Hitachi expanding in Harrodsburg

Hitachi Automotive Products (USA) announced plans Thursday to increase the scope of an expansion of its Harrodsburg facility. The company said last year that it planned to invest $20 million to add a production line for a new advanced fuel system that would bring an additional 101 jobs to the plant. The plant already employed more than 625.

On Thursday, the company said its revised plans include spending $48 million on top of $20 million already planned to build a 170,400-square-foot facility that should be completed by June. The facility will bring 44 more jobs.

The decision to expand comes during the 25th anniversary of Hitachi's breaking ground in Harrodsburg.

When it opened in 1986, the plant was 40,000 square feet with 75 employees. It has grown to more than 520,000 square feet.

The state approved a plan last fall to award Hitachi about $2.88 million in tax incentives for the expansion. The state plans to amend that offer to be more lucrative because of the added expansion.

"Kentucky has a strong and longstanding relationship with Hitachi, and this latest expansion demonstrates the depth and mutual benefit of our ongoing partnership," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement.