Stoli Group’s Kentucky Owl Park in Bardstown to Combine Tourism, Dining, Entertainment and Distilling

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) – In one of bourbon country’s largest single projects, Gov. Matt Bevin and leaders of Stoli Group broke ground today for Kentucky Owl Park, a nearly $150 million lakeside complex to include a distillery, visitors center, cooperage, rickhouses, bottling center, restaurant and other facilities at Bardstown’s 420-acre Haydon Materials Quarry.

“Global demand for bourbon continues to bring significant economic impact to Kentucky through jobs, investment and tourism,” said Gov. Bevin. “This new project by Stoli Group in the heart of bourbon country will serve to accelerate this trend. Stoli Group will offer numerous employment opportunities and support many families in and around Nelson County. I congratulate the company and look forward seeing this concept come to life over the coming years.”

Site prep and construction for the project’s first phase — which includes the distillery — could begin early next year with an opening targeted for 2020. It would create approximately 57 of the park’s anticipated 77 total full-time jobs. The park will be home to Stoli Group’s newly created American Whiskey Division, including its storied 140-year-old Kentucky Owl brand.

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Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives receive international award for economic development

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have earned international acclaim for their success in using innovative technology to bring jobs and investment to Kentucky.

The cooperatives were awarded the Excellence In Economic Development Award for New Media on Tuesday at the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Toronto.

“We compete every day against economic development professionals around the globe, so it is truly an honor to be recognized for innovation by the world’s premier economic development organization,” said Rodney Hitch, Manager of Economic Development for Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

To better gain attention for communities located primarily in rural Kentucky, the co-ops have developed ground-breaking tools to showcase Kentucky’s resources to industries looking to expand or relocate.

In particular, the IEDC award singled out PowerMap featuring StateBook and PowerVision, a project that combines GPS mapping with StateBook’s economic development database and drone-captured video and data to make Kentucky’s sites highly visible and accessible around the globe. And it’s all contained in applications for handheld devices.

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Expansion by Murakami in Campbellsville to Employ 20

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., which makes automotive vision systems, will build a more than $2.7 million, 20 employee warehouse on its Taylor County campus.

“This investment by Murakami highlights the increasing strength of Kentucky’s automotive sector, which employs more than 100,000 people statewide,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “It shows ongoing confidence in Kentucky as a top location for manufacturing and supplying automotive products to customers. I am confident that Murakami’s new investment in Taylor County and its increased presence in Kentucky will position the company for success for many years to come.”

Murakami will expand its current facility at 575 Water Tower Bypass in Campbellsville by 50,000 square feet to consolidate storage, increase manufacturing capacity and streamline product flow. In addition, the expected 20 hires will fulfill a total 50 new full-time jobs the company announced in a separate expansion project in 2014. The new construction will start in September with projected completion by March 2018.

“We are very excited about expanding the Campbellsville plant,” said Murakami North America President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Rodenberg. “The additional space will allow for future growth as well as an opportunity to realize improved efficiencies because we will have everything under one roof.”

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Kentucky Adds 13th Build-Ready Site with Fully Prepped Tract in Campbellsville

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 21, 2017) – A 10-acre tract in the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park in Campbellsville received Kentucky’s Build-Ready certification, making it the 13th location statewide to earn the designation.

The tract, expandable to 173 acres, includes a 108,000 square-foot building pad and can accommodate a proposed manufacturing facility of 100,000 square feet or more. The site, zoned for heavy industrial use, includes access to water, sewer, natural gas and electric.

“By earning Build-Ready certification for it site in the Heartland park, Campbellsville and Taylor County position themselves to receive more interest from a variety of manufacturing employers,” said Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, which administrates the Build-Ready program. “A key Build-Ready feature that attracts inquiries from perspective businesses is that certified sites offer an expedited timeline to locate, build and open a facility, meaning companies can begin shipping products and generating revenue all the more rapidly.”

Build-Ready sites include a pad 50,000 square feet or greater – expandable to 100,000 square feet or more –and utilities that extend to the site’s edge. As well, the designation means necessary permits, including water, phase-1 environmental, archeological, historical and geotechnical are on file, as well as preliminary building plans, cost estimates and schedule projections.

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Wilderness Trail Distillery to Add Capacity, 10 New Jobs in Danville

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 6, 2017) – Wilderness Trail Distillery, a producer of bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka and rum, will increase capacity at its Boyle County facility by six fold with a $9.91 million investment and 10 new jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“Wilderness Trail’s expansion will create exciting opportunities for people in the Boyle County area and beyond, not only in relation to new jobs, but in attracting new visitors to the area as well,” said Gov. Bevin. “With 95 percent of the world’s bourbon made in Kentucky, our spirits industry is a large and rapidly growing contributor to our economy each year. We are grateful for this investment by Wilderness Trail, and look forward to their continued success.”

To fill customer demand for small-batch spirits, Wilderness Trail will expand its current facilities and purchase and install new equipment. The 10 new employees will fortify its two shifts.

The project will raise the distillery’s output from 6,000 barrels annually to approximately 36,000, bringing new capacity for both its own brands and contract distillation. Work could begin in the coming weeks and be completed by January 2018.

