Balluff Facility Opening
Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear (front-left) at the Balluff Inc. ground breaking ceremony April 11  in Florence, Ky.

Automation supplier Balluff Inc. broke ground on its new building in Florence, Ky., Thursday, April 11. The Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, attended the ceremonial event along with other community and company officials.

“Balluff has found a successful home in Northern Kentucky, with steady growth here over the past 30 years,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re proud to have the company’s U.S. headquarters in Kentucky, and especially happy to see the company continue to expand, adding 24 new jobs and investing $6 million in the Commonwealth.”

Balluff’s new 48,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in March 2014, and will be a state-of-the art customer support, training, and sales and marketing center. Balluff says the facility will include “green concepts” and worker-friendly features, such as 100-percent employee access to daylight from workspaces. Balluff is expected to boost employment by adding approximately 60-100 jobs (local and across the country) over the next five years.

Balluff specializes in products for industrial sensing, networking, and identification for a range of applications and industries. Balluff is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, based in Neuhausen, Germany. The company’s U.S. headquarters currently employs more than 150 people, and has been located in Independence, Ky. since 1983, with expansions in 1994 and 2001. The facility is the final assembly, distribution, and training site for Balluff in the United States.