Kentucky leaders see mostly bright prospects in the coming year, making it a good time to better position the commonwealth for the future.
Leaders announced $750 million in upcoming projects, as well as 1,000 jobs. The largest of the projects is a $220 million maintenance facility.
A UPS subsidiary announced it has received the U.S. government’s first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. The company will initially expand its drone delivery service further to support hospital campuses around the country, and to provide solutions for customers beyond those in the healthcare industry.
Meggitt PLC is investing nearly $83 million in a 95,000-square-foot expansion, creating 83 jobs. Upgrades will include new carbon furnaces at the facility, which currently employees 200 people.
Companies can reach 80% of the world’s population in less than 48 hours when shipping from Louisville, helping eCommerce companies scale and meet demand.
Two Kentucky general aviation airports received nearly $11 million in federal discretionary grants to boost safety and economic development within the state’s vibrant aerospace industry.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos drove a front loader in Kentucky to break ground on a new $1.5 billion Prime Air hub at an airport near Cincinnati.
Opportunities for aviation maintenance technician training in Kentucky will reach new heights next year thanks to a new Eastern Kentucky University program launched this month.
The expansion project, located at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, tripled the size of the UPS facility to over 1 million square feet and doubled the company’s sorting capacity to 85,000 packages per hour.