Monthly Archives - July 2018

Gov. Bevin Names Josh Benton Deputy Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Josh Benton as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). Benton will serve the cabinet with current Deputy Secretary Brad Montell. “Improving Kentucky’s workforce development is a top priority for our Administration,” said Gov. Bevin. “I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm Josh brings to this new role, as we continue our strong progress in equipping the Commonwealth’s citizens and employers for success.” Benton will oversee the [...]

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Alpla, Inc. Announces Plans to Expand Facility in Bowling Green’s Kentucky Transpark

Today, Austrian-based Alpla, Inc. announced plans to expand their Bowling Green operations. This $6.9 million project will include the addition of new equipment, 100,000 square-feet of warehouse space and 24 new jobs. “Since locating their second Kentucky facility in Warren County just a few years ago, Alpla has continued to steadily grow their operations,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “The company’s newest expansion is great news for the Bowling Green region and is emblematic of Alpla’s success here in the commonwealth. [...]

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Gov. Bevin to Join SBA Administrator Linda McMahon for Workforce Development Roundtable Discussion

Gov. Matt Bevin will join U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon and local entrepreneurs in Shelbyville tomorrow for a roundtable discussion concerning workforce development and the importance of training and educating highly skilled workers. Who: Gov. Matt Bevin SBA Administrator Linda McMahon ED Amy Cloud, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives What: Workforce development roundtable discussion with local entrepreneurs When: Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:00 p.m. EDT Where: Jeptha Creed Distillery 500 Gordon Lane Shelbyville, KY

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Mayfield Consumer Products Set for $8.3 Million-Plus Expansion, 52 New Jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Mayfield Consumer Products LLC, which designs and manufactures branded candles and home fragrance products, on its plans to add a facility and expand an existing building in Graves County with more than $8.3 million in investment that will create 52 full-time jobs. “Mayfield Consumer Products has been a great employer and strong corporate citizen for the past 20 years, and we are grateful for the company’s decision to continue expanding here in Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin [...]

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Auto Parts Maker DAE-IL Breaks Ground on 120-Job Facility in Murray

Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated leaders of South Korea’s DAE-IL Corp. and the Murray community as officials broke ground for the company’s $50 million, 120-job automotive parts plant in West Kentucky. “We are grateful for DAE-IL’s decision to build its first US manufacturing facility here in the commonwealth, and we congratulate them on starting construction in Murray,” Gov. Bevin said. “Kentucky has a proven track record of successfully attracting and integrating businesses into our economy, and our relationship with another [...]

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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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