A manufacturing company that makes high-power batteries will be opening a one million-square-foot facility in Pikeville soon. The $6 million EnerBlu, Inc. facility will be at the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park and will produce lithium titanate batteries, battery packs and modules, battery systems, hybrid generator-storage units, micro-grid systems, and electric bus and truck assembly. The Pikeville facility is expected to create more than 900 jobs over three years. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-5) announced two grants on Friday at SOAR — the 2018 Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit in Pikeville, that are said to be worth $10.5 million for economic development and job creation.
The grants were awarded through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine lands, which is part of the 2017 Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot program “to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.” In addition to Pikeville, Letcher Co will receive the other grant. $4.5 million will go towards a water expansion project. The water system will serve 100 homes as well as the future prison to be built in Roxana which will house more than 1,200 inmates and employ 300 full-time employees. Both projects were announced