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Beshear: Hundreds of jobs, millions in investments coming to Louisville

Beshear said these investments continue to build on Kentucky's record-setting budget surplus in the fiscal year 2021.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear announced that more employment opportunities are coming to Jefferson County with millions of dollars in investments.

Beshear said these investments continue to build on Kentucky's record-setting budget surplus in the fiscal year 2021. The state economy had an estimated $1.9 billion more than budgeted, he said. 

Confluent Health LLC

The governor announced that the state's healthcare sector would grow as Confluent Health plans to relocate and expand its headquarters in Louisville.

The project will create 350 full-time jobs for Kentucky residents with an investment of about $10 million.

Company leaders said a location hasn't been picked for the new headquarters, but they expect to double office space from 18,000 square feet to 36,000.

Jobs created would include marketing, IT, human resources, administrative and executive roles. 

Officials said the project will begin in the coming weeks and should be completed by summer 2022.

Kroger

The retail giant with 112 stores across Kentucky announced it would be expanding its fulfillment operations in Jefferson County on Thursday.

"Kroger has long been a valued partner in our community, providing jobs, reinvesting in our city through continued growth, and giving back through its charity," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Kroger's Fulfillment Network plans to locate the new e-commerce facility on Robards Lane by leasing an existing 50,000-square-foot facility. 

The fulfillment center will build on the state's logistics and distribution sector and will add an additional 161 full-time positions. 

It will expand the company's delivery reach to provide more customers with access to fresh, affordable food. 

Officials expect operations to begin later this year.

Piston Automotives

Piston Automotives plans to relocate its operations to Jefferson county in a more than $26 million investment. Previously, the company announced a $1.5 million expansion of its current Jeffersontown facility in 2019.

"It is great to see existing businesses grow in the commonwealth, and even better when those expansions exceed initial projections,” Beshear said.

The company provides automotive assemblies, including advanced electric and hybrid vehicle battery systems.

Company leaders said they would lease a facility on Technology Drive in Louisville and would install new equipment to accommodate a new production line and increased capabilities to support growing market demand.

117 new full-time jobs would become available to Kentucky residents as a result of the expansion.

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