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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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House Bill 366, April 2 – Regular Session (2018)

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) congratulates the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of HB 366, a significant tax reform package. KAM, as a non-partisan association, has strongly advocated a series of changes to our tax code for more than ten years that would make Kentucky more competitive in the national and global marketplaces. Continuous improvement is a foundational tenet of manufacturing. As makers of products used worldwide and creators of the jobs to make them, we believe that [...]

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A Quick Update, March 28 – Regular Session (2018)

Our last weekly report on legislative activity noted that the General Assembly was scheduled to meet on March 27 and 28 for two concurrence days before recessing until April 12 and 13 for two veto override days. As is very often the case, the legislative leadership chose to alter the legislative calendar. By early afternoon on Tuesday, the announcement was made that the General Assembly would not be in session on the 28th, but would return to convene on [...]

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What You Need To Know, March 19, 2018 – Regular Session (2018)

Crunch Time With only eight working days left in the 2018 legislative session, the most significant hurdle policymakers face is the dwindling amount of time remaining to address priority bills, including passage of the biennial state budget and road plan. On Friday, Senate President Robert Stivers alluded to the possibility that leaders may change the legislative calendar to address the priorities that remain. The current calendar calls for the legislature to meet through Thursday of this week, then return on [...]

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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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What You Need To Know, March 12, 2018 – Regular Session (2018)

Timing is everything. Today marks the 47th legislative day of this 60-day budget session. With thirteen working days left, a tremendous amount of work remains: the legislature is working its way through the budget process as the Senate is currently considering the document and making their proposed changes; pension reform remains a mystery as there was a glitch on Friday that sent the bill back to the Senate committee; and some legislative leaders continue to say they will consider tax [...]

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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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