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FIVE BUSINESS TRENDS DRIVING TECHNOLOGY DECISIONS FOR 2022

As Landscape Continues to Shift, Increased  Cyberthreats, Supply Chain Issues Impact IT JASPER, Ind.  – (Dec. 9, 2021) – The global supply chain crunch and massive shifts in business practices in the past year are driving information technology (IT) decisions and purchases for 2022, according to Matrix Integration, a strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 businesses and schools in the Midwest and beyond. “IT professionals as well as CEOs are reimagining how technology can help them better handle new realities such as remote...

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KAM Welcomes Denis (D.J.) Lutz and Keith Beckham to the Board of Directors

KAM is pleased to announce the addition of D.J. Lutz and Keith Beckham to our Board of Directors! Both D.J. and Keith add tremendous insight and experience to our incredible board. D.J. Lutz of Wacker Chemical Corporation joins KAM following the departure of Dr. Thomas Koehler. D.J. has over 30 years of manufacturing experience, half of which have been spent in Calvert City. He returns to Kentucky following a nine-year stint in Kansas to take on the role of Site...

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Statement Regarding Last Night’s Devastation in West Kentucky

Frankfort, Ky – Frank Jemley, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has provided the following statement on last night’s severe storms, urging members to help however they can. “Like all Kentuckians, we awoke this morning to the images of destruction and devastation caused by severe weather overnight in West Kentucky and particularly in the beautiful community of Mayfield, where the devastation includes the Mayfield Consumer Products factory. Our hopes and prayers go out to our fellow and...

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KAM Announces Frank Jemley III as its New Executive Director

Frankfort, Ky – The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced today it has selected Frank Jemley III as its new Executive Director. Jemley joins the KAM team immediately. Jemley comes to KAM with a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, having served in senior positions in government, business, and nonprofits. He has held top posts in Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was the Property Council of Australia’s top U.S. government affairs advisor, headed up public affairs...

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2022 Blue Books Available for Preorder!

Preorder your 2022 KAM Kentucky General Assembly Blue Book! We’re headed into a brand-new legislative session and with new faces in the General Assembly, you are going to want to know who they are and to which committees they are assigned. Pre-order your 2022 Kentucky Legislature Blue Book now and stay on top of who’s who in the Kentucky legislature with complete contact information and photos of state legislators and key staff. KAM members receive one Blue Book as a member benefit. If...

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2021 Wage and Benefits Survey Report Out Now!

ORDER YOUR 2021 KAM WAGE AND BENEFITS SURVEY REPORT NOW ABOUT THE WAGE AND BENEFITS SURVEY The survey, which was brought back in 2019 at the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, is a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky. This data was collected during August and September of 2021. The goal of the report is to provide insight about benefits and working conditions in the manufacturing industry. We hope these results help...

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Statement from KAM on OSHA Vaccine Requirements

Shelley Goodwin, the Interim Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, released the following statement in regard to the news of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s emergency temporary standard to create binding vaccine requirements for large businesses. "Manufacturing, logistics, and transportation have been critical in keeping the country's economy alive as the pandemic decimated the national supply chain. These industries continue to lead the way in innovation fighting against COVID-19. While KAM is an advocate for the administration...

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Matrix Integration: Five Questions CEOs Should Ask Before Outsourcing IT

FIVE QUESTIONS CEOS SHOULD ASK BEFORE OUTSOURCING IT As IT Outsourcing Surges, Finding the Right Partner is Key Jasper, Ind.  - (August 23, 2021) – CEOs already know that outsourcing IT services saves both time and money. After a tough 2020, outsourcing IT services is expected to rebound and continue to grow in 2021.i A survey from outsourcing firm Clutch found that eight in 10 small businesses will outsource a business function – number-one being IT services.ii “In theory, outsourcing IT services should save companies money,” says...

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Statement from KAM on Ford’s EV Investment

Shelley Goodwin, the Interim Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, released the following statement in regard to the news of Ford's new investment into Kentucky for electric vehicle production. "On behalf of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), I would like to congratulate KAM member Ford Motor Company on this huge investment in Kentucky. We are grateful to Governor Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly for helping this incredible dream become reality, especially as we prepare to celebrate...

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Aviation Safety Resources – Magnus Aircraft – The Aviator Family Announce Milestone Agreement to Advance Aviation Safety

Aviation Safety Resources, Magnus Aircraft and The Aviator Family signed an agreement to implement a newly developed Aircraft Emergency Parachute System in Fusion Aircraft worldwide. ORANGE, VA and NICHOLASVILLE, KY (July 26, 2021), Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR), Magnus Aircraft, and The Aviator Family signed an agreement to implement a newly developed Aircraft Emergency Parachute Recovery System (AEPRS) in the Fusion aircraft worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, ASR, Magnus Aircraft and The Aviator Family will work as partners,...

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