Pratt Paper to Donate $ 1 Million to Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

HENDERSON, Ky. – When Anthony Pratt traveled the world to Henderson to open the great Pratt paper recycling plant and the box factory he will build here, he brought million dollar surprises.

The Australian, who is the global executive chairman of Pratt Industries / Visy, stunned the crowd of dozens of Hendersonians by announcing that his company will donate $ 1 million to the state’s Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, who was also on hand for the inauguration, said earlier that the state would not take any administrative expense out of what is donated so that all the money goes to West Kentucky for recovering from the devastating Friday night tornadoes.

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In the next breath, Pratt said his company will also donate $ 1 million to the Tri-State Food Bank. This organization distributes food to nonprofits in 33 counties across the region, including Christian Community Outreach in Henderson, to help feed those at risk of going hungry.

These surprises each drew a standing ovation from the crowd at the plant site on the Kentucky 425 / South Bypass.

But it was Beshear who unveiled the biggest surprise: Pratt Paper will invest $ 500 million in the complex it will build in Henderson, 100 million more than announced last July.

The Pratt complex will include a 100% paper recycling plant, followed by a corrugated box manufacturing plant. Together, they will employ over 320 people at an average of $ 39 per hour, including benefits.

This story will be updated.

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