Danville, KY Business Overview

Strong sectors include education, health, manufacturing and retail.

By Kevin Litwin on August 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm EST
Timberland Headquarters in Danville, KY


What’s the big idea? There are many good business ideas in Danville-Boyle County, where a strong diversity of companies is contributing to an economy that continues to grow. This pro-business region has hundreds of small companies as well as several large employers. Here are some of the largest:

Education, Health, Hospitality, Finance, Government & Retail

The education sector is well-regarded and well-represented in Danville-Boyle County, in large part due to the Boyle County School District, Centre College, the Danville Independent School District and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. Ephraim McDowell Health provides quality health care for residents. One of the top banks in the region is Farmers National Bank.

In the government sector, several people are employed at Boyle County Fiscal Court, the City of Danville and Northpoint Training Center, while major retail employers include The Kroger Company and Walmart Supercenter. Also adding to the economic strength of Danville-Boyle County is Ridgefield Shopping Center, located along the South Danville Bypass and featuring national tenants such as AT&T, Hobby Lobby, Rack Room Shoes, TJ Maxx, Tractor Supply and Anytime Workout.

A new Holiday Inn Express opened in January 2017 on the South Danville Bypass, complete with 76 rooms and 2,000 square feet of conference space. The hotel employs 25 people.

Manufacturing, Distribution & Industrial Services

Danville-Boyle County has a long, proud and strong history as a vital manufacturing region, and numerous production-related companies experience success today. They include American Greetings Corp., Berry Plastics Corp., Dana Holding Corp., Denyo Manufacturing Corp., Hobart Corp. (Illinois Tool Works Inc.) and Caterpillar Inc., whose Danville branch employs 100 people who manufacture track pins and bushings for use in tractors.

Other major employers include Honeywell (formerly Intelligrated Inc.), LSC (former RR Donnelley & Sons Co.), Meggitt ABS Kentucky Corp., National Office Furniture (Kimball International) and Panasonic Appliances Co. of America. Timberland Company, which manufactures name-brand outdoor footwear, clothing and accessories, has one of its two North American distribution centers in Danville.

The Advocate-Messenger

Here’s a salute to The Advocate-Messenger, Danville’s long-time newspaper that still publishes every day except Saturdays. The paper was first published on June 24, 1865 under its original name The Kentucky Advocate, then in 1910 another newspaper called The Daily Messenger was founded in Danville. The Advocate-Messenger took its current name in 1940 after the merger of The Kentucky Advocate and The Daily Messenger. Today, the newspaper is distributed in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties.

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