MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for Fibrotex USA in McCreary County.
This new vertical manufacturing facility is expected to create up to 350 full-time jobs through a $12.1 million investment.
“This exciting project will create substantial new economic opportunity in Southeast Kentucky, while also providing crucial, high-tech products for our nation’s armed forces,” Gov. Bevin said. “Outdoor Venture Corporation has been an integral part of McCreary County’s industrial sector for more than 35 years, and it is great to see the company bring another great business to the region. We thank both OVC and Fibrotex USA for the vital work they do—and for their commitment to utilizing Kentucky’s strong workforce to accomplish their mission.”
Fibroxtex USA was awarded a 10 year, $480 million contract to supply Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems to the US Army. Outdoor Venture Corporation assisted Fibroxtex USA in establishing the new manufacturing location in McCreary County.
“Today more than ever, our troops are facing a near-peer enemy with capabilities that did not exist nor were in play for the last two decades,” said Eyal Malleron, CEO of Fibrotex USA. “This new threat requires us to re-adopt and relearn camouflage, concealment and deception doctrines more than ever. We are excited provide this exact solution to the US Army via the ULCANS with the strategic assistance of OVC and the extraordinary workforce in Kentucky."
Congressman Hal Rogers worked to secure the resources for this and other initiatives that support American troops and jobs.
“Fibrotex is a perfect fit for Southern Kentucky. We have the best workforce in the country and a long history of faithful service to our military and our allied forces,” said Congressman Rogers. “I take great pride in knowing that we are producing specialized equipment for the Army in McCreary County, and I believe this new partnership between Fibrotex USA and OVC will impact our rural region for years to come. I applaud J.C. Egnew’s perseverance to create jobs at OVC and extend greater opportunities to our incredible workforce.”
The deputy-judge executive and director of economic development in McCreary County, Nathan Nevels, says the project will be a major boon for the local workforce.
“As our county’s director of economic development, I am very excited about the influx of new job opportunities in Stearns,” Nevels said. “We have a strong history of supporting our military’s needs for tents and other equipment, and Fibrotex will complement these resources and provide added safety and concealability for our troops and their equipment. I consider it a huge honor that a company from Israel has chosen my home for their new production facility.”