Governor Beshear Returns From India

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is back from a whirlwind economic development trip to India, and as Kentucky Public Radio reports, he brings good news.

He left Saturday and returned Tuesday, but Gov. Beshear says the trip to India was well worth the time, effort and money.  He says UFLEX, Ltd., a flexible packaging company from New Delhi will open a manufacturing facility in Elizabethtown.

“If you go into your grocery store, many of things you’ll pull off the shelf,” he says “including things like chips and soap, that packaging surrounding that product may will have been made by that company.”

Beshear says this will be the company’s first U.S. facility.  It’s a multi-million dollar investment that the governor says will provide hundreds of jobs.  Beshear is confident company officials will help sell Kentucky to other Indian companies interested in opening U.S. facilities.

“It will have a great economic impact on Kentucky,” he says “but the additional importance of this is the fact that locating a company like this in Kentucky, we think, will open up the gates for  more Indian companies to locate in Kentucky.”

UFLEX currently has facilities in India, Dubai, Egypt, Mexico and Poland.  Beshear left for India on Saturday and returned on Tuesday.  It was his second recent economic development trip to India.  His first visit was last fall.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.