as a welcome center to customers worldwide, as they visit and tour the first-class clean rooms and production suites. 

The new building also provided a much-needed consolidation of various Catalent staff offices to one central location. The new offices and main entrance not only add great conference rooms and working spaces for visiting customers, but they add exceptional curb appeal to the local industrial park. The facility has an entirely different look to show off their products. This addition provides more job opportunities for the Winchester community, while positively impacting the economy. The construction of this project consisted largely of Kentucky-based contractors. We appreciate partnering with Catalent on their new office building.

Denham-Blythe selected to renovate and expand God’s Pantry Food Bank headquarters in Lexington, KY

We are excited to announce that Denham-Blythe has been selected for renovations and additions to God’s Pantry Food Bank headquarters at Blue Grass Business Park in Lexington, KY. Yesterday was the official groundbreaking for this exciting project that will allow God’s Pantry Food Bank to increase their ability to feed more Kentuckians in the future. The 127,232 sq. ft. renovated building will include updated office areas, expanded shipping and receiving offices, and an improved reception area. Also included in the renovations will be the installation of a freezer and cooler space, a produce cooler, and a conditioned receiving dock.

When complete, the building renovation and expansion will support more than 500 partner agencies in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Completion of casting pit placement significant milestone at Novelis Site in Guthrie, KY

After many manhours and complex logistics, Denham-Blythe Company recently completed the excavation and concrete placement of a casting pit at the Novelis Merlin site in Guthrie, KY. The casting pit is a space in which molten aluminum is cast into large ingots. The placement of this 7’-0” thick base mat required a specialized concrete with waterproofing and anti wash-out additives in order to place the concrete in standing water that was the result of groundwater infiltration at a rate of 800 gallons per minute.

Blue Grass Airport announces Denham-Blythe chosen to construct new 50,000 SF hangar for corporate aircraft

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board has selected Denham-Blythe to construct a new 50,000-square-foot hangar for large corporate aircraft at Blue Grass Airport. The new hangar includes 30-foot-high doors and is designed to accommodate business jets in sizes up to the Gulfstream G700 and Global Express 7500/8000 platforms. This facility will have the capability to house the largest and longest-range corporate aircraft available on the market.

Construction of the new hangar is set to begin in October 2023 with anticipated completion in fall 2024. Denham-Blythe Company is a design-build construction company with over 40 years of experience in the automotive, industrial, food/pharma, healthcare, institutional, and commercial sectors. Since 1976, Denham-Blythe has completed more than 10,000 projects in the United States and Mexico for a diverse customer base including local startups and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to the 30-foot-high doors, this hangar will include associated offices and storage spaces as well as vehicle parking. This $15.5 million project is yet another example of how Blue Grass Airport is investing in its infrastructure to serve the needs of aircraft owners.

“Blue Grass Airport is committed to advancing its private aviation facilities to meet the evolving needs of the aviation community,” said Eric Frankl, president & CEO of Blue Grass Airport. “This new hangar represents a significant step forward in that effort. The 30-foot-high doors will provide the flexibility to house a diverse fleet of aircraft, and we look forward to providing our corporate aviation partners with an exceptional facility with the utmost conveniences.”

Denham-Blythe proud sponsor of Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Photo taken at TRF educational event sponsored by Denham-Blythe and held at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, KY

Denham Blythe is happy to be a partner of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundaton (TRF) and their Second Chances program at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, KY. Established in 1999, the TRF opened a farm at Blackburn, and shortly before the first TRF horses arrived, an old dairy barn was converted to accommodate the horses.

Today, it is one of the TRF’s largest Second Chances Farms, with about 50 horses living out their retirement years on 100 acres of prime Kentucky bluegrass at the state’s largest minimum-security prison.

The program is mutually beneficial to the offenders working in the program and the program’s thoroughbreds. The horses are well cared for and live their remaining years in a stable and nurturing environment. The offenders learn patience, a sense of empathy, trust, and responsibility, as well as valuable skills that may assist them in securing future employment.

To learn more about the TRF, follow this link: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation 

Jordan Lewis named the 2023 Young Construction Engineer of the Year by University of Kentucky College of Engineering

Congratulations to Jordan Lewis, Senior Project Manager, for being named the 2023 Young Construction Engineer of the Year by the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. The award recognizes individuals that have made profound impacts on the construction industry in Kentucky early in their careers. Jordan was nominated for his leadership, safety record, and effectiveness in managing jobsites and projects with a great deal of diversity. We are so proud of his achievements at Denham-Blythe.

Denham-Blythe ranked in four categories by Engineering News-Record Top Rankings 2023

We are excited to announce that Denham-Blythe has achieved top rankings in four categories for 2023 by the Engineering News-Record. We achieved the following:

Top 500 Design Firms (#499), Top 400 Contractors (#332), Top 100 Design/Build Firms (#90) and Top 20 Hazardous Waste Contractors (#10).

The ENR is a weekly magazine that compiles and publishes rankings of the largest construction and engineering firms annually, measured by gross revenues. It is widely regarded as one of the construction industry’s most authoritative publications. 

As a true design-build company, Denham-Blythe offers our clients a simplified construction experience with the assurance of a single-source partner, while improving project schedule, costs, and quality. Clients choose us because of our ability to provide a turn-key project with all of our in-house services. We are Design/Build.

Check out the rankings below at the link!

Engineering News-Record Top Lists

Happy National Intern Day 2023!

Denham-Blythe is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of our interns. They are the future leaders of the world, and we take pride in their quality training and give encouragement for achieving their goals in the construction industry. Whether working in the office or on a job site, our interns are ready to help and serve the company, and we want to acknowledge their hard work.

Field Engineer Training Day at Denham-Blythe headquarters in Lexington, KY

Denham-Blythe Field Engineers were mentored and trained in various aspects of the job by experienced Denham-Blythe team members during training day at the Lexington headquarters. The continuing education and training helps FE’s develop and gain experience to address quality issues and provide an ultimate pathway to leadership in their construction careers.

Denham-Blythe’s 2023 Annual Design & Construction Industry STEM Career Day

Presentations and experiments were presented to middle school and high school students from the Lexington community by Denham-Blythe employees, featuring different engineering fields as well as architecture and design. The STEM Career Day is held annually at the Denham-Blythe Lexington headquarters in hopes of encouraging students to look at all possibilities for STEM careers in the future. #FutureDesignBuild #STEM #BuildingTomorrow.

