Yearly Archives - 2016

Toyota Employees Go Extra Mile to Make a Difference

Several hundred Toyota employees spent this past Sunday at work, but not to make cars. Instead, workers teamed up with family and friends to make a difference, walking 1.86 miles and raising over $52,000 in support of two local non-profits. Quest Farm and Lex-Pro, organizations which provide opportunities for Central Kentuckians with disabilities, were beneficiaries of the Toyota-hosted 3K.  Each received $10,000 from the company, on top of funds collected by walk participants. Toyota partners with Quest Farm and Lex-Pro to [...]

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MakerMinded Web Portal Puts Manufacturing Education and Awareness at Kentucky Students’ Fingertips

Today the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), and colleague national Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), announced the launch of MakerMinded across Kentucky. MakerMinded is a new online STEM learning and competition platform designed to impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers. MakerMinded’s digital platform will connect [...]

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eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Inc. gets $2.5 million AML Pilot Grant

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced today that eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Inc. (eKAMI) has been given preliminary approval for a $2.5 million grant by the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) for an advanced manufacturing training project. The money would fund the establishment of an HTEC Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Paintsville, Johnson County, providing National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certified CNC skills training on state-of-the-art equipment to bridge the global skills gap [...]

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State Receives $467,000 Grant to Help Small Businesses Bring Kentucky-Made Products, Services Abroad

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced a $467,000 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant for Kentucky from the U.S. Small Business Administration saying it will help the Commonwealth’s small businesses find broader markets for their products and services. “STEP funding is an important part of our efforts to help Kentucky’s small businesses thrive by marketing their goods and services outside the U.S. This $467,000 grant will give companies in our state additional opportunities, insight and experience to trade internationally,” Gov. Bevin [...]

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Gov. Bevin, Sec. Ramsey Launch Statewide Apprenticeship Campaign

Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Sec. Derrick Ramsey today announced the launch of the “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” apprenticeship campaign at Voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation (RFC) in Shelbyville. They were joined by Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Ray Leathers, Roll Forming Corporation President and CEO; and Micah Craig, Roll Forming Corporation Process Engineer. This initiative sets forth a goal of helping new program sponsors tap into the potential that apprenticeships have for their workforce needs. “In our efforts to make Kentucky the [...]

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Universal Woods plans to add more than 100 jobs, new facility in Louisville

A Louisville company filed plans with Louisville Metro Government to expand its manufacturing presence in Louisville, and that project could bring with it more than 100 new jobs in the next few years. Universal Woods Inc., a company that manufactures the finishes used for metal and wood products such as coasters, license plate frames, picture frames and plaques, has filed plans to construct a new facility at 2909 Blankenbaker Road in the Jeffersontown area. The company purchased the 10.5-acre property, [...]

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MakeTime CEO Brings Disruptive Tech to Keynote Address at KAIA’s AutoVision Conference

Founder and CEO of MakeTime, Drura Parrish, will be one of the industry-leading keynote speakers at AutoVision, the KAIA’s premier conference focused on the Kentucky automotive industry. After last year’s inaugural AutoVision conference sold out and every single participant said they’d recommend next year’s conference to anybody who would listen , the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) has set out to ensure this year’s conference is an even bigger success. MakeTime, a Lexington, Kentucky-based software company providing full-service, one-stop, on-demand [...]

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NKY career options soaring in manufacturing

While most Boone County students were sitting poolside this summer or honing their gaming skills, one Conner High School teacher took a group of potential engineers to tour two local manufacturing plants. Debbie Garey, who teaches freshmen, assembled a group of 10 students to tour Bosch in Hebron and Safran, on Carbon Way in Walton. Safran is the parent company of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, which is undergoing a $100 million expansion in Walton by 2018. During their daylong tour at Safran, students met [...]

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Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Receives AT&T Aspire Grant to Fund Career Immersion Activities

Today, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced a $15,000 Aspire grant from AT&T to support the expansion of career immersion through a marriage of leadership and career academy principles throughout the high school years for each of our area high schools in the Bowling Green Independent and Warren County school districts, as well as the Warren County Area Technology Center. Creating a robust pipeline of well-trained talent to support our businesses and grow our economy is top priority [...]

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Sullivan University College of Pharmacy Team Wins National Competition

A team from the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy has won a major national award while competing against some of the top pharmacy schools in the nation. Competing for just the second time in this event, The Sullivan University College of Pharmacy team of three students and a faculty sponsor won the 2016 national championship in the Sixth Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition, which was held March 19 and 20 at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in [...]

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