employment opportunities 300UNION COUNTY, KY (8/7/12) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced Mid-South Sales will launch a new operation in Uniontown, creating 30 full-time jobs and investing $640,000 in the Commonwealth. The start-up company will produce a new line of salad and party trays to be sold in stores nationwide.

“It’s encouraging to see new businesses start operations, and the Commonwealth welcomes Mid-South Sales and the 30 jobs it will create,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re excited to partner with Mid-South Sales and know the owners have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the food industry.”

Owners Linda and James Baird have been in the food industry since 1987. They are well-known for their chicken salad and pimento cheese salad, which has been sold, along with other successful products, under the name of Jim David Meats.

“Jimmy and I are thankful for the state, local, and community support, and are very excited to see these products become available nationally,” said Mid-South Sales co-owner Linda Baird. “The chicken salad and pimiento cheese were developed from family recipes passed down from my grandmother and are local customer favorites.”

Kentucky is home to a thriving food and beverage industry, including approximately 267 facilities, employing over 42,000 people. During Gov. Beshear’s administration, 124 food and beverage-related industry locations or expansions have been announced resulting in almost 2,700 new jobs and more than $768 million in new investment for the Commonwealth.

To encourage the investment and job creation in Uniontown, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

“This is an exciting announcement, because this venture by Mid-South Sales is an investment in the community,” said Sen. Dorsey Ridley, of Henderson. “Union and the surrounding counties will reap the rewards of economic growth and additional job opportunities with the company’s planned operation. It is pleasing that longtime Union County residents, Linda and James Baird, want to invest their money and experience in a start-up company here. I also applaud Gov. Beshear for taking the lead to support our industry, their employees and their families.”

“Linda and James Baird are great examples of what our local entrepreneurs can do, and I have no doubt that their new company will succeed,” said Rep. John Arnold Jr., of Sturgis. “I want to thank them for investing in our community and giving us an economic boost when we need it most. I’m also pleased that the state could play a role in helping to make Mid-South Sales happen.”

“We are very excited about this new start-up business,” said Uniontown Mayor Rick Millikan. “The creation of new jobs and the investment is wonderful news for this community and the entire region.”

“We are pleased that Mid-South Sales is making this investment within the community,” said Union County Judge-Executive Jody Jenkins. “The creation of new jobs is always a welcoming announcement, and we look forward to their continued success.”

SurfKY News
Information provided by the Office of the Gov. Steve Beshear

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Eagles Outlast Daviess County, 42-39

OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/26/15) — Junior guard Eli Wright scored a game-high 18 points and sophomore forward Trace Young… Read More

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Announces New President and CEO

OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/26/15) — Following a national search, the Board of Directors of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of… Read More

Most Read This Week

February 21, 2015 6434

Traffic Advisory for Western Kentucky

in Top News For All Sites by KTC
February 25, 2015 5592

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 24, 2015 5411

Two Charged in Central City Meth Bust

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 5396

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 22, 2015 5215

Easter Cuties Pageant in Memory of Shanice Bean

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 21, 2015 4909

Local Administrators Warn Employees to Watch for…

in Top News For All Sites by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 28, 2015

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

February 26, 2015 2222

Woman Charged for Allegedly Selling Hydrocodone

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 26, 2015 2128

Man Accused of Holding Woman against Will,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 26, 2015 1364

Probation and Parole Violators - February 26,…

in Video by Crime Stoppers
February 26, 2015 1216

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

in Hopkins News by Barry Franklin
February 26, 2015 1087

Area College Students Touched by Cancer are…

in Top News For All Sites by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 26, 2015 1074

Walmart Evacuated after Customer Alerts 911 of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 26, 2015 1021

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Feb. 26, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
February 26, 2015 899

Super Sunday Hall of Fame Alumni Honored College…

in Top News For All Sites by Joyce Riggs
February 26, 2015 806

Lions Man, Woman of Year Announced

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Chris Findley
February 26, 2015 572

Man Charged with Meth Possession after Traffic…

in Local (Henderson) Top News by Courtney Millikan