Muhammad Ali was not the only heavy hitter who to call Louisville home. Some of the biggest names in business are headquartered here: Humana, Yum!, Kindred Healthcare, Brown-Forman, UPS Airlines, Papa John’s, GE Appliances and more.
Louisville has the largest concentration of aging-care headquarters in the nation as well as the headquarters of some of the world’s largest restaurant and beverage operations. It has a growing business-services sector focused on information technology, and the city leads the way in advanced manufacturing and logistics.
Businesses prosper in Louisville. With its pro-business attitude, low cost of operations and low taxes, the Greater Louisville region offers a supportive and progressive climate for business. The region’s diversified economy has outperformed the U.S. in job and income growth on a per capita basis throughout the last decade.
Site Selection magazine in 2021 ranked Louisville among the top metropolitan areas in both the East North Central (seventh) and South Central (sixth) regions. Rankings are based on the number of new economic development projects brought to the metropolitan area in a calendar year. Last year, Louisville located 41 projects, adding 2,200 new jobs and $474 million in new investment to the city.
Since 2014, Louisville has experienced more than $17 billion in investments.
“Rising in these rankings during a pandemic is evidence of the core strength of our economy,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “It validates the intentional work we are doing around our business clusters, which is growing jobs.”
Below is a sampling of some of the companies that are headquartered in the region:
21c Museum Hotels
Filters, air and gas manufacturers
Air Hydro Power
Industrial equipment supplier
Allied Ready Mix Co.
Atria Senior Living
Concierge shipping, centralized technology platform, warehousing and logistics
Health care management
Concierge health services company
Bright Spring Health
Home health services
On-demand digital printing
Venture capital companies
Churchill Downs Inc.
Horse racing, wagering, gaming
R&D and production of flavorings for specialty beverage marketers
Citizens Financial Bank
Copper and Kings American Brandy Co.
Distillery; brandy and other alcoholic products
Commonwealth Bank & Trust
Meat processing and food service distribution
Pharmaceutical research and manufacturing
Dental insurance company
Data science; tech services firm
Targeted internet marketing
Elmcroft Senior Living
Senior residential services
Farm Credit Mid-America
Fives Intralogistics Corp.
Custom beverage development
Formal wear suppliers
Information and referral services
Haier U.S. Appliances Solutions – GE Appliances
Heaven Hill Distilleries (Bardstown)
Distilled spirits bottling
Heine Bros. Coffee
Fair trade and organic coffee roaster
Medical insurance plans
Petroleum products wholesaler
Industrial Kiln & Dryer
Rotary dryers, kilns, ball mills, and processing equipment
Software development and IT training
Water purification company
Health care management
Koch Filter Corp.
Air filters, bags and cartridges
Develops, manufactures, commercializes cell therapies for pancreatic disease
Addiction treatment centers
Stretch wrapping technology
Liquor Stores North America
Long John Silver’s restaurants
Wholesale distribution of ladders and related climbing products
Louisville Paving and Construction
Software development, analytics
Professional staffing agencies
Moby Dick Commissary Inc.
Restaurant supplies; commissary
Office Resources Inc.
National oncology pharmacy
Papa John’s International
Parallel Products of Kentucky
Industrial organic products
Parts Unlimited Interior (La Grange)
Manufacture/warehouse interior auto parts
Roll Forming Corp. (Shelbyville)
Design and production of roll formed products
Roaster, packager, distributor of specialty coffee
Samtec (New Albany, Ind.)
Cables and connectors manufacturer
Global commercial printing company
Signature Health Care
Nursing and convalescent care
Stock Yards Bancorp
Electronic equipment and supplies
Retail management services
Turning Point Brands
Tobacco and alternative smoking products
Medical records service
Parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, The Habit Burger Grill
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