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.

Owensboro Grain Co. is exploring the possibility of using natural gas-fired turbines to generate its own electricity for a soybean plant. CEO Jeff Erb called the idea "pie in the sky" for now, but the company's board has approved looking into the co-generation option.