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More than 600 local business leaders and guests filled the Sloan Convention Center Thursday night for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner to see D. Gaines Penn officially officially sworn in as the 2012 chairman. Penn is the managing partner of the English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley law firm in Bowling Green.

Kentucky’s bourbon distillers may soon be getting one of their biggest wishes: a change in the barrel tax. The tax, named because it charges property taxes on bourbon aging in barrels in distillery warehouses, is a one-of-a-kind.

Holley to Add 136 Jobs in Bowling Green

Feb 3, 2012

Bowling Green-based Holley Performance Products plans to build a new warehouse, start a new product line, and add 136 jobs in Warren County. Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement this morning.

Crews have returned to work today at the Cincinnati casino site where more than a dozen workers were injured last week. Just five days after a floor collapsed while concrete was being poured, about one hundred people are working at the site, according to Jennifer Kulczycki of Rock Gaming.

A decision could be near concerning the final design revisions to the downtown convention center planned for Owensboro. The Messenger-Inquirer reports two panels that will ultimately approve plans for the new center are meeting Tuesday at Owensboro’s City Hall.

Ener1, an Indianapolis-based company that received millions of dollars in federal stimulus funding, wants a Federal Bankruptcy Court in New York to approve a debt-restructuring plan. The company develops batteries for use in electric vehicles, but has reportedly faced major financial problems in recent months.

Repairs on a closed Ohio River bridge that runs between Louisville and Southern Indiana are about half way done. The Prime contractor handling the repair project says the work will be finished by the start of March.

Workers have been on the job seven days a week, twelve hours per day, to try to complete work on the Sherman Minton Bridge.  The Interstate 64 span was closed in September after a crack was found on a steel support beam.

Bowling Green, Ky – When the WKU football team wanted a new series of "old school" looking uniforms, they didn't have to look far for a manufacturer. Russell Athletic is about a 10 minute drive from LT Smith Houchens stadium. The partnership provides Russell with a lab where they can test the latest uniform styles and technology, and it gives WKU the chance to have cutting-edge apparel. Kevin Willis has this story.

Bowling Green, Ky – Opening a small business is always hard.

Try doing it during the worst economy since the Great Depression.

That's exactly what the founders of Corsair Artisan Distillery did, and now they're reaping the rewards of their efforts.

Corsair--with distilleries in Nashville and downtown Bowling Green--puts its own unique twist on classic spirits. Vanilla bean vodka, red absinthe, and triple-smoke whiskey are just a few examples.

Loretto, Ky – Maker's Mark is the highest-selling premium bourbon brand in the world. When you visit the distillery in tiny Loretto, Kentucky, you're struck by the humility of the employees, and their desire to carry on the tradition started in the early 1950s by Bill Samuels Sr. His son, Bill Jr., is stepping down as president of the distillery after 35 years. WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis visited the distillery to meet Bill and his son, Rob, who is set to become chief operating officer.

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