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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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Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop Returns to Kentucky

Shared from Spectrum News 1   BY MARIO ANDERSON KENTUCKY PUBLISHED 3:57 PM ET JAN. 29, 2020 LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky (AGC of KY) are touring the Commonwealth with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas' Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop. The Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop showcases industry-specific, virtual and augmented reality simulators that allow students to experience first-hand potential technical career opportunities. "It's a great way to...

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Department of Labor Updates: New Salary Threshold and Bonus Opportunities under the Fluctuating Workweek

In 2019, companies were fined in excess of $333,000,000 which far surpasses any other previous year. This trend will continue and, in fact, SESCO expects more and more employers to be investigated for FLSA compliance. A common misconception is that Wage and Hour disputes fall under the umbrella of Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI). Although some Wage and Hour coverage may be found under EPLI, it is very unlikely and also depends how much you may be paying for coverage...

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Powell Valley Millwork Expands Capacity, Acquires Metrie Poplar Manufacturing Facility

LEXINGTON, KY – Jimmy Thornberry, President of Powell Valley Millwork, announced the acquisition of the Metrie Poplar manufacturing facility located in Jeffersonville, Kentucky. “We are proud to report the purchase of this site and are excited about the added capacity and opportunities on the horizon. With 125,000 square feet under roof, the facility is located 30 minutes east of Lexington and is similar in scope to our Clay City location. We believe it makes an excellent addition to our growing...

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PRESS RELEASE: Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Announces 2019 Manufacturers of the Year and Employee of the Year Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Announces 2019 Manufacturers of the Year and Employee of the Year Award Winners LEXINGTON, Ky. – (Oct. 30, 2019) The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) today announced the winners of its 19th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Employee of the Year Awards. The awards were presented at KAM’s Excellence in Manufacturing Summit in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 30, 2019. The Manufacturer of the Year Awards were made possible by Brown-Forman, and the Employee...

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KAM PRESS RELEASE: Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Opens 2019 Wage and Benefits Survey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jena Scott (502) 352-2485 Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Opens 2019 Wage and Benefits Survey; Encourages All Kentucky Manufacturers to Participate   FRANKFORT (October 14, 2019) – Today the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced the opening of its 2019 Wage and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was brought back in 2019 per the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, will be a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky. All manufacturers located in Kentucky...

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Five Questions Every Manufacturing CEO Should Be Asking Their IT Team

Automation, artificial intelligence and IoT (internet of things) systems – they’re all part of manufacturing’s digital transformation. More than ever, today’s manufacturing leaders need to stay ahead of the technology that can make or break not just their businesses, but disrupt their entire industry. In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, Matrix Integration, a strategic IT infrastructure partner for more than 1,000 organizations in Kentucky and beyond, is offering practical tips for National Manufacturing Day and the...

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