Construction Safety Week 2023 – May 1-5

Denham-Blythe is dedicated to providing a strong safety environment for our employees. For instance:

We hold daily training and “toolbox talks” to go over the do’s and don’t of inspecting equipment for safety issues, and making sure everyone is training properly on the equipment they will be using.

According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. So, we follow best practices to avoid falls in the workplace by always wearing proper PPE, including safety harnesses, using 3-Points-of-Contact while climbing a ladder, avoiding overreaching by moving the ladder for better access, and staying behind safety barriers and away from edges.

Practicing good housekeeping keeps our crews safe from construction debris. Sharp objects like nails or screws on the floor, or piles of material haphazardly strewn about, can result in injuries that are easily preventable. By keeping the floors clean of debris and stacking things such as drywall neatly in a designated areas while wearing appropriate PPE, we can prevent injuries before they occur.

Bill Ramsey named President of the Louisville Office for Denham-Blythe Co., Inc.

Bill Ramsey has recently been named President of the Louisville office for Denham-Blythe Co. Inc. Ramsey will oversee all operations for the Louisville office. He is the former Executive Vice President of Business Development at Denham-Blythe.

The company was founded in 1976 in Lexington, Ky. Specializing in markets such as industrial manufacturing, automotive, distribution, food, and healthcare, Denham-Blythe focuses on creating and maintaining relationships, completing building projects in over 30 states and Mexico, with 90% of its business from repeat customers.

DB Tennessee Office team members take part in golf scramble for Nashville Advocacy Group “4:13 Strong”

Our Tennessee office recently took part in a golf scramble to benefit 4:13 Strong, a Nashville advocacy group that helps men between the ages of 18-30 break harmful cycles of poverty, fatherlessness and crime by building relationships with their community through opportunities such as mentoring, job skills training and life skills training. For more information on how you can volunteer for 4:13 Strong, go to https://413strong.org/get-involved/volunteer/ #DBCares #Community

Casey Dunn named COO of Denham-Blythe Co., Inc.

Casey Dunn has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Denham-Blythe Co., Inc., a design/build large construction company with offices in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Dunn will oversee the day-to-day internal operations, risk management, insurance, pre-construction and construction services.

He is the former Executive Vice President of Operations at Denham-Blythe, which was founded in 1976 in Lexington, Ky. Specializing in markets such as industrial manufacturing, automotive, distribution, food, and healthcare, Denham-Blythe focuses on creating and maintaining relationships, completing building projects in over 30 states and Mexico, with 90% of its business from repeat customers.

Michael Patterson promoted to President of the Lexington Office for Denham-Blythe Co., Inc.

Michael Patterson has been promoted to President of the Lexington Office for Denham-Blythe Co., Inc., a design/build large construction company with offices in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Patterson will oversee human resources, accounting, safety, assets, pre-construction and construction services for the Lexington office.

He is the former Executive Vice President of Construction & Business Development at Denham-Blythe, which was founded in 1976 in Lexington, Ky.

Specializing in markets such as industrial manufacturing, automotive, distribution, food, and healthcare, Denham-Blythe focuses on creating and maintaining relationships, completing building projects in over 30 states and Mexico, with 90% of its business from repeat customers.

Denham-Blythe hosts Japan/America Society of Kentucky (JASK) 6:01 Networking event

Denham-Blythe hosted the September Japan/America Society of Kentucky (JASK) 6:01 Networking event. Invitees had the chance to meet and mingle with fellow members to learn about business, culture and social customs of Japan and Kentucky. Co-sponsors of the event which included generous donations for our door prizes included: Beam Suntory, Four Roses Bourbon, and Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. To learn more about JASK, click here: https://www.jask.org

Field Engineer Training Day at Denham-Blythe Lexington headquarters

At Denham-Blythe, we are dedicated to providing our engineers with the latest training and best practices while using equipment on the jobsite. Recently, we hosted a training day for our field engineers to gain hands-on learning and experience from our engineering department managers.

Denham-Blythe donates much needed flood relief for Eastern Kentucky residents

To aid with flood relief in Eastern Kentucky, our team members took a truckload of cleaning supplies, food and other necessities to Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) where the items could be dispersed to the affected areas. If you would like to donate to flood relief, you can contribute to the Denham-Blythe GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/denhamblythe-KYFlood or the ARH donation site at https://www.arh.org/floods

Denham-Blythe Design & Construction Industry STEM Career Day a Success

Lexington students were invited to attend our design and construction industry STEM career day. Presentations were given on mechanical, electrical, structural, and civil engineering, as well as architecture and design/build. Students interacted with Denham-Blythe professionals and learned how the construction industry works. We hope the interaction will foster and encourage future STEM career goals.

Denham-Blythe selected to Design/Build new Kinetic by Windstream Building for Haymaker Commercial Real Estate

Denham-Blythe has been selected to design and build a new 30,000 square foot facility for developer Haymaker Commercial Real Estate, slated for completion in December 2022. Located in the Coldstream Research Park in Lexington, KY, the building will be leased by Kinetic by Windstream for its new regional headquarters. The headquarters will support operations in 18 states and provide software and network solutions.

Universal Piping Industries breaks ground on new manufacturing plant in Georgetown, KY

Denham-Blythe is excited to be constructing the new consolidated Universal Piping Industries manufacturing plant in the Lanes Run Business Park in Georgetown, KY. The plant will be a 108,000 SF facility that will allow UPI to prefabricate customized piping and equipment to be installed at manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. Construction is slated to be completed by April 2023.

Denham-Blythe celebrates Construction Safety Week – May 2-6, 2022

At Denham-Blythe, we want to highlight safety in every aspect of our projects. To celebrate Construction Safety Week 2022, our employees were asked what they believe helps build a strong safety culture to ensure everyone’s well-being on the jobsite. Listen to what our employees have to say regarding what safety means to them.

