Belmark Inc. is spending nearly $100 million to build a new pressure-sensitive label factory in southern Kentucky.
Gov. Andy Beshear revealed the project Jan. 25, indicating the $99 million project will be located in Allen County, not far from the Tennessee border and north of Nashville. A total of 159 jobs are expected.
"Belmark is a growth-minded, market-leading provider of label and total packaging solutions," Belmark CEO Karl Schmidt said in a statement. "We continually reinvest in our people and business to ensure a thriving, dependable company and a vibrant culture that supports our customers and the local communities where we operate. We are excited to expand with a new location and continue our growth with our new Allen County family."
Belmark, based in De Pere, Wis., will construct a 156,000-square-foot plant on 25 acres, the state said. Building in the Allen Springs Industrial Park near Scottsville, Ky., is expected to begin in June 2025 and be completed the following year. The full-time jobs being created will average almost $37 per hour, including benefits.
Along with labels, Belmark makes flexible packaging and paperboard folding cartons.
"Belmark's decision to locate its new facility in the commonwealth will bring quality jobs to Allen County and add continued growth to Kentucky's manufacturing sector," Beshear said in a statement.
Belmark already operates seven locations in De Pere and Shawano, Wis., and Phoenix, where a total of more than 1,300 people work.