Yearly Archives - 2018

Newly Opened Kobelco Aluminum Plant in Bowling Green to Grow by $42 Million

Less than two years after opening its Bowling Green plant, automotive parts manufacturer Kobelco Aluminum Products & Extrusions Inc. will expand with a $42 million investment, bringing its total planned employment to 220 and overall Kentucky investment to $95 million, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “This major expansion by Kobelco underscores that Kentucky is the nation’s leader in both aluminum and automotive-related production,” Gov. Bevin said. “As America’s engineering and manufacturing center of excellence, we will continue to support the [...]

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Louisville First’s 20 People to Know manufacturing/logistics: Lee Lingo

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Years in current job: One Years in manufacturing/logistics: Two Why did you choose your line of work? I enjoy finding solutions to problems, helping others achieve their goals and finding common ground. I also really enjoy the challenge of building organizations and businesses. What is the most engaging aspect of working in manufacturing/logistics? The most daunting? In both manufacturing and in association management, I love addressing the consistent myriad of challenges of our members and finding [...]

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Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship and Training Council meeting scheduled for Dec. 14

The first meeting of the Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship and Training Council has been scheduled for Dec. 14 at noon Eastern time at the Chamber of Commerce, 464 Chenault Road, in Frankfort. Those planning to attend meetings should confirm times and dates before traveling. People with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting Deborah Williamson at (502) 564-2763. AGENDA Welcome and Introduction of Members Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey Open Meetings, Open Records and Ethical Issues Luncheon History of the Kentucky Apprenticeship and Training Council Ken Sheridan, Former Council [...]

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Cabinet Names New Executive Director of Workforce Development

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has transformed its approach to address workforce needs across the state with an increased focus on community development, and that initiative now has a new face. Kristina Slattery has been named the Cabinet’s executive director of Workforce Development, Community Development and Research. Slattery joined the Cabinet in September 2015, where she has served as a workforce specialist within the Office of Workforce Development, as well as a project manager for new and expanded business. [...]

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Senate Republican Leadership announces new Senate committee chairmanships

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 26, 2018) – Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) has been named the new chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health & Welfare. The Committee’s former chairwoman, Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville) relinquished her chairmanship when she was elected to Senate Leadership earlier this month as the Majority Caucus Chair. Senator Steve Meredith (R-Leitchfield) has assumed Senator Alvarado’s previous role as the vice-chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee. Senator Jared Carpenter (R-Berea) has been named the new [...]

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$3.2 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grant expanding technical education opportunities in Shelby County

Simply walking into Shelby County Area Technology Center (SCATC) will dispel any notion that advanced high school learning centers are like the shop classes of generations past. While traditional technical skills are still being taught at SCATC, the modern classrooms and new equipment show just how far technical education has come since the school was built in 1968. The Shelby County Area Technology Center’s new state-of-the-art equipment can be attributed to a $3,233,049 Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) grant. [...]

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Gateway rolls out new mobile manufacturing and construction skills lab

Gateway Community and Technical College rolled out a new mobile advanced manufacturing and construction skills lab Nov. 15 to tour Northern Kentucky. The new Mobile Learning Lab will travel between Gateway's three campuses and area high schools for dual college credit courses, said Gateway's development director Sandy Ortman-Tomlin. Students will be introduced to basic tool handling skills, robotics and manufacturing concepts when the new Ford Transit cargo van visits, Ortman-Tomlin said. The goal of the new Ford Transit cargo van will be to introduce [...]

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Kentucky Launches University Technology Commercialization Initiative

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced formation of the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a national-model partnership between Kentucky’s universities and colleges to translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups while providing businesses access to collective public resources. Led by the Cabinet for Economic Development’s KY Innovation office, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, C3 will provide resources to all the state’s public universities and colleges. Faculty and students at Kentucky institutions will have access to [...]

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Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

This week, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (KEWDC) will celebrate National Apprenticeship Week in Kentucky from November 12-17, by recognizing over 250 Registered Apprenticeship Programs that apprentice approximately 3,500 Kentuckians across the state. “National Apprenticeship Week recognizes the unique workforce development opportunities available through registered apprenticeships,” said Gov. Bevin.  “As we continue to attract new businesses and jobs in record numbers to the Commonwealth, apprenticeships provide a proven training model for companies and ensure that Kentuckians are equipped [...]

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Nylene Breaks Ground on Expansion in Henderson

HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) -Construction will begin in on Nov. 19, 2018 on the expansion project at Custom Resins, now known as Nylene. The project has been in the works since 2016. It will double the square footage of the existing building, capacity, and employment. Nylene has already started hiring people from the community, and started their training. The company has been in Henderson for over 60-years and is making this project completely local. “We are using local craft, you are going to have local [...]

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