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Goose Creek Candles Expands Casey County, Kentucky, Distribution Operations

Goose Creek Candles, a candle, soap and wax melt manufacturer, plans to expand distribution operations in Casey County, Kentucky. The $5 million project is expected to create 160 jobs.

The investment will include an additional 85,000 square feet at the company’s existing location, allowing room for two new pick lines to help with order fulfillment, additional warehousing for inventory and expanded replenishment capacity. The expansion is scheduled to begin this year.

“While manufacturing of Goose Creek products takes place all across the U.S., the national headquarters in Liberty houses management teams and order distribution,” said Micah Meece, chief operating officer at Goose Creek. “Currently, our biggest challenge is shipping orders quickly enough to keep up with customer demands. We are shipping over 25,000 pieces per shift, and that’s just not enough.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can provide up to $650,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of at least $3.6 million and annual targets of creation and maintenance of 160 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 15 years; and paying an average hourly wage of $16.55 including benefits across those jobs. By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.

“A Kentucky company finding success and expanding its operations in the same community where it first started over 25 years ago shows the growing strength of our economy,” Governor Andy Beshear noted. “I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate this exciting next step for the company and wish Goose Creek many more years of success here in the commonwealth.”

In addition, Goose Creek Candles can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.

“Goose Creek is a well-loved local business that has invested in our community since its beginning,” added Nicki Johnson, director of the Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce. “Battling the fire, relocations and expansion, Goose Creek remains steadfast in being an employer that our community embraces, supports and encourages in all their efforts as they grow to serve a global reach for the quality products they produce. The Liberty-Casey County Chamber of Commerce endorses Goose Creek and their groundbreaking for expansion and will contribute in every way possible to their success.”

Goose Creek is a Kentucky-based home fragrance brand produced in factories across the U.S.

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