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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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Increased CAM Programming Capability Contributes to 4.5X Revenue Gain

Pictured here, is the main entrance to the C & S Machine’s three-acre property, with over 60,000 square feet of building space. C&S Machine and Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1969 by Robert Steele and Ronnie Cook in a 180 square foot shed on Cook’s property in Louisville, Kentucky. The company started out primarily as a job shop building repair parts for local manufacturing and processing companies. In 1980, C&S purchased its first CNC machine, an Enshu vertical machining center....

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Labor Relations in the Wake of COVID-19: What Can Manufacturers Expect?

By Paul Goatley, Fisher Phillips, LLP If you think you can ignore this article because your employees are not represented by a union, you should continue reading.  Companies that survived the COVID-19 pandemic must prepare for a new wave of labor relations challenges in its wake.  The pandemic and widespread economic shutdown intended to contain it, created economic uncertainty and increased concern for workplace safety, and unions are not letting this crisis “go to waste.”  Both unionized and union-free employers...

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Superior Cooling Tower Water Filtration is Key to Protecting Industrial Processes

Multi-element, automatic self-cleaning strainers optimize cooling and process efficiency, while minimizing maintenance and downtime In industrial facilities such as manufacturing/processing plants, mills/forges, and refineries, cooling towers are often used to remove heat from machinery, heated process material/fluids, buildings and other sources by exchanging the heat using water or chemical solutions as a coolant. However, when cooling towers are not closed circuit, air and water-borne particulate can accumulate, fouling/clogging important downstream machinery and processing equipment such as chillers, heat exchangers, spray nozzles,...

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Using an Accurate Food Composition Analyzer to Stay on Top of Consumer Trends

One quick, nondestructive test can provide simultaneous analyses for compliant nutritional labeling, enhanced quality, and reduced cost KB30 Online moisture meter - non-contact, non-destructive, instant With consumers more focused on health and nutrition today, and empowered by the Internet to follow the latest trends, food companies that cater to their needs will be rewarded and those who lag behind punished by a growing segment of the market. While food companies adapt to changing consumer preferences, they must also comply with FDA requirements...

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March 2020 Update from KY Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles

By Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture It’s budget season in Frankfort, and we are working hard to advocate for reasonable, commonsense solutions for all of Kentucky’s families and businesses. At the time of this writing, we have passed numerous bills this session dealing with everything from E-15 to hemp, and are working with the legislature on our budget. While we are not yet exactly sure how the budget will shape up in its final form,...

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Hiring Tax Incentives

Companies can receive tax credits for hiring employees that either live in a certain location or are part of a target group of individuals. Hiring Tax Credits can dramatically impact a company’s federal tax liability. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) This federal tax credit reduces the federal tax liability of employers. Eligibility for this credit is based on the employer’s hiring from specific target groups facing barriers to employment. Targeted Groups: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients Ex-Felons SNAP (Food Stamp)...

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Cybersecurity Threats to Manufacturers

By Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) Manufacturers are increasingly under threat from cyberattacks. This is a real concern not just because of the typical business vulnerabilities (e.g., stolen intellectual property, ransomware) but because in today’s increasingly connected world, a successful infiltration from a cybercriminal could shut down a plant's operations or start making equipment produce faulty products without the knowledge of managers, among other things. Additionally, most manufacturers are small businesses...

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