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Free Forklift Operator “Train the Trainer” Course from CLARK Material Handling Company

In honor of National Forklift Safety Day, CLARK (a local forklift manufacturer) is once again offering the “Operator Train the Trainer Course” onsite at our Lexington facility the week of June 12-15, 2017.   The class has limited seating, so you must sign up EARLY!  See information below and attached course agenda. Does your facility have forklift operators?  If so, CLARK has a great opportunity for you. June 13th is NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY for 2017, in conjunction with this event, [...]

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KAM Publishes Job Description for Executive Director Opening

The Executive Director will lead KAM in achieving its mission of advocating for manufacturers in Kentucky. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will create strategies and execute actions to improve the manufacturing environment including regulatory actions, energy availability and workforce development.  This position requires excellent relationship building, strategic planning and ability to carry out projects to move the interests of the Association forward. Successful candidate will have a strong understanding of manufacturers and their critical needs, [...]

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MakeTime Continues to Forge Alliances, Hosts Central Kentucky SolidWorks User Group

Online CNC sourcing pioneer MakeTime has formed many valuable alliances in the three years since its founding. From the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation to Autodesk and Foundry Group, the Lexington-based startup has amassed an impressive roster of early investors. Still, the company maintains its most valuable alliances are the companies, design firms and everyday individuals looking to simplify and speed the procurement of CNC machined parts. To that end, MakeTime just announced they’re hosting the Central Kentucky SolidWorks [...]

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Braidy Industries to Create 550 Jobs with $1.3 Billion Aluminum Rolling Mill in Eastern Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. today announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty” in Appalachia. “Braidy Industries’ decision to locate [...]

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NAM Award Event for Rep. Brett Guthrie – Monday, April 24

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) Monday, April 24, 2017 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET Altec Elizabethtown Operations 200 Altec Drive Elizabethtown, KY 42701-2143 On Monday, April 24, Altec, Inc. and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will honor Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2), a recipient of the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The event will take place at the Altec Elizabethtown Operations facility located at 200 Altec Drive, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The program will begin promptly at 2:30 PM. The NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence [...]

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Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

Kevin Butt’s job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker’s sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of electricity still comes from coal. Butt points out a new engine assembly line, where a conveyor belt moves in a slow circle. He says it was specially designed with a more efficient motor. There are also enormous fans overhead and LED lights, all changes that [...]

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Modern Medicaid Alliance Launches “Medicaid Works” Campaign in Kentucky

Medicaid works. That’s the message of a new education campaign launched today by the Modern Medicaid Alliance. While political debates and policy discussions about health reform continue in Kentucky, the Modern Medicaid Alliance will educate policymakers and the public about the high value care Medicaid delivers, Medicaid’s innovative solutions that are saving taxpayer dollars and increasing coverage, and the need for Medicaid to remain a strong safety net for the people of Kentucky. “Medicaid plays an important role in providing [...]

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Toyota Reborn: $1.33 Billion Investment in Georgetown Plant Will Keep It Cutting Edge

Comprehensive project will prepare facility for new platform, streamline production processes, improve vehicle safety, quality and efficiency Already one of the world’s leading automotive plants by efficiency, productivity and technology, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc., known as TMMK, will undergo a $1.33 billion overhaul to increase manufacturing flexibility, Gov. Matt Bevin and TMMK president Wil James announced today in Georgetown. “This investment is absolute proof the Kentucky Toyota plant is not only a leader in manufacturing under the Toyota umbrella, but [...]

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KAM President & CEO Announces Retirement

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers, announces that President & CEO Greg Higdon has informed the Board of Directors of his plan to retire from his position. He will continue to serve the Association until an orderly transition is complete. Mr. Higdon, a Brescia College graduate, also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He served ten years in the Kentucky Senate where he held several Leadership posts. He also served as Deputy Secretary [...]

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Millions of Manufacturing Jobs Could Go Unfilled

A jobs program in Louisville is filling a skills gap and putting Americans back to work. James Michael Logsdon, a Louisville auto mechanic, hadn’t been in a classroom in 40 years when his company went out of business in 2015, but he was keen to learn something new. He enrolled in a free program for blue-collar workers at KentuckianaWorks, a regional job-services group that offers education and training courses and connects students with prospective employers. In five weeks, he got [...]

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