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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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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 Protect helps employers identify potentially ill employees And now we're excited to announce this latest...

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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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