CRAB ORCHARD - Construction on the start-up metal-stamping company, ERJ Manufacturing of Ky. Inc., began Tuesday with framing of the foundation for the first building.
"Overwhelmed," said CEO Joetta Young, responding to the progress. "I'm glad it's finally here."
Young said the footers could be done by the end of the week, with concrete poured Friday or Saturday. At an estimated 6-foot thickness, the concrete will have to cure approximately six weeks.
The temporary home of ERJ will be constructed first with a larger, permanent, home being constructed at a later date.
The temporary site will eventually be included in the final structure.
The factory could employ about 200 people when fully operational.
The plant will stamp metal into parts for appliances, automobiles and electronics, said Young of Danville.
This week, Young is meeting with potential clients and getting "contracts in hand," she said.
To date, Young said she has talked with six major suppliers.