Business briefcase: May 9, 2014

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Sweet Avisha grand opening

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will have a grand opening event for Sweet Avisha, located in Burk’s Plaza near Walmart, on May 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


KentuckyOne Health names new officer

KentuckyOne Health has named Lisa Shannon as its new Chief Operating Officer, beginning July 21.

KentuckyOne Health, which includes Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, is the largest health system in Kentucky.

Shannon has more than 25 years of health care administration experience. She will be responsible for strategic and operational plans for KentuckyOne health’s acute care and ambulatory services.

She most recently served as COO of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she led a margin improvement and operational excellence effort to reduce costs by $170 million over two years.

Shannon is a member of the boards of Heart of West Michigan United Way and Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. She and her husband have four children, and plan to relocate to the Louisville area this summer.


Blitz Builders Inc. earns national accreditation

Blitz Builders Inc., which has a corporate offices located in Shelbyville, has earned the status of Accredited Post-Frame Builder by the National Frame Building Association.

The status requires a commitment to quality and customer service, and Blitz has pledged to adhere to quality workmanship, state and local building codes, safety standards and ethical business practices. The NFBA, which is based in Chicago, is comprised of more than 700 members representing post-frame construction, manufacturing and marketing companies, as well as code and design professionals.


2 historic distilleries to reopen

Historic distilleries in Woodford and Daviess counties are planning to reopen and be operational by 2015.

South Carolina-based Terressentia Corp. has announced its plans to open the Charles Medley Distillers Kentucky distillery in Owensboro. It will be the first time since 1992 that bourbon has been distilled in Daviess County. Hiring of the first 50 workers is scheduled to begin by mid 2015.

Peristyle LLC plans to restore and reopen the 125-year-old Old Taylor Distillery in Woodford County to distill primarily bourbon. The new facility will create 10 full-time jobs and include an investment of up to $6.1 million on the 83-acre complex.


Radcliff call center to close, will lose 237 jobs

Nielsen, which operates a call center in Radcliff that employs 237 people,  announced Tuesday  that it will close July 31.

In a statement from Nielsen, a spokesman said the changes are part of the company’s reorganization.

“As part of the integration of Nielsen Audio, Nielsen has implemented changes across the company to enhance growth and to align our resources to meet and exceed client needs. These changes will improve productivity and innovation for the benefit of our clients and our organization,” the statement reads.

In 2008, Nielsen employed more than 100 full-time and more than 300 part-time and temporary workers at its Radcliff call center.

Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York and Diemen in the Netherlands.


Bulletin board

  • The 15th annual Women’s Business & Leadership Conference is May 8 at the Griffin Gate Marriot in Lexington. The conference will recognize Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award winners and feature keynote speakers Jean Cochran and Kim Hodous. For more information or to register, call 859-242-5551.
  • Hosparus needs volunteers in Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties to provide patient support, administrative duties, hair care and massage therapy. The non-profit hospice organization will offer a free training, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr. To pre-register, contact Laura Harbolt at 502-719-8920 or lharbolt@hosparus.orgby Tuesday, May 12.


Bits & bytes:

  • Beginning May 15 Kroger’s senior customers can take advantage of a 5 percent discount for purchases every Thursday. The new weekly discounts will replace the one 10 percent discount that has been offered to seniors on the first Wednesday of each month, which will end Wednesday.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.79 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week and stands at $3.64. Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices yesterday were 9.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.


Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.