Boone County manufacturer expanding operations with $8.4M investment

Kenton Hornbeck
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Skilcraft LLC is continuing its expansion in Boone County with an $8.4 million investment in Hebron.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted Skilcraft’s momentum Wednesday when he announced an investment that will bring 14 new jobs to 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 fabrication of components used in the aviation 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 investments.

“I am always excited to see companies expand their operations here in Kentucky, especially a company like Skilcraft, which has been serving the commonwealth and its workforce for nearly six decades,” Beshear said.

Skilcraft’s current operation in Hebron 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 production of fabricated parts and metal components for the aerospace industry.

“Today, we’re proud to work with world-changing innovators in the space, aviation and green energy industries,” Skilcraft President John Zurborg said. “We are enthusiastic 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 its continued investment in Northern Kentucky.

“For many years Skilcraft has been creating quality careers here in Boone County,” Moore said. “I am so pleased to learn they are once again expanding with 14 new high-skilled, advanced manufacturing positions.”

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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’re glad they are expanding their capacity at their Hebron operation to increase production and service for the many industrial markets they serve.”

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