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Big Ass Fans to Expand in Lexington, Add 150 Jobs

[May 29, 2012] – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined company and local officials to announce that Lexington-based Big Ass Fans will build a 72,000 square-foot facility in Lexington, adding 150 jobs and an $8 million investment.

“I’m delighted to see this expansion and witness the tremendous success of Big Ass Fans, a Kentucky-based company,” Gov. Beshear said. “These new jobs will have a positive impact for the community, creating quality jobs in the Lexington area. I’m glad the Commonwealth could play a role in making this growth possible.”

The expansion includes 56,000 square feet for office space and 16,000 square feet for storage/warehouse space on Jaggie Fox Way in Lexington, where the company has an existing 45,000-square-foot research and testing facility. Big Ass Fans also plans to maintain its Lexington campus location off Winchester Road.

Founded in 1999, the HVLS (High Volume Low Speed) Fan Company changed its name to Big Ass Fans in 2002 and has become a leading manufacturer of ceiling fans for industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential customers. The fans range in size from 5 feet to 24 feet in diameter and use low horsepower motors to generate energy-efficient air movement for large spaces. There are more than 65,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in locations such as manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, restaurants, health clubs and homes.

“While our name may be funny, we take our business seriously,” says President of Big Ass Fans, Carey Smith. “Our company’s success can be credited, in large part, to the quality employees we have attracted and maintained in central Kentucky. Combining this pool of talent with products that really work has led to enormous success, which we’re proud to now reinvest back into the community.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in Lexington, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $2 million 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.

KEDFA also approved Big Ass Fans for tax benefits up to $210,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development, and electronic processing equipment.

“This announcement is good news for Lexington,” said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. “We’re proud to be home to Big Ass Fans. They bring good jobs to our city, and we have citizens who need those jobs.”

“This is an exciting announcement for central Kentucky,” said Sen. Kathy Stein, of Lexington. “This investment by Big Ass Fans is an investment in our community. The 150 new jobs resulting from this expansion will provide a boost to our local economy and new opportunities for our workforce. Big Ass Fans continues to enhances our position as the prime location for innovative businesses to plant themselves, grow roots and be cultivated into the fertile soil we are developing to be the regional leader in excellence in our new economy. Gov. Beshear shows his continued leadership in job creation to seek out and support this excellent industry. This is the kind of leadership we need and have come to expect from Gov. Beshear. Thank you, Governor.”

“This is great news for our community and one of its signature businesses,” said Rep. Susan Westrom, of Lexington. “I want to thank the company for making this investment, especially for the jobs it will generate, and I’m glad that the state could play a role in helping to make all of this possible. Big Ass Fans has really put Lexington on the map, because of its name and certainly because of its quality work.”

“Commerce Lexington Inc. has always enjoyed working with Big Ass Fans, and we’re thrilled that they are expanding in Lexington,” said Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO, Commerce Lexington Inc. “Big Ass Fans is a great example of a homegrown company that has an international reach. We’re proud they call Lexington home.”

For more information on Big Ass Fans, visit www.bigassfans.com.

New Amazon Customer Service Center to Create More than 550 Jobs in Winchester, KY

[May 9, 2012] – The Winchester/Clark County Industrial Development Authority, Commerce Lexington Inc., the state’s Cabinet for Economic Development and the Bluegrass Alliance announced today that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDQ: AMZN) plans to open a new 70,000-square-foot customer service facility in Winchester, Ky., investing more than $20.7 million and creating 550 full-time and hundreds of seasonal jobs in Central Kentucky by 2017.

“Amazon’s decision to grow its Kentucky footprint is fantastic news, especially when you consider the impact of more than 1,100 full- and part-time jobs it will bring to the central Kentucky region,” Gov. Beshear said. “Kentucky is proud to have Amazon choose Winchester for this growth opportunity and wish them continued success and prosperity.”

“We have thousands of employees working in Amazon’s fulfillment centers across Kentucky, and we’re proud to be expanding our presence in the state with the opening of a customer service center,” said Tom Weiland, vice-president, Amazon Customer Service. “We hope to have our team in Winchester up-and-running before the holiday season, and we’re looking for great people to join us in giving Amazon customers a first-class shopping experience.”

Amazon will host Information Sessions regarding employment opportunities for their new Customer Service facility on Wednesday, May 16th, and Thursday, May 17th, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day at the Clark County Extension Office located at 1400 Fortune Drive in Winchester. During these sessions, prospective employees will receive an overview of the company, customer service operation and information on how to apply for employment. For a full list of available opportunities visit www.amazon.com/csjobs.

“Our regional partnerships and our efforts to promote Central Kentucky have once again paid off with the announcement that Amazon will create of hundreds of jobs for Winchester/Clark County and our area,” said Todd Denham, Executive Director of the Winchester/Clark County Industrial Development Authority. “By working together with Commerce Lexington Inc., and our Bluegrass Alliance partners we have been able to bring home another world class operator in Amazon.”

The Bluegrass Alliance is a partnership of economic development professionals in Central Kentucky, working together to promote job creation and investment for the benefit of the region. The Alliance consists of: Fayette, Clark, Madison, Scott, Jessamine, Woodford, Bourbon and Franklin Counties. The Bluegrass Alliance team jointly markets the region and the great attributes of doing business in Central Kentucky.

“The partners of the Bluegrass Alliance have participated in many joint marketing trips to large cities to meet with key site selection consultants,” said Gina Greathouse, Senior Vice President, Economic Development at Commerce Lexington Inc. and Chair of Bluegrass Alliance. “The site selection firm that recommended our region to Amazon.com was Site Selection Group in Dallas. Our team, including Winchester and Lexington, has met with Site Selection Group many times in past during our marketing trips. This announcement is a great testament to the value of relationship building and working with economic development consultants, as well as building strong regional partnerships.”

“Being selected for a project of this magnitude will certainly impact our community, now and in the years to come,” said Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner. “The investment and careers that Amazon will create will ripple through our economy, putting people to work and generating income for our region. This is what economic development is all about.”

The new customer service center is expected to open in late summer and will be based at Winchester Plaza during construction of the permanent facility in the Winchester Industrial Park. The permanent facility is expected to open in 2013. The center will be operated by AMZN.wacs, Inc.

The Winchester facility will be Amazon’s first customer service center in Kentucky. The multi-million dollar investment in Winchester will allow Amazon to support customer calls and emails and provide technical support to various business lines.