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 […]

Manufacturing drives Kentucky’s record economic momentum

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Building on its historic year for investment and job growth in 2021, Kentucky’s economy continues to build momentum thanks to the state’s key industries experiencing unprecedented growth. One sector serving as a cornerstone of that success is the state’s manufacturing industry, which is driving billions of dollars of […]

Barton Malow invests $50,000 in Glendale while preserving its rich history

By Andrea Watts, Building Kentucky Barton Malow, the construction team behind BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, is pouring new sidewalks on Main Street as well as helping with other much-needed community projects in the area. Perfect timing as 20,000 visitors recently descended on these pathways for the Glendale Crossing Festival, which got its start […]

The Bluegrass Business Boom: KCTCS is building bigger businesses and better employees

By Dominic Manecke, Building Kentucky Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) Workforce Solutions completed its highest-performing year ever, based on a new report on enrollment and workforce development. The first-of-its-kind report shows that KCTCS Workforce Solutions has logged its best year to date (since 2000), expanding institutional capacity to help meet the unprecedented needs […]

Bardstown Rotary Club hears how expanded service lines and clean Water Grows KY

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky In May 2022, the Kentucky Legislature approved $35 million in unallocated funds to support regional water system improvements for Bullitt, Hardin, Meade and Nelson counties. The legislative success would not have been possible without the coalition of support from regional water suppliers, economic development professionals and elected officials. The region […]

Ford donates nearly $42,000 from timber harvest to Glendale Volunteer Fire Department

By Brooke Porter, Building Kentucky Ford Motor Company donated nearly $42,000 to the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department, generated from the proceeds of timber sales harvested at its BlueOval SK Battery Park site. The donation increases the department’s annual average budget of $80,000 by more than 50 percent. “It’s awesome that they are willing to help […]

Kentucky workforce training initiatives build talent pipeline for the future

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development As companies continue to think globally and expand with an eye toward future growth, the importance of a skilled workforce has never been greater. Through various state-sponsored programs and investments, the initiative to keep Kentucky competitive with a skilled and evolving workforce has made significant progress. In May, […]

Kruger Packaging women shattering glass ceilings in E-town

By Alaina Scott, Building Kentucky The $114 million Kruger Packaging E’town Packaging Plant is opening soon – and relying on a whole host of passionate, successful women to help make it happen. A 2016 US census found that women made up 29 percent of the manufacturing industry, yet Kruger women are looking to raise that […]

Op-Ed: Spring has sprung at Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown

By Chloe Anderson, Human Resources Advisor at Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown The following op-ed was written by Chloe Anderson, Human Resources Advisor at Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown. There comes a time in early April when Kentucky signals winter is over. The sun shines brighter, the wind feels warmer and around us the colors are vibrant. Shades of […]

Kentucky’s speed-to-market is fueling unprecedented economic growth in the Commonwealth

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development As the nation’s economy continues to rebound, companies coast-to-coast are looking to expand their operations and meet the ever-growing demand of consumers. This need for growth and quick turnaround times has brought the speed-to-market factor to the forefront when it comes to business expansion and relocation. Kentucky’s Advantages […]

Louisville Water Company launches educational campaign to highlight water’s role in economic development

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky Louisville Water Company is raising awareness about the importance of a high-quality, reliable water supply to Kentucky’s economic health. The “Water Grows KY” campaign highlights water’s vital and often unexpected role in Kentucky’s top industry sectors – agriculture, distilling and brewing, education, health care and manufacturing. “People easily understand water’s […]

Kentucky tops Governor’s Cup rankings in 2021 for economic development projects

By Gian Prabhudas, Building Kentucky In back-to-back years, Kentucky was recognized for a litany of awards in Site Selection magazine’s 2021 Governor’s Cup. The Commonwealth was atop the South Central region for economic development projects per capita, and in the top three, nationally, for economic development projects per capita. However, Site Selection magazine also recognized […]

Small businesses contribute to Kentucky’s unprecedented economic momentum

By the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Kentucky’s economy set a record pace in 2021, including all-time highs in job creation and private-sector new investment. Large-scale projects have been at the center of that success, including Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation’s $5.8 billion investment to establish an electric vehicle battery park in Hardin County […]

2021: A Record Year for Economic Growth and Investment

By Cory McCauley, Building Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear confirmed last year’s books are officially closed and Kentucky indeed shattered the all-time records for investment and job creation in 2021. Gov. Beshear said Kentucky secured 264 private-sector new-location and expansion projects, a more than $11 billion investment in the Commonwealth. These investments bring more than 18,000 […]