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MakerMinded Goes Live in Kentucky

Today LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a national manufacturing institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and the Foundation for Kentucky Industry unveiled MakerMinded, a new online STEM learning and competition platform.  The multi-pronged platform will help impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers.  Kentucky and Tennessee are the first states to launch this national initiative. MakerMinded’s [...]

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OCTC GO FAME & GO CAREERS Recognized as the Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year

Congratulations to Owensboro Community & Technical College GO FAME and GO CAREERS for their recognition as the Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Chamber Celebration on January 27! Check out the video below to learn more about the program. About Go FAME: GO FAME is the Greater Owensboro Chapter of KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program adopted from Toyota’s nationally recognized training program. [...]

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Kentucky Shatters Export Record at $29.24 Billion in 2016

Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the Commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced. Aerospace products and parts led all categories with more than $10.85 billion in goods exported internationally, an increase of more than 24 percent over 2015. Kentucky ranked second nationally for 2016 in aerospace-related exports. “Kentucky is headed in the right direction and the business community is taking notice. This new record [...]

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Reinvestment Project at Whitworth Tool to Create 50 Jobs in Hardinsburg

Whitworth Tool Inc., a manufacturer of precision-machined components for the tool and die industry, plans to invest $3.58 million in its Hardinsburg headquarters, creating 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “We are grateful to the owners of Whitworth Tool for their decision to reinvest and add more jobs here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Companies, like Whitworth, have gained tremendous success by locating and expanding in the commonwealth. They are living proof that Kentucky is the engineering and [...]

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Week 3 – Regular Session (2017)

The General Assembly met last week and reached a key milestone for any legislative session – bill filing deadlines in both the Senate and House. Thursday was the deadline for new introductions in the Senate and Friday was the deadline in the House. In total, almost 790 bills were introduced in both chambers.  Approximately 534 bills were introduced in the House, which Speaker Hoover declared a record for a short session, and 253 bills were filed in the Senate. [...]

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Week 2 – Regular Session (2017)

The General Assembly reconvened in regular session this week. You will recall that the legislature was in session January 3-7, when they passed a record seven bills in five days, including Right to Work and repeal of prevailing wage. Week two didn’t find them quite as productive, but there were several items of note for KAM members: Remaining Priorities – Though the legislature acted on some of their key priorities the first week of the session, there are still items [...]

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Week 1 – Organizational Session (2017)

KAM’s Agenda is On the Move The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has supported and spoken in favor of both Right-to-Work and Prevailing Wage Repeal over the years, both before Legislative committees and in private conversations with legislators, as we believed that their adoption would enhance economic development in the Commonwealth. After the action of the General Assembly and the Governor last week, the adoption of those measures will become reality. In the first week of the session the legislature passed: House [...]

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Kentucky Prosperity Project Receives STAR Award at BIPAC Annual Deployment Partner Meeting in San Antonio

At the conclusion of BIPAC’s 2016 Deployment Partner Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, BIPAC President & CEO Jim Gerlach and Regional Vice President Cathy Mesch presented STAR Achievement Awards to several state partners. One of the recipients was the Kentucky Prosperity Project (KYP2), under the direction of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. The award was given for overall E2E (employer to employee) communications, based on the efforts of KYP2 to “Educate, Engage and Empower” Kentucky’s manufacturing voters through regular [...]

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WorkingNation and Time Inc.’s Fortune partner to stream Episode 3 of “FutureWork,” a new documentary series by Barbara Kopple

Episode 3 of “FutureWork” premiere yesterday on Fortune.com and Time.com. The episode, titled “Model of the Future,” focuses on a two-year technical program developed by Toyota in central Kentucky that combines real work experience for incoming employees with advanced training in the field of robotics and automation. As manufacturing jobs “re-shore” back to the U.S., employers like Toyota are working to re-design education to fill millions of highly-technical jobs with people able to do them. In the episode, Kopple looks [...]

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Toyota Employees Go Extra Mile to Make a Difference

Several hundred Toyota employees spent this past Sunday at work, but not to make cars. Instead, workers teamed up with family and friends to make a difference, walking 1.86 miles and raising over $52,000 in support of two local non-profits. Quest Farm and Lex-Pro, organizations which provide opportunities for Central Kentuckians with disabilities, were beneficiaries of the Toyota-hosted 3K.  Each received $10,000 from the company, on top of funds collected by walk participants. Toyota partners with Quest Farm and Lex-Pro to [...]

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