Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC plans to build a new facility and expand its current plant in Hopkinsville.
The company will invest $118-million for the expansion and will create 42 new jobs.
"U.S. Smokeless Tobacco's investment will make a significant economic impact on the state and bring more jobs to the region," said Gov. Beshear. "The company has found great success in the Commonwealth for decades, and this expansion is further proof that Kentucky is a great place to grow a business."
The new 230,000-square-foot facility will be used to process aged tobacco, including shredding, drying and flavoring.
U.S. Smokeless also plans to add approximately 80,000 square feet to its existing tobacco fermentation plant in Hopkinsville. Both facilities in Christian County will be operational in 2016.
U.S. Smokeless is the leading producer and marketer of moist smokeless tobacco, one of the fastest growing tobacco segments in the United States. U.S. Smokeless is owned by Altria Group.
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