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Boone County manufacturer expands operations with $8.4 million investment

Skilcraft LLC continues its expansion into Boone County with an $8.4 million investment in Hebron.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear underscored Skilcraft’s momentum on Wednesday when he announced an investment that will create 14 new jobs in Boone County. This will bring the company’s statewide employee count to 126.

Skilcraft is a precision sheet metal manufacturer founded in Burlington in 1965. In 2016, the company’s services expanded to include the manufacture of components used in the aerospace industry, primarily parts used in jet engines.

Skilcraft’s investment builds on Kentucky’s manufacturing base, which in 2021 saw companies announce 13,900 new jobs in the state, behind $10.5 billion in new investment.

“I’m always thrilled to see companies expand their operations here in Kentucky, especially a company like Skilcraft, which has served the Commonwealth and its workforce for nearly six decades,” Beshear said.

Skilcraft’s current operation in Hebron has expanded by over 22,000 square feet, bringing the total facility to over 54,000 square feet. The additional space will allow for increased production capacity and new equipment that will support the production of fabricated parts and metal components for the aerospace industry.

“Today, we are proud to work with world-changing innovators in the space, aviation and green energy sectors,” said Skilcraft President John Zurborg. “We are excited about our growth and the careers that will be created for our friends and neighbors in northern Kentucky.”

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore thanked Skilcraft for his continued investment in Northern Kentucky.

“For many years Skilcraft has been creating quality quarries here in Boone County,” Moore said. “I am delighted to hear that they are expanding again with 14 new highly skilled advanced manufacturing positions.”

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED CEO Lee Crume noted that Skilcraft serves advanced manufacturing OEMs in a number of industries ranging from medical products to aerospace, banking and telecommunications.

“Skilcraft is part of a thriving advanced manufacturing community in Northern Kentucky,” Crume said. “We are pleased that they are expanding capacity at their Hebron operation to increase production and service for the many industrial markets they serve.”