Lane List — Kentucky’s New and Expanding Industries

By Lorie Hailey

From June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, companies made 355 economic development announcements in Kentucky, a total investment of $4.055 billion, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. More than 2,400 jobs were saved and nearly 15,000 jobs were created. By comparison, from May 2011 to May 2012, $2.4 billion in economic development projects were announced.

AT&T Kentucky

Headquarters, customer call center

Jefferson/Louisville

Investment: $800,000,000

 

Bryan Schroeder, Lindsay Wanalista and Michael Bahm, production employees, work on the new GE frontload line. Two new assembly lines, costing over $100 million, have begun producing high-efficiency frontload washers and dryers, adding 200 jobs to Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky.
Bryan Schroeder, Lindsay Wanalista and Michael Bahm, production employees, work on the new GE frontload line. Two new assembly lines, costing over $100 million, have begun producing high-efficiency frontload washers and dryers, adding 200 jobs to Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky.

GE Consumer & Industrial

Manufacturing major household appliances: dryers, washers, refrigerators, dishwashers and heat pump water heaters

Jefferson/Louisville

Investment: $649,800,000

Initial jobs: 1,214

Total jobs: 1,214

 

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky

Manufacture Avalon, Avalon-hybrid, Camry, Camry-hybrid, Lexus (beginning in 2015), Venza; auto components

Scott/Georgetown

Investment: $531,000,000

Initial jobs: 750

Total jobs: 750

 

Westlake Vinyls Inc

Commodity chemicals

Marshall/Calvert

Investment: $217,000,000

 

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Co., announces that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown will begin producing the Lexus ES 350 beginning in 2015. Toyota chose Kentucky because of its “successful 25-year partnership with the state,” Toyoda said during a press conference in New York that coincided with a simultaneous conference at the Georgetown plant. TMMK was Toyota’s first stand-alone plant in the U.S.  (Photo by Toyota Motor Corp.)
Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Co., announces that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown will begin producing the Lexus ES 350 beginning in 2015. Toyota chose Kentucky because of its “successful 25-year partnership with the state,” Toyoda said during a press conference in New York that coincided with a simultaneous conference at the Georgetown plant. TMMK was Toyota’s first stand-alone plant in the U.S. (Photo by Toyota Motor Corp.)

Berry Plastics

Manufacturer of plastic closures

Hopkins/Madisonville

Investment: $96,000,000

Initial jobs: 420

Total jobs: 420

 

Florida Tile Inc.

Produce ceramic and porcelain tile. Import and distribute ceramic, porcelain and stone

Anderson/Lawrenceburg

Investment: $77,557,000

Initial jobs: 63

Total jobs:123

 

US Fuel Corp.

Coal to liquid fuel

Muhlenberg/Central City

Investment: $76,000,000

Initial jobs: 50

Total jobs: 50

 

Metalsa Structural Products Inc.

Stamping/forming, hydro forming and assembly of the Ford F-150, Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition frames, stampings for Toyota frame components

Hardin/Elizabethtown

Investment: $72,211,466

Initial jobs: 245

Total jobs: 245

 

Gov. Steve Beshear joined company and local officials at Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products in Bowling Green to break ground in May on the company’s second expansion in recent months. Kobe Aluminum is investing $66 million to add an 87,000-s.f. building to its plant, resulting in 100 new, full-time jobs.
Gov. Steve Beshear joined company and local officials at Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products in Bowling Green to break ground in May on the company’s second expansion in recent months. Kobe Aluminum is investing $66 million to add an 87,000-s.f. building to its plant, resulting in 100 new, full-time jobs.

Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products LLC

Aluminum forging plant

Warren/Bowling Green

Investment: $66,000,000

Initial jobs: 100

Total jobs: 100

 

ZF Steering Systems LLC

Steering gears for car and light truck market

Boone/Florence

Investment: $59,200,000

Initial jobs: 192

Total jobs: 192

Domtar Paper Co. is upgrading and adding equipment at its Hawesville facility, retaining 452 jobs and investing up to $20 million. Above, an employee works on a pulp machine at Domtar’s mill in Hawesville.
Domtar Paper Co. is upgrading and adding equipment at its Hawesville facility, retaining 452 jobs and investing up to $20 million. Above, an employee works on a pulp machine at Domtar’s mill in Hawesville.

