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Robotics Education & Competition Foundation Sets Guinness Record

KAM is honored to have taken part in the REC Foundation’s Guinness World Record title for the largest robot competition! These are the innovative minds that will lead manufacturing into the future in Kentucky and all over the world! The largest robot competition consists of 1,648 teams, achieved by Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (USA) in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, from 25 April to 1 May 2018. The organisers were the prior record holders in this category, beating their old record set [...]

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Metalsa expanding Kentucky plant, adding 250 jobs

A car parts manufacturer says an expansion at one of its plants in Kentucky will create roughly 250 jobs. The News-Enterprise reports that Metalsa announced the plans Tuesday morning for its plant in Elizabethtown. Metalsa is based in Mexico, is a supplier to automotive manufacturers, and its Elizabethtown facility is one of the largest operations throughout the company. Metalsa says in a statement that the plant provides jobs to nearly 2,000 individuals across the region. Elizabethtown plant manager Matthew [...]

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Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation receives $2.5 million grant to help injured or ill employees remain or return to work

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help injured or ill employees remain in their job or return to work. Kentucky is one of only eight states to receive a federal Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration grant to develop a pilot program. “It is an honor to be one of the eight states at the forefront of exploring ways [...]

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Manufacturing Month to Highlight Worldwide Demand for Kentucky Products

As one of the nation’s most manufacturing-intense states, Kentucky throughout October will recognize Manufacturing Month, the 4,500 manufacturing facilities, their more than 256,000 full-time employees and the increasing global demand for the commonwealth’s goods. “From cars and chemicals to cookies and compressor parts, Kentucky’s manufacturing sector is the foundation of the state’s thriving economy and plays a powerful role around the world,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “With nearly 13 percent of our workforce engaged in manufacturing, the commonwealth has unparalleled [...]

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GE Appliances Plans $200 Million-Plus Investment, 400 New Jobs in Louisville

During a news conference today in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and Kevin Nolan, president and chief executive officer of GE Appliances, a Haier company, to announce the appliance manufacturer will create 400 new jobs with a $200 million-plus investment in its laundry and dishwasher production facilities. “GE Appliances has long been an exemplary corporate partner for Louisville and the commonwealth,” Gov. Bevin said. “This iconic company has employed many thousands of Kentuckians for generations, and we are [...]

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Precision Strip Increases Investment, Jobs at Bowling Green Location

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Precision Strip Inc., a metals processing company, will double its originally planned investment in Warren County to approximately $31.7 million and the creation of 31 full-time jobs. “Already an exciting project when it was originally announced, this increase in investment and job creation only adds to the positive impact Precision Strip will have on the local economy,” Gov. Bevin said. “The company has processed quality products in Kentucky for nearly 25 years, and we are [...]

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Kentucky Named Recipient of Federal Grant to Grow Research and Innovation Pipeline

The Cabinet for Economic Development will receive $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a program preparing more entrepreneurs to compete for federal research and development funding. The SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program funds initiatives that increase the number of proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. With the grant, the Cabinet will establish the Kentucky Innovation Investment Program (KIIP