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Investment in Nucor Steel Gallatin Mill to Add Capabilities, Create 75 Jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 25, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that Nucor Steel Gallatin, a mainstay of the state’s primary metals industry, which produces rolled steel sheet used in various automotive applications, agricultural equipment, energy and other consumer products, will build a galvanizing line at its mill in Ghent with an estimated $176 million investment creating 75 full-time jobs.

“Nucor Steel Gallatin’s newest project could have gone to a Nucor mill in another state, but they chose Kentucky for all the reasons that set us apart,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our logistical advantages, access to automotive, specialty and general manufacturing customers, as well as a favorable business climate, will help Nucor fulfill its vision for continued growth. We welcome the jobs and economic impact this investment will make, and are grateful to Nucor for its confidence in Kentucky.”

The new coating line will include in-line pickling capability. While the mill’s total annual capacity will remain at about 1.6 million tons, the new line will add value to the mill’s flat-rolled coils, prepping them for more specific and specialized uses. Work to install the coating line could begin in late 2017 or early 2018 with completion targeted in the first half of 2019.

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Camtech Manufacturing Solutions Opens New Facility in Science Hill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin today joined Camtech Manufacturing Solutions LLC, a factory automation, machining and custom engineering services provider, in Science Hill to opening a new headquarters, which already allowed the company to grow employment from five to 20.

“One of Kentucky’s great strengths is our expertise in engineering and manufacturing,” said Gov. Bevin. “With companies like Camtech growing and adding jobs, the commonwealth is expanding the pool of resources needed to help manufacturers plan, implement and begin production. I am grateful to Camtech for their significant investment in this new facility and look forward to seeing how their innovative, forward-looking approach will continue to transform Kentucky and the world, for years to come.”

Among its many services, Camtech designs, engineers, builds and installs robotic cells that automate production for factories. The custom-built 16,200 square-foot facility in Science Hill provides more than twice the production and engineering space as its previous building in Somerset and nearly four times the office space.

The additional room is translating into more customers, company revenue and employees. As well, Camtech is expanding its parallel lines of business, including machining of custom parts, fabrication of factory-floor structures – such as decks, ladders, enclosures and mezzanines – design services and on-site engineering support for a range of manufacturing industries.

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Gov. Bevin, Bulleit Distilling Co. Cut Ribbon on Shelbyville Distillery

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin joined Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Distilling Co., and local officials today in opening the company’s Shelbyville distillery, part of a $130-plus million investment creating approximately 30 full-time jobs.

“It is an honor to join Bulleit Distilling Co. today to celebrate the opening of its new distillery in Shelbyville,” Gov. Bevin said. “Bourbon, in addition to its status as a signature Kentucky product, is an important driver of state’s economy and workforce. Bulleit, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in conjunction with today’s ribbon cutting, continues to add international acclaim to Kentucky’s proud spirit-making tradition. I congratulate the company on these achievements and expect they’ll see continued strong growth in the coming years.”

Bulleit announced in 2014 it would construct a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery on Benson Pike in Shelby County. The 300-acre campus includes four barrel warehouses with two more planned for construction. Each warehouse has a 55,000 barrel capacity. The distillery’s modular design allows for growth. Company executives, without announcing a timeline, said they plan an expansion project in the near future.

“We’re so proud to open the Bulleit Distilling Co. here in Shelbyville,” said Tom Bulleit. “Seeing this distillery come to life has been a truly surreal experience that couldn’t have been achieved without the tireless work of so many men and women. We can’t wait to share our whiskey produced here in Shelby County around the globe.”

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Drones used to map Elk Mountain site

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Three certified drone pilots (left to right) Scott Fontan, Ben Shinabery and Paige Wilson used drones to map the Elk Mountain Industrial site.
Drones used to map Elk Mountain site


Businesses that may be interested in locating on the Elk Mountain Industrial site will soon be able to get a birds-eye view of available sites and tracts, along with vital information about Manchester without leaving the comfort their office.

Jamie Shepherd, Director of Community and Economic Development for Jackson Energy and Clay County Interim Judge-Executive Johnny Johnson were on hand as drones were used to map the Elk Mountain Industrial site.

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Digital Spec Development Arrives

EKPC’s PowerVision to showcase rural industrial sites remotely through mobile technology

By Chris Clair

The new Powervision website and app created by East Kentucky Power Cooperative combines existing data with drone images and engineering renderings to allow prospects to preliminarily assess Kentucky development sites without physically visiting remote properties.

The new PowerVision website and app created by East Kentucky Power Cooperative combines existing data with drone images and engineering renderings to allow prospects to preliminarily assess Kentucky development sites without physically visiting remote properties.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative is releasing a dramatic new digital site presentation tool it thinks could change the economic development game in its rural service territory, and maybe for the state. It enables a prospect in Germany or New Jersey to see a Kentucky site in three dimensions, its pertinent infrastructure both existing or as it could be installed, and include renderings of the facility they want to build.

The PowerVision web site and associated app for mobile devices combines high-definition aerial drone video of industrial sites with digital topographic mapping and detailed engineering information to create three-dimensional surface models. That’s then merged with data from StateBook, which aggregates community demographic, tax, utility cost, incentive and quality of life information.

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