Denham-Blythe Receives AGC Build Kentucky Awards

On November 3, 2021, Denham-Blythe was presented with two Build Kentucky awards at AGC’s 12th Annual Safety, Issues and Education Conference in Louisville, KY.
The first award was presented in the Design Build category for Denham-Blythe’s work on Bluegrass Care Navigator’s new corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky. The second award was given in the Building Renovation category for Denham-Blythe’s design and renovation for a distillery located in Frankfort, KY.

To read more about the projects, click on the “Learn More” buttons below.

.Bluegrass Care Navigators New Lexington Headquarters

Bluegrass Care Navigators acquired a pre-existing facility to better meet their administrative needs. Denham-Blythe was contracted for design/build services to renovate the interior and construct a new two-story atrium. Design highlights include an open ceiling with acoustical cloud accents and “floating” light rings, glass partition walls and railing systems for the main stairwell and second floor balcony.

Historical Distillery located in Frankfort, KY

Denham-Blythe oversaw the demolition and renovation of a two-story reutilization from distillery bottling shipping/receiving area into visitor’s center. Maintaining the structural integrity of the 1881 historical building and was vital. The projects includes the construction of a new outdoor patio space, renovation and creation of six new tasting rooms, and the expansion of the fermentation hall to accommodate twelve fermenter tanks.

Denham-Blythe enters Strategic Partnership with Maeda Corporation

Denham-Blythe Company Partners with Japan-based Maeda Corporation, Achieving Mutual Benefits

(Lexington, Kentucky) Denham-Blythe Company has signed a formal partnership with Japanese-based, Maeda Corporation.

Maeda Corporation is a $6.5 billion/year construction management company that has served clients in the US and North America since 1985, and Japanese clients since 1919.

The partnership will procure mutually beneficial business advantages across both market sectors as it moves forward. Through the agreement, Denham-Blythe Company aims to develop and strengthen connections as Japanese companies shift to the US market, while Maeda Corporation sets to gain support from Denham-Blythe Company in strengthening their market share in the US.

“After working together on various projects as subcontractor and/or a Joint Venture partner, we are thrilled to add the ability of service for or clients the partnership provides.” – Rene DeBerdt, Construction and Development Manager of Denham-Blythe Company.

Denham-Blythe earns First Place AGC of America 2020 Construction Excellence Award

Denham-Blythe incorporates safety into every aspect of its business model, from concept to completion. Safety is a core value within company that is led by executive example, bleeding into every fiber of company culture. We believe that every person assigned to a project has equal rights to a hazard-free workplace with the ability to stop unsafe acts. Understandably, it can be challenging to establish a true company culture. Over the past ten years, Denham-Blythe has worked incessantly toward achieving our current status.

Presently, Denham-Blythe has over 1.5 million manhours without a lost time injury and has not had a recordable incident in 14 months. We have learned that by maintaining focus on leading indicators and continual improvement, the lagging indicators—such as metrics, will follow in positive trends. Every individual on our team has a professional obligation to earnestly pursue the values of our company with safety being one. One of the biggest challenges we had to overcome was the redefining the perception of safety being a competing entity for efficiency and quality. Once we understood how to ensure that safety, efficiency, and quality complement each other, it changed our team’s outlook and had a very positive effect on company culture. At Denham-Blythe, value steers the direction of the company and safety is invaluable to us.

Our EHS team is comprised of seven safety professionals, all with extensive knowledge in the safety field. To help effectively manage our safety program at a project level, Denham-Blythe safety professionals are responsible for completing frequent job site inspections, taking part in the job hazard analysis process, investigating and managing incidents, among a myriad of other responsibilities. At the corporate level, safety professionals are responsible for overseeing the company’s safety program in addition to working closely with project managers and subcontractors to prepare site-specific documentation. Safety has a presence in every facet of operational business at Denham-Blythe.

Continual Improvement
A continual improvement plan forces companies to ask the tough questions: “Where we are effective? Where are we failing? and How can we be better?” Our passion for continued improvement has pushed us to explore ways to evaluate our safety management system at a company level using a safety committee in conjunction with a continuous improvement model (developed by the National Safety Council). Our safety committee consists of a cross-section of company team members, executives, safety professionals, and field staff who meet monthly to evaluate improvement. The continual improvement model by the NSC guides the meetings in a way that by the end of the year, we will have evaluated every aspect of our safety management system. We value our safety committee having two-way communication utilizing the different perspectives represented based on their individual roles and responsibilities. The safety committee is a very important piece to continual improvement in our company.

AGC and Denham-Blythe
AGC has been a vital resource for Denham-Blythe, providing essential guidance for some of the difficult safety challenges in the construction industry, while also serving as a valuable networking resource for like-minded companies who face similar challenges. AGC has helped us raise the standards of Denham-Blythe’s safety program through our partnership with the AGC PROTECT program. The PROTECT program has provided Denham-Blythe with several training opportunities in addition to an unbiased viewpoint on our local projects through PROTECT site inspections. Additionally, being an AGC member has given us the ability to participate in the planning and execution of the annual AGC Safety, Issues, and Education conference. The annual AGC of Kentucky conference is a great event that provides a day of extensive networking and education for employers across the state of Kentucky.

The Award Process
Participants complete an application form and submit it to AGC of America or through their local AGC Chapter. Members of the national AGC Safety & Health Committee review and judge the submissions at the annual Construction Safety & Health Conference. The finalists in each divisional category then compete at the AGC National Convention for either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award. Finalists must then give an oral presentation in front of a panel of five highly qualified judges who determine the first place winners.

Denham-Blythe Company delivers EPC for Groundbreaking recycling facility

Denham-Blythe Company led the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) team for the PureCycle Technologies Feedstock Evaluation Unit (FEU), a groundbreaking plastics recycling facility located in Ironton, Ohio.

PureCycle Technologies just announced it has successfully completed purified waste carpet from its FEU, transforming discarded carpet into clear, odorless, Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene (UPRP) resin through its proprietary plastics recycling technology, developed and invented by Procter & Gamble.

“Working with a startup company attempting to bring novel recycling technology to market would be an intimidating project for most people,” said Michael Patterson, Executive Vice President of Denham-Blythe Company and FEU Project Executive. “However, our team, including EN Engineering, embraced our role from day one. We’re proud to be partners with PureCycle Technologies and to see the successful operation of the FEU, which marks a huge milestone for the future of plastics recycling.”

