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Brown-Forman plans to establish its own sales and marketing operation in Germany, which has long been one of the company’s most significant markets outside the United States. Germany will join the United States, Australia, Poland, Mexico, China, South Korea, the Czech Republic, and Taiwan as countries where Brown-Forman has fully-owned sales and marketing operations.

Life Safety Services, a Louisville-based company that provides fire and smoke damper inspection and repair for commercial facilities, has added a new office in Philadelphia. “We have a large number of clients, both current and prospective, that are situated on the East Coast,” said Judy Shission, the company’s director of business development. “Opening an office in Philadelphia really just seemed like a natural progression for us.” Shission noted that 2010 is expected to be a strong year of growth for the company, which has clients in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Norton Healthcare has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University. The money is divided into two gifts, one of which will create the Norton Healthcare Chair of Graduate Studies in Nursing at Bellarmine and help with the implementation of the new doctor in nursing practice (DNP) program. The second half of the gift will establish a new Norton Healthcare Fund for Collaborative Learning, including the registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Norton Healthcare, with classes taught by Bellarmine faculty on site at Norton facilities.

Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), metro Louisville’s chamber of commerce and economic development agency, has launched a regional internship program that is aimed at closing the gap between companies in need of fresh talent and interns looking to gain career experience. The Intern To Earn program (InternToEarn.com) includes internship development workshops, support for businesses with new and existing internship programs, a comprehensive database of internship openings, professional networking opportunities for interns, and online tools and resources for businesses and students. According to GLI, the region is home to nearly 50,000 college students.

The Sazerac Company, the owner of three Kentucky distilleries, has opened a new administrative office in Louisville that employs a staff of 20. The new office is a direct result of Sazerac’s completion of a $334 million dollar transaction with Constellation Brands at the end of March 2009. Sazerac owns Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Tom Moore Distillery in Bardstown, and Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro.

Grindmaster-Cecilware is expanding its 116,000-s.f. facility in Louisville, where it produces food and beverage equipment. The $1.6 million expansion will create 33 new full-time jobs. Louisville-based Grindmaster merged with Cecilware last September. In addition to its Louisville plant, the combined company has manufacturing facilities in Illinois, New York and Thailand and currently employs approximately 375 employees. The company markets their products to more than 90 countries under the Grindmaster, Crathco and Cecilware brand names.

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