When people think of Kentucky, I’m sure a few things come to mind: bourbon, horses, horse racing, fried chicken, coal, and many other things. However, Kentucky manufactures quite a few different products that people probably don’t know are even made here!Kentucky is the producer of many products and exports to over 200 countries, which generates billions and billions of dollars in revenue. Click To Tweet
Kentucky is home to the largest peanut butter-producing facility in the world to making 90 percent of the disco balls produced in the United States. Let’s take a look at what other products are made in Kentucky…
42 Products You Didn’t Know Were Made in Kentucky:
I’m sure if you live in Lexington, then you have driven by the Jif plant. Jif has a manufacturing facility in Lexington, which is the largest peanut butter-producing facility in the world! You can drive down Winchester Road and get a whiff of that peanut butter goodness. The plant has a lot of demand to keep up with, as approximately 270 million pounds of Jif Peanut Butter are consumed in the U.S. each year. That’s enough to make 2 billion peanut butter sandwiches or to spread a 55-foot-thick layer over a football field. The Jif plant uses 188 billion peanuts a year!
I’m sure we all have used a post-it note at some point in our lives. The yellow sticky note is so iconic. It was invented in 1968 and is made by the 3M Company in Cynthiana, Kentucky.
Omega National Products, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky, manufactures 90 percent of all disco balls that are made in the United States. Omega National Products also makes kitchen cabinetry.
DirecTV satellite dishes:
The majority of DirecTV’s satellite dishes are produced at Highlands Diversified Services in London, Kentucky.
In 1919, Reynolds Wrap was founded in Louisville, Kentucky, which is where it is still produced today. Reynolds Wrap was invented after World War II, when aluminum was no longer needed for military use.
You can find Berry Plastics’ facility in Franklin, Kentucky, and it happens to be the largest duct tape manufacturer in the United States. Berry Global makes enough tape each year to wrap around the equator of the Earth more than twice – one lap around the equator is 24,900 miles!
You can find this popular snack food being made in Mount Sterling, Kentucky at Nestlé Prepared Foods. More Hot Pockets are eaten every day than there are people in West Virginia. On average, 1,851,510 Hot Pockets are eaten every single day in the U.S. The estimated population of West Virginia in 2017 was 1,815,857. Crazy!
In Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track, and Hammer band bowling balls are manufactured. Ebonite is the company with the largest contract in sports history when it signed “Bowler of the Century” Don Carter in 1964. Ebonite International introduces 35 to 40 new made-in-the-USA bowling balls into the marketplace each year. They was originally located in New England, and it has been based in Hopkinsville since 1967. According to company lore, the former tobacco warehouse site was selected because it’s where the site consultant’s girlfriend lived.
Treadmills and weights:
Athletic equipment for all MLB and NFL teams, most NHL and NBA teams, many college athletics programs and the U.S. military are made by Life Fitness in Falmouth, Kentucky.
Art Eatables, which is a Kentucky Proud business located in Louisville, Kentucky, gave every guest a box of handmade truffles that attended the 86th Academy Awards.
Tiffany engagement rings:
The classic six-pronged engagement ring and other pieces of fine jewelry is produced by Tiffany & Co. in Lexington, Kentucky.
The nation’s favorite brands of playing cards is produced and distributed by The United States Playing Card Company in Erlanger, Kentucky. Brands include: Bee, Hoyle, Aviator, and Bicycle. The United States Playing Card Company has churned out an estimated 4 billion to 5 billion decks of playing cards, with the well-known Bicycle brand being among them.
The Gorilla glass used in iPhones is made in Harrodsburg, Kentucky at the Corning Incorporated plant. Corning Gorilla Glass makes glass covers or screens for smartphones and other electronic devices. How much exactly? Enough to cover more than 30,000 football fields. Some 5 billion and counting!
The breakfast favorite is made at the Kellogg’s facility in Pikeville, Kentucky.
