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Headquarters: Companies find a home in Louisville

Competitive business climate, skilled workforce attracts many headquarters to region

By Lorie Hailey

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.

Health insurance and managed care company Humana is headquartered in downtown Louisville.

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
Hotels management

AAF International
Filters, air and gas manufacturers

Air Hydro Power
Industrial equipment supplier

Allied Ready Mix Co.
Concrete

Appriss
Software company

Atria Senior Living
Facilities management

AxisPoint Alliance
Concierge shipping, centralized technology platform, warehousing and logistics

Baptist Health
Health care management

Bearno’s Pizza
Pizza franchise

Blumine Health
Concierge health services company

Bright Spring Health
Home health services

Brown-Forman
Distilled spirits

CafePress
On-demand digital printing

Carewise Health
Health services

Charah Solutions
Waste disposal

Chrysalis Ventures
Venture capital companies

Churchill Downs Inc.
Horse racing, wagering, gaming

Clarendon Flavors
R&D and production of flavorings for specialty beverage marketers

Citizens Financial Bank
Banking

Copper and Kings American Brandy Co.
Distillery; brandy and other alcoholic products

Commonwealth Bank & Trust
Banking

Creation Gardens
Meat processing and food service distribution

CreoSalus Inc.
Pharmaceutical research and manufacturing

Delta Dental
Dental insurance company

EdJAnalytics
Data science; tech services firm

Eggheadz
Restaurant management

El Toro
Targeted internet marketing

Elmcroft Senior Living
Senior residential services

Farm Credit Mid-America
Agriculture lender

Feeders Supply
Pet shops

Fives Intralogistics Corp.
Conveyor equipment

Flavorman
Custom beverage development

Furniture Liquidators
Furniture stores

Generation Tux
Formal wear suppliers

Genscape
Information and referral services

Haier U.S. Appliances Solutions – GE Appliances
Household appliances

Heaven Hill Distilleries (Bardstown)
Distilled spirits bottling

Heine Bros. Coffee
Fair trade and organic coffee roaster

Humana
Medical insurance plans

Icap Energy
Petroleum products wholesaler

Industrial Kiln & Dryer
Rotary dryers, kilns, ball mills, and processing equipment

Interapt
Software development and IT training

IPAK (Radcliff)
Packaging manufacturing

Isopure
Water purification company

Kindred Healthcare
Health care management

Koch Filter Corp.
Air filters, bags and cartridges

Koligo Therapeutics
Develops, manufactures, commercializes cell therapies for pancreatic disease

Landmark Recovery
Addiction treatment centers

Lantech
Stretch wrapping technology

Leap Group
Logistics

Limestone Bancorp
Banking

Liquor Stores North America
Retail management

LJS Partners
Long John Silver’s restaurants

Louisville Ladder
Wholesale distribution of ladders and related climbing products

Louisville Paving and Construction
Asphalt products

Lucina Health
Software development, analytics

Management Registry
Professional staffing agencies

Manna Inc.
Quick-serve restaurants

Moby Dick Commissary Inc.
Restaurant supplies; commissary

Norton Healthcare
Hospital system

Office Resources Inc.
Office furniture

Onco360
National oncology pharmacy

Papa John’s International
Pizza franchise

Parallel Products of Kentucky
Industrial organic products

Parts Unlimited Interior (La Grange)
Manufacture/warehouse interior auto parts

PharmaCord
Pharmaceutical company

PharMerica
Pharmacy services

Republic Bancorp
Banking

Roll Forming Corp. (Shelbyville)
Design and production of roll formed products

Safai Enterprises
Roaster, packager, distributor of specialty coffee

Samtec (New Albany, Ind.)
Cables and connectors manufacturer

SGS International
Global commercial printing company

Signature Health Care
Nursing and convalescent care

Statewide Mortgage
Mortgage lender

Stock Yards Bancorp
Banking

Sypris Solutions
Electronic equipment and supplies

Texas Roadhouse
Restaurant management

Thorntons
Retail management services

Turning Point Brands
Tobacco and alternative smoking products

UPS Airlines
Shipping hub

US WorldMeds
Pharmaceuticals

Waystar Health
Medical records service

Yum! Brands
Parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, The Habit Burger Grill

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