Foreign-owned companies operate 399 facilities, defined as those with 10 or more employees, and employ nearly 77,000 people in Kentucky, according to reports issued this month by the state Cabinet for Economic Development.
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Of those, Japanese firms account for 155 facilities and 39,632 employees. Companies based in Western Europe own 182 facilities that employ 27,204 Kentuckians. Mexican companies operate 11 facilities with 622 employees, and South American companies operate four facilities that employ 666.