A candle maker will create 500 new jobs at a revamped factory that was destroyed in a devastating tornado that left several members of staff dead.

Mayfield Consumer is to redevelop its facility in Mayfield , Kentucky, over the next five years in a $33 million revamp.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear made the announcement on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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He said: “This expansion will re-establish the company’s employment base in the region and adds to the overall rebuilding efforts.” 

The firm’s Mayfield plant was directly impacted by the tornado that ravaged the town in December.

Several manufacturing employees were among the 81 persons killed in Kentucky when storms ripped across sections of western Kentucky.

Lawsuit over tornado response

The announcement comes only a few weeks after state regulators cited the corporation for potential breaches of Kentucky’s occupational safety and health rules.

The corporation faces a maximum punishment of $21,000 for three suspected tornado infractions.

In addition, the corporation is defending itself against a lawsuit alleging “flagrant indifference” by allegedly refusing to allow employees to leave early as the storm approached.

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The lawsuit claims workers were threatened with firing if they fled before the storm struck, and it demands compensatory and punitive damages.

Mayfield Consumer has already begun work on one expansion at its Hickory industrial park location.

Following the loss of its Mayfield factory, it now plans another larger expansion to combine its activities.

WHAT IS MAYFIELD CONSUMER PRODUCTS?

Mayfield Consumer Products manufactures branded candles and home fragrance products. 

Where it is headquartered? The company is headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky.

How many staff does it have? Mayfield Consumer has 43 employees.

What is its annual revenue? The annual revenue is $8 Million.

Source: The Washington Post

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