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Rising Star: Mason Tomaselli

NAME: Mason Tomaselli SCHOOL: Ashland Community & Technical College AREA OF STUDY: Computerized Manufacturing and Machinig EMPLOYER: Steen Cannons LEARN MORE: “I enjoy teaching this program so much, that after I retired in 2014 from this program, I spent the next five years wishing I had not,” says Danny Pancake. Pancake is the program coordinator for the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining program at Ashland Community and Technical College. “I love working with the machines and the materials and producing parts for projects and for various...

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Rising Star: Jamie Lindsey

NAME: Jamie Lindsey SCHOOL: Southcentral Kentucky Technical & Community College EMPLOYER: Delta Faucet LEARN MORE: A 16-year veteran at Delta Faucet in Morgantown, Kentucky, Maintenance and Safety Manager Jamie Lindsey personally understands the impact of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s (SKYCTC) SKY FAME program. “Delta Faucet is in a rural area, so we compete with larger cities like Bowling Green to get qualified employees,” says Lindsey. “We realized years ago that we have to grow our employees – and by that I...

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Rising Star: Michael Walker

NAME: Michael Walker SCHOOL: Madisonville Community College AREA OF STUDY: Electrical Technology EMPLOYER: Southeast Banking Systems LEARN MORE: Michael decided to pursue his degree in electrical technology to help with his work at Southeast Banking Systems. He has enjoyed all of his courses and especially has appreciated the instruction and support of program coordinator, Roy Wells. Michael shared, “Mr. Wells is a great teacher. He really shows you how the material in the classroom is relevant to the workplace. I feel so much better...

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Rising Star: Jennifer Hampton

NAME: Jennifer Hampton SCHOOL: Elizabethtown Community & Technical College AREA OF STUDY: Computerized Manufacturing and Machining ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Metallica Scholar LEARN MORE: Jennifer Hampton, a student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, has been recognized as an exceptional student by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers during October, which is Manufacturing Month. Jennifer is thrilled with the opportunity that manufacturing offers her. In August Jennifer was one of 60 ECTC students awarded a scholarship from the Metallica Scholars Initiative for advanced manufacturing. “Enrolling in the Computerized...

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Rising Star: Jacob Thomas

NAME: Jacob Thomas SCHOOL: Hopkinsville Community College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance EMPLOYER: Novelis ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in 2020 LEARN MORE: Jacob Thomas of Todd County, Kentucky graduated from Hopkinsville Community College in 2020 with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology on an Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track through the college’s HOPFAME program. HOPFAME is the HCC chapter of KYFAME, a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement apprentice-style training to create a...

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Rising Star: Brad Copeland

NAME: Brad Copeland SCHOOL: West Kentucky Community & Technical College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance EMPLOYER: Vanderbilt Chemicals ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in 2020 LEARN MORE: When Brad Copeland was 24, he began working as a chemical operator in 2011 at Vanderbilt Chemicals in Murray, Ky. He worked the swing rotation for seven years and liked what he was doing at the mineral and chemical products supply company.  When a position opened in the maintenance department that would offer the opportunity to work...

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Rising Stars in Manufacturing: Honoring KCTCS Students

October is Manufacturing Month and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to train thousands of Kentuckians for manufacturing jobs. In fact, KCTCS is the primary provider of manufacturing training in Kentucky. KCTCS has more than 400 advanced manufacturing partners statewide. The 16 colleges align their programs with local business needs, which prepares KCTCS students to walk out of college and into a good paying career. The system also has more than 200 business partners who offer work...

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UV-LED Expertise Leads to New N-95 Mask Disinfection Machine

AquiSense, a five-year-old international company based in Erlanger, Kentucky, developed world leading water purification systems utilizing UV LED technology that are being used by a broad range of clients including NASA, Boeing, Nestle, Mitsubishi, Oasis Water Coolers, Kona Ice and hundreds more. This spring, while CEO Oliver Lawal was fighting COVID-19 and hospitals were in desperate need of PPE, including 3M N95 masks, he turned his attention to developing a machine to disinfect the masks with the UV light...

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October is Manufacturing Month!

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is proud to once again announce that October has been designated as Manufacturing Month in Kentucky, in accordance with the following proclamation by Gov. Beshear: WHEREAS, Manufacturing is the top driver of Kentucky's economy, representing over $38 billion or 17.8 percent of our gross domestic product; and WHEREAS, Over 4,500 Kentucky manufacturers employ more than 250,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors in good-paying jobs with benefits; and WHEREAS, Research shows that the manufacturing industry has a...

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Breaded Food Processors: “Shaped” Wire Belt Lasts Up to 8 Times Longer

Engineered geometry increases strength, decreases stretch while allowing more coating to fall through for re-use Food processors of poultry, pork, seafood, vegetables and cheese products that are breaded or battered utilizing conveyors need wire belting that can withstand the rigors of the process.  However, traditional round balance weave belting has changed little in 100 years and is notorious for requiring replacement in as little as a week, causing costly production downtime and excess wasted product. Food-grade balance weave belts – made...

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