Raque Food Systems revolutionizing food packaging with automation

By Abuzar Iqbal, Building Kentucky Mass production has been booming since the 1800s, with automation in nearly every industry today. Likewise, as the world’s population grows, it is important to keep up with the increasing demand for food. This makes food packaging one of the most important mass production industries in today’s economy. Raque is […]

Kentucky’s metals industry attracts global interest, investment

By Tom Lally, Building Kentucky Global and homegrown leaders in the metals industry invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Kentucky in 2023. Considering the environment for the metals industry in the Commonwealth, it’s easy to see why they chose to grow here. The Bluegrass state offers unmatched production capacity for metal fabrication, a reliable […]

Kentucky means business – how manufacturing drives the Commonwealth forward

By Walter Parker, Building Kentucky Kentucky is in one of its most economically prosperous eras ever, thanks in large part to the state’s broad and interconnected web of manufacturers who celebrate, create and invest in the Commonwealth. The Bluegrass state’s reputation for innovation and its business-welcoming environment have attracted dozens of industries to build and […]

Gov. Beshear joins Nucor for grand opening of $1.7 billion steel mill in Brandenburg

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials and Nucor Corporation leadership in October for the grand opening of the company’s $1.7 billion steel plate manufacturing mill in Meade County, a project that has created several hundred new high-quality manufacturing jobs. “Nucor and Kentucky have a longstanding partnership, and I’m excited that […]

Gov. Beshear impressed with construction progress at BlueOval SK plant site

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky As the second battery plant begins to take shape and hiring hourly-workers has begun for the 5,000 jobs being created at the two plants, Gov. Andy Beshear today joined BlueOval SK executives to tour BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale. Progress has continued since workers installed the first structural beam […]

VIDEO: Raque Food Systems: Family-Owned, Family Operated

By Jenny Recktenwald, Building Kentucky Raque has been designing and building food-packaging machines for the world’s top food brands since 1975. Today, top-tier companies like Kraft Heinz, Tyson, Nestle, Conagra, Kellogg’s, Hershey, and Sara Lee use Raque equipment because it’s well-designed, solidly built, and meets the highest safety and quality standards. Some of Raque’s machines […]

Buttigieg visits BlueOval SK site in Glendale

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Glendale’s BlueOval SK Battery Park site in March, and came away very impressed with what he saw happening in Kentucky. With production slated to begin in 2025, construction continues to move quickly on the site. Buttigieg — the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana […]

BlueOval SK Battery Park expected to have major impact on Kentucky’s economy, study says

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky A joint economic impact study conducted by the Kentucky League of Cities and Murray State University found that the BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale will generate an estimated $800 million in value-added impact on local governments in Hardin County and its surrounding counties.  “The results show what city officials […]

Coleman visits BlueOval SK site in Glendale

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman visited the BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Ky. on Feb. 20 to learn more about the plans for Kentucky’s largest economic development project in the history of the Commonwealth. “I was so happy to stop by and see the progress being made in Glendale […]

Spirits are high: Unprecedented momentum fuels a record year for Kentucky bourbon

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development 2022 served as a historic year not just for the Commonwealth’s economic development, but for one of the state’s most important industries, bourbon and spirits. In 2022, Kentucky recorded its best year for growth of it signature industry, with private-sector new-location or expansion totaling over $2.1 billion in […]

Year in photos: Best Kentucky images from 2022

By Kaitlin Keane and Steven Richard, Building Kentucky From the flood relief efforts and responses in eastern Kentucky to marking the first project milestone at BlueOval SK, communities across Kentucky showed compassion, cooperation and connection above all in 2022. Peer through the moments that made C2 Strategic’s list of top photos from this year. Kentucky […]

Supplying success: Why Kentucky’s EV & battery industry momentum is here to stay

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development The future of the automotive industry is electric, literally. With the rise of the electric-vehicle (EV) industry and the rapid growth of companies directly supporting this new market, Kentucky has wasted no time positioning itself as a national leader within the EV market in the United States.  Kentucky’s […]

First look inside Kruger Packaging: Elizabethtown’s state-of-the-art facility

By Dominic Manecke, Building Kentucky Kruger Packaging team members and Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory visited the T. J. Patterson Industrial Park today to get an exclusive “first look” at the interior of the new Kruger Packaging E’town Plant. Construction on the cutting-edge facility was completed last month and the plant is currently in the start-up phase. “The […]