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PlastiCycle to open new plant in Franklin

PlastiCycle, headquartered in White Plains, New York has recently purchased a 54,000 square-foot manufacturing building on Washington Way in Franklin, Kentucky.

The company will be expanding its manufacturing operations in the acquired building during 2022. Since 1998 PlastiCycle has been serving the plastic recycling needs of manufacturers, compounders, and converters throughout the United States. The addition of this new location in Franklin will allow PlastiCycle to provide cost effective recycling alternatives to plastic manufacturers in the region while keeping millions of pounds of plastic scrap out of our landfills every year.

Tony Corso, president of PlastiCycle expressed his excitement about the company’s new location in Franklin, Kentucky.

“Our company will be able to better service hundreds of industries in the mid-South with our new Franklin location,” Corso said. “The community is ideally located for us to serve businesses in the healthcare, food packaging, automotive and construction industries and we look forward to developing strong business ties with local manufacturers and support businesses. Our recycling technology, which turns post industrial plastic scrap that would end up in a landfill into pellets that can be reused back in the manufacturing process, provides cost savings to manufacturers while allowing them to be more environmentally responsible. We see this as a win-win for PlastiCycle and the manufacturer. I am impressed with the business-friendly attitude of the local community and have appreciated the ongoing help, support and guidance of the Franklin Simpson Industrial Authority in making this project a success.”

“PlastiCycle is a great industry to have in our area. Not only will they be important to our area industry, the company will also help the environment in our region,” Gary Broady, chairman of the Franklin Simpson Industrial Authority, said. “We look forward to PlastiCycle becoming a part of our industrial community.”

“It is my understanding that PlastiCycle will be hiring as many as 25 people for their new plant in Franklin” Franklin Mayor Larry Dixon said. “These are certainly welcomed job opportunities for our citizens. We certainly thank PlastiCycle for locating in our city and are anxious to work with them during their transition period.”

“That anytime we can get an industry that helps our environment as well as provide jobs in our area it is certainly a great situation for Simpson County,” Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes said. “The estimated investment of over $6,000,000 in Simpson County as well as the jobs PlastiCycle will be providing is wonderful news for our area. PlastiCycle will be a big plus for Franklin and Simpson County.”

PlastiCycle expects to begin production in Franklin during the first quarter of 2022. For more information on PlastiCycle or the Franklin, Simpson County area, contact Dennis Griffin at 270-586-4477 or at

Above: The McCutchin family includes Natalie,

Natalya, 11, Macaiah, 8, and Nathan, 5.

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Right: Lola Stone, 7, stands next to a snowman.

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Fiscal court rejects lone bid to operate F-S Ambulance Service, current operations to remain in place

The Franklin-Simpson Ambulance Service operations are expected to continue forward without change.

Simpson Fiscal Court voted on Jan. 4 to reject the lone bid received by a private entity to operate the ambulance service and leave operation of the ambulance service under the F-S Ambulance Service Board of Directors.

The name of the entity that submitted the bid was not announced.

The deadline to submit a bid was Jan. 3 at 10 a.m.

The bid included an approximately $1 million subsidy paid to the entity to operate the ambulance service.

The Franklin-Simpson Ambulance Service tax generates $570,000 to $575,000 dollars annually. If the bid had been accepted the county would have had to fund the remainder of the subsidy.

The ambulance service tax is included in the annual Simpson County property tax bills.

The court was exploring bids for private operations in part due to low staffing numbers, however, additional personnel have recently joined the ambulance service.

Fiscal Court Magistrate and ambulance service board member Marty Chandler said the bid was “extremely too high.”

“I would much rather keep it (ambulance service) here local,” Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes added.

During the meeting, Simpson County Director of Emergency Management Robert Palmer said the severe storm on Jan. 1 resulted in minor damage in Simpson County, mainly downed trees in the Winston Lane and Spence Lane area.

The storm marked the second time within one month that Simpson County was spared major damage from severe storms and tornadoes moving through the area. The first time was on December 10, 2021 when the severe weather surpassed Simpson County and hit Bowling Green among other Kentucky communities.

Palmer said two of Simpson County’s outdoor severe weather warning sirens, known as COWS, did not work when he activated the system Jan 1. The two sirens that did not work are in the Dogwood Drive and Highway 1008 area and at Jim Roberts Community Park.

Palmer said a professional service technician is scheduled to look at all seven Simpson County COWS sirens within two weeks following the court meeting.

Simpson Fiscal Court accepted the 2022 budgets for the sheriff’s office and county clerk’s office and approved

maximum deputies salaries for the sheriff’s office and clerk’s office.

Also approved was the clerk’s bond, a continuation certificate for the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Bond, a jail consultant contract at a cost of $1,500 per month to be funded by the jail and the county’s Dec. 31, 2021 financial statement subject to audit.

Simpson County's unemployment rate sees decline

Simpson County’s unemployment rate dropped eight tenths of one% from October 2021 to November 2021. Also, the November 2021 rate was almost two% lower than the November 2020 rate.

Kentucky Labor Force Estimates show Simpson County with a November preliminary unemployment rate of 2.5%. The revised October rate is 3.3%.

The county’s November 2020 unemployment rate was 4.4%.

Simpson County had a civilian labor force of 8,877 people in November 2021 of which 8,655 were employed and 222 were unemployed.

Simpson County’s November unemployment rate was lower than the district’s 2.6%, lower than the state’s three% and lower than the nation’s 3.9%.

Logan County had the district’s lowest and state’s fourth lowest unemployment rate at 2.4%. Metcalfe County had the district’s highest at 3.4%.

Allen County and Warren County each also had an unemployment rate of 2.5%.

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between November 2020 and November 2021.

Woodford County recorded Kentucky’s lowest jobless rate in November 2021 at two%. Magoffin County recorded the highest at nine%.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than to count the number of people who are working. Civilian labor force statistics include persons who are actively seeking employment, not those who have not looked for work during the past four weeks.

Barnes appoints Beth Laster as Simpson County Clerk

Beth Laster has been appointed Simpson County Clerk. She was sworn in Jan. 3 to fill the unexpired term of former county clerk Jolene Thurman, who retired.

Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes appointed Laster to serve the remainder of Ms. Thurman’s term that runs through the remainder of 2022.

Laster has worked in the county clerk’s office 20 years.

“I’m proud to finish Jolene’s (Thurman) term. Working with her for 20 years it’s been strange to be in the office without her. We will maintain the office to the standard she and Chip Phillips (former county clerk) established,” Laster said.

She also said she does not intend to run for election to the clerk’s office which is on the ballot this year.

The announcement about the appointment was made on the Mason Barnes Simpson County Judge Executive Facebook page.