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Lectrodryer, LLC Honored with Presidential Award for Export Achievements

World Trade Center Kentucky Executive Board Member, John McPhearson, president and CEO of LECTRODRYER, LLC, was honored by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker with the Presidential Award for Export Achievements. LECTRODRYER demonstrates the ooprtunity inherit in selling made-in-America products to the broad customer base existing outside our borders. Their success contributes to growth, job creation, competitiveness, and the success of the Kentucky economy. Click here to read the full story. LECTRODRYER, LLC is located in the heart of the bluegrass – [...]

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EdgeFactor Video “I Believe” Shows Opportunities for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

We believe in engaging, inspiring and preparing the next generation to pursue amazing careers in advanced manufacturing. What do YOU believe? What are you doing to advocate manufacturing careers in your community? How are you inspiring tomorrow’s innovative makers? Join Edge Factor on our journey to inspire the next generation. Edge Factor stories give a voice to the innovative people who are pushing back the edge of what’s possible, when their ideas become reality through advanced manufacturing. Our eduFACTOR teaching [...]

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Bevin: Coal Is Integral But Water Is ‘Commodity Of The Future’

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says the commonwealth has a lot in its favor when it comes to attracting manufacturers. But in a speech and question-and-answer session at the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ annual energy conference Wednesday, Bevin also spoke about the importance of planning for the future of workforce development. Sometimes, he stressed, that includes making sure there are alternatives to four-year degrees available for high school graduates. “As a kid who grew up poor in the country, I was blessed by opportunities [...]

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Calgon Carbon Plans to Aquire CECA,a Subsidiary of Arkema Group

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC) (Calgon Carbon, or the Company) announced today that it has made a binding offer to acquire the wood-based activated carbon, reactivation and mineral-based filtration media business of CECA (the Activated Carbon and Filter Aid Business, or the Business). The transaction is valued at €145.5 million ($160.1 million)(1), which includes a cash purchase price of €137.7 million ($151.5 million)(1), and the assumption of unfunded pension liabilities. The completion of this transaction is subject to various [...]

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New KET Documentary Profiles Ashland Oil’s John Hall

From the academic halls and the gridiron at Vanderbilt University to the competitive business world at Ashland Oil (now Ashland Inc.), Texas native John Hall has thrived on competitiveness, tenacity and compassion. A new documentary, John Hall: The Kentucky Commodore, premiering Tuesday, April 26 at 8/7 pm on KET, relays Hall’s life, business career and extensive philanthropic work. Hall’s rise to the helm of Ashland Oil began in 1957, when he was hired by the company to do research and [...]

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Eagle Press America to open plant in Franklin

Governor Matt Bevin announced today that Eagle Press, a manufacturer of industrial presses and stamping equipment, will bring a manufacturing component from Canada to Kentucky. Eagle Press plans to invest more than $1 million in Franklin to build its new facility and purchase equipment. The project will create an estimated 10 new full-time jobs in Simpson County. “Eagle Press is a welcome addition to Kentucky’s diverse manufacturing portfolio,” said Governor Bevin. “The nearly six decades of experience Eagle Press brings to [...]

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Three Kentucky Manufacturers Recognized with National Awards for Investment, Community Impact

Governor Matt Bevin today congratulated three Kentucky manufacturing operations on receiving Corporate Investment & Community Impact (CiCi) Awards from Trade & Industry Development magazine. In its 11th annual CiCi awards, the magazine recognized some of the state’s largest economic development projects announced last year. It presented Corporate Investment commendations for job-creation and investment announcements made last year to Ford Motor Co.’s Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) in Louisville and the General Motors Corp. Bowling Green Assembly Plant. It also honored North [...]

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Kentucky Organizations Receive EPA Honors for Energy Efficiency

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Charles G. Snavely today announced that Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, (TEMNA) Inc., is among six Kentucky organizations to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards for 2016. Toyota received the prestigious Sustained Excellence Award by delivering outstanding energy and environmental programs for 12 consecutive years. Also receiving Sustained Excellence awards were: The Kentucky School Boards Association, Frankfort, KY., Kenton County School District, Fort [...]

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Aerospace manufacturer Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to expand Walton facility in $100 million-plus project

Governor Matt Bevin announced today that Aircraft wheel and brake components maker Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, a subsidiary of French tech giant Safran, plans to expand its Northern Kentucky plant creating about 80 jobs with an investment of more than $100 million. “Through the manufacturing and refurbishing of wheels and carbon brakes, the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty employees located here in Kentucky help make take-offs and landings safe for tens of thousands of people flying every day across the globe,” said Governor Bevin. “The company’s operations [...]

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Kentucky must focus on building a better-skilled work force

A high-profile issue this session of the General Assembly has been workforce education and development. Kentucky has advanced manufacturing facilities, especially in the auto and chemical manufacturing industries, unlike any other state, and we are grateful for the jobs they create. As president and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, the issue I hear the most is that many of our students coming out of our secondary and postsecondary schools are not “work ready.” We realize that all manufacturing facilities [...]

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