Business briefcase: May 21, 2010

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By The Staff

 Veterinarian Way joins practice

Jennifer Reese Way, D.V.M., joined Jon W. Kresin, D.V.M. at Kresin Veterinary Clinic. Her practice will include farm animals as well as companion animals.

Dr. Way is a Shelby County native, graduating from Shelby County High School in 2002. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with a degree in animal science she attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Her husband, Jon, is employed at Shelbyville Southern States, her mother, Brenda, is a pharmacy technician at Kroger, and her father, Charles, is employed with John Deere in Henry County.

  Beam expands in Frankfort

Beam Global Spirits & Wine unveiled plans to expand its facility in Frankfort, doubling its size and adding 120 new jobs by the fall of 2011. Gov. Steve Beshear joined Beam Global President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew J. Shattock in getting the project officially under way Wednesday.

"Beam Global is one of our signature companies in Kentucky that has shown its commitment to our state time and time again," Beshear said. "The expansion of the Beam Global plant in Frankfort will provide a lasting, positive economic impact in the community."

Under the expansion plans, the Frankfort plant will produce 160 products and have an annual capacity of 10 million cases, representing an increase from 24 percent to 32 percent of Beam Global's total worldwide case volume.

The project, which includes the addition of four new bottling lines and approximately 65 new tanks, will assume production and bottling of DeKuyper(r) cordials from Beam Global's existing facility in Cincinnati.

"Our roots in our home state of Kentucky run deep starting with the founding of Jim Beam, dating back more than two centuries," Shattock said.

  KFB conducting teachers workshops

Kentucky Farm Bureau will host eight regional teacher workshops throughout the month of June. These all-day workshops will provide teachers with the opportunity to earn six hours of professional development and learn how to use agriculturally-themed educational materials to supplement their teaching of mathematics, social studies, English and science. Sessions near Shelby include June 17 at Locust Grove in Louisville and June 29 at the Ballard Convention Center in Louisville. Last year, 381 teachers from 77 counties participated in lessons focused on the relationships between national resources and people. Registration deadline is June 1.

  Mattress company honored

Innovative Mattress Solutions was named a Retail Giant of Bedding by Furniture/Today at its fifth-annual Bedding Conference recently in Orlando, Fla. Founder and CEO Kim Knopf was saluted for her determination and persistence in launching the company as a 23-year-old and in building it into a regional powerhouse today.

"Kim Knopf's story is an inspiring example of what can be accomplished through hard work and unswerving dedication to her mission," said David Perry, executive editor of Furniture/Today, who presented the award to Innovative Mattress Solutions. "Today the brands in the Innovative Mattress Solutions stable - Mattress Warehouse and Sleep Outfitters - together give the company a strong regional presence in the mattress industry."

  Bits & bytes:

* Century 21 Commonwealth is proud to announce that Bruce Rankin, sales associate with the Frankfort office, recently added the Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource (SFR) to his professional offerings.

* A conference called " Driving the Next 20 Years--Creating the New Southern Automotive Industry" will be held June 7-8 in Lexington. Various speakers and panels will address industry issues. For more information, visit. www.southerngrowth.com/conferene/conf.html.

* Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 11.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.87 per gallon, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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