Japan continues to lead in foreign business relations with Kentucky; 180+ new jobs coming to Bardstown

A recent groundbreaking ceremony in Bardstown illuminated a long-running intention relationship between Japan and Kentucky.

Takigawa Corporation is building a $46 million facility, bringing 180 new jobs to Nelson County. Takigawa produces flexible films and packaging material for commercial goods, including pouches for food, pet food, cosmetics and coffee.

Last year, Governor Matt Bevin reported that Japan is the largest international investor in Kentucky, with Japanese-owned companies operating more than 190 facilities and employing 46,000 people. That relationship continues to grow – with more than 60 new or expanded Japanese-Kentucky projects started since 2016.

“We are very excited to welcome our customers and business partners to our opening ceremony. We see a bright and prosperous future for Takigawa Corporation America,” said Hiroyuki Takigawa, the company’s president. “The most important outcome of our journey is uniting cultures across the world, to grow in the Takigawa family. We would like to thank everyone that contributed to the success of this project and their warm hospitality which made us feel welcomed to the community.”

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