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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Mayfield Consumer Products LLC plans to expand with a $33 million investment in a nearby plant. In December of last year, a deadly tornado destroyed a factory owned by the manufacturer of candles and other home fragrance products.
The new plant, also owned by Mayfield Consumer Products, is located in Hickory, about six miles from Mayfield and will employ over 500 people. Beshear added that more job announcements are on the horizon in the region.
Mayfield Consumer Products has already started construction on the Hickory industrial park expansion.
“[The expansion shows] resolve to rebuild and play a central role in helping to restore,” Mayfield Consumer Products founder Mary Propes said.
However, Mayfield Consumer Products is also dealing with a lawsuit that claims the company showed “flagrant indifference” and refused to let employees leave the factory before the storm arrived.
According to Labor Cabinet documents, the state of Kentucky tagged the company with three “serious” violations, including not maintaining an alarm system, failing to keep an exit route hallway “free and unobstructed,” and not reviewing an emergency action plan with employees.
A company spokesperson said employees were allowed to leave and denied allegations that employees were threatened with termination if they left.
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