Danville, KY Business Overview

Strong sectors include manufacturing, health, retail, finance

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


The economy of Danville-Boyle County is getting stronger and continues to grow, thanks to several diverse companies that range from manufacturing and distribution to health care and retail. This pro-business region has hundreds of small companies as well as several large employers. Here are some of the largest:

Manufacturing, Distribution & Industrial Services

Danville-Boyle County has a proud history as a manufacturing region, and numerous production-related companies continue to 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 Intelligrated Inc., Meggitt ABS Kentucky Corp., National Office Furniture (Kimball International), Panasonic Appliances Co. of America, RR Donnelley & Sons Co. and Timberland Company, which manufactures name-brand outdoor footwear, clothing and accessories and has one of its two North American distribution centers in Danville.


Congratulations to The Advocate-Messenger, which turned 150 years old in 2015 as Danville’s 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.

Education, Health, 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. Quality health care for residents is provided by Ephraim McDowell Health, while 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. Major retail employers include The Kroger Company and Wal-Mart Supercenter.

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