U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, R-Ky., visited London Wednesday to announce the creation of 25 new jobs at Highlands Diversified Services on Hal Rogers Parkway.

The jobs will be created through a $2.25 million United States Department of Agriculture business and industry loan. The loan and Highlands’ resulting expansion created another 50 new jobs since Jan. 1, making a total of 252.

Highlands Diversified CEO Daryl Weaver said he was investing the money in the company’s workforce.

“I think it’s important that the training and the skills have to grow each and every year and that’s what this money will help us do,” he said. “We can have the technology but if we don’t have the skills, it won’t do us any good. It is the people here that we are investing in.”

Highlands Diversified offers metal stamping and fabrication, welding (both resistance and robotic), drilling, tapping, staking, powder coat painting, electro-mechanical assembly and warehousing/distribution services.

Rogers said Highlands Diversified will use the money to refinance some old debt, buy some equipment to fulfill new product contracts, and expand production of current products.

Rogers said creating new jobs here keeps workers from having to travel to other states to find jobs.

“We want you to be able to work here, raise your family here, be around people you want to be around, fish in the creeks and streams where you grew up and enjoy the life Kentucky offers,” he said.

Staff writer Carol Mills can be reached at cmills@sentinel-echo.com.

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