citycouncilmeeting goldMADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/6/20) — Madisonville City Council approved a resolution to grant local tax incentives to WebstaurantStore Inc.

The company initially set out to hire around 25 people at its Madisonville store, but has since increased operations, Council Chairman Frank Stevenson said during a meeting held today at City Hall.

“It was a surprise development in a positive way,” Stevenson said.

Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. president Ray Hagerman said it is a cause for celebration.

“This is super significant, Hagerman said. “They were seeking 30 jobs three years ago when they purchased the old York plant property. They decided to increase that to $26 million, and they are on their way to another 60 jobs, from 150. This is 200-plus more people working in Hopkins County than before.”

The resolution lists the city authorizes Webstaurant to be included under the Kentucky Economic Development Incentive Program to encourage development and expansion of the service and technology industry.

The program provides state incentives to business that locate or expand including regional or national headquarters to preserve jobs for Kentuckians.

Through the program, the city agrees to accept 1 percent of local occupational tax in lieu of the required 1.5 percent tax from the company for a period of 10 years.

Webstaurantstore.com lists it is the leading distributor of restaurant supplies and equipment to food service professionals and individuals worldwide. The company, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has shipped more than 5.5 million orders and has expanded supplies to include the healthcare, educational and hotel industries. They constructed a 540,000-square-foot warehouse off I-69 in Madisonville in 2018 and began hiring more workers last year.

Webstaurant initially opened its $6.75 million online food-service equipment operation center September 2011 in Madisonville, and purchased the old Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant nearby that closed in 1992. It was torn down to make room for the expansive warehouse.

In other business, the council approved a request from Madisonville Police Department Chief Chris Taylor to advertise bids for generator installation purchased from the military surplus program that will run the entire building vs one room.

The city also approved a request from City Engineer Eric Hickman related to a change order to perform Phase II of upsizing 684 feet of 8-inch pipe to 12-inch PVC and four new manholes at the Brown Road Sewer project.

Hickman explained ground water is seeping into old clay pipe, causing the sewer to be over capacity.

Stevenson, standing in for Mayor Kevin Cotton, announced a joint proclamation with Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield recognizing Martin Luther King Day as Jan. 20, which was presented to local MLK coordinator Tim Thomas.

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