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Cabinet For Economic Development: September 2023
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Metals: MI2 Annual Conference in Louisville
Thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural MI2 Annual Conference in Louisville. The event highlighted one of the commonwealth's key industry sectors, which is driving job growth statewide. Learn more about Kentucky's thriving metals industry

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Gov. Beshear: September Marks National Bourbon Heritage Month
Celebrating Kentucky's $9 billion signature industry after a record-breaking 2022

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry as the commonwealth celebrates National Bourbon Heritage Month in September.

As a $9 billion industry, bourbon helps fuel Kentucky’s economy. Generating more than 22,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $1.23 billion, the production and consumption of Kentucky bourbon provides over $268 million in annual tax revenue for state and local governments. In 2022, Kentucky recorded its best year for growth in the bourbon and spirits industry and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail saw record-breaking attendance.   . . .

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Bespoken Spirits Relocating Headquarters to Lexington, $3.2 Million Investment Creating 16 High-Wage Jobs
Rectifier and distributor of distilled spirits relocating from San Francisco

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted new growth in Kentucky’s signature bourbon and spirits sector as San Francisco-based Bespoken Spirits Inc. announced plans to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Greyline Station in Lexington. The $3.2 million relocation will create 16 new high-wage jobs paying an average hourly wage of $70.77 including benefits.

“The relocation of Bespoken Spirits’ headquarters and manufacturing operations to Kentucky adds momentum to the state’s always growing signature bourbon industry,” said Gov. Beshear

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Hickory-Based HVAC Distributing To Expand in Graves County With $5.35 Million Investment Creating 40 Jobs
Project marks company's second expansion in the commonwealth

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced HVAC Distributing LLC, a national wholesale distributor of heating and air conditioning equipment, plans to expand its Graves County operations for a second time, with a $5.35 million investment creating 40 full-time jobs.

“Kentucky’s economy is strong, and the proof is in the companies that continue to invest and believe in what we have to offer,” said Gov. Beshear. “HVAC Distributing has been part of the commonwealth’s expansive logistics and distribution sector for 10 years, and I’m excited to see the . . .

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Winston Industries Investing $1.2 Million To Expand, Retain 215 Jobs and Add 5 New Positions in Jeffersontown
Company's oldest and largest customer is Kentucky Fried Chicken

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced continued momentum in Kentucky’s manufacturing sector with a $1.2 million investment from Winston Industries, a Kentucky-based multidivisional manufacturer of circuit boards and foodservice equipment. The investment will allow the company to retain 215 full-time jobs, add five positions in Jefferson County and provide growth opportunities to existing employees.

“Winston Industries has successfully manufactured foodservice technology and equipment in Kentucky for over half a century and is well positioned for even more growth in the coming years,&rdq . . .

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Allstate Tower Inc. To Expand in Henderson County With $850,000 Investment, Creating 10 Quality Jobs
Manufacturer currently employs over 100 Kentuckians at company headquarters

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted further economic growth in Western Kentucky as Allstate Tower Inc., an entity of the Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group (PTTG), announced plans to expand manufacturing capabilities at its headquarters in Henderson with an $850,000 investment creating 10 full-time Kentucky jobs.

“Kentucky’s manufacturing industry is stronger than ever, thanks to our world-class workforce and great companies investing in communities all across the state,” said Gov. Beshear. “Allstate Tower and Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group are an i . . .

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Gov. Beshear: Safran Landing Systems Kentucky Confirms Expansion in Boone County, Creating 92 High-Wage Jobs
Company is key contributor to Kentucky's aerospace manufacturing industry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear highlighted continued growth in the commonwealth’s expansive manufacturing industry with Safran Landing Systems Kentucky announcing an expansion of its Boone County facility, creating 92 well-paying jobs.

“The economic momentum Kentucky is seeing is a direct result of tremendous growth among our largest and most vital industries, and manufacturing and aerospace are at the center of that growth,” said Gov. Beshear. “We continue to see quality companies like Safran Landing Systems expanding to meet growing customer demand, and . . .

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Gov. Beshear: Over $1.3 Million in State Funding Awarded for Site and Building Development in Harrison and Graves Counties
Projects boost job creation and economic momentum for local communities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2023) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced over $1.3 million in state funding was approved by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to support land and building development and encourage economic growth and quality jobs across two sites in Harrison and Graves counties.

“We are committed to ensuring communities throughout the commonwealth are ready, prepared and able to sustain future economic growth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky’s economy is only as strong as its infrastructure allows businesses to locate, expand and thrive. Having a competiti . . .

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