That’s Manufactured in Kentucky???

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

Joe Hall

That’s Manufactured in Kentucky???

From Hot Pockets to bowling balls to engagement rings, Kentucky produces it all

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2014) – Did you know Kentucky is home to the largest peanut butter production facility in the world? That’s just one of thousands of products made in Kentucky

While Kentucky is widely known for automobiles, bourbon and award-winning thoroughbreds, the Commonwealth is a melting pot for manufacturing.

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 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.

“From some of the world’s most popular foods, to everyday household items to some of the ultimate symbols of luxury, Kentucky’s manufacturing industry is extremely diverse,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “It’s simply amazing how many products that improve our lives are made in the Commonwealth.”

To celebrate October being National Manufacturing Month, Kentucky wants to call attention to some of the well-known – and not so well-known – products made in the Commonwealth. Here are some of the more surprising products being manufactured statewide:

JIF: It takes 188 billion peanuts to produce the amount of peanut butter made at the JIF (J M Smucker) plant in Lexington.

Post-it Notes: Invented in 1968, America’s familiar yellow “sticky note” is manufactured by the 3M Company in Cynthiana.

Bowling Balls: Ebonite bowling balls and equipment are manufactured in Hopkinsville.

Hot Pockets: The popular snack food is made by Nestle Prepared Foods in Mt. Sterling.

Houseboats: Designated as the “Houseboat Capital of the World,” Kentucky is the birthplace of the first houseboat in 1953. Today, the boating industry contributes more than $826 million a year to Kentucky’s economy.

Tiffany engagement rings: Tiffany & Co., in Lexington, produces the classic six-prong engagement ring and other pieces of fine jewelry.

Truffles for the stars: Every guest attending the 86th Academy Awards received a box of truffles handmade by Art Eatables, a Kentucky Proud business in Louisville.

Professional sports equipment: Life Fitness, in Falmouth, is the premier athletic equipment manufacturer for all MLB and NFL teams, numerous NHL and NBA teams, many college athletics programs and the U.S. military.

Reynolds Wrap: All Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil is produced in Louisville, which is where it was founded in 1919.

Playing cards:The United States Playing Card Company, in Erlanger, produces and distributes the nation’s favorite brands of playing cards, including Bee, Bicycle, Aviator and Hoyle.

Disco Balls: 90 percent of all disco balls made in the U.S. are manufactured by Omega National Products in Louisville.

For more information on Manufacturing Month, visit

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 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