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Kentucky warehouse industry keeps growing

11/16/2016

Kentucky warehouse industry keeps growing

The Mid-South has been a hub of warehouse activity in recent years, much like the neighboring Atlantic Seaboard and Rust Belt regions. Now, two new facilities are poised to open and potentially bring even more logistics jobs to Kentucky, in particular.

For instance, in the state capital of Frankfort, Kentucky, the bourbon giant Jim Beam has seen business boom so significantly in the past few years that it recently completed work on its first new barrel warehouse since 1968, according to a report from the Frankfort State Journal. The building measures seven stories tall and has room for about 59,000 barrels of aging bourbon, with some 275,000 square feet of space, the largest space allowable under state regulations. That makes it the largest of the company's 112 warehouses by about 17 percent.

A growing business
Jim Beam, like many other companies in the bourbon business, has enjoyed growing profits over the past few years - thanks to more consumption outside the U.S. - and clearly has plans to expand its operations in the near future even beyond the new warehouse, the report said. in all, the company will invest about $1 billion in expanded production in Kentucky alone over the next five years. Currently, it's not clear how many new jobs that will translate into, but hiring is a priority as the business ramps up.

Another Bluegrass State effort
Meanwhile, in nearby Louisville, the staffing firm Kelly Services recently announced plans to hire about 100 workers at a distribution center in Shepherdsville for the big box electronics retailer Best Buy, according to a report from Louisville television station WDRB. The company will hold a job fair to fill these positions and asks all interested applicants to bring two forms of government ID to help expedite the potential hiring process.

The company will offer all hires a number of attractive benefits, the report said. This not only includes significant schedule flexibility, but also benefits such as health insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan and direct deposit.

In fact, that kind of offering is becoming increasingly common among warehouse staffing efforts, because competition for the best possible workers in the field is heating up across the country. Even in regions where the industry isn't booming, it's certainly doing well enough that competitive salary and benefits offerings are par for the course within the field.