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Vanderbilt Chemicals Plans $13.7 Million Expansion in Murray

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Vanderbilt Chemicals, LLC will invest $13.7 million to increase the output of its Calloway County facility, which produces additive compounds for numerous industries. “This growth by Vanderbilt Chemicals is evidence that a key Kentucky industry continues to flourish,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “In today’s world, the chemicals industry fundamentally supports our daily lives, and Kentucky is proud that companies like Vanderbilt – a member of our corporate community since 1969 – choose to locate and [...]

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Economic development forums bring together Kentucky agricultural and manufacturing interests

Three economic development forums held across Kentucky this week aimed to expand the stream of agricultural products into Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. The Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) forums were held Tuesday in Owingsville, Wednesday in Shelbyville, and Thursday in Princeton. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) facilitated the forums with the financial support of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional sponsors. “These forums brought [...]

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Ford expanding SUV line with major investment at Louisville plant

Ford Motor Co. has announced a major investment at a Louisville plant that makes large SUVs. Ford will spend $900 million in upgrades at the Kentucky Truck Plant to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which will begin arriving at dealerships this fall. The two full-size SUVs will be exported to over 55 markets globally, including the Navigator to China. “Large SUVs are attracting a new generation around the world, and we’re finding new ways to deliver the capability, versatility [...]

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Gov. Bevin Announces Creation of Kentucky Work Matters Task Force

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the creation of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force at a press conference with federal and state officials and other special guests in the State Capitol Rotunda. The new 23-member task force will bring together every department of state government that has a hand in workforce development with members of the private sector. Their mission is to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and individuals [...]

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Kentucky Celebrates Safest Year for Workplace Safety

The largest annual gathering of workplace safety professionals from companies all across Kentucky gathered in Covington this week for the state’s premier occupational safety and health conference and exposition. Representatives from 48 companies who earned the prestigious Governor’s Safety and Health Award during the last year were in attendance to help celebrate Kentucky’s all-time low Injury and Illness Rate. “The recipients of the 48th Governor’s Safety and Health Award are a major reason why Kentucky’s workplaces recorded their safest year in [...]

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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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