By bringing this game-changing technology to market, PureCycle Technologies has gained global attention, partnering with industry giants including Nestlé, L’Oréal, Aptar and Milliken & Company. With the successful scaling of this technology, PureCycle has plans for a second phase which is expected to come online in the summer of 2021.

“By working together with a focused approach, we can clean up the planet,” stated PureCycle Chief Operations Officer Tayt Rule. “We’ve had a great experience working with the Denham-Blythe and EN Engineering team for our Feedstock Evaluation Unit.  Because of our track record of success together, we are even more excited to be working with this team for construction on our commercial plant.”

Within the next 30-60 days, the teams will begin work on a larger-scale, commercial-sized polypropylene resin purification facility on the same site, which will process 105,000,000 lbs. per year of recycled polypropylene.


About Denham-Blythe Company

Denham-Blythe Company is a design-build construction company with over 40 years of experience in the automotive, industrial, food/pharma, healthcare, institutional, and commercial sectors. Since 1976, Denham-Blythe has completed more than 10,000 projects across the U.S. and in Mexico for a diverse customer base that includes local startups and Fortune 500 companies.

From design to planning to building – Denham-Blythe has it all covered

By Karen Hawthorne

Not many companies can take on a construction project from start to finish. Denham-Blythe has been doing just that for more than 40 years across a wide range of industries. The secret? An excellent team of designers and builders under one roof.

Take a walk through the streets in any American city and you will see impressive buildings – from office towers to hospitals to factories. What you don’t see is the all the vision, time, planning and work that goes into the construction of these buildings.

Raising these structures takes hundreds of people. You’ve got architects, engineers, contractors, equipment operators and more, so often the biggest challenge becomes managing the people and their competing voices to keep the timelines moving and on budget.

That is the hard work that takes place even before one shovel goes in the ground. Then, when construction does start, different factors such as safety, logistics and other unexpected issues must be managed. Few companies are able to take their clients through all these steps of a construction project without having to subcontract work out.

Denham-Blythe is one company that can.

With its 40 years of design and build history, this company knows how to get it all done. The “Design-Build” delivery method is really about covering all the steps in a construction project from the point of sketching out what a building may look like to designing it, and ultimately building it from the ground up.

Denham-Blythe got its start from two engineers out of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where the company is headquartered, who saw the value of having all people working on a project sit down at the same table to prevent obstacles before they crop up. Now, Denham-Blythe has two additional offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenville, South Carolina, boasts 200 employees, and has handled more than 10,000 projects for clients across diverse industries, including manufacturing, automotive, food, pharma and healthcare. It also takes on different sizes of projects from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

“We do work on buildings associated with everything from bananas to Post-It Notes,” says Michael Patterson, Executive Vice President of Construction and Business Development for Denham-Blythe.

“Our relationships are so well established because the customer has one person to talk to. It’s a single point of communication and responsibility,” Patterson says. “Having all the forces in house is actually very uncommon. You will see people and companies that offer ‘design-build’ but realistically, there are very few in the industry that have all of those design disciplines and construction capabilities employed full-time in their company.”

The company takes pride in being able to tackle the more complicated projects because of its diverse and specialized staff. About 85 percent of all the work the company does is turnkey with Denham-Blythe handling the entire end-to-end design and construction.

“We have a saying here that if it’s a difficult, challenging project then that’s a perfect Denham-Blythe job,” Patterson says. “We have the whole package for design and build elements, including architects, civil and structural engineers, mechanical, electrical – all of those disciplines along with the construction forces as well. So we enjoy those projects and it sets us apart from the competition.”

And some of the projects can be incredibly complex. For example, one of Denham-Blythe’s clients required a major processing line renovation in its factory. “That’s not anything abnormal for us in general; but we ended up working in the middle of a functioning facility. So we had to rebuild the line while not interrupting production on either side of it.” Oh and by the way, the factory was producing specialized glass, the kind that you see on an iPhone, so the margin of error during all this work was zero.

So, with two glass production lines working on either side, the Denham-Blythe team carved out the middle of the plant and made the new part of the building deeper by taking it down 20 feet into the rock to create the height needed for the production line. “Just logistically putting that in the bullseye or center of a functioning glass manufacturing facility was very interesting, very challenging. It involved some very major cranes and a lot of planning,” says Patterson.

To accomplish all this, the company had six teams work continuously, seven days a week for about six months. “It was very high-risk work but we didn’t have an accident either, so we are very proud of our safety record on that one.”

Other significant projects the company is currently working on include a 29,000-square-foot, three-floor expansion of cable manufacturer Okonite Company’s logistics building in Orangeburg, South Carolina. This involved expanding the dock area of the facility as well as creating 75,000 square feet of paved parking for trucks. Denham-Blythe was also chosen to design and build a 270,000-square-foot plant for DAE-IL Corporation, a powertrain and parts manufacturer for the automotive industry.

What is even more impressive is that during the work on all of these large-scale and complex projects, Denham-Blythe has more than 1 million safe man hours of work – that is the equivalent of about 35 months of work. The company has been recognized with Governor’s awards in both Kentucky and Tennessee for its work excellence as well as its safety record.

“Safety for us is a value and a cultural element,” Patterson says. “The numbers are more than just numbers; it’s really what we value and we take it very seriously. We start each meeting with a safety topic, and all of our projects have a job hazard analysis.”

These high safety standards qualify the company to bid on projects for larger, more robust companies. It’s these larger companies that actually pre-screen potential contractors to ensure that they have a solid safety track record.

Along with all the success Denham-Blythe has achieved, the challenge to continue to recruit and hire the best talent is firmly on the radar. “We are seeing a turning of the tide now to more interest in vocational programs and construction trades, because people are realizing you can make a good wage.” To scout out future talent, Denham-Blythe has established a co-op program where high school students have the chance to get a real-world view of how things work at the company.

But there’s more to what the company does than steel and concrete. Certain jobs stand out for their impact on the lives of people and the environment, which is an important legacy for the company.

For example, “We will be working to build a game-changing plastics recycling facility,” shares Patterson. “It will be brand new in the industry and we are very proud to be part of that opportunity. It should be under construction in the last quarter of the year. We also work in healthcare building so we know that we are doing work that helps people directly.”

