Owensboro Tobacco Manufacturer Adding 120 Jobs

May 13, 2019

Rich Flaherty, president of US Division of Swedish Match, alongside locals government officials, cuts ribbon to commemorate major expansion of Owensboro, KY production facility.
Credit Swedish Match

A tobacco manufacturer in Owensboro is increasing its workforce by a quarter with a newly completed expansion. 

Swedish Match, which produces snuff and chewing tobacco, recently added 34,000 square-feet of space and added 120 new jobs. 

Joe Ackerman, Marketing Director for New Products, says the company is now producing a tobacco-free oral nicotine pouch called ZYN which appeals to consumers in several ways.

“They are able to get nicotine without any tobacco so that eliminates any nitrosomines, tar, carcinogens," explained Ackerman. "It’s discreet, doesn’t require any cartridges, batteries, or anything like that.”

Swedish Match held a ribbon-cutting on Monday for its expansion which brings the company’s total investment to more than $100 million in the Owensboro plant.  The company has been in Owensboro since 1973.