Broadbent Ham’s: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Beth & Ronny Drennan

August 16th, 2016

Broadbent Ham’s- The Entrepreneurial Journey of Beth & Ronny Drennan


About 38 years ago, Beth and Ronny Drennan married and began an entrepreneurial journey with twists and turns guided by faith. Ronny had come from a farming background was no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. Ronny decided that farming was not his own personal career path to follow and decided to seek employment in other industries.

Ronny came across the opportunity to purchase a fuel service center, together they took the risk. Over a few years they grew it to include a bulk fuel supply, which supplied fuel for local farmers. The status quo of the town changed as less and less individuals farmed with encouragement from local government. The lack of farming dried business up for the bulk station, and soon the Drennan’s encountered a potential buyer and chose to sell the bulk supply half of the business. Soon the service station was sold as well. They found themselves looking to the next endeavor. Beth, who had worked alongside Ronnie at the stations found herself in need of amusement during the down time of a slow business. She turned to crafts, particularly Tole Painting (decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils). Ronnie assisted her by cutting shapes and building pine furniture, and they expanded their hobby to their next business.

Their primary distributor’s husband was a broker who sold businesses. He talked with Ronny during a routine drop off of goods and offered him the opportunity to perhaps purchase Broadbent Ham’s a mail order company. The Drennan’s continued to weigh the decision of purchasing Broadbent Ham’s throughout that year. Knowing it would be their largest undertaking yet, they again decided to have faith and dove in.

In 1999, the sale was final and the Drennan’s now owned the small company which employed 1 FT and 1 PT worker along with 12 seasonal workers. Today, they employee 20 individuals and operate a Deli & Gourmet Market that fronts their 20,000 sq ft production facility. They continue the traditional recipes and enter annually in the Kentucky State Fair. Their cured Kentucky Country hams continue to bring home blue ribbons and uphold family traditions.
We hope that you will continue to be part of a rich Kentucky tradition that dates back to 1909.

We welcome anyone to stop by our facility. We are happy to give tours and answer any questions. We are so grateful to be part of the rich heritage of Kentucky and hope to continue growing our business in the coming years.

Written by Laura Oberle

There’s Kentucky country ham, and then there’s Kentucky country ham from Broadbent’s. The makers of award-winning Kentucky country ham, hickory smoked bacon, and smoked sausage. The tradition of making products of the highest quality has been the same for over 100-years. Whether your tastes in Ham flavor is salty or sweet, we’ve got the perfect Ham for your Christmas celebration! Please Browse through our selections, all guaranteed to please!

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