Yearly Archives - 2018

Kentucky Career Center offers Federal Bonding Program to encourage employers to hire at-risk job applicants

The Kentucky Career Center is now offering a $5,000 six-month fidelity bond at no cost to employers or job seekers through a U.S. Department of Labor program that encourages hiring of hard-to-place applicants in eight categories, such as individuals with criminal records or those with poor credit records. The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) allows employers to insure their business against theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement if they hire at-risk job seekers who cannot get private coverage. The bond covers the [...]

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Kentucky’s Division of Apprenticeship Transitions to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (KEWDC) today announced the transition of the Division of Apprenticeship from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet to KEWDC’s Office of Employment and Training. The division, in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Apprenticeship and Training, oversees the Commonwealth’s registered apprenticeship program. Kentucky’s registered apprenticeship program is rapidly becoming a national model in preparing individuals to successfully enter the workforce. Today’s administrative move will build upon this momentum by harnessing KEWDC’s existing statewide network to [...]

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Gov. Bevin expands Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include associate’s degrees and high school dual credit courses

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an Executive Order July 11, expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. Additionally, the scholarship will now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky’s top five high-demand sectors leading to industry-recognized certifications. “We are excited to be expanding our innovative Work Ready [...]

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Xometry Acquires MakeTime, Adds $25M to Fuel Growth

Xometry, the largest on-demand manufacturing platform, announced that it has acquired Lexington, Ky.-based MakeTime, another leading on-demand manufacturing company. This acquisition brings together the country’s two top manufacturing network platforms. The combined company will operate under the Xometry brand name and have offices in Maryland and Kentucky. The acquisition will allow Xometry to grow its national partner network of manufacturers from 1,100 to over 2,300 while gaining MakeTime’s enterprise product expertise and features their Autodesk Fusion add-in and Shop Advantage program. Drura [...]

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Afni, Inc. Expands Bowling Green Operations, Adds 86 New Jobs

Today, customer engagement company Afni, Inc. in Bowling Green announced the expansion of their operations at 2625 Scottsville Road. They will add 86 new jobs and invest $315,800 in their office space, including the installation of new equipment. Afni has been a member of the Bowling Green business community since April 2000 and currently employs 230 people. This is Afni’s second expansion in Bowling Green. Afni will add 86 customer service representatives to its Bowling Green contact center in support [...]

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Bowling Green Metalforming Announces Plans for Expansion

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Bowling Green Metalforming LLC, a Canadian-owned automotive parts manufacturer, plans its sixth expansion since 2004, a $14.2 million investment set to create 27 new jobs in Warren County.  “Congratulations to Bowling Green Metalforming, which is launching yet another exciting expansion project,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “BGM is a key contributor to Kentucky’s booming automotive industry, and the company has been integral in establishing south central Kentucky as a vibrant manufacturing hub. BGM’s drive to succeed [...]

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DENSO Air Systems Plans $3.5 Million-Plus Expansion in Hopkinsville

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced DENSO Air Systems Michigan Inc. (ASMI) will expand its presence in Christian County with a more than $3.5 million investment creating 45 full-time jobs. “Since locating a facility in Hopkinsville just a few short years ago, DENSO has proven to be a company in high gear,” Gov. Bevin said. “This expansion, doubling the size of their operation, is exciting news for the Christian County region and for the commonwealth. We congratulate DENSO on its rapid [...]

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LBX Breaks Ground on Customer Experience Center in Lexington

Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated LBX Co. LLC, the maker of Link-Belt excavators, material handlers and forestry equipment, on starting construction on its $10 million-plus customer experience and training center in Lexington to supplement its current headquarters. “LBX has grown tremendously since it began in Lexington 20 years ago, and this latest investment underscores the company’s commitment to Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “Equipping companies with a skilled workforce is something that our administration has taken very seriously. When a company [...]

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Gov. Bevin, State Economic Development Officials to Recruit International Employers at SelectUSA Investment Summit in D.C.

Gov. Matt Bevin led a delegation of economic development leaders to the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit today in Washington D.C. for a business-recruiting and corporate engagement mission through Friday. Across dozens of meetings, roundtables, talks and receptions, the group will work in tandem with officials from KentuckyUnited to develop new – and strengthen existing – relationships aimed at bringing additional jobs and corporate investment to the commonwealth. “The SelectUSA Investment Summit is where we go each year to connect with private [...]

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2018 KY EXCEL Open House

Are you interested in becoming an environmental leader, but not sure how? Are you an environmental steward looking to network with other stewards? If you answered YES, then the free KY EXCEL Open House is for you! As a community KY EXCEL, Kentucky’s environmental leadership program, is a great a venue for business, farms, communities, non-profits, households and public servants to receive statewide recognition and provide a pathway for environmental stewardship opportunities and networking. KY EXCEL is throwing open our doors and inviting [...]

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