Group HQ construction
under way on New Moody Lane
to bring 600 new jobs to Oldham County
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (January 2007) To keep up with
the changing times, many Oldham Countians would agree with Joe Schoenbaechler
that Oldham County has to encourage our folks into urban areas.
The Rawlings Group will be the first business to take the plunge into
the new Oldham County Economic Development Authority business campus
on New Moody Lane in La Grange, Ky.
rendition shows what the new
Rawlings Group corporate headquarters,
coming to La Grange, Ky., will look
like when completed in fall 2007.
The OCEDA business campus is comprised of 1,000 acres
that is being developed on the outskirts of the city. Combined with
existing employees, the new office will create 600 jobs for Oldham County.
The sites proximity to I-71 influenced the Rawlings Group to relocate
its main corporate campus from Louisville to La Grange, company officials
OCEDA is responsible for attracting businesses to Oldham County, encouraging
the expansion of current businesses, and creating a job market, according
to Schoenbaechler, the agencys executive director.
The Rawlings Group is currently constructing offices in the business
campus known as Eden Park. When completed, the building will occupy
167,000 square feet of space. The Rawlings Groups CEO, George
Rawlings, resides in Oldham County, which may have influenced his decision
to move the business out of Louisville.
We decided to relocate our corporate campus to Oldham County because
of our growing business, therefore needing more space, said Vice
President of Human Resources Joan E. OBrien. We looked around
and liked the interstate access to I-71, the Eden Park concept and the
ability to purchase 90 acres for our continued growth.
Until the move is official in fall 2007, the Rawlings Group will remain
at its downtown Louisville location at Waterfront Plaza. The company
is the nations leading provider of data mining and claims recovery
services to the healthcare industry. It is responsible for assisting
health plans in identifying members who may have other sources of healthcare
by Helen McKinney
progresses on the Rawlings
Groups new headquarters on New Moody
Lane in La Grange, Ky. The facility is going
up at the new Eden Park business campus.
Most of the Louisville employees will relocate to Eden
Park, but the company has started recruiting in Oldham County and the
surrounding counties by advertising in local papers. We are very
interested in recruiting local talent, said OBrien.
The average salary of the bulk of the positions at the Rawlings Group
will pay at or near $50,000. We will be increasing the business
tax base to La Grange, which will offset the personal tax pressure that
homeowners are currently feeling, as well as bringing high paying jobs
to the Oldham County area, OBrien said.
La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter called the move as most beneficial.
It will open up the (business) park, and help with the tax base in the
future by reducing taxes. We will have good jobs for our children so
they can get married and stay in the county.
Carter thinks Eden Park will draw a variety of businesses to the area,
making Oldham County self-sufficient. Carter said the Rawlings Group
is a civic-minded company, and the county will benefit all the
OCEDA is excited about the Rawlings Groups move to Oldham County
as well, Schoenbaechler said.
Road construction and improvements on New Moody Lane began last month
in anticipation of the move. An interchange ramp, traffic signals and
turning lanes will be installed to make access in and out of Eden Park
easier, he said.
Any traffic congestion problems will be mitigated by the installation
of an extra lane, said Carter. The City of La Grange has already paved
New Moody Lane.
Schoenbaechler said that as long as the planning is right and the correct
infrastructure is in place first, other businesses would soon be attracted
to the Eden Park business campus. Believing it to be a significant community
improvement, he added that it will attract the kind of businesses that
will benefit the area.
We still have two-thirds of Oldham County residents going to Louisville
every day, said Schoenbaechler. He thinks expansion of Eden Park,
the wear and tear on roads and vehicles making the drive to Louisville
every day, and the high price of fuel will rectify this and offer an
opportunity for residents to stay in the county for employment.
The Anderson Economic Group of Lansing, Mich., has conducted a market
study on the area. Schoenbaechler said it would probably be another
month before results were released, since several presentations still
have to be made by the firm.
In addition to the future corporate campus in La Grange, the Rawlings
Group has satellite offices in Florence, Ky., and Los Angeles.
For more information or to inquire about
employment with the Rawlings Group, visit: www.rawlingsgroup.com
or call (502) 814-2477.
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