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Rawlings Group HQ construction
under way on New Moody Lane

Company to bring 600 new jobs to Oldham County

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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.

Rawlings Group Rendition

Photo provided

This 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 site’s proximity to I-71 influenced the Rawlings Group to relocate its main corporate campus from Louisville to La Grange, company officials said.
OCEDA is responsible for attracting businesses to Oldham County, encouraging the expansion of current businesses, and creating a job market, according to Schoenbaechler, the agency’s 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 Group’s 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. O’Brien. “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 nation’s 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 coverage.

Rawlings Group Construction

Photo by Helen McKinney

Construction progresses on the Rawlings
Group’s 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 O’Brien.
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,” O’Brien 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 way around.”
OCEDA is excited about the Rawlings Group’s 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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