FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 8, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Ervin Cable Construction LLC, a telecom construction company, will expand its headquarters in Sturgis with a $511,000 investment, a project expected to create 20 full-time jobs.
“Ervin Cable is a great example of what it means to be a Kentucky-based business,” said Gov. Bevin. “For more than 35 years, Ervin Cable has provided quality construction and engineering services to residents in Kentucky and surrounding states. This expansion, paired with the growth of fiber-optic internet services, will help provide a bright future for the region. Congratulations to both Ervin Cable and Union County for this investment toward their continued partnership.”
Ervin Cable President Brad Ervin said the company will continue working to improve the region’s business climate and develop the local workforce.
“The latest expansion is expected to add 20 new positions and a 12,000 square foot facility that will house the corporate safety department, training grounds and additional warehouse space,” he said. “We are lucky to have a state that supports the entrepreneurial spirit that our company thrives on.”
Currently, the company employs 66 workers in administrative, accounting and customer service positions. The new jobs and additional space will prepare Ervin Cable for anticipated growth in fiber-related services.
Founded in 1980 in Sturgis by brothers Gary, Tim and Robert Ervin, the company began as a small construction operation providing cable TV design and aerial and underground construction work, primarily in Kentucky and Tennessee. Dycom Industries Inc. purchased it in 1999, allowing Ervin Cable to provide a wider variety of services throughout the Central, Eastern and Southeastern U.S.
The company has now built or upgraded more than 15,000 miles of utilities in recent years in addition to working engineering projects at 188 locations across 27 states. Its specialties include services for telephone, electric, gas and community antenna TV.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley, of Henderson, said his personal acquaintanceship with the Ervin brothers assures him the company will do well going forward.
“Having known this family and this company for 30-plus years, I am particularly proud of the success of Ervin Cable Construction,” Sen. Ridley said. “I am also pleased this expansion will allow them to provide even more jobs in Union County. This company has been a good corporate friend to Union County for more than three decades and I wish it continued growth and prosperity.”
Rep. Suzanne Miles, of Owensboro, thanked the company for its commitment to the community.
“Ervin Cable continues to be a shining star of Union County,” Rep. Miles said. “We all appreciate their love for the people of our area and the opportunity to bring more great jobs to our region. Thanks to the Ervin family for their faith and commitment to invest in Kentucky.”
Union County Judge-Executive Jody Jenkins said Ervin Cable’s presence has a positive impact on more than just Union County.
“I am always pleased to hear of companies expanding. Ervin Cable Construction is a vital part of not only Union County but of the entire region,” Judge Jenkins said. “As a result of the expansion more people in the area will have the chance to go to work. The addition of new jobs is always welcomed and exciting news.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in June preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $200,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows the company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition, Ervin Cable can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 5,600 Kentucky companies.
For more information on Ervin Cable, visit www.ErvinCable.com.
A detailed community profile for Union County can be viewed at www.bit.ly/UnionCountyKY.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2015 totaled a state record $5.1 billion, spurring more than 16,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.