Monthly Archives - January 2016

2016 Legislature…Week Four Update

Two of the major milestones for this session passed on Tuesday, January 26, with the unveiling of Governor Bevin’s budget proposal and the legislative candidate filing deadline. Both dominated activity in the General Assembly last week. Here is a quick summary of each: Filing Deadline The field of candidates is set for legislative elections that will take place in 2016. In total, 220 candidates have filed for 100 House seats with 91 of those seats producing contested races. In the Senate, [...]


Local Success Story LSK to Build New Facility in Graves County

Governor Matt Bevin announced today that LSK Inc., an air-compressor parts manufacturer that began 13 years ago in a shop next to Cory Crowley’s home in Graves County, will invest more than $1 million to build a new facility and create 10 new full-time jobs. “LSK’s story is one that small business owners and entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth should use as an example of how to succeed on a grand scale,” said Governor Bevin. “Being an entrepreneur myself, I can [...]


Gov. Bevin Delivers Plan to Strengthen Kentucky’s Financial Foundation

In his first State of the Commonwealth Address, Governor Matt Bevin asked all Kentuckians and members of the General Assembly to stand united in improving the financial condition of the state. “We have the ability to come together to make this state the best version of itself,” said Gov. Bevin. “We are going to tap into the existing talent and skills of our state workers,and take care of those who protect the Commonwealth. However, we cannot move forward unless we [...]


2016 Legislature…Week Three Report

The winter weather and legislative holiday had the impact of dramatically slowing down already sluggish legislative activity this week. After a slow start over the first three weeks of the 2016 Session, we expect things to pick up in the coming week, however. Tuesday, January 26, Governor Bevin will release his budget and policy proposals in his first State of the Commonwealth & Budget Address. The budget is important not only because it is the only bill legislators have [...]


2016 Legislature…Week Two Report

The General Assembly put some of their politics behind them and got down to business this week, closing out the second week of the session heading into a legislative holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday, January 18. The legislative process has yet to reach full capacity as there are still several committees in each chamber that have yet to meet and some have already announced their intentions not to meet next week. This is not uncommon [...]


Gov. Bevin Congratulates Westlake Chemical Corporation on Planned $130 Million Investment in Marshall County Facility

A $130 million investment Westlake Chemical Corporation plans to make across several plants at its integrated vinyls facility in Calvert City will remove bottlenecks and retain nearly 400 local employees, Governor Matt Bevin said today. “This investment by Westlake in Marshall County helps ensure a stable future for thousands of people in Western Kentucky directly and indirectly connected to the facility,” Gov. Bevin said. “Our administration is working to grow new opportunities for Kentuckians, and that starts with securing and [...]


The Art of Workforce Development

Injecting STEAM curriculum into education programs aims to build innovative thinking into math, science skills Across pockets of the Bluegrass State, kids of all ages are delving into cool, project-based learning designed to build a future workforce that embraces technology in every facet of corporate growth. Forget routine memorization, or weeks of pop quizzes as primary learning tools. Career paths are now crafted around visionary undertakings of their own design: building robots; planning a satellite payload; constructing a building; wiring a [...]


More than 2 million Toyotas built in North America in 2015

2015 marked record production for Toyota with 2,035,028 vehicles and 1,933,702 engines produced in North America. Key drivers for increased production include low fuel prices, a healthier economy and strong customer demand for Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma. At Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), over 450,000 vehicles were produced, including the new Lexus ES 350. In 2016, Toyota will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Kentucky. “Our products are a direct reflection of our team members’ dedication and talent,” said Jim Lentz, [...]


2016 Legislature…Week One Report

With one week down in the 2016 session of the General Assembly, we are already keeping our eye on the calendar. There are three dates in particular that will dictate the session: January 26 – This date has double importance. Not only will Governor Bevin deliver his State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address, but this is also the candidate filing deadline when legislators will know if they have an election opponent. First, on Governor Bevin’s address, we are interested to [...]


Big Ass Solutions to Expand Residential Division and Products, Add Jobs

Big Ass Solutions has announced that it is expanding its new residential division, Haiku Home. The Lexington-based manufacturer plans to add approximately 100 jobs over the next year to support the initiative, a news release from the company stated Tuesday. Haiku Home will add a new model to its residential ceiling fan line and introduce two new products: a ceiling-mounted LED light fixture and a wireless wall control. Haiku Home also will introduce an advanced, highly efficient HVAC system in 2017; [...]

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