Metcalfe County residents look forward to job creation

EDMONTON, Ky. – Metcalfe County Judge-Executive Harold Stilts said with so many historical Metcalfe businesses shutting down lately, new economic development is exactly what the county needs.

Last week the Appalachian Regional Commission approved a $616,900 economic development grant for Metcalfe County.

The money will be used to renovate a building in the county’s industrial park that will craft staves for whisky barrels made by Pennington Stave and Cooperage.

This new business will invest $3.5 million and create 60 new jobs for Metcalfe County citizens to manufacture barrels for Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry.

Congressman James Comer said expanding the bourbon industry here in Kentucky is so important, because the bourbon industry grows about 20 percent a year. Not only that, but the people investing in the building are locals.

“These entrepreneurs are going to get a chance, and a lot of local residents are going to get a good job now,” Comer said.

Stilts said the grant will be an economic boon for the county.

“It’s going to be a good, positive impact for the community as far as infrastructure needs and we finally got the last piece of the puzzle, and ready to go to work,” said Stilts.

The investment comes in addition to state and local match contributions. Stilts says hopefully citizens will see staves being cut there before the end of the year.