Business

Business
11:15 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Dart Container Corp Expanding Operations in Hart County

A Hart County manufacturer is announcing plans to expand its facility and add jobs. Dart Container announced today that it will invest $23 dollars to build a new 650,000 square foot warehouse in Horse Cave.

Up to 30 new jobs are expected to be created through the expansion.

Dart Container currently employs approximately 1,400 people at its Hart County operation, where it manufactures cups, bowls, plates, and other food and beverage supplies.

The Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation has been preliminarily approved for $900,000 in state tax incentives and benefits in connection with the project.

Business
3:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Construction to Begin Soon on New Aluminum Production Facility in Warren County

A new $150 million aluminum production facility in Bowling Green will create 80 new jobs.

Governor Beshear was on hand Wednesday morning at the Kentucky Transpark as ground was broken on the Japanese-European partnership. The joint venture between Contellium N.V. and UACJ Corporation will create finished aluminum body sheets for cars and trucks.

Construction on the 225,000-square-foot facility will begin this summer.

Business
9:42 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Cabela's is Hiring for Bowling Green Store

National outdoor retailer Cabela’s is looking to hire 90 full-time and part-time employees for its Bowling Green store that is scheduled to open in the fall. 

“Customers don’t visit Cabela’s just to make a purchase, they come to learn about the outdoors and our products,” said Reginal Wheeler, general manager of the new store. “We are excited to build a staff of passionate and knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts who will serve and educate our customers.”

Applications are being accepted online at www.cabelas.jobs.  Interviews will take place July 13-17 at the Holiday Inn-University Plaza. 

The 42,000-square-foot store is being constructed off I-65 at the intersection of Scottsville Road and Ken Bale Boulevard.

The Bowling Green store will be Cabela’s second Kentucky location.  An 88,000-square-foot store opened in Louisville in 2013.

Business
12:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tatman Chosen To Lead Kentucky Auto Industry Association

Dave Tatman (right) with WKU Professor Terry Wilson in 2011
Credit Clinton Lewis/WKU

The former manager of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green has been tapped to lead the new Kentucky Auto Industry Association. The appointment of Dave Tatman as executive director was announced Tuesday. 

Tatman has been involved in the auto industry for nearly 35 years and led the Corvette Assembly Plant from 2010 until his retirement earlier this year. 

The state’s Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes chairs the Auto Industry Association, which was formed earlier this year by Governor Steve Beshear.  The group is tasked with promoting the auto industry in Kentucky, a state which produced more than a million vehicles in 2013.

Bourbon
2:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bardstown to Add Fifth Bourbon Distillery in 2016

Bourbon distilling contributes nearly $2 billion in gross state product each year in Kentucky.
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Kentucky’s bourbon capital is set to grow even stronger.

The Bardstown Bourbon Company announced Thursday plans to build a new distillery in the Nelson County town that will create 35 jobs and represent an investment of $25 million. The company says it will also build a visitor’s center and warehouses, in addition to the 45,000-square-foot distillery.

The company will produce bourbon as well as other spirits using local ingredients. Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer, with the facility opening in 2016.

It would mark the fifth distillery in Bardstown, joining Barton 1792, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, and Willett. Maker's Mark is also close by, in the town of Loretto.

The Bardstown Bourbon Company has hired Steve Nally to serve as its first master distiller. He has over 40 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame.

Business
11:11 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Airport First In The Nation To Monitor Wi-Fi Traffic

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport will start using new technology to try to reduce wait times and boost retail sales at terminals.  The Cincinnati Business Courier reports the airport will be the first in the U.S. to use software called “BlipTrack” to monitor how many Wi-Fi devices such as smart phones and tablets are in a particular area at a certain time. 

Lockheed Martin, which created the system, says it’s already in use at 20 airports internationally.  Airport officials say the software doesn’t gather personal information.

Business
4:29 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Elizabethtown Business Acquired, Will Expand

Soudal Holding NV will acquire and expand Accumetric LLC. The international adhesive and sealant manufacturer will retain the 85 jobs currently at the facility and create as many as 77 new positions, investing nearly $21.2 million in the project.

Soudal will upgrade the technology of the plant and expand the 200,000 sq. ft. facility which will still operate under the name Accumetric.

Business
8:19 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Giving Natural Gas Bigger Role in State's Energy Portfolio

A natural gas filling station

A stable of Kentucky lawmakers are learning how natural gas can be developed to meet the state’s transportation needs.   

Industry experts briefed members of the committees on energy and natural resources at the Owensboro convention center Thursday on the viability of natural gas filling stations, which are currently limited across the state.

“It’s an important issue for Kentucky," said Republican Sen. Jared Carpenter, a co-chair of both committees. "Gas has become a major player, in providing energy sources for Kentucky, and that's why we wanted to come to Owensboro."

"One of our members, this is his home community, and they've got a beautiful facility, and they just worked hand-in-hand so we could hear a presentation from the gas association and learn more about what they're doing."

Natural gas is expected to comprise a larger share of the state’s energy sources in the future.

Business
5:21 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Holley Creates New R&D Facility at Bowling Green Headquarters

Holley Performance Products says the research and development facility at their Bowling Green headquarters will bring a $1.3 million investment and create 20 new jobs. It's being described as a work cell for designing new exhaust systems.

The work cell will develop and prove new designs, processes and manufacturing techniques. It will focus on improving processes and methods in order to decrease production time, accommodate sales volume and maintain high quality of products.

The facility will allow Holley to expand its exhaust product lines under their Hooker Header and Flowtech brands including premium quality exhaust systems for late model muscle cars and trucks and classic vehicles.

Holley has been in Bowling Green since 1951. It employs more than 250 people at its Russellville Road facility.

Business/Politics
4:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Trey Grayson Hired as President of Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Trey Grayson is the former Kentucky Secretary of State who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010. He last the Republican primary that year to Rand Paul.
Credit Harvard University

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is returning to the commonwealth to lead the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. 

Grayson recently resigned as director of the Harvard University Institute of Politics.

In a phone interview Thursday, Grayson told WKU Public Radio that becoming president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was the perfect job to come home to.  He said thinks his two terms as secretary of state and his Frankfort and Washington connections will serve him well.                                   

"Somebody in the interview process referred to me as having the best of both worlds where I am a local with some local knowledge, but I also know how Washington and Frankfort works, and how a big city like Boston operates," commented Grayson.

"While he has the flavor of our local community, he brings to us a much wider national perspective," remarked Chamber Chairwoman Debbie Simpson."There are issues that any business organization is dealing with.  People are doing business differently today and our organizations have to adjust to fit that, and I think the fresh perspective that Trey is bringing back will really help us meet those challenges," added Simpson.

Northern Kentucky is facing a couple of immediate challenges, including the aging Brent Spence Bridge and the closing of Toyota’s corporate headquarters.

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