Kentucky has landed three new economic development projects worth almost $161 million in investment and more than 1,000 jobs.
Speaking on Thursday, January 27, Governor Andy Beshear said: “The announcements reach across the commonwealth and across multiple key industries.”
Gov. Beshear said there was constant growth in the state’s agritech sector, as 80 Acres Farms moves forward with plans to locate a new “vertical farming” facility in Boone County.
He said the project will create 125 jobs with a $74 million investment.
Levi Strauss & Co. will also open an e-commerce distribution center in Erlanger, creating about 300 jobs with a $48 million-plus investment.
Kroger Fulfillment Network, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kroger Co, is also looking to build a 161-job e-commerce facility in Louisville.
The governor also acknowledged Kentucky’s healthcare sector’s continued growth by announcing Confluent Health LLC’s plans to relocate and expand its headquarters to Louisville.
With a $10 million investment, the project is expected to produce 350 full-time jobs.
Piston Automotive LLC will broaden the scope of its previously announced Jefferson County expansion, which will now create 117 full-time employments with a $26.3 million investment.
Gov. Beshear announced the state has acquired 200 travel trailers from various RV dealers across Kentucky through the Commonwealth Sheltering Program.
This program was created to support survivors from the 16 counties impacted by the tornadoes in December whose homes or flats were damaged, causing them to be evacuated.
Beshear says 20 travel trailers will be set up and move-in ready by Friday, January 28, and ten will be at the Mayfield Mobile Home Community and ten will be at the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park campground.