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Beaver Dam Rest Stop

Beaver Dam Rest Stop

The Finance Cabinet has issued the press release copied below below calling for proposals from interested vendors to operate the beloved Beaver Dam rest area.  The prior vendor reportedly didn't turn in a complete proposal and their contract has lapsed.

If you have a business willing to take over this treasured rest area along the WK Parkway, please note the approaching deadlines!

New Operator Sought for Beaver Dam Service Area in Western Kentucky

Finance Cabinet issues new request for proposal, responses due March 8

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2017) - The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services has issued a new request for proposals (RFP) for the now closed Beaver Dam Service Area site located at mile marker 75 on the Wendell Ford-Western Kentucky Parkway.  

This RFP, issued on behalf of the Transportation Cabinet, is due to the previous lease expiring and the Finance Cabinet not receiving responsive proposals to an RFP sent out during the latter part of 2016. Key differences in this solicitation include: 

  • Requirement to renovate the restrooms;
  • Schedule change for submitting architectural related information;
  • Vendor requirement to establish a maintenance escrow account. 

The new RFP, identified as RFP 030817, is posted on the Finance Cabinet’s website. Go to and click on “Buildings & Land for sale or lease.” It is also posted on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s eProcurement website. Click the “Guest Access” button, type in Beaver Dam for a keyword search, then click the "Details" button.

Should there be changes to the RFP schedule or information added, updates will be posted on both websites.  

Following are important dates designated in the RFP:

  • Feb. 8, 2017:  Site visit for interested parties.
  • March 8, 2017:  Proposals due to the Division of Real Properties, Department for Facilities and Support Services.
  • April 2017:  Anticipated vendor selection in early April. Vendor has up to three months to be operational.
  • July 2017:  Service area open for business.

Parties interested in submitting a proposal for the project should direct all inquiries to Natalie W. Brawner with the Division of Real Properties.  As the buyer for this solicitation, she is the only person who will be able to answer questions and provide information. She may be reached via email at  

Food and gasoline services are available nearby at the U.S. 231 Beaver Dam exit 75 interchange. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has installed temporary message boards and barricades to the entry ramps at the site. 

Additional information is available online at


Hart AgStrong LLC


It has been a great week for jobs here in the 3rd Senate district!  After last week's announcement in Logan County I am proud to share in the announcement that Hart AgStrong, a Canola Oilseed Processing operation will be coming to Todd County.  The project means a $7.3 Million investment in Todd County, 25 new jobs and a boost to the local agribusiness economy.

The full text of the Governor's press release follows:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced Hart AgStrong LLC will build a canola oilseed processing plant in Todd County. The company plans to create 25 full-time jobs and invest $7.3 million into the project.

“We welcome Hart AgStrong to the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Not only will the company create 25 jobs and invest $7.3 million, it will also provide a significant boost to our local farmers and Kentucky’s food production industry. I look forward to seeing this Kentucky-made product on store shelves throughout the U.S.”

Hart AgStrong will construct a 23,000-square-foot processing facility off Highway 41 in Trenton this fall. The plant will initially crush and process 150 tons of canola oilseeds per day. A second phase of the project will include increasing the facility’s crushing capacity and building a vegetable oil refining plant, which is expected to be operational by early 2017.

“Hart AgStrong is very pleased to be able to join the farming community as a processor in the beautiful Commonwealth of Kentucky and the town of Trenton,” said Hart AgStrong President and CEO Robert Davis. “This region of Kentucky is an excellent area for double cropping, and canola provides a very good option for farmers to include in their crop rotations.”

Hart AgStrong is a leading producer of canola and sunflower oil. Since 2006, the company has been building relationships with local farmers by contracting oilseed production acres, and launched its first canola operation in Georgia in 2009. Hart AgStrong is building the new facility to be closer to canola seed farmers in western Kentucky.

A $5.4 billion industry, agriculture is vital to Kentucky’s economy. The state’s 77,000 farms cover nearly 13 million acres.

“I applaud Hart AgStrong for selecting Kentucky to expand its canola oilseed operations,” said Roger Thomas, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. “As a result of Hart AgStrong’s agri-business investment in our state, the Commonwealth’s farmers will have enhanced crop opportunities, our hardworking Kentuckians will benefit from the new job growth and Kentucky’s overall economy will receive a healthy boost.”

To encourage the investment and job creation in Trenton, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $450,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

“This decision by Hart AgStrong to build a new processing plant here says a lot about the quality of our local workforce and our farmers, and I’m happy to see this company and these good jobs come to Todd County,” said Rep. Martha Jane King, of Lewisburg. “I also appreciate our local and state officials for working closely with the company to help it establish operations right here in Kentucky.”

“I am excited to hear that Hart AgStrong has decided to invest in Todd County, bringing jobs, revenue and economic growth to the community,” said Sen. Whitney Westerfield, of Hopkinsville. “Hart AgStrong clearly recognizes the value in locating in the thriving agribusiness climate of western Kentucky.”

“I’m looking forward to the growth in our community when Hart AgStrong arrives,” said Trenton Mayor Jo Ann Holder. “Trenton is growing, and this announcement will help us expand our vision. I’m sure that Hart AgStrong will be a positive influence when it comes to employing their workforce locally. What is good for Trenton is good for Todd County.”

“On behalf of Todd County Fiscal Court and the citizens of Todd County, I would like to welcome Hart AgStrong to Trenton,” said Todd County Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield. “Hart AgStrong will further expand our agricultural growth and opportunities. We are thankful for the significant investments and quality jobs coming to our county. I also would like to thank everyone who had a part in making this partnership possible.”

For more information on Hart AgStrong, visit

Todd County has been certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a Work Ready in Progress Community. The certification is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly skilled workforce required in today's competitive global economy.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

A detailed community profile for Trenton (Todd County) can be viewed here.