 

Newly Weds Foods Inc.

Cracker and bread crumbs, batter mixes and other food products

Boone/Erlanger

Investment: $57,200,000

Initial jobs: 115

Total jobs: 115

 

Pilkington North America

Automobile windshield & side and back window glass paned sunroofs

Woodford/Versailles

Investment: $55,259,000

Initial jobs: 56

Total jobs: 56

 

Jif Plant

Peanut butter processing

Fayette/Lexington

Investment: $43,700,000

Jobs retained: 279

 

Mark West Energy Applachia LLC

Natural gas processing & hydrocarbon extracting

Floyd/Langley

Investment: $42,500,000

 

L’Oreal USA

Manufacturer of hair and skin care products

Kenton/Florence

Investment: $42,100,000

Initial jobs: 211

Total jobs: 211

 

Toyota Boshoku Kentucky LLC

Automotive interior parts manufacturing-headliners, silencer material

Marion/Lebanon

Investment: $37,008,175

Initial jobs: 38

Total jobs: 46

 

McLane Foodservice

Food/paper product distribution

Boone/Hebron

Investment: $34,250,000

Initial jobs: 48

Total jobs: 48

 

Metalsa Structural Products Inc.

Automobile frames

Christian/Hopkinsville

Investment: $32,328,903

Initial jobs: 144

Total jobs: 144

 

Carbide Industries LLC

Manufacture calcium carbide and related products and co-products

Jefferson/Louisville

Investment: $30,000,000

Initial jobs: 9

Total jobs: 9

Jobs retained: 122

 

iHerb

Distribution of health food

Boone/Hebron

Investment: $29,789,360

Initial jobs: 100

Total jobs: 600

 

Mazak Corp.

Machine tools; administration, personnel, receiving

Kenton/Florence

Investment: $29,000,000

Initial jobs: 75

Total jobs: 75

 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc.

Pet food (canine and feline)

Warren/Bowling Green

Investment: $25,000,000

Jobs retained: 150

 

Gibbs Die Casting Corp.

Aluminum and magnesium die castings, headquarters

Henderson/Henderson

Investment: $22,832,700

Initial jobs: 133

Total jobs: 160

 

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Law firm global services center

Fayette/Lexington

Investment: $22,589,098

Initial jobs: 118

Total jobs: 250

 

Alpla Inc.

Plastics blow molding operation

Warren/Bowling Green

Investment: $22,423,567

Initial jobs: 72

Total jobs: 72

 

Hitcents.com Inc.

Solutions in web design, software programming/development, technology support, more

Warren/Bowling Green

Investment: $22,000,000

 

Osram Sylvania

Manufacturer and assembly of tungsten halogen lamps and LED lamps

Clark/Winchester

Investment: $21,000,000

 

Domtar Paper Co. LLC

Fine paper and mills bleach pulp

Hancock/Hawesville

Investment: $20,000,000

Jobs retained: 452

 

NHK Spring Precision of America Inc.

Precision springs for the automotive industry

Jefferson/Louisville

Investment: $19,164,359

Initial jobs: 50

Total jobs: 50

 

Nasty Gal

Distribution and call center for clothing

Bullitt/Shepherdsville

Investment: $18,000,000

Initial jobs: 80

Total jobs: 300

 

ZF Boge Elastmetall LLC

Rubber and metal bushings

Boone/Hebron

Investment: $17,980,000

Initial jobs: 20

Total jobs: 60

 

NCS Healthcare of KY / Omnicare

Pharmaceutical repackaging center

Barren/Glasgow

Investment: $15,700,000

Initial jobs: 34

Total jobs: 42

 

US Bank Home Mortgage

Mortgage processing

Daviess/Owensboro

Investment: $15,275,000

Initial jobs: 208

Total jobs: 332

 

Nelson Brothers LLC

Manufacutrer of blasting agents

Lewis/St. Paul

Investment: $15,000,000

Initial jobs: 65

Total jobs: 65

 

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