From Airheads to iPhone glass, Kentucky is at the center of global manufacturing
Manufacturing Month is coming to a close, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate Kentuckys extremely diverse manufacturing presence.
Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 new jobs and $2.2 billion in additional investment.
Earlier this month, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development released a list of some of the lesser-known products manufactured in the Commonwealth. Back by popular demand, the following is a new list of products many might be surprised to learn are made in Kentucky.
Pop-tarts: The breakfast favorite is made at the Kelloggs facility in Pikeville.
iPhone glass: The Corning Incorporated plant in Harrodsburg makes glass used in iPhones.
Dixie Cups: Dixie cups and plates are made by the Georgia-Pacific company, which has its facilities in Bowling Green (Dixie Consumer Products) and Lexington (Lexington Dixie Plant).
Tempur-Pedic: The world-famous mattress and pillow manufacturer has its international headquarters in Lexington.
LOreal: The beauty product manufacturer makes Garnier Fructis, as well as other shampoos and conditioners, in Florence.
Airheads/Mentos: The popular soft candy and breath mints are produced by Perfetti Van Melle in Erlanger.
Beehive equipment: Theres lots of buzz surrounding Kelley Beekeeping in Clarkson. Started back in 1934, Kelley Beekeeping is one of the four largest honey hive manufacturers. The company builds 75 percent of the items used in the honey and bee market.
Fighting rings: Monster Rings and Cages in Lawrenceburg designs and ships boxing rings, wrestling cages and other fighting equipment worldwide. Many famous rings, such as the one in Madison Square Garden, were made in Kentucky.
Fast food bags: Ever order your food to-go DURO Bag Manufacturing Company, which has four facilities in Northern Kentucky, manufactures paper bags for the food service and grocery industries, including McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King, Sams Club, Wal-Mart and Kroger.
To celebrate Manufacturing Month, the Commonwealth is joining with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) to honor Kentuckys manufacturers and their employees. For more information on Manufacturing Month, visit www.kam.us.com.
Information on Kentuckys economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinets This is My Kentucky video on YouTube.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2013 totaled more than $3.3 billion, spurring more than 14,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.