Economic development in Northern Kentucky continued its upward trajectory last year. More than 2,200 new jobs were announced by businesses and more than $245 million was invested in capital projects from the primary industries that export products or services outside the region.

Sure, there were some bumps in the road. But expansions and predicted job growth this year prove that Northern Kentucky is still a great place to do business.

There’s a resurgence and interest in advanced manufacturing projects in the automotive, machine tool and the food/beverage flavoring businesses. One only needs to look at last year’s purchase of Erlanger’s WILD Flavors—one of the world’s leading suppliers of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry—by Archer Daniels Midland Co.—one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers—to realize the importance of that resurgence.

Following the purchase, Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced it had selected the WILD Flavors campus as the site for its new information technology and support center. That decision is expected to create more than 200 high-paying jobs, including project managers, business analysts and solution integrators.

And the future looks bright for the high-tech and informatics-based sector of the region’s economy. That’s because those businesses will be able to find a highly skilled and trained workforce with more than 2,000 students currently enrolled in Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics.

The aviation industry in Northern Kentucky is also experiencing a resurgence, as DHL Express is planning a $46 million investment for infrastructure and equipment upgrades in its Americas hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. That decision is expected to create about 120 new jobs for the region.

Overall, it’s an exciting time to do business in Northern Kentucky. That’s why we’re focusing this issue on the area’s largest employers—the businesses that help keep Northern Kentucky’s economic-development engine humming.

We’ve provided a quick and easy-to-read list of the top 200 employers, broken into simple categories, along with several stories to give you a glimpse into what drives these companies to do business in northern Kentucky.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading this information-packed issue of NKY Magazine.

Eric Spangler, Contributing Editor


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