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Posted: Thursday, 27 February 2014 3:20PM

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Expanding Hopkinsville Operations

There is another round of economic good news for Christian County and the surrounding area. Governor Beshear Thursday announced that U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company plans to build a new facility and expand its current plant in Hopkinsville. Jeff Caldwell, spokesman for Altria the parent company of U.S. Tobacco, says they will invest approximately 118-million dollars and create 42 new jobs.

While they have not selected a location for the new facility, Caldwell says they choose Hopkinsville and Kentucky because of the relationship they have with the local community.

Governor Beshear noted that U.S. Smokeless Tobacco’s investment will make a significant economic impact on the state and bring more jobs to the region. The new 230,000-square foot facility will be used to process aged tobacco, including shredding, drying and flavoring. U.S. Smokeless also plans to add approximately 80,000 square feet to its existing tobacco fermentation plant in Hopkinsville. Both facilities in Christian County will be operational in 2016.

Caldwell says the cooperation and incentives locally and from the state helped make their decision to invest in Hopkinsville an easy one.

State Senator Whitney Westerfield says U.S. Smokeless Tobacco has long since had an active presence in Hopkinsville, and it serves one of most important agricultural industries in the region, and that he is delighted to see an expansion of their services to the tobacco farmers across western Kentucky but also the opportunity for new jobs for Hopkinsville. Represenatative John Tilley added that the announcement speaks volumes about all of the great things the community and workforce have to offer, and he is pleased to see U.S. Smokeless Tobacco put deeper roots in Christian County.

Christian County Judge-executive Steve Tribble says the announcement is good for the entire region.

Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says U.S. Smokeless Tobacco is a valued partner in the community, and he is thrilled they have chosen to locate their new manufacturing and distribution facility in Hopkinsville.

The Mayor goes on to add the new facility will be a significant investment and create quality jobs, providing a tremendous economic impact for the city and the region.

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