Bourbon Industry

From Post-it Notes to Pop-tarts, it's all made in Kentucky

Everybody knows Kentucky makes bourbon and Thoroughbred horses. And most folks know about the Camrys and houseboats made here, too. But the state's 4,000-plus manufacturers make a lot more than that. And these goods are sold all over the world.

According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, in 2013 the state exported a record $25.3 billion in goods and services to more than 200 countries. Though numbers for 2014 aren't tallied yet, through October exports are up 9 percent at $23 billion compared to this time last year, said Joe Hall, Cabinet spokesman. New numbers, which will be released in February, will set a new record.

Here are some of the more unexpected things made in Kentucky, according to the state:

JIF: Introduced in 1958, all JIF peanut butter (now owned by Smucker's) is made in Lexington. Fun fact: The JIF plant uses 188 billion peanuts a year.

Post-it Notes: Invented in 1968, America's familiar yellow "sticky note" is made by the 3M Company in Cynthiana.

Bowling balls: Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track, and Hammer brand bowling balls are manufactured in Hopkinsville.

Hot Pockets: The popular snack food is made by Nestlé Prepared Foods in Mount Sterling.

Tiffany engagement rings: Tiffany & Co., in Lexington, produces the classic six-pronged engagement ring and other pieces of fine jewelry.

Truffles: Every guest attending the 86th Academy Awards received a box of truffles handmade by Art Eatables, a Kentucky Proud business in Louisville.

Treadmills and weights: Life Fitness, in Falmouth, makes athletic equipment for all MLB and NFL teams, most NHL and NBA teams, many college athletics programs and the U.S. military.

Reynolds Wrap: All Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil is produced in Louisville, which is where it was founded in 1919.

Playing cards: The United States Playing Card Company, in Erlanger, produces and distributes the nation's favorite brands of playing cards, including Bee, Bicycle, Aviator and Hoyle.

Disco balls: Ninety percent of all disco balls made in the U.S. are manufactured by Omega National Products in Louisville, which also makes kitchen cabinetry.

Pop-Tarts: The breakfast favorite is made at the Kellogg's facility in Pikeville.

iPhone glass: The Corning Incorporated plant in Harrodsburg makes the Gorilla glass used in iPhones.

Dixie cups: Dixie cups and plates are made by the Georgia-Pacific company, which has facilities in Bowling Green and Lexington.

L'Oreal: The beauty product manufacturer makes Garnier Fructis, as well as other shampoos and conditioners, in Florence.

Airheads/Mentos: The soft candy and breath mints are produced by Perfetti Van Melle in Erlanger.

Beehive equipment: If you like honey, thank Kelley Beekeeping in Clarkson.

Started back in 1934, Kelley Beekeeping is one of the four largest honey hive manufacturers. The company builds 75 percent of the items used in the honey and bee market.

Fighting rings: Monster Rings and Cages in Lawrenceburg designs and ships boxing rings, wrestling cages and other fighting equipment worldwide. Many famous rings, such as the one in Madison Square Garden, were made in Kentucky.

Fast food bags: Ever order your food to-go? DURO Bag Manufacturing Company, which has four facilities in Northern Kentucky, manufactures paper bags for the food service and grocery industries, including McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and Kroger.

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