December 2016 Newsletter

Gatormade in Kentucky

Somerset trailer manufacturer celebrates 20 years in business

You’ve seen them on the highway, whether you realize it or not. Spend much time at all on the road and you’re sure to see trucks and sports utility vehicles hauling Gatormade work and equipment trailers. That includes everyone from farmers making their daily rounds to landscapers on their way to the next job to outdoor enthusiasts headed to their next ATV adventure

What you probably didn’t know, however, is Kentucky workers manufacture those trailers right here in Bluegrass state and have been doing so the past 20 years. Based in Somerset, Gatormade has been among a handful of Kentucky companies manufacturing a wide range of trailers for customers throughout the U.S. and Canada...

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Craft Beer EKPC

In a craft beer boom, breweries in Kentucky lift their industry and others

Commonwealth saw eight new breweries open in 2016, more planned for next year

Near first light on an overcast December morning, chilly patrons awaiting a special brew formed a line from the packed parking lot at Country Boy Brewing in Lexington into its brimming taproom...

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With tech tools, East Kentucky Power Cooperative brings development to new heights

PowerMap and PowerVison launched to easily, quickly provide a multi-media one-stop for site selectors and industrial businesses

To spur economic development and land new companies for the Commonwealth, East Kentucky Power Cooperative went high tech.

EKPC unveiled two digital site-presentation tools that put it on the cutting edge of industrial development.

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Henderson lands 90-Job Hansens Aluminum Plant

South African-owned automotive parts manufacturer to invest $18.4 million, create 90 jobs

Kentucky’s strength in automotive and metals manufacturing recently helped bring yet another manufacturer to the state when Hansens Aluminum LLC in November announced plans to locate a 75,000 square-foot facility at the Henderson County Riverport...

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Events statewide encourage new businesses during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kentucky

Dozens of events across the Commonwealth during Global Entrepreneurship Week – celebrated Nov. 13-19 – demonstrated how and encouraged Kentuckians to conceive of a business, found it, grow it and join in networking opportunities...

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German-owned companies find rich opportunities, familiarity in Kentucky

Nearly 70 German-owned business facilities populate Kentucky’s landscape, including dispersions maker BASF in Louisville whose products add key properties to paint and coatings, Siemens Rail Automation in Marion, Ky., which manufactures signals used along railroads, and Arvato Digital Services, offering cloud-based customer and business-management products...

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LGC, provider of banned-substance testing for humans and horses, opens Lexington expansion

Marking the completion an expansion project, executives from LGC, a premier drug surveillance laboratory providing expertise in all aspects of doping control for sports including the equine industry, cut a ribbon at their Alysheba Way office and laboratory on Nov. 30...

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Four named to Kentucky Entrepreneur HoF

Col. Sanders highlights 2016 class

Kentucky has produced countless entrepreneurs who have built successful companies in wide range of industries. The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame provides an opportunity to recognize those innovative business men and women, as was the case when the 2016 class was inducted recently...

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Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit repeats success in year two

Applications for 2017 credits available starting Dec. 12

The Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit program’s second year looks similar to its inaugural campaign as it once again matched a large number of investors with Kentucky startups in need of financial assistance...

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Kentucky Economic Development Guide

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There are many great things happening in Kentucky, and we want to share that success with the world. The 2016 Kentucky Economic Development Guide provides an in-depth look at how the state and local communities are thriving in today’s global economy.

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