Mountville, Pa.—AHF Products announced plans this month to invest $2.5 million and create 20 full-time jobs at its Somerset, Ky., facility early in 2021. Work on the expansion has already begun and is scheduled to be completed in February.
AHF Products, with decades of experience in wood flooring design and innovation, said it opted to expand its Somerset facilities in large part because of the highly skilled workforce and the company’s strong commitment to U.S. manufacturing and American craftsmanship. In addition to creating 20 jobs at the plant, the move also helps secure the facility’s viability and its current 145 jobs as the market adds sliced-face capabilities in addition to the rotary engineered hardwood flooring currently made at the plant.
“We continue to invest in our Somerset plant due to the quality of the products and dedication to future growth that we see from employees,” said Brian Carson, president & CEO of AHF Products. “Our customers continue to see value in U.S.-manufactured products, and this new development not only helps us to create innovative products and new technology but continues our commitment to domestic manufacturing and grows our share of U.S.-manufactured wood products.”
Headquartered here, AHF Products employs more than 2,000 people across its seven manufacturing locations—six in the U.S. and one in Cambodia. The Somerset location has produced some of the industry’s best engineered hardwood flooring since opening in 1990.
To encourage the investment in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in September preliminarily approved AHF Products for up to $80,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing. In addition, the company can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.