Kentucky American Water breaks ground on Field Operations Garage in Owenton, KY

Kentucky American Water has broken ground on a new Field Operations maintenance garage in Owenton, Ky.  The company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with business leaders and elected officials today at the site, located at 409 Main Street in Owenton next to the Owen County Judicial Center. The $1.4 million project is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.

“Kentucky American Water is pleased to continue its investment in Owenton and Owen County through the construction of this much-needed facility,” said Nathan Clark, senior superintendent of operations. “This new field operations maintenance garage will provide enhanced support for our field crews by offering improved, centralized, climate-controlled storage capabilities for equipment and materials.  It will also improve the manner in which we are able to receive deliveries of materials and offer better facilities for employee training sessions, including a multi-media training room. We believe that this facility will enable employees to perform their roles more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively, and that ultimately translates into enhanced service for our customers.”

The 9,900-square-foot maintenance garage will contain nearly 6,600 square feet of garage space as well as 3,400 square feet of support areas for restroom and shower facilities, a break room and areas for support and supervisory personnel.

“I am extremely excited that Kentucky American Water has chosen to build its new field service garage in Owenton,” said Owenton Mayor Adam Gaines.  “People may not realize that Kentucky American Water is a private company, and thus could have built their garage anywhere they wanted. Their decision to build within the city limits of Owenton is just one more shining example of their commitment to the people and city of Owenton. Through my term as mayor I’ve come to not only see Kentucky American Water as an ally in improving the quality of life of our residents, but also as a friend!”

“This facility is another example of Kentucky American Water’s commitment to our community, and reiterates what a great community partner they have been,” said Owen County Judge Executive Casey Ellis.  “Whether through capital investments or through the many community programs they support, Owen County is more prosperous because of Kentucky American Water’s continued commitment.”

Kentucky American Water, based in Lexington, Ky., has served Owen County since 2001 when it purchased the former Tri-Village Water District.  It later purchased the water assets of Elk Lake Water District as well as, in 2005, the water and wastewater assets of the City of Owenton.  In 2010 the company completed construction of its Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing, a 25 MGD water treatment facility located on the Kentucky River at the Franklin/Owen County line on US 127N.  The water treatment facility originally served the company’s Central Division customers in Central Kentucky only, but in 2014 the facility was connected to the company’s Owen County system so that it could serve the company’s Northern Division customers, too.

Three plants, one city: Asahi Forge Corporation breaks ground for a third time in Richmond

By Kaitlyn Brooks

Despite the dreary weather on Thursday morning, there was plenty to be happy about as the Asahi Forge Corporation broke ground on their third plant in Richmond.

Gathered under a tent across the street from Asahi Bluegrass Forge plant, some of Richmond’s prominent gathered, such as Mayor Robert Blythe, State Rep. Deanna Frazier and presidents from several area corporations, to be apart of the historic event.

“It’s very unique for Richmond to get an expansion like this to have three plants from the same corporation,” Richmond Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) Executive Director David Stipe said.

Asahi Forge Corporation first broke ground in the Richmond area in 2002 when the corporation asked to lease 18 acres of land from Richmond Auto Parts Technology (RAPT). A year later, the company held a ground-breaking ceremony for Asahi Forge of America (AFA) Corporation.

Since their opening, AFA has expanded twice and now boasts 75 associates.

“In March 2016, Asahi Forge of America Corporation purchased the land they had leased from RAPT, plus a little more. Today, they now own, according to my records, (19.8) acres in park number two,” said Jimmy Howard, member of the RIDC board and former Richmond city manager.

Howard was approached by Kiki Creech, accounting manager for AFA, who said she and another associate would like to meet. During the meeting, Howard said he was pleasantly surprised to learn that AFA was interested in building a second plant in industrial park three.

In April of 2011, Asahi Bluegrass Forge (ABF) broke ground for a second time after fair and reasonable negotiations for 22 acres of land, according to Howard.

After the opening of ABF in 2012, it has seen one expansion and has 75 associates.

Howard thanked Creech for her assistance during the project, as her help was invaluable every step of the way.

In 2018, Stipes announced to the RIDC that Asahi was going to purchase land for a third manufacturing plant.

“Today is a very important day for the city of Richmond. Ground is about to be broken for a third plant,” Howard said. “Perhaps there is another city in Kentucky that’s had the good fortune of having a company to build three plants in their industrial park but I can’t name that city, I don’t believe they exist. We are very fortunate.”

Creech spoke to the audience in attendance at the groundbreaking as well, and noted that the new plant was apart of a three columned business plan, the first being hub production which is already established with ABF and AFA, the second being the groundbreaking location and third that will work on suspension products.

“As I mentioned, this is the second business column for Asahi Forge. This means we’re not done yet,” she said.

Creech said the corporation plans to hire 80 people and hopes to have $50 million in annual sales by 2023. The total capital investment for this project will be $40 million. The company that has been contracted to build the plant is Denham-Blythe, which also was contracted for the Okonite Company. Asahi hopes to see the completion of the new plant by May 2020.

Hiroshi Asahi, president of Asahi Forge Corporation, said he likes Richmond and that it has very kind people, one of the reasons why his company chose to build here again. He also noted that having all of his corporations in one spot made it easier to control operations, especially when looking towards the future of the company.

For more information about the Asahi Forge Corporation, visit https://www.asahiforge.co.jp/en.

Bluegrass Care Navigators breaks ground on New Headquarters

By Amy Doane

Bluegrass Care Navigators, one of the largest nonprofit hospice providers in the nation, today celebrated the organization’s growth and future with a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new headquarters.

The organization’s operations will continue to be based in Lexington, Ky. on Harrodsburg Road, but will move to a five-acre campus with nearly 60,000 square feet of office space. The Lexington offices serve as a statewide headquarters for the company, which supports five regional offices and more than 550 employees throughout northern, central and eastern Kentucky.

“As a registered nurse, I know how important it is to have quality hospice care,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “With this new facility, Bluegrass Care Navigators will be able to meet the needs of Kentucky families for many years to come.”

Volunteers and donors founded the organization in 1978, operating in a house on Nicholasville Road. The organization estimates that it has provided end-of-life and palliative care services to more than 100,000 Kentuckians over 41 years. While hospice care remains our largest and core service, Bluegrass Care Navigators now provides a wide range of services to support those facing chronic and serious illnesses.

