LION facility to reopen in Eastern Kentucky


BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the return of LION First Responder PPE Inc.’s Lee County facility.

Its return will bring 75 full-time jobs to Eastern Kentucky.

“As we work to build a better future for families across the commonwealth, the return of LION First Responder PPE to Beattyville, a community that has faced more than its share of difficulties over the past year, is a tremendous boost to the economy in Lee County and Eastern Kentucky,” said Beshear in the project’s announcement.

The company makes apparel and equipment for firefighters and other first responders.

The plant closed in 2010 after more than 30 years in business.

“LION long has been an important employer throughout the region, currently creating jobs for over 400 people in our state. Their decision to locate this new venture in their former facility in Beattyville highlights the quality of the region’s workforce. LION’s commitment to Kentucky is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to seeing the company’s continued growth in the commonwealth,” Beshear said.

LION currently employs 407 people across its existing locations in Hazel Green and West Liberty.

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