July 15, 2013

Business to bring 1,000 jobs

General Dynamics coming to London

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — An estimated 1,000 jobs will soon be available in Laurel County, thanks to a cooperative effort from state and local officials.

Governor Steve Beshear announced the multi-million dollar deal with General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) to locate in London and Winchester and create 1,300 new jobs in Kentucky.

The London facility will be located in the former Micro-Disc building, later known as Thermo-Disk, on Old Whitley Road (Ky. 1006) that was leased to H.T. Warehousing for the past several years. General Dynamics is the owning company of Vangent, a call center based in Corbin. The two new facilities will provide technical assistance for the technical implementation of the federal government’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The London site will employ 1,000 persons while the Winchester facility will offer 300 new jobs.

Enticing General Dynamics to locate in London has been a long-term project for local officials, including Laurel County Industrial Authority executive director  Charles Pennington Jr.

“This is a great day for Laurel County and the State of Kentucky as General Dynamics Information Technology plants its roots in our state by locating a major call center operation here,” Pennington said. “We are honored to be selected and this project is a result of combined efforts of the London-Laurel County Industrial Development Authority Board, the Laurel County Fiscal Court and the City of London.  

“The addition of these jobs will definitely help offset the 9.9 percent unemployment rate in Laurel County,” Pennington added.

“The last two years at the Industrial Authority has been extremely busy.  We have assisted and recruited at least 10 companies with site selections and/or expansions in Laurel County”, Mr. Pennington said.  “Among those companies are  FED-EX Distribution Center, Soelberg Industries of Kentucky, Snapple Group, Midwest Truck and Trailer, SERVPRO Regional Headquarters, ISS, Borden Expansion, Hearthside Food Expansion, ABC Expansion, Xerox Scanning Facility and GDIT Call Center.

These are examples of the successful working partnership between city, county and local businesses which are being rewarded for their hard work and diligence in bringing these projects to fruition,” Pennington said.  

General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. General Dynamics delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.

The finalization of the new business deal for the county fell on welcoming ears of local officials.

“I am thrilled with General Dynamics’ decision to expand their operations here in Kentucky and Laurel County,” Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield said. This multi-million dollar investment will definitely stimulate the economic growth and development of our area, by adding these much needed 1,000 new jobs. The Laurel County Industrial Authority, the Fiscal Court and I are pleased to have been involved in the process of helping General Dynamics locate here, and we are excited at the prospects General Dynamics’ expansion will have on our community, both now and in the future.  Laurel County wishes them many years of prosperity and continued growth.”

 “We are extremely excited that General Dynamics is bringing 1,000 jobs to London and Laurel County,” London Mayor Troy Rudder said. “These new jobs will have a major impact on the economics of the surrounding area. We thank the state and local officials who worked to make this project possible.”

“This is fantastic news for our towns,” said Sen. Albert Robinson, of London. “We have the wherewithal in terms of human capital and work ethic to get a big job like this done.”

Staffing will be conducted throughout the summer. Prospective applicants can apply online at the General Dynamics IT career page at and entering “Kentucky” as the location on the job search page. A job fair will be held at the Somerset Community College’s Laurel Campus on Sat., July 20 and Sat., July 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Job Fair will be located in Building 2.