Ran across this article. Anything well-known made where you are? I've really got to reevaluate my life. Made in Kentucky Airheads, Erlanger Manufactured in Erlanger Each day, the factory produces 3 million Airheads. That’s about 50 tons—every day! Big Red, Louisville Legions of loyal fans keep Big Red among the top-selling soft drinks. . In fact, Kentucky was the first state to ever sell the soda. To mark the 80th anniversary of Big Red being sold in Louisville Ale-8-One, Winchester Bottled in Winchester since 1926, Ale-8-One is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence. Founder and inventor G.L. Wainscott hit upon the formula after experimenting with ginger-blended recipes acquired during travels in northern Europe. Not only is Ale-8 one of the last soft drink bottlers left in the United States, it is also the only one in Kentucky continuing to receive and refill returnable long-neck, green glass bottles. The company gives 1 percent of sales from these returnable bottles to environmental non-profits in Kentucky through its partnership with 1% For The Planet. Hot Pockets, Mount Sterling More Hot Pockets are eaten every day than there are people in West Virginia. True fact. On average, 1,851,510 Hot Pockets are eaten every single day in the U.S. The estimated population of West Virginia in 2017: 1,815,857. Jif Peanut Butter, Lexington Everyone knows what choosy moms choose: Jif. One of the most recognized taglines in history debuted over 50 years ago in 1966, eight years after the company was founded in 1958. Owned by the J.M. Smucker Company, Jif has a manufacturing facility in Lexington—the largest peanut butter-producing facility in the world. The plant has a lot of demand to keep up with, as approximately 270 million pounds of Jif Peanut Butter are consumed in the U.S. each year. That’s enough to make 2 billion peanut butter sandwiches or to spread a 55-foot-thick layer over a football field. Dixie, Lexington, Bowling Green They show up in droves at every picnic: Dixie paper products. Gorilla Glass, Harrodsburg It’s tough—like anything with “gorilla” in its name should be. It’s also scratch- and damage-resistant and provides outstanding optical clarity. Chances are, you come into contact with it dozens and dozens of times every day. Uncrustables, Scottsville No need to cut the crusts off these PB&Js—Uncrustables has trimmed the work out of fixing one of America’s classic sandwiches. The Cow, Leitchfield The first cheese spread to be individually served in foil-sealed portions Ebonite Bowling Balls, Hopkinsville The first company to embrace the three-fingered grip. Strike. United States Playing Card Company, Erlanger There always seems to be a deck of playing cards in the kitchen junk drawer or tucked away in a table in the family room. But where do they come from and why are they so ubiquitous? The answer is found in Erlanger at the United States Playing Card Company, which has churned out an estimated 4 billion to 5 billion decks of playing cards, the well-known Bicycle brand among them. Duct Tape, Bowling Green, Franklin and Danville It’s the do-it-yourselfer’s cure-all: Duct tape. Kingsford Original Charcoal, Summer Shade and Burnside Owned by The Clorox Company, Kingsford Manufacturing converts more than 1 million tons of wood scraps into charcoal briquets every year at its plants—and one of those plants, served by Tri-County Electric, is located in Summer Shade in Metcalfe County. Reynolds Wrap, Louisville Since 1947, Reynolds Wrap has been the go-to kitchen tool for covering food, lining trays, customizing meals, storing leftovers—even making a soufflé pan. Altec Industries, Elizabethtown Elizabethtown is home to two side-by-side Altec plants, one being powered by Nolin RECC and both combined making this Altec’s highest-volume manufacturing plant. Big Ass Fans, Lexington (Yes, that is really its name.) Got some immense space to cool? Headquartered in Lexington, the innovative company began by another name when founded in 1999: Capitol Bicycles, London Who wouldn’t love playing with bicycles every day? At Capitol Bicycle Company in London, served by Jackson Energy, the craftsmen behind the customization love bicycles with a capital “L.” Champion Petfoods USA Inc., Auburn Champion Petfoods USA makes ORIJEN and ACANA for pet lovers who insist on giving the biologically best for their dogs and cats. Dippin’ Dots, Paducah Guess who’s all grown up? Dippin’ Dots turns 30 in 2018 and is celebrating the auspicious occasion by inviting everyone to “taste the fun” with the launch of Frozeti Confetti. Powers Paper Co., Brandenburg Powers Paper Co., better known as PPC, provides a wide range of paper-based products to the automotive aftermarket, construction industry, and the retail, manufacturing, industrial, and food service industry. Robinson Stave LLC-East Bernstadt Cooperage LLC, East Bernstadt Sixty years ago, C.B. and Imogene Robinson started a family-owned business in southeastern Kentucky. Today the Robinson Stave-East Bernstadt Cooperage (Jackson Energy) makes oak bourbon barrels that are sold all over the region. Why oak? Because it is ONLY bourbon if it is in a new charred oak container. Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment, Dunnville Tiny Dunville, population 1,671, is home to the largest manufacturer of farm gates and animal management equipment in North America.