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Energy and Environment Cabinet Announces New Commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely today announced the appointment of Tony Hatton as Commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP). Hatton, who was named the DEP’s Deputy Commissioner in 2016, replaces former Commissioner Aaron Keatley, who recently accepted a job as Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Hatton’s appointment takes effect June 1. “The Department for Environmental Protection is an agency that requires highly trained individuals to deal with complex environmental issues,” Secretary [...]

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Gov. Bevin Departs on Recruiting Mission to Asia

Gov. Matt Bevin today will lead an economic development and trade mission to Japan and the Republic of Korea to meet with executives, strengthen ties and encourage international investment and job creation in Kentucky. Gov. Bevin, along with Sec. Terry Gill and Executive Officer Vivek Sarin of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, will promote Kentucky in meetings with leaders of Japanese and Korean manufacturing, service and technology corporations. Companies include those with facilities already in the state, as well [...]

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Ford Restarting F-150, Super Duty Production Ahead of Schedule after Fire at Magnesium Parts Supplier

Ford Motor Company is restarting production of the popular F-150 at Dearborn Truck Plant Friday after just over one week of downtime. The company has also successfully repaired the supply chain for Super Duty, with production targeted to restart by Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant as well as the Kansas City Assembly Plant that also makes F-150 pickups. This follows the massive May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products facility in Eaton Rapids, Mich. “While the situation remains extremely [...]

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Novelis Breaks Ground on Facility in Guthrie, Plans 125 Jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin today joined executives from Novelis Inc. along with federal, state, local and industry representatives to break ground for the aluminum supplier’s $305 million processing plant in Todd County, which will create 125 full-time jobs producing automotive-grade aluminum sheet. “These are the kinds of investments that are transforming Kentucky and transforming the aluminum industry,” Gov. Bevin said. “My vision for the Commonwealth is that we become the center for engineering and manufacturing excellence in the United States of [...]

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Gov. Bevin appoints new Commissioner for the Department of Workforce Investment

Ray Leathers, of Shelbyville, a decorated U.S. Army veteran with 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment, replacing Beth Kuhn. Kuhn will now be overseeing the community engagement component of Kentucky HEALTH through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Ray Leathers is bringing 40 years of his private sector workforce experience to the public sector,” said Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Interim Secretary Don Parkinson. “This experience will [...]

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Century Aluminum Announces $115 Million-plus Investment to Upgrade Smelter in Hawesville, Creates 250 Jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Century Aluminum Co., a global producer of primary aluminum, will invest approximately $116.5 million for improvements at its operation in Hawesville that will create over 250 full-time jobs. “Kentucky’s aluminum industry continues to build upon the momentum generated within the sector in recent years, and Century Aluminum has certainly been no exception,” Gov. Bevin said. “The more than 250 jobs created through this investment will be a boon for Hawesville and Hancock County. I want [...]

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Manufacturing startup releases unprecedented pricing technology for CNC machining

Pricing in manufacturing and the search for the true economic cost of a machined part has been a challenge for manufacturers as long standing as the industry itself. According to recent studies, the existing pricing process results in cost discrepancies of up to 10X for an identical product (or part), depending on the company making it. Receiving a price typically takes days or weeks. Kentucky-based startup MakeTime launched their solution today: Network Pricing. MakeTime’s Network Pricing instantly generates a budgetary [...]

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Gov. Bevin Congratulates Kings Royal Biotech on Groundbreaking of 140-Job Facility in Carlisle County

Today, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated Kings Royal Biotech Inc. (KRB), a manufacturer of cannabidiol isolate, for breaking ground on its $30 million-plus facility, a project expected to create 140 full-time jobs in the West Kentucky city of Bardwell. “Ag-tech businesses are increasingly recognizing the many benefits of manufacturing hemp-related products in Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are grateful for the jobs and investment that Kings Royal Biotech brings and for the company’s efforts to build lasting relationships with West Kentucky [...]

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Kuraray Completes Acquisition of Calgon Carbon

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (“Kuraray”) announced it has completed its acquisition of Calgon Carbon Corporation (“Calgon Carbon”). As a separate subsidiary, Calgon Carbon will be reported as part of the Functional Materials Company of Kuraray, along with Kuraray’s Carbon Material Business Division. The Functional Materials Company includes the Methacrylate Division and Medical Division. Randy Dearth, Calgon Carbon’s President and CEO, said of the completion of the merger: “This is an exciting beginning. For over 75 years, Calgon Carbon’s products, technologies, [...]

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Bowling Green Chamber Again Nationally Recognized for Economic Development Excellence

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is again being recognized as one of the nation’s top areas that is attracting corporate facility investment. For the second year in a row Bowling Green ranked second, tied with Owensboro, KY, in Site Selection magazine’s Top Metros annual report of high-performing metros among communities with populations less than 200,000 based on total economic development projects for the year. The ranking evaluates states on their ability to attract investment based mainly on a [...]

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