Stellar Snacks bringing hundreds of jobs to infamous Black Leaf site in west Louisville

The former Black Leaf property in Louisville’s West End, one of Kentucky’s most infamous Superfund sites, will house the operations of Stellar Snacks, Gov. Andy Beshear and other officials announced Tuesday. The Carson City, Nevada-based, woman-owned company plans to invest $137 million as it opens a production facility in a newly built 434,000-square-foot warehouse in the Park … Continued


Steve Poe on Louisville Business First’s Power 50 list for 2022

The 2022 Power 50 has been revealed. This is the second year for Power 50, the list of the most influential people in Greater Louisville’s business community. LBF solicited nominations from the public as well as considered candidates from the reporting and sourcing. Publisher Lisa Benson and Editor Shea Van Hoy then combed through the … Continued


Steve Poe Inducted into Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame

The Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame honors outstanding business individuals whose leadership, vision and innovation have accomplished much for Greater Louisville’s economic development and social welfare. The Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame is a business dinner culminating in the Induction Ceremony during which the Laureates are inducted into the Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame. The … Continued


Well-known Louisville developer acquires East End distribution facility

(From Business First, September 28, 2021) A well-known Louisville developer recently acquired an East End logistics facility. Poe Companies purchased the Bunsen Distribution Center on 10401 Bunsen Parkway in the Bluegrass Industrial Park. Hank Hillebrand, director of development for Poe Cos., said updates will be done to the facility to get it ready for new tenants. … Continued


Poe Developing New Last-Mile Delivery Station

Business First – January 15, 2021 (Partial Article) Poe plans to establish the built-to-suit facility in a 142,000 -square-foot office and warehouse, with heavy truck loading and unloading areas, on Durrett Lane near Preston Highway. The project also calls for about 700 parking spaces for vans. Louisville-based real estate firm Poe Companies is developing the complex for … Continued


In Louisville, Newcomer Hotel Distil Anchors A Whiskey Row Revival

Forbes – January 16, 2020 With new hotels, restaurants, museums and the urban return of a handful of bourbon makers, downtown Louisville’s Main Street and its famous stretch called Whiskey Row have been barreling back strong of late. Last month, in a big further leap forward toward bringing ever more activity back to the once … Continued


Steve Poe looking to redevelop huge office site

Business First – September 16, 2019 Louisville developer Steve Poe is analyzing the redevelopment potential for one of the largest single-story suburban office buildings in the Louisville market. Durrett LLC, an affiliate of Poe Cos., last week acquired the 225,000-square-foot former bank processing center at 1231 and 1241 Durrett Lane for $5.5 million, according to a Jefferson … Continued



By Marty Finley – Reporter, Louisville Business First Jul 5, 2019 Eleven years after Julie Lavalle Jones moved back to Louisville from North Carolina to help bring her father’s vision for Whiskey Row alive, most of the work is finally nearing completion. Jones, who goes by Valle, and her brother, Stephen, have been working for … Continued


Louisville’s hotel market is the hottest in the U.S.

The market for hotel rooms in Louisville is the fastest-growing in the nation, according to a new report from CBRE Research. The city had the biggest year-over-year increase in demand in the first quarter of 2019 at 11.4 percent. That tops the growth in demand nationally at 2.4 percent, according to the report. This comes after … Continued


Moxy and Distil to open in Louisville this fall

You’d almost never know two hotels are heading to the corner of First and Main streets in downtown Louisville. Just give it about six months, though. Louisville has been watching the restoration of a historic storefront facade and 12 new floors grow up from the ground on Whiskey Row for a while now. It’s one dynamic project, but beneath … Continued