Gates locked at Integrity; ZAP has new manufacturer

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Police were called to the Integrity Manufacturing facility on a recent Friday afternoon.

The concern was the employees might become upset when payroll checks at the local metal fabrication business were not available.

While no trouble arose on that particular day, gates are now locked to the facility that once employed over 300 workers.

Company owner Randall Waldman could not be reached for comment. However, the gates remain locked to the entrance and the firm that moved to Bullitt County from Jefferson County two years ago has numerous legal issues against the firm.

On Monday in Bullitt Circuit Court, the attorney representing Integrity in a number of the legal battles was allowed to withdraw as counsel.

Besides the future of Integrity Manufacturing, there is no word on Waldman’s plans to produce electric cars for ZAP. The company received state approval for tax incentives for a manufacturing plant in Franklin, Ky.

That was supposed to bring 4,000 jobs to the community.

However, another entity - ZAP Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky - has been established and plans to move forward on seeking financing to build the planned manufacturing facility.

Gary Dodd, one of Toyota’s general managers when the manufacturer located in Georgetown, is the chief executive officer of ZMMK. Darryl Keels, the company’s president, was formerly with Mercedes Benz in Alabama.

Dodd was formerly a leader in Integrity Automotive but the new company has no connection with the Shepherdsville-based entity.

According to Frank Jemley III of Atticus Ventures, ZMMK still believes there is the potential of producing 100,000 units after a 3-4 year period of construction and start up.

While ZMMK is continuing its pursuit of support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan program, many questions remain about the future of Integrity Manufacturing.

Several lawsuits are pending in Bullitt Circuit Court, including a claim by National City Bank to recover $1.1 million from the company. Another filed by Eclipse Bank seeks to recover $4.03 million from various companies owned by Waldman.

Part of the complaint seeks approval to sell the property off Highway 44 East next to Publishers Printing to pay off portions of the debt.

Various other lawsuits have also been filed.

In addition, a Kentucky Derby Festival event may be affected if the company is in fact in financial trouble.

“The Derby Festival has a signed contract with Integrity Manufacturing/ZAP to sponsor the Great Steamboat Race,” said Mike Berry, president and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. “We have, in our most recent communications with Integrity, not been made aware of any intention not to honor that contract. If they are unable to sponsor the event, it would be disappointing, as it is a signature event of the Festival and would greatly impact operations of that event.”