The Kentucky Crossroads region is comprised of 11 vibrant, innovative and business-friendly communities, each with its own style and personality. Located in the heart of central Kentucky, the region boasts world-class companies, a work-ready talent pool, low business and living costs, a variety of available industrial sites and buildings, and so much more. Not to mention, its southern charm and hospitality mixed with a mid-western work ethic makes the region a standout location for businesses of all sizes. Oh, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that a lot of Kentucky Bourbon is distilled here! Here’s a little more information on each of the communities that make the Kentucky Crossroads region shine.
Located just minutes from the state’s capital city with close proximity to interstates, major metropolitans and numerous higher-education options, Anderson County is a quickly growing community of approximately 22,000 residents. Its community pride is reflected in the many national and international companies that have been doing business there for decades, some for more than a century. They include Bauer’s Candies, Florida Tile, Four Roses Distillery, General Cable, Wild Turkey and YKK USA to name just a few.
Steeped in history, Boyle County is a history buff’s dream come true. From civil war battlefields to the site where Kentucky’s Constitution was signed, Boyle County’s endless charm meets any site selector’s strict site selection criteria. Home to the nationally recognized Centre College, as well as campuses for four other colleges and universities, a skilled and educated workforce is ready for the call. Pulling from a labor market of more than 600,000 Kentuckians, companies such as Denyo Manfucturing, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, Honeywell Intelligrated, Dana Corporation, American Greetings and The Timberland Company have all found success in Boyle County.
Conveniently located along US Highway 127, Casey County’s unique blend of scenic rolling countryside, active wildlife and close proximity to several of Kentucky’s most beautiful lakes and water recreation activities make it a prime location for those who want to live life to its fullest. Home to the annual Apple Festival where you will find the World’s Largest Apple Pie, Casey County is also a short drive from the amenities of more metropolitan areas. A business community that boasts established companies such as Tarter Gate Company, Tarter Industries, Casey Stone Co. and Chieftain Steel is further enhanced by a growing entrepreneurial e-commerce scene.
Home to nearly 17,000 residents, Garrard County is centrally located just south of Lexington, Kentucky’s second largest city. The community hosts several important historical sites including Camp Dick Robinson and the Governor William Owsley Home along with recreational opportunities at Herrington Lake and the Palisades. The community’s present day courthouse is one of the oldest courthouses in Kentucky in continuous use. Companies finding long-term success in Garrard County include, Allison Abrasives, Rocky Top Furniture and Marksbury Farm Foods to name a few.
Part of the Boyle County micropolitan area, Lincoln County is home to some of Kentucky’s earliest and most fascinating history. It was originally one of the first three counties formed in what would become the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Blessed with beautiful waterways, including Cedar Creek Lake and Dix River, Lincoln County offers lots of small town southern charm. Today, this community of approximately 24,000 is home to employers such as DecoArt, Lincoln Manufacturing, Tin Man Manufacturing Company and Pitman Creek Wholesale.
Equidistant from Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort, Marion County has established itself as a center of trade, commerce and industry in central Kentucky. The county has gained a reputation as the working community, adding over 4,000 new jobs over the past decade. Boasting a top ranked school system with strong vocational training programs, Marion County’s 20,000-plus residents are work ready. Home to an internationally diverse business community, including companies such as Maker’s Mark Distillery, Curtis-Maruyasu America, Fuel Total Systems, TG Kentucky, Hendrickson, Kentucky Cooperage, Wilbert Plastic Services and Montebello Packaging, Marion County is well positioned for growth.
Harrodsburg is rich with history citing historical ties dating back to Daniel Boone. Sitting amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region is Kentucky’s oldest town, Harrodsburg. At the center of a 14-county labor market area with a total population exceeding 650,000, Mercer County is a manufacturing powerhouse. In fact, 30 percent of those employed in the county work in the manufacturing industry, exceeding the state county average of 11 percent. This manufacturing strength is best represented by its largest employers, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Corning, Toyota Boshoku and Essity.
Acres and acres of waterways, including Lake Cumberland, the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River, help give Pulaski County its claim to fame. Coupled with public and private golf courses, local and state parks, a 20-acre water park and a thriving community theater, Pulaski County certainly helps take the edge off of a hard-day’s work. Speaking of hard work, Pulaski County has one of the best community college programs in the nation with training from traditional business skills to CAD/CAM to medical services and aircraft maintenance. It’s also in close proximity to many other renowned colleges and universities. This county of almost 65,000 strong is home to established companies like Armstrong Wood Products, Blackboard, Eagle Hardwoods, Toyotetsu America, UGN and Hendrickson USA.
Located in south central Kentucky, 45 minutes south of Lexington, Rockcastle County is easily accessed by I-75, which runs through the length of the county. It is a community that embodies the best of Appalachian culture with self-sufficiency, hard work and honesty. Home to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Museum, Rockcastle County is rich in musical heritage and is a beacon for music lovers from all over the world. Positioned amid a picturesque rolling landscape and several recreational waterways, Rockcastle County works hard to create a business environment second to none. Its many notable companies include mega employer SourceHOV, as well as Hanson Aggregates and EST Tool & Machine.
Taylor County is a collaborative community, recognizing the importance of bringing business, government, education and other economic development-supporting agencies to the table to bring about positive growth. Located on the more western edge of the Kentucky Crossroads region, Taylor County has no shortage of powerhouse companies operating within its borders. Its internationally diverse business community includes Amazon.com, INFAC North America, Campbellsville Apparel, Cox Interior, Global Services and Murakami Manufacturing. The community is also home to an expandable state certified Build-Ready industrial site, making room for further economic success.
Located in picturesque central Kentucky, Washington County’s rural setting is nestled along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and is conveniently located within an hour drive of both Lexington and Louisville. The community’s strong education base includes a high-achieving public school system and two post-secondary education campuses. Additionally, future business growth can easily be accommodated in a 316-acre industrial park, equipped with utilities and paved access road. A diverse and growing industrial base in Washington County has brought long-term success to companies like INOAC Group North America, Toyotomi America, Alltech, Bluegrass Dairy and Food, and LB Manufacturing.