FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to leave
Sunday on trade mission to Taiwan where he will promote the sale of
The governor's office announced the seven-day trip on Friday
that will also include stops in Japan where Beshear will work to
strengthen existing economic ties and talk with businesses
considering new investments in Kentucky, which is already home to a
massive Toyota manufacturing plant and some 150 others.
Beshear said in a statement that he looks forward to
capitalizing on the "enormous potential that exists for Kentucky's
bourbon industry in Taiwan."
Kentucky produces 95 percent of the world's bourbon and ships
nearly 29 million gallons to 126 countries. The distilling industry
and associated enterprises employ more than 9,000 Kentuckians,
generating a $400 million annual payroll for the state.