Monthly Archives - February 2016

2016 Legislature…Week Eight Update

In the context of the General Assembly, a bill represents everything from an idea about a new program, to a way to solve a constituent’s problem, or complex rules to regulate various industries. There have been over 750 bills filed thus far this session and we expect 100 or more as the House and Senate bill filing deadlines pass this week. Last week, the pace and volume of legislative activity remained controlled and without any sense of haste. The focus [...]


Aerospace manufacturer Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to expand Walton facility in $100 million-plus project

Governor Matt Bevin announced today that Aircraft wheel and brake components maker Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, a subsidiary of French tech giant Safran, plans to expand its Northern Kentucky plant creating about 80 jobs with an investment of more than $100 million. “Through the manufacturing and refurbishing of wheels and carbon brakes, the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty employees located here in Kentucky help make take-offs and landings safe for tens of thousands of people flying every day across the globe,” said Governor Bevin. “The company’s operations [...]


Kentucky must focus on building a better-skilled work force

A high-profile issue this session of the General Assembly has been workforce education and development. Kentucky has advanced manufacturing facilities, especially in the auto and chemical manufacturing industries, unlike any other state, and we are grateful for the jobs they create. As president and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, the issue I hear the most is that many of our students coming out of our secondary and postsecondary schools are not “work ready.” We realize that all manufacturing facilities [...]


America SednAir Moves Into Manufacturing with Opening of $1 Million U.S. Headquarters in Mayfield

With a ribbon cut today on its new U.S. headquarters in Graves County, America SednAir Compressor System Inc. officially adds manufacturer to its lengthy list of attributes. The company, which imports, exports, maintains, repairs and retails parts for industrial air compressors systems, operated for 10 years from a warehouse. Its new $1 million facility in Mayfield spans 10,600 square-feet, giving America SednAir space to hire 11 new employees and begin production of air coolers – essentially heat exchanges – that [...]


2016 Legislature…Week Seven Update

The General Assembly has used just over half of the 60 legislative days they have for the 2016 legislative session. With the session past its midpoint, it is time to consider how things are progressing for Kentucky manufacturers. Energy – The good news is that no legislation has moved that would negatively impact manufacturers by either adding to our costs or destroying the regulatory environment that would lead to unnecessary uncertainty in power markets. The bad news is that there [...]


Caine & Weiner Proud to Announce Greg Cohen Elected as IACC President for 2016

Caine & Weiner is proud to announce that Greg A. Cohen, President & CEO, has recently been elected to serve as President of the International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC) for 2016. Cohen, elected by fellow association members, will serve as head of the Board of Directors and will provide guidance and strategic direction for the association. He has begun his year-long term as President when he was inducted in January 2016 at the annual IACC meeting, with record [...]


2016 Legislature…Week Six Update

The 2016 legislative session is nearing the midpoint, with legislators having completed 27 of 60 available legislative days for this session. The overall volume of legislation to this point in the session remains pretty low and with a holiday-shortened week, we expect many committees won’t meet, further limiting activity in the week ahead. However, we do expect the House and Senate budget review processes to continue this week and that will continue to be the focal point of this [...]


LIFT Announces New Education & Workforce Webpage

LIFT is pleased to announce a new Education & Workforce webpage as part of the website. The new web section provides information on initiatives funded by LIFT, workforce data and research for each partner state, and emphasizes the incredible workforce and education partnerships through LIFT. Each state within the LIFT region now has a unique page where visitors can learn more about state team partners, state initiatives, and upcoming LIFT-related events. Please follow the link below to share with [...]


House approves proposed workforce development study

Legislation to track the progress of workforce development in Kentucky was passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives today. House Concurrent Resolution 97, sponsored by Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, and Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, would direct the Legislative Research Commission to establish a Kentucky Workforce Development Task Force to study workforce issues and submit a final report by Dec. 2016 that includes proposed changes and recommended legislation for workforce development. Last year, over $1 billion in state and federal [...]


Governor Bevin Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Today, Governor Matt Bevin made the following statement applauding the Supreme Court decision to freeze the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan regulations: “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a huge win in the fight against Obama’s disastrous Clean Power Plan. The Court’s decision to freeze these illegal climate regulations is a victory in our efforts to save our coal jobs and protect Kentucky families from skyrocketing energy prices. We will continue to challenge these regulations as the litigations continue in court.” Kentucky [...]

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