Kelley Co. expanding on local legacy


By Brittany Wise - bwise@civitasmedia.com



Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Longtime employees of Kelley Beekeeping Company tossed a shovel-full of dirt alongside CEO Dan Ferrise on Friday.


Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Kelley Beekeeping Company employees listened to General Manager Sam Ruckriegel’s welcome at Friday’s groundbreaking celebration.


Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen was welcomed to the Kelley Company groundbreaking by Executive Director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corp. Dudley Cooper, Senator Carroll Gibson, State Representative Tim Moore, and Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson.


With much fanfare and a high-profile guest list, Kelley Beekeeping Company celebrated the decision to stay – and expand – in Clarkson.

The company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25 for their upcoming expansion project, putting to bed any remaining fears that their parent company, Fransden Corporation, might choose to move the operation out of state.

The company was established in Clarkson in the 1950’s by its innovative creator Walter T. Kelley, and has since become a staple of not only the local community, but the world-wide beekeeping community.

With expansion on the company’s horizon, Fransden sought assistance from local government agencies to pull together funds and incentives to build a newer, larger headquarters in Grayson County.

That help came from the City of Clarkson, when Mayor Bonnie Henderson and the city commissioners made it their mission to do whatever it took to keep the Kelley Company in their city.

Through a cumulative effort between local and regional leaders and Kelley Company employees, the dream of expansion is now becoming a reality.

On hand for the celebration were Kelley Beekeeping and Fransden Corporation executives; local government leaders; state officials including Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen, Senator Carroll Gibson and State Rep. Tim Moore; area citizens; and of course, the Kelley Company employees whose devotion to excellence make it all possible.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Longtime employees of Kelley Beekeeping Company tossed a shovel-full of dirt alongside CEO Dan Ferrise on Friday.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_edit-21.jpgBrittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Longtime employees of Kelley Beekeeping Company tossed a shovel-full of dirt alongside CEO Dan Ferrise on Friday.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Kelley Beekeeping Company employees listened to General Manager Sam Ruckriegel’s welcome at Friday’s groundbreaking celebration.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_edit-7.jpgBrittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Kelley Beekeeping Company employees listened to General Manager Sam Ruckriegel’s welcome at Friday’s groundbreaking celebration.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen was welcomed to the Kelley Company groundbreaking by Executive Director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corp. Dudley Cooper, Senator Carroll Gibson, State Representative Tim Moore, and Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_edit-5.jpgBrittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen was welcomed to the Kelley Company groundbreaking by Executive Director of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corp. Dudley Cooper, Senator Carroll Gibson, State Representative Tim Moore, and Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson.

By Brittany Wise

bwise@civitasmedia.com

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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