The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development issued the following news release today.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2020)– Kentucky continues attracting new business investment as Rajant Corp., the provider of Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks, plans a $2 million relocation and expansion project in Rowan County expected to create 26 additional full-time jobs in the coming years.
“It’s great to see innovative companies growing and reinvesting in the commonwealth creating more good-paying jobs for Kentuckians,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Our strong higher education system – with many specialized programs that prepare Kentuckians to work in key industries – helps attract new jobs and foster continued investment. It’s imperative that we continue to attract and grow higher-skill, well-paying careers for Kentuckians while providing the means to educate and train for those positions.”
Rajant, which opened its Rowan County operation five years ago, plans to move from its current 9,600-square-foot facility on Main Street in Morehead to a nearby 48,000-square-foot spec building located on nearly 15 acres in the MMRC Industrial Park. The expansion will assist in the company’s effort to extend the production of products and services with further capabilities, including artificial intelligence (AI), while also improving its commercial and military product lines. The company currently employs 24 people in Morehead, including designers, engineers, service technicians and assemblers, many of whom graduated from Morehead State University’s Space Engineering Program.
“Rajant was originally attracted to Kentucky due to aerospace advances and more specifically to the Morehead State University Space Science Center, which was brought to our attention by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers. Rajant’s five-year experience of excellence with the university and within the Morehead business community warrants expansion,” said Robert Schena, Rajant co-founder and CEO.
“The opportunity to increase our manufacturing footprint in Rowan County and hire more local talent is a testament to the resources Kentucky has to offer. The region’s workforce is exceptional for its integrity, drive and enthusiasm. For Rajant’s purposes, we are fortifying continued technology innovations with engineering graduates from Morehead State University and hiring other support personnel to increase the production of goods and services for our global customers. Our investment to build a facility here will not only serve our manufacturing growth, but it will keep Kentucky residents at home with their families and neighbors.”