Up to 150 jobs coming to N.Ky. with new Southern Air headquarters

FLORENCE, Ky. - Southern Air will create up to 150 jobs in Northern Kentucky with the development of its new headquarters on Turfway Road, the company and local and state officials announced Thursday.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson joined company and local officials in Florence Thursday morning to participate in a ribbon-cutting for Southern Air's new HQ, which will also create an initial investment of $3.5 million.

"This is a proud day for the Commonwealth, with the addition of up to 150 jobs and the global headquarters for Southern Air in Northern Kentucky," said Gov. Beshear. "We are fortunate to be blessed with an ideal location, but this also serves as a powerful testament to Kentucky's workforce, quality of life and business climate."

"Northern Kentucky has a talented aviation community, and we know Southern Air will enhance that reputation and grow the talent here even more," said Lt. Gov. Abramson. "We welcome Southern Air's headquarters to the Commonwealth." 

Southern Air serves a customer base that includes some of the world's largest intercontinental air cargo carriers and government agencies. Founded in 1947, Southern Air is the first ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) operator in the world to operate the fuel efficient Boeing 777 Freighter and currently operates four such aircraft on an around-the-world basis for global express delivery provider DHL Express.

"We have relocated our corporate headquarters to Northern Kentucky, where we will be even better positioned to grow profitably, deliver the highest quality services to our global customers, and meet and exceed their air cargo needs," said Daniel J. McHugh, CEO of Southern Air. "With this relocation, we look forward to building on our strong partnership with DHL Express at its main U.S. hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport."

The types of jobs that would come with Southern Air's relocation were not revealed at Thursday's announcement.

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED)  has announced several other major economic development projects in 2013.

Recent announcements include:
-ZoomEssence announced it will create 20 jobs and invest more than $3 Million in its Northern Kentucky research and development location in Hebron.
-Last week, Balluff Inc. and Kentucky officials broke ground on the company's new U.S. headquarters building in Independence. Balluff expects to add 24 new, full-time Kentucky resident jobs and invest $6 million as part of the expansion.
-Westpack announced on Feb. 11, 2013 it would make a $4.49 million investment and establish a bottle decorating and packaging manufacturing facility in Covington, Ky. with 63 new jobs.
-On Feb. 4, 2013, Newly Weds Foods and Northern Kentucky Tri-ED announced the company would purchase an existing 326,000-square-foot facility located at 4455 Olympic Boulevard in the Circleport Business Park in Erlanger, Boone County, Ky., invest $57 million and create 115 new jobs.

In 2012, DHL Express inaugurated a new 193,000 square foot sorting facility in Boone County, Kentucky at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.  The $47 million expansion helped bring additional jobs to the local community.  DHL currently employs 2,280 staffers at its hub at CVG.

For more information on Southern Air, visit www.southernair.com .

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