“Bluegrass Care Navigators has built a reputation for providing comforting care at the right time to the seriously ill in our community. We want to keep helping those who need care and services in their homes,” said CEO Liz Fowler. “Our goal is to keep growing – and keep innovating. With this new headquarters, we will be well-positioned to provide more of the care our community has come to know and expect.”

The headquarters will include many new improvements, including a dedicated bereavement center for grief care, clinical training areas and multipurpose outdoor venues. The legacy of donors and volunteers who founded the current Lexington campus will be commemorated at the new location.

“These new opportunities are only made possible by those who paved the way, particularly through the support of the Kaufmann family who funded our current campus,” said Board Chairwoman Shannon Arvin. “As we plan the design of our new headquarters, those who have contributed to our past buildings will continue to be honored.”

Bluegrass Care Navigators anticipates the new headquarters to be open by March 2020.

Bluegrass Care Navigators provides hospice care in 32 counties across central, eastern and northern Kentucky. In addition, the agency supports those facing serious illness or chronic disease with private duty nursing, home primary care, transitional care, adult day health care, grief care and palliative care services.

Denyo cuts the ribbon on 65-job expansion

Photo and article by Ben Kleppinger

There are 65 new jobs in Danville today. Denyo Manufacturing held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate the opening of its new expansion, a 63,000-square-foot facility dedicated to sheet metal fabrication, for use in the generators and air compressors made at the factory.

The ceremony wasn’t just ceremonial — it was held within hours of the facility coming online.

“I literally just received the occupancy certificate yesterday,” said Joey Harris, the plant manager at Denyo who has been with the company since it opened in Danville 25 years ago. “Look how quickly we filled it up,” Harris joked, gesturing to the more than 200 people in attendance on the factory floor.

Much of the equipment being used in the expansion is made by Amada, including a brand new “ACIES” machine that Harris said is “one of the latest in technology — life has just been given to it as we speak. It’s a brand new machine.”

This is Denyo’s fifth expansion since it opened in Danville, said Kenji Yamamichi, chief operating officer for Denyo’s U.S. division.

Denyo has grown from around 65 employees when Yamamichi first came here in 2010 to 265 today, he said. The newest expansion gives Denyo the ability to fabricate its own sheet metal — a necessary addition as the number of sheet metal suppliers available has dwindled in recent years.

Denyo first took over operations for one sheet metal manufacturer in Nicholasville after it announced it would go out of business. That 27-person operation has grown and now moved to Danville as part of the expansion. Denyo now has 76 people employed in sheet metal production, Yamamichi said.

Every worker from the Nicholasville facility stayed and moved to Danville with the Denyo expansion, something Yamamichi said he is very proud of them for doing.

“We committed to stay in Danville; we committed to grow together with Danville,” he said.

The Denyo plant is now 250,000 square feet, a huge increase from the 84,000 square feet it started with, Harris said.

Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of Develop Danville, said Denyo has become the fifth-largest industry in Boyle County “by sheer employment.”

“I think that is an incredible achievement that you have made,” he said.

Shiochi Shiratori, president of Denyo Co. Ltd., the company’s top executive, made the trip to Kentucky for the ceremony. He said Denyo’s growth in the U.S. is remarkable.

“Continue to make better products and aim for further growth,” he told the workers in attendance. “… I wish everyone and all your families happiness.”

Harris said Denyo’s continued expansion has been made possible by record sales years for Multiquip, the company that sells Denyo-manufactured products.

Bob Graydon, president and CEO of Multiquip, said Denyo’s and Multiquip’s growth is due in part to “favorable conditions” in the construction market, “but it’s more than that.”

“We attract and keep new customers because you guys make the best portable generators in the world — that’s true,” he said. “… Customers always want things. They want bigger, faster, higher quality, cheaper. I can’t help them with the cheaper part; I’m not going to. But the rest — that’s where our opportunity is. This is how we differentiate ourselves from the rest of the competition out there who just wish they were you. … We are the best in the industry and with your help, we intend to stay there.”

Harris said the new equipment and square footage wouldn’t matter without Denyo’s reliable and hard-working employees.

“The part that I’m most proud of is our DMC family,” he said. “Without them, this is just a building filled with stuff. People are what makes this company come alive and stay alive.”

Denham-Blythe reaches one million LTI-free man-hours

Denham-Blythe Company is proud to announce a new safety milestone of one million man-hours without a lost time injury as of November 15, 2018. This accomplishment is a result of Denham-Blythe employees’ continuous commitment to safety and the ongoing education, resources, and awareness that the Denham-Blythe safety team provides to every employee and subcontractor involved with a Denham-Blythe project.

Sam Boley, Safety Director at Denham-Blythe, credits the achievement as a team accomplishment, “we reached this milestone because our employees truly value the safety of each other and aren’t afraid to use our safety team as a resource. Denham-Blythe has come a long way in establishing a safety culture that is leading by example in the construction industry.”

The Denham-Blythe safety team consists of six full-time safety officers who regularly audit all project sites and manage company-wide safety education. Led by Sam Boley, the Denham-Blythe safety culture is ingrained through a Zero Harm philosophy which teaches employees, subcontractors, and clients to analyze how every action they take will affect themselves, others, and their environment. Using Job Hazard Analysis, they can take necessary steps to remove or mitigate any risks associated with their tasks.

Denham-Blythe’s goal of the Zero Harm program is to  promote an environment that encourages clear communication regarding safety. “When safety is negatively policed, employees are discouraged from asking for resources and asking for help,” said Sam Boley. “Because our company’s top priority is keeping every person safe, we have been able to promote a positive culture and maintain open discussions regarding job-site safety.”

Denham-Blythe’s continued success of safely building quality projects for more than 40 years is derived from the clear efforts of its safety team’s involvement. By teaching and rewarding safe work practices, Denham-Blythe is contributing to building trust and dependability at all projects and with every client.

Asahi Bluegrass Forge celebrates the completion of their press expansion

On October 1, 2018, Asahi Bluegrass Forge hosted a ceremony to celebrate their newly completed facility expansion and the start-up of their new forging press at the manufacturing plant in Richmond, Kentucky.

