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NKY offers the perfect balance for business headquarters

Hundreds of companies enjoy region’s business-friendly climate, quality of life

By Lorie Hailey

To honor its veteran employees on Veterans Day, Perfetti Van Melle designed and unveiled three veterans’ Walls of Honor in its Erlanger factory distribution center and main lobby. The candy company is headquartered in Boone County.

Hundreds of businesses have found a home for their headquarters in the Northern Kentucky region, where there’s a competitive business climate, ample infrastructure and deep talent pools to support their industries. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the companies with headquarters in Northern Kentucky:

Advanced Manufacturing Headquarters

Atkins & Pearce, Covington: Technical textiles

Baluff, Independence: Sensor technology

Bonfiglioli, unincorporated Boone County: Industrial high-speed drives and gears

Camco Chemical, Independence: Powder and liquid chemical cleaning products

Carl Zeiss Vision, unincorporated Boone County: Production of eyeglasses and vision products

Castellini Companies, Wilder: Fresh produce distributors

Galerie Candy & Gifts, unincorporated Boone County: Specialty candy and gifts

KraussMaffei, Independence: Machinery manufacturing

Mazak, Elsmere: Productive machine tool solutions, design and manufacture

Mubea, unincorporated Boone County: Automotive and aviation parts

Perfetti Van Melle, unincorporated Boone County (HQ and manufacturing), Erlanger (distribution): Candy and confections maker (Airheads, Mentos, Chupa Chups and more)

SWECO, Florence: Customized industrial separation equipment

U.S. Playing Card Co., unincorporated Boone County: World’s largest playing card company (including Bicycle cards)

Information Technology Headquarters

C-Forward, Covington 

Pomeroy, unincorporated Boone County 

Red Hawk, Newport 

STEP CG, Covington 

Ulimi, Covington 

Vivitec, Crestview Hills

Legion Logistics moved its headquarters in 2021 from Florence to a new 5,000-s.f. space at Newport on the Levee.

Life Sciences Headquarters

Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Covington: Clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is pioneering the development of life-changing treatments for cancer

Clinical Trial & Consulting Services, Covington: Therapeutic service to pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry

Ethos Labs, Newport: Blood, oral fluid, urinalysis and general chemistry testing

Gravity Diagnostics, Covington: Medical laboratory specializing in testing services for COVID-19, upper respiratory, toxicology and more

HealthWarehouse.com, Florence: Discount mail-order pharmacy serving cash-paying customers and self-insured businesses

Supply Chain Management Headquarters

Legion Logistics, Newport

Lighthouse Transportation Services, Covington

Verst Logistics, unincorporated Boone County 

Whitehorse Freight, Fort Mitchell

Office Headquarters

Blum-Novotest, unincorporated Boone County: Sales and service for manufacturer of measuring and testing devices; supplier for machine tool, automotive and aircraft industries

Columbia Sussex, Crestview Hills: Operates Marriott, J.W. Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Double Tree and Hyatt hotels in 18 states

DAV, Erlanger: National headquarters for Disabled American Veterans organization

Gentis Solutions, Covington: Technical talent recruiting 

Kona Ice, unincorporated Boone County: Shaved ice company with over 1,000 trucks
in 48 states

Maxim Crane, Wilder: Crane rental company

Prysmian Group, Highland Heights: Cable manufacturer

Toyota Boshoku America, Erlanger: Accounting, purchasing, production control, planning, production engineering, information technology, sales and human resources

Across the river

• Six Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Cincinnati: Kroger (#23); Procter & Gamble (#50), Fifth Third Bancorp (#325); American Financial Group (#383); Western and Southern Financial Group (#401); and Cintas (#441). Fortune 1,000 companies with headquarters in Cincinnati include: Chemed Corp., Ohio National Financial Services and Cincinnati Financial.

• Other headquarters include: First Financial Bank, Belcan, Omnicare, Grippo’s, Dinsmore, E.W. Scripps Co., United Dairy Farmers, Frisch’s and others.

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