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Officials of Thunder Mfg. smile Wednesday after Gov. Steve Beshear cut a ribbon formally opening the Canadian firm’s first plant in the United States. From left, are: Gary Maas, Thunder’s head of sales, Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark and state Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond (both obscured), Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes, state Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, Beshear, Rakesh Choudary, Thunder’s chief financial officer; Singh Hansra, the firm’s president/CEO; and Louie Paonessa, its chief operating officer.