The ceremony was led by Mark Asahi, Managing Director of Asahi Forge Corporation, and Mack Ishigaki, President of Asahi Bluegrass Forge. Following Shinto religious traditions, Mark and Mack performed a ground purification ritual by sprinkling Japanese sake and salt around the press and expansion area. The ceremony continued with a few words of praise from Mark Asahi regarding this milestone for Asahi Bluegrass Forge and Asahi Corporation and concluded with the firing of the new press.

Denham-Blythe’s CEO Bill Quenemoen, President James Davis, Construction and Development Manager Rene DeBerdt, and Project Manager Jordan Lewis were in attendance at the event. Denham-Blythe Company has worked closely with Asahi Forge Corporation for many years, including the construction of the 68,000 SF Asahi Bluegrass Forge plant in 2011.

Denham-Blythe designed and built this 38,300 SF expansion to accommodate the installation of ABF’s fifth press. Project highlights include concrete foundation for the new press, an upgraded cooling water system, the extension of an existing crane way, and the installation of a five-ton crane. Outside of the expanded facility, Denham-Blythe relocated an existing scrap material handling building and placed new pavement for outdoor storage and vehicle access. The project was completed without disrupting production in the existing facility.

Asahi Forge Corporation is a leading manufacturer of automotive suspension bearing components. The addition of this 3000-ton press will increase ABF’s production to help meet the Automotive industry’s growing demand of this product. Asahi Bluegrass Forge is one of three Asahi Corporation manufacturing facilities that are based in the USA. Asahi Forge America is also located in Richmond, Kentucky. NTA Precision Axle Corporation is located in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Welcome Home, Denham-Blythe Tennessee

The Denham-Blythe Tennessee office hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening reception to celebrate the completion of the new office building on August 17, 2018.

Family, friends, clients, and partners came out to tour the new space while enjoying drinks and refreshments. The office features a modern industrial aesthetic that includes exposed steel, polished concrete, and exterior aluminum panels.

As Denham-Blythe continues to grow, the new space will enable the company to further advance its service capabilities for current and future clients. This move marks a huge milestone for the company, and specifically for Denham-Blythe’s Tennessee Operations President, Vance Hohn, who spearheaded the founding of the Nashville office in 1999.

“It is such a blessing to have a nice building that we call our work place,” said Vance. “We are proud of our new home that is not only for us, but also for the future employees of Denham-Blythe.”

Thank you to all who came to out to celebrate the Goodlettsville office grand opening! Denham-Blythe is grateful for your support and looks forward to opportunities ahead as the Tennessee team begins a new chapter.

DAE-IL Corporation breaks ground on their first U.S. facility in Murray, Kentucky

The Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome DAE-IL Corporation (DIC) to the community in Murray, Kentucky, the future home of their first U.S. production facility.

The $50 million facility is expected to create 120 new Kentucky jobs for production, engineering, technicians, and other skilled professionals. This is the largest startup investment ever in Murray, Kentucky.

DAE-IL Corporation is headquartered in Ulsan, South Korea with primary export markets in China, Germany, Japan, and the United States. DIC manufactures and sells powertrain parts for automotive, heavy equipment, and motorcycles. With clients including GM, Hyundai, Kia, and Tesla, the global demand for electric vehicle parts pushed DIC to build this new facility in the United States.

“Our company motto is to be the best powertrain maker in the world. It is our target and dream, and we will work hard to achieve this title,” said DIC President and CEO Johnny Kim during the groundbreaking ceremony. “I believe our goal will be fulfilled here in Murray, Kentucky.”

Denham-Blythe Company was selected to design and build the 270,000 square-foot plant that is being built in the Murray-West Industrial Park. The facility will include offices, a warehouse, and a forging and machining facility. Construction is expected to be complete in May 2019.

“Denham-Blythe Company is excited to be a part of this major investment in Kentucky,” said Bill Quenemoen, CEO of Denham-Blythe Company. “DAE-IL will have a huge positive impact on the region with so many great employment opportunities. We are looking forward to working with DAE-IL and the Murray-Calloway County Economic Development team on this project.”

Denham-Blythe Company is a design/build construction company with over 40 years of experience in the automotive, industrial, food/pharma, healthcare, office, and distribution sectors. Since 1976, Denham-Blythe has completed more than 10,000 projects across the U.S. and in Mexico for a diverse customer base that includes local start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.

DAE-IL groundbreaking set for Monday

By Jordan Ferguson

MURRAY — Mark Manning, president of the Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation, said Tuesday that he and the rest of the EDC were excited to be welcoming DAE-IL Corporation’s new U.S. headquarters to the Murray-West Industrial Park with an official groundbreaking at 2 p.m. next Monday, July 23.

Manning told the Ledger that the new corporate entity from South Korea would be able to provide some 120 quality jobs to people within the Murray and Calloway County community.

“We have been working with this company for quite some time, and we are not just excited, we are really thrilled to have them join the community here,” Manning said. “In the recruiting process, we had help from a lot of different people.”

Manning said the new company is a very high tech company with a lot of automation.

“These are not low-skill jobs, and the fact that it is a U.S. headquarters will mean that they will be hiring not only hourly employees, but also engineers and technicians and higher wage jobs,” Manning said. “The products they make are quite sophisticated. They make gears and other components for, primarily, the automotive industry. My understanding is they do a lot of business with Hyundai and Kia already down in Alabama and Georgia. But also I think they will be doing quite a bit of business with Tesla, which I find interesting.”

Manning said they are looking at a very large building, some 300,000 square feet, which will come to a $50 million investment in building and equipment.

“It is about 120 jobs, but they are good jobs. And quite frankly, that is our target now,” Manning said. “We are not chasing that 500 and 1,000-employee plant because we need some diversification. When all you have are really big plants and one of them unfortunately closes, the impact on the community is really tough.”

Manning said the EDC is targeting a plant for about 100-250 employees, and he said they only recruit what they consider to be blue chip companies.

“What good would it do to recruit a company that comes in and makes a low-tech product with minimum wage jobs?” Manning said. “There is a place for that, but we are looking for those companies that are going to raise the bar instead of lower it. And if a company comes in and it doesn’t do something to raise per capita income, then you probably don’t need it. Murray is not a desperate community; we can afford to be choosey.”

