FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – QSR Automations Inc., a developer of technology for the restaurant and hospitality industries, celebrated the opening of the company’s new global headquarters and technology campus , an investment of approximately $ 10 million that will create 30 new jobs and relocate 130 employees previously based in several facilities.
“Food, beverage and agritech businesses have established and grown in Kentucky at an impressive rate,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “I would like to congratulate QSR Automations for opening this expansion and relocation of the head office. The company helps advance the restaurant and hospitality industries and create quality employment opportunities for Kentuckians. “
The new 37,000 square foot operation located on over 8 acres along Buddeke Drive completes the company’s move from a 12,000 square foot facility to the Eastpoint business center. In 2019, QSR Automations completed work on a 20,000 square foot technology center on the new campus to assemble IT components for its kitchen management systems. The transaction enables the continued development of the company’s ConnectSmart kitchen display systems for customers including large restaurant chains such as KFC, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel and Outback Steakhouse. . The project consolidates QSR Automations head office operations into one location.
“Over the past 25 years, QSR Automations has experienced tremendous growth, not only within our company, but also as we assert our leadership position in catering technology,” said Angela Leet, CEO of QSR Automations . “The opening of this facility marks a critical milestone in our company’s history, but also in our future as we continue to create smart solutions and adaptable technology for restaurateurs, employees and diners.
QSR Automations, founded in 1996, also has offices in London, England, and provides global catering technology with its data-driven operational platform, ConnectSmart. The platform helps customers improve the dining experience through kitchen automation, guest management, offsite technology and predictive analytics.
QSR Automations’ investment contributes to the rapid expansion of Kentucky’s food, beverage and agrotech industry, which includes more than 350 facilities and employs more than 52,000 people. Since the start of 2020, approximately 70 new establishment and expansion projects within the industry are expected to create more than 2,000 full-time jobs with more than $ 1.3 billion in new investments.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the growth of the business reflects the strength of the community’s food and beverage industry.
“Louisville’s solid reputation as a national leader in food and beverage corporate headquarters and technological innovation make Louisville the ideal location for QSR Automations to grow and serve its customers nationwide.” , said Mayor Fischer. “We have built an ecosystem of businesses that capitalize on and strengthen the industry, ensuring that everything agribusiness companies need to be successful is here. QSR Automations remains a valuable part of this ecosystem by providing technological solutions to catering businesses. We are excited to celebrate their expansion! “
QSR Innovations’ investment and expected job creation bolster the Commonwealth’s recent economic momentum, as the state strengthens in response to the effects of the pandemic.
To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in October 2014 approved QSR automations for up to $ 250,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative. Act (KEIA). KEIA allows licensed companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, construction equipment, equipment used in research and development, and electronic processing.
In addition, QSR Automations may receive resources from Kentucky Labor Service Providers. Companies can benefit from free recruitment and placement services, personalized training at a lower cost, and job training incentives.
For more information on QSR Automations, visit QSRAutomations.com.