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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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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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Gov. Beshear Announces New Campaign Aimed at Helping Adults to go to College

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign Gov. Andy Beshear announced for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. Multiple Kentucky colleges and universities offer over 350 course offerings in high-demand programs in health care, manufacturing, business and information technology, construction/skilled trades and transportation/logistics. Kentuckians can call 833-711-WRKS or visit https://workreadykentucky.com to receive assistance from advisors on how to enroll in the program. “Building a better Kentucky means supporting educational opportunities for every Kentucky family,”...

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Aviation Safety Resources Announcement of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification

NICHOLASVILLE, KY (October 27, 2020) - Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR), an innovative company that designs, tests, and produces emergency recovery systems for aviation, recently announced that it has passed an ISO 9001:2015 registration audit and is now qualified under the high-level ISO standard. “We have focused on ensuring our quality system performs at the highest level and this qualification solidifies our commitment to meeting our customers’ quality requirements,” said Larry Williams, ASR president and CEO. “Our full product line...

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National report shows KCTCS earn-and-learn program, KY FAME, has outstanding outcomes

Versailles, Ky. – Programmable logic controllers and robotics may not sound like areas of study most people would think of when it comes to manufacturing. But for Brad Copeland, a 35-year-old employee of Vanderbilt Chemicals in Murray, they are part of his daily job. Copeland is a recent graduate of West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s (WKCTC) Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) program. KY FAME is an earn-and-learn program in which the colleges of the Kentucky Community...

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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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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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