FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2016) – There’s more to Kentucky than horse racing, basketball and bourbon. Manufacturers across the state produce everyday items and brands that even lifelong residents may not know are Kentucky-made.
From DirecTV satellite dishes to Kingsford charcoal to duct tape, any number of recognizable products and brands are produced in the Commonwealth.
The state is home to 4,460 manufacturers, which employ approximately 241,000 Kentuckians.
As part of Kentucky’s celebration of National Manufacturing Month, the Cabinet for Economic Development is highlighting some of the state’s manufacturers, brands and products. Here are just a few:
Charcoal briquettes – If you grill, you likely know the Kingsford and Cowboy brands of charcoal. With a Cowboy plant in Albany and Kingsford facilities in Burnside and Summer Shade, there’s a good chance your charcoal came from Kentucky.
Snuggle fabric softener – Thanks to the Sun Products plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky-made Snuggle has helped keep clothing and linen comfortable for more than two decades.
White Castle frozen burgers – The miniature hamburgers made famous by the fast food chain are also available at your local grocery store. The frozen versions of the burger are produced at facilities in Covington and Louisville.
Gorilla Glass – With the rise of mobile devices, the need for increasingly durable materials is clear. Gorilla Glass, used for mobile phone screens, is made at the Corning Inc. facility in Harrodsburg.
Smucker’s Uncrustables – The ready-to-eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches popular in school cafeterias are produced at the J.M. Smucker Co. in Scottsville.
Zero Turn pumps – If you own a Zero Turn lawnmower, its Zero Turn pump and hydrostatic transmission may have been produced at Hydro-Gear in Princeton.
Commercial and military aircraft parts – GE Aviation produces jet engine parts at its facility in Madisonville. Meggitt, in Danville, and Safran, in Northern Kentucky, supply the industry with carbon brakes and assembled braking systems.
DirecTV satellite dishes – The majority of DirecTV’s satellite dishes are produced at Highlands Diversified Services in London.
Ragú – The well-known pasta sauce is produced at Mizkan Group in Owensboro.
Duct tape – Berry Plastics’ facility in Franklin is the largest duct tape manufacturer in the U.S.
Additional products will soon further strengthen the Commonwealth’s manufacturing presence. Through September 2016, there have been 79 new location or expansion announcements made by manufacturers, resulting in a projected 4,367 jobs and nearly $1.5 billion in investments. Combined with the new jobs announced by service and technology-based businesses, and Kentucky has announced more than 10,500 new jobs in 2016.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2015 totaled a state record $5.1 billion, spurring more than 16,000 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.