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Lawmakers express concerns over proposed increase in food manufacturing fees

Rep. Joe Graviss, D-Versailles, expresses his concern over proposed permit fee increases for food manufacturers that he believes could hurt small businesses and farmers. (Photo: LRC) UPDATE - Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles released a statement following the meeting of the committee: “Earlier today, bipartisan members of the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture raised questions about an extremely high fee increase by the Beshear Administration’s Food Safety Branch on food manufacturers during the middle of the pandemic. I believe I was the...

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Report: Manufacturing, logistics in Kentucky receive A’s

For Immediate Release                                                            Report: Manufacturing, logistics in Kentucky receive A’s  MUNCIE, Indiana – Kentucky retained a grade of A for its manufacturing sector in a new report from Ball State University.  The 2020 Manufacturing Scorecard from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) analyzes how each state ranks among its peers in...

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KAM adds Baptist Health to list of COVID-19 Response Partners

As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved and our every day lives adjust accordingly, employers need innovative solutions to ensure their employees feel safe. That's why KAM teamed up with several crucial partners to offer essential tools for employers to keep their employees Healthy At Work in accordance with Kentucky's COVID-19 employer guidelines: PPE partner SDS offers quick turnaround and competitive pricing for PPE Health Screening partner CrowdBlink Protecthelps employers identify potentially ill employees And now we're excited to announce this latest partnership...

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AKA and KAM Partner to Provide Supplier Sourcing to Kentucky Manufacturers at No Cost

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 18, 2020 - The Federal CARES Act provided $630,000 to Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) to help Kentucky manufacturers emerge successfully from the COVID-19 pandemic. Advantage Kentucky Alliance is a statewide, not-for-profit partnership of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, (MEP National Network™) in Kentucky supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). AKA provides assistance and training to manufacturers across Kentucky and is a close partner of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM).  "We want to be sure...

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KAM joins Kentucky coalition advocating for COVID-19 liability protections for employers

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020 - On Friday the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) joined a coalition calling for COVID-19 specific liability protections for Kentucky employers. The coalition, composed of over a dozen statewide organizations representing businesses of all sizes and industries, sent a letter to Governor Beshear on June 12 urging liability protections specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.  "Kentucky businesses and organizations doing everything in their power to keep employees, customers, and all Kentuckians safe must know that if they...

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2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Report Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 2, 2020    Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Releases Results of 2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Survey; Announces 2020 Survey    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2020) – Today the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) released the results of its 2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was brought back in 2019 per the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, is a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky pre-COVID-19.    All manufacturers located in Kentucky were eligible to participate. All companies that participated received complimentary executive summaries of the report, which...

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KAM, KDA Announce Fourth Year Of LAND Forums

Groups To Hold Digital Versions For First Two, Plan To Reassess In-Person Forums Closer To Date FRANKFORT, KY (May 18, 2020) – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles in partnership with KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo will lead eight forums across the Commonwealth to strengthen ties between agriculture and manufacturing. The first two forums will occur online in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The fourth annual series of LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking and Development) forums will open June 18 and continue...

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IN EFFECT TODAY: Return-To-Work Guidance Issued by Beshear Administration

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020 - Today the Beshear Administration's Healthy at Work requirements go into effect. Governor Beshear's office released requirements for continuing business and reopening manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain businesses beginning May 11. These requirements are in addition to the Minimum Healthy at Work requirements. Both sets of documents were revised and new versions were released on May 10. On May 10, Cabinet for Health & Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander issued this order, which is dated for...

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KAM Joins Midwest Manufacturing Organizations in Requesting Reopening of State Economies

Earlier this week, a newly-created Midwest manufacturing alliance comprised of the same seven states as the recently-announced Midwest governors' partnership sent a letter to those governors asking for a healthy but timely reopening of state economies. Manufacturing is by far the largest component of Kentucky's GDP according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. "Manufacturing has demonstrated that it can operate safely and provide critically needed products to support our nation’s economy. These companies offer good, high-paying jobs and make the products that will...

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COVID-19 Update

KAM encourages information and "best practices" sharing among Kentucky manufacturers MARCH 12, 2020 - Lee Lingo, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, released the following statement in regards to the current situation: "We encourage our manufacturers across the state to engage in open information sharing and transparency with both state officials and fellow manufacturers. With so much new information coming to light about this virus every day, it is crucial that our employers develop ‘best practices’ within their companies to...

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