Do you like to grill? Have you heard of the brands Kingsford or Cowboy? There’s a good chance your charcoal came from Kentucky, since there are facilities located in Burnside and Summer Shade, Kentucky, Did you know? In the 1920s, Ford discovered the process for turning wood scraps into charcoal briquets during production of his Model Ts. It was because of this discovery that he built a charcoal plant and invented Kingsford charcoal.
The recipe for Big Red was concocted in Texas, but this red soda has a connection to Kentucky dating back to 1937 when it was first invented. R.H. Roark, who happened to own the R.C. Cola Bottling Company in Louisville, combined his know-how with a chemist, Grover C. Thomsen. What happened? Big Red! Big Red was then sold in Louisville. In fact, Kentucky was the first state to ever sell the soda. To mark the 80th anniversary of Big Red being sold in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer issued a proclamation declaring May 16, 2018, Big Red Day.
Kelley Beekeeping is located in Clarkson, Kentucky. They’ve been making high quality products for beekeepers since 1924. They are actually one of the four largest honey hive manufacturers. The company builds 75 percent of the items used in the honey and bee market.
Owensboro, Kentucky is where you can find this well-known sauce produced at Mizkan Group.
There are facilities in Bowling Green and Lexington, Kentucky that produce these cups and plates made by the Georgia-Pacific company. Did you know that the company cooks approximately 200 pounds of bacon and approximately 400 pounds of eggs annually to test the quality of their plates and bowls?
Did you know fighting equipment is made in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky (it’s also designed here in Kentucky!), such as boxing rings, wrestling cages, and other fighting equipment. It’s made by Monster Rings and Cages and is shipped worldwide. Many famous rings, such as the one in Madison Square Garden, were made in Kentucky.
Fruit of the Loom:
The world headquarters for Fruit of the Loom is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is one of the largest makers and marketers of men’s and boys’ underwear, women’s and girls’ underwear, printable T-shirts and fleece. Since 2002 it has been a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.
There are 3 million Airheads produced by the factory in Erlanger, Kentucky each day! Communications Manager Stephanie Creech said that if you took all the Airheads that they make in a year and put them end to end, they would reach to the moon and back 2 1/2 times! Perfetti Van Melle, which is the factory that produces Airheads, also produces Mentos as well!
Highland Heights, Kentucky is home to General Cable (it’s over 170 years old!), which is one of the world’s largest wire and cable manufacturers. It makes copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire, as well as cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications markets.
Fast food bags:
Ever wonder where the bag your fast food order came in is from? DURO Bag Manufacturing Company has four facilities in Northern Kentucky. They manufacture paper bags for the food service and grocery industries, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and Kroger.
The popular ready-to-eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are found in school cafeterias are produced at the J.M. Smucker Co. in Scottsville, Kentucky. At the Scottsville manufacturing facility alone, approximately 1.2 million Uncrustables are made every day. That is enough sandwiches to feed every child in New York City!
In Florence, Kentucky, you can find L’Oreal, which manufactures Garnier Fructis, as well as other beauty products, such as shampoos and conditioners.
Snuggle fabric softener:
You can thank the Sun Products plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky for keeping our clothes and linens comfortable for more than two decades!
White Castle frozen burgers:
Facilities in Covington and Louisville, Kentucky produce the frozen versions of White Castle burgers, which is found at your favorite grocery store.
Laughing Cow Cheese:
Laughing Cow Cheese was the first cheese spread to be individually served in foil-sealed portions, The Laughing Cow is one of Bel Brands USA’s most popular brands. More than 350 million wedges are made each year in Leitchfield, Kentucky with hundreds of employees working round the clock to produce nine varieties (with eight lip-smacking wedges per pack) of this savory snack.
Dippin’ Dots turns 30 in 2018! All Dippin’ Dots’ delectable flash frozen tiny beads of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet and flavored ice products, Frozeti Confetti are made at the company’s production facility in Paducah, Kentucky. From the beginning, Dippin’ Dots have been a hit and today, some 90 billion dots are consumed annually (that’s four Olympic sized swimming pools!).
Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment:
Dunnville, Kentucky is home to the largest manufacturer of farm gates and animal management equipment in North America. Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment is privately owned, and the fourth generation of the Tarter family currently oversees operations. Tarter Gate began in 1945 building wooden gates. The company manufactures farm gates, cattle squeeze chutes, horse stalls, small animal transporters, galvanized tanks, rodeo and arena equipment, tractor implements including subsoilers, plows, and cultivators.
Big Ass Fans:
I’m sure y’all have heard of Big Ass Fans if you are a Lexingtonian. If you haven’t, then I’m sure you’ve probably seen one of their fans. You’ll know when you see one, because you’ll be thinking to yourself, “Wow, that’s a big ass fan!” Big Ass Fans is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. However, the innovative company began by another name, HVLS (High Volume, Low Speed) when founded in 1999. In 2000, the company then known as HVLS Fan Company initiated a marketing campaign with mailers depicting the rear of a donkey, a fan with a 20-foot blade span, and the caption “Big Ass Fan.” After numerous customers called the company asking if they made “those big-ass fans”, the company name was changed to Big Ass Fans. Big Ass Fans sells its products directly to customers. Since the Great Recession of the late 2000s, Big Ass Fans has averaged 30% annual growth with revenues climbing from $34 million in 2009 to $240 million in 2016. The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies 11 consecutive times from 2007 to 2017! More than 141 million people are cooled by their fans every day!
Champion Pet Foods:
Champion Petfoods USA makes ORIJEN and ACANA for cat and dog lovers in Auburn, Kentucky. Founded in 1985 by Reinhard Muhlenfeld, Orijen (Orijen is a premium brand of dog food and cat food) pet foods are currently sold in 70 countries.
Elizabethtown, Kentucky is home to Altec’s highest volume manufacturing plant. Built in 1997, Altec manufactures equipment for the lights and signs, telecommunications and electric utility industries. Altec is a leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets. They deliver products and services to more than 100 countries throughout the world.
Commercial and military aircraft parts:
GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of commercial, military and business and general aviation jet and turboprop engines and components as well as avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation produces jet engine parts at its facility in Madisonville. Meggitt, in Danville, Kentucky and Safran Landing Systems in Northern Kentucky, supply the industry with carbon brakes and assembled braking systems.
Trailers for a wide variety of uses are manufactured at Gatormade’s facility in Somerset, Kentucky and can be seen on highways throughout the Commonwealth and elsewhere.
Sportable Scoreboards® is a name synonymous with excellence in the scoring industry. It is one of America’s largest and most trusted scoreboard manufacturers, and they have been for more than two decades. Sportable Scoreboards’ proud heritage dates back to 1986 and can be found in Murray, Kentucky.
Duraflame fireplace logs are produced in Somerset, Kentucky and they have helped many around the world to keep their winter nights cozy.
And obviously, I’m sure you knew these products were made in Kentucky:
- Ale-8-One: Bottled in Winchester since 1926, Ale-8-One is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence. Not only is Ale-8 one of the last soft drink bottlers left in the United States, it is also the only one in Kentucky continuing to receive and refill returnable long-neck, green glass bottles.
- Beer Cheese: It all started in the late 1930s, when Johnny Allman opened his first restaurant, The Driftwood Inn, on the banks of the Kentucky River near Boonesborough. This was the first restaurant where Johnny first served his cousin, Joe Allman’s now famous Snappy cheese. Beer cheese all of all varieties are found all over Kentucky, including grocery stores and on the menus at restaurants.
- Louisville Slugger: The 134-year history of Louisville Slugger all started with a 17-year-old playing hooky from work and choosing baseball over butter. Some 130-plus years have come and gone since Bud Hillerich first sat down with Pete Browning in his father’s woodworking shop. Since that day, Louisville Slugger has sold north of 100 million bats – making it, without question, the most popular bat brand in history.
- Bourbon: 95% of the WORLD’S bourbon is made in Kentucky!
Which one surprised you the most??