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KCTCS, KAM celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro

Versailles, Ky. (April 29, 2021)– The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) are celebrating rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies hiring them. Just like NFL athletes who go pro, these students prepare for the next level — a good career in the manufacturing field. “Every year, KCTCS prepares students to go pro in advanced manufacturing careers that lead to a better life,” KCTCS President Paul Czarapata said. “Because the colleges align...

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Aviation Safety Resources Recovery Systems Announces Acquisition of Strong Enterprises

Companies Announce Landmark Development and Supply Agreement NICHOLASVILLE, KY and LAKELAND, FL (April 13, 2021) At the annual Sun-n-Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, FL, Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR) an innovative company that designs, tests and produces aircraft emergency parachute recovery systems for the aviation and Advanced/Urban Air Mobility (A/UAM) markets, announced today that it has reach agreement with Marcie LaVanway to acquire 100% of the stock of Strong Enterprises, a leader in the parachute industry. Strong Enterprises designs, engineers,...

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Melissa Aguilar-Southard joins KAM as Member Relations Director

Aguilar-Southard brings years of manufacturing and workforce development experience to KAM FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 1, 2021) - On Thursday the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced Melissa Aguilar-Southard joined its staff as the Member Relations Director. “We’re excited to welcome Melissa to KAM’s small but mighty team,” said KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo. “Her time in public service displayed her expertise at creating relationships, pooling resources, and building the bridge between industry, education, and government. We look forward to working with Melissa...

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Madisonville Community College Aviation Program Officially Takes Flight

Madisonsville, Ky. - Madisonville Community College has officially announced the launch of a new aviation program that will give students the opportunity to become a professional pilot through fixed-wing (airplane) or helicopter options. “This is a historic day for Madisonville Community College and the region we serve,” said President Dr. Cindy Kelley. “This is the first flight training program in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. We have been able to make it to this point with strong community...

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Sherry Mulkins Named President of World Trade Center Kentucky

Lexington, Ky (January 29, 2021) - The World Trade Center Kentucky, a non-profit organization and a leading provider of trade education, trade advisory and trade mission, across the state, announced the appointment of Sherry Mulkins as President. Sherry joined the WTC-KY in 2013 and held several leadership roles and stepped in and served as Interim Executive Director late 2019. Serving the World Trade Center Kentucky since 2013, Mulkins works to create awareness of global trade and strives to assist companies...

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CFA Leads Sell-Side Transaction For Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC

2/1/2021 Lexington, Kentucky CFA Leads Sell-Side Transaction For Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC Corporate Finance Associates (CFA) of Kentucky is pleased to announce the sale of Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC (CKFR) to Rumpke of Kentucky, Inc. The private acquisition closed on January 29, 2021 and the terms were not disclosed. “The new ownership of CKFR by Rumpke is a perfect match for both our employees and the customers as well”,  said David Ratliff, former owner of CKFR. Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC CKFR is...

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STATEMENT: KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo calls for peaceful, bipartisan leadership in 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jena Scott FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 8, 2021) - KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo made the following statement in light of recent events: “The world witnessed a reprehensible act at the United States Capitol earlier this week. In the midst of economic and political relationships already weakened by the effects of COVID-19, our state and national leaders must stand united and ready to work toward a more positive and stable future. The road to reunifying our fractured politics is...

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KAM’s Year in Review: Looking to 2021

Dear KAM Member, What a year. Full of challenges and growth, I think I speak for us all when I say that 2020 dramatically changed the world as we know it. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) began the year with many new initiatives and events. In January we were excited to host our yearly “Manufacturing Day at the Capitol” with a special visit from the Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop hailing from Arkansas. In February, we hosted our first-ever Manufacturing...

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Cybersecurity, communication lead top five technology trends

Pandemic also Advances Collaboration, Edge-Computing, and Outsourced IT Departments JASPER, Ind. – (Dec. 16, 2020) – Information technology (IT) underwent a major change in 2020 as organizations were forced to quickly adopt strategies to handle new cybersecurity threats and increase remote working and collaboration needs, according to Matrix Integration, a strategic IT solutions and managed services provider for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in the Midwest and beyond. Cybersecurity remains a top concern for 2021, as hackers continue to threaten organizations,...

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Aviation Safety Resources Awarded Research and Development Contract

STTR to Further Advance ASR Technology NICHOLASVILLE, KY (December 17, 2020) Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR) an innovative company that designs, tests and produces emergency whole airframe recovery systems for the aviation and Advanced/Urban Air Mobility (A/UAM) markets, today announced that the United States Air Force (USAF) through the AFWERX program has awarded the Company a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I contract entitled “Advanced Extreme Rapid Deployment Emergency Whole Airframe Recovery Parachute System for Urban Air Mobility” which...

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