Monthly Archives - June 2016

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Opens Expanded Facility

During a grand opening ceremony today, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated executives from Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. for expanding their Russell Springs facility and doubling their workforce to 300 people. The expansion, only two years after the vent-systems plant initially opened, effectively doubles its size to 116,000 square feet and increases the family owned German company’s total Kentucky investment to nearly $43 million. “The new jobs and investment Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems created here in southcentral Kentucky further exemplify why the [...]


The Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces Two Top Appointments

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely today announced the appointment of two top officials in the Energy and Environment Cabinet. R. Bruce Scott, currently the commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection, has been appointed as the deputy secretary of the EEC Cabinet. Aaron Keatley, currently deputy commissioner of the Department for Environment Protection, has been appointed as DEP Commissioner. Both appointments take effect immediately. “The Energy and Environment Cabinet, as well as its Department for Environmental Protection, are [...]


GM to Invest $290 Million in Corvette Plant Upgrade

General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million to improve technology and processes at its Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “GM has a long tradition of commitment to southcentral Kentucky and to producing, in Warren County, the finest sports cars in America,” said Gov. Bevin. “This benefits our entire state, both as a source of pride and as a tremendous contributor to our economy. “For 35 years, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has provided jobs to [...]


Toyota Kentucky Brings Home Platinum Plant Quality Award in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

When it comes to initial quality, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) knows how to roll.  The facility’s Lexus line, which began production just last fall, has received the Platinum award – a tie with Toyota’s Kyushu 2 plant (Lexus ES, RX) in Japan – in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The award represents the highest-performing assembly plant in the world for initial quality. “This is yet another proud moment for us,” said Wil James, TMMK president.  “The single [...]


KY FAME Partners with NASCAR Driver Garrett Smithley

The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), the Commonwealth’s nationally recognized workforce training organization, is excited to announce its sponsorship of NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Garrett Smithley and his “Number Zero” Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR Xfinity ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Motor Speedway on Friday, July 8. KY FAME is a partnership of manufacturers and higher-learning institutions that have teamed up to provide education and careers for technically skilled workers in advanced manufacturing. The program offers innovative, [...]


New Partnership Announced Aimed at Strengthening Manufacturing in Kentucky

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) announces a partnership with the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) to further increase awareness, innovation and education around advanced manufacturing and the manufacturing industry. The partnership with KAM, as well as with manufacturing associations in Ohio and Indiana, marks a new era for understanding the needs of the manufacturing industry in those three states, as well as the benefits for manufacturers of LIFT and the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. LIFT, one of the founding [...]


Kentucky’s First-Quarter 2016 Exports Surge on Aerospace, Automotive Parts

Strong exports totaling nearly $7 billion in the first quarter of 2016 landed Kentucky among the top 10 states for growth in sales of goods and services across national borders. Led by aerospace products and parts, automotive components and pharmaceuticals, the January-March numbers pushed 1.2 percent ahead of the same timeframe in 2015. That performance comes amid shrinking U.S. exports. Export statistics recently released by the U.S. Census Foreign Trade Bureau and WISERTrade show Kentucky exported $6.98 billion in goods and [...]


Toyota Celebrated 30th Year with Announcement to Support VEX Teams

On Wednesday, June 8th, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) celebrated its “milestone” 30th Anniversary with $100,000 in donations to Kentucky organizations. I was invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and stood with a large crowd as we watched Wil James, President of Toyota’s Georgetown site, announce that $30,000 was earmarked for the Scott County Robotics Booster Club to support VEX programs for “students at every level in Scott County.”  As he gave us this great news, the [...]


Report Finds Demand for Advanced Manufacturing Workers in Kentucky on the Rise

Demand for advanced manufacturing workers in Kentucky rose during the first quarter of 2016, according to a report released today by Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) and Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN). The quarterly report, highlighting the employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing, covered the five-state LIFT region of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. According to Kentucky’s First Quarter 2016 market report, online job ads for lightweighting-related occupations jumped by 9 percent since fourth quarter 2015, from [...]


Toyota Kentucky Celebrates 30 Years in Georgetown with Visitor Center Unveiling

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is looking to the future as it celebrates 30 years since breaking ground in Georgetown, Ky. Toyota investment in Kentucky has grown to $6 billion. TMMK makes America’s best-selling car, the Camry, along with the Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid and Lexus ES 350, and now employs 8,000 full-time team members. TMMK leaders say the future is bright…. · Major plant makeover being reviewed, including new technologies to build ever-better cars · Construction of new [...]

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