Ply-Tech Named Glasgow, KY Industry of Year
When officials with Ply-Tech Corp. decided in 1994 to leave Southern California and head east to relocate their plywood manufacturing company, they ultimately chose Glasgow for a number of reasons.
“We have a lot of customers in the Midwest and many of the raw lumber materials we use are produced in the Midwest, and we also liked Glasgow because the people here are business friendly,” says Jay Coffman, Ply-Tech president and plant manager. “In addition, there’s a good workforce in place, and a nice tax incentive package attracted us even more.”
Coffman says he was especially impressed that Glasgow-Barren County truly wanted Ply-Tech’s business.
“We wanted to settle in a small-town atmosphere where we were a bigger fish who would be appreciated for the jobs we were providing to the local population, and that has certainly been the case during the 20 years we’ve been here,” he says. “Further evidence of this community’s appreciation was when the chamber named us 2013 Glasgow-Barren County Industry of the Year, which only confirmed the fact that we always made the right decision moving to Glasgow.”
Ernie Myers, executive vice president/COO of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, presented Coffman with an Industry of the Year plaque in September 2013 at the chamber’s annual Industrial Appreciation Breakfast at Bend River State Park, with about 200 people in attendance.
“Nowadays, most industrial plants that expand are related to the automotive sector, so we are pleased that Ply-Tech provides us with industrial diversity," Myers says. "Their success and involvement is in the construction and building industry."
What Ply-Tech Does
Today, Ply-Tech is located on Industrial Drive in Glasgow about 2 1/2 miles from Glasgow Airport, and approximately 100 employees work with plywood that goes into products such as home kitchen cabinets and a variety of office furniture items.
“Our plywood is a thin hardwood veneer laminated over a particle-board core or a fiber-board core, and we deal with a variety of wholesale furniture manufacturers,” Coffman says. “Over the years, we’ve done business with furniture makers such as Thomasville and Broyhill as well as big kitchen cabinet companies like Aristokraft. Ply-Tech does all its business with wholesalers – we don't do any retail business.”
Besides plywood for furniture and cabinets, about seven years ago company officials decided to expand their Glasgow facility and made a substantial investment to begin producing engineered flooring. That portion of Ply-Tech’s business involves combining a thin layer of hardwood that is laminated to a veneer core substrate.
“The furniture and cabinet business is a little soft right now while the engineered flooring business is doing real well, so it was a good move deciding to diversify seven years ago,” Coffman says. “We have good suppliers and customers, and we enjoy doing business in Glasgow-Barren County. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”