Manning said there has been a move by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to recruit more companies from South Korea, and he has hopes that having an international presence in Murray is a good flare for the community.

“Having a German company here, having a Korean company here — Saputo is a Canadian company — we like having that international flare, and we think that adds to the overall quality of life in the community,” he said.

Manning said that over time, he feels that DAE-IL will also be a good source for students leaving Murray State University. That could be through providing them with an internship opportunity, or a potential job after graduation.

“I think that over time there will be the opportunity to develop internships,” Manning said. “Murray State is really good at working with these companies and developing a pool of talent. When you have a headquarters company from overseas, it creates a lot of local opportunities that you might not otherwise get.”

Denham-Blythe Company is building new offices to sustain its growth

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

When it comes to design/build, Denham-Blythe Company is in its element. The Lexington, K.Y.-based design/builder specializes in industrial construction from the initial concept of a project through completion, taking on the role of both designer and constructor.

“That gives us a significant competitive edge,” CEO Bill Quenemoen says. ”We have architects, engineers, designers and construction managers all under one umbrella. Frequently, many companies will call themselves design/build but in reality they are a design firm or contractor that has to partner with other companies to be able to provide a complete design/build package.”

Denham-Blythe has a number of projects under construction in Tennessee and Kentucky, its main operating market. However, the company has worked on projects in other states as well. “We started as a Kentucky-based company but our customers have taken us all over the country. I consider us to be a regional design/builder but with a national capacity.”

Growing Need

Denham-Blythe has enjoyed healthy growth over the past few years. To accommodate the growth, it is constructing a new office building in Nashville. The company has had a presence in Nashville for almost two decades through a small satellite office it has been leasing, but it has outgrown it.

“This new building is necessary for us to sustain our growth in Nashville and the southern design/build markets,” Quenemoen says. “We are really booming in that whole southeastern market.”

The new two-story, 13,800-square-foot building broke ground in fall 2017. Roughly 50 employees are expected to move into the building’s top floor by the end of June. “We plan to lease out the lower level to others initially but will expand into that space down the line as we continue to grow,” Quenemoen says.

Bread And Butter

Since it specializes in industrial construction, Denham-Blythe tackles many projects for manufacturers that need custom-built facilities and warehouses. “Industrial design/build is our bread and butter, accounting for more than 80 percent of our business,” Quenemoen says. “But we do some light commercial and office buildings as well.”

The company has a unique project under construction in Ironton, Ohio. It is building a $140 million recycling facility that will take recycling to a new level.

“They will be using waste polypropylene plastics and recycling them into a high-quality reusable plastic material,” Quenemoen says. “It’s the first of its kind, especially in our region. So it’s a big deal for the overall market. It will change the recycling market here.”

At more than 100,000 square feet, the project broke ground in December and is targeted for completion in 2020. Another high-profile project, completed in October 2017, is a $85 million, 350,000-square-foot aluminum casting facility in Russellville, Ky.

“They recycle cans, shred and melt them and turn them into aluminum coils that are turned back into cans,” Quenemoen says. “One of the challenging things about this project was that they wanted to supply their own aluminum for the siding and the facility was being built on a sinkhole site. So we had to remediate a number of sinkholes below the building.”

Doing It In-House

Denham-Blythe has been providing architectural, engineering, construction management, general contracting and start-up services since 1976. Its clients include healthcare, education, religious institutions, Fortune 500 manufacturers, multinationals and a number of large private companies. The design/build contractor has offices in Nashville, Lexington, Ky., and Greenville, S.C.

Design/build is an alternative to the traditional design/bid/build project delivery method. Under the latter approach, design and construction services are split into separate entities, separate contracts and separate work.

Denham-Blythe credits its success in the design/build construction industry to its staff. Its in-house design team of registered architects and engineers focuses on creating functional, flexible and cost-effective solutions.

“Our people are our greatest asset,” Quenemoen says. “We have the best in-house personnel across the board. This includes carpenters and project managers as well as architects and engineers.”

The company’s in-house engineers prepare preliminary design analysis, design calculations and project documents. The team can make quick adjustments in design, scope and methods that affect scheduling. “We can control the design and schedule and expedite projects to keep them on schedule and within budget,” Quenemoen says.

The Denham-Blythe construction management method focuses on components that allow the customer to remain involved with the design team and construction crew throughout the process. “At the end of the day, we live and die by our customer services,” Quenemoen says. “More than 90 percent of our business is repeat clients. If we did not treat every project as the most important one, we would not have that kind of return customer statistic.”

Adkev beginning renovations, construction at old Caterpillar plant

By Ben Kleppinger

Renovations of the old Caterpillar factory are underway and the company planning to use the facility, Adkev Inc., received approval this week to build an addition.

Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning commissioners held a public hearing Wednesday and approved a site plan for a new 5,200-square-foot building on the former Caterpillar property.

The building will serve as a dye storage area, allowing all of the original building to be used for processing, said Milton Hammons, a representative for Denham-Blythe, the general contractor working for Adkev.

According to the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, Denham-Blythe has already begun renovation of the original Caterpillar facility.

Adkev is a plastic injection molding from Indiana that announced plans in June 2017 to invest $15.7 million in the recently closed Caterpillar plant and create 70 jobs there in a first phase. There are “plans to grow to 150” employees in the future, according to previous statements from EDP President Jody Lassiter.

Adkev has said it expects to be in operation in 2019. It plans to hire at least 25 people with a total payroll of around $972,000 in its first year, according to local payroll tax incentive agreements with Danville City Commission and the Boyle County Fiscal Court. That’s expected to grow to 40 employees with a $1.4-million payroll in year two and to 70 employees with a $2.56-million payroll in year five, according to the agreements.

Danville and Boyle County plan to give Adkev almost $350,000 in payroll tax breaks if the employment targets are met.

P&Z Director Steve Hunter said Wednesday’s site plan approval by the P&Z Commission was needed because the local zoning ordinance requires approval for any building that exceeds 3,000 square feet. The building represents an expansion of only about 2.7 percent of the existing “188,000-plus-square-foot” building, he said.

Adkev has been around since 1987 and currently operates two facilities — a corporate office in Woodland, Indiana and another facility in Monticello, Indiana.

Caterpillar first announced plans to close its Danville facility in 2015; the plant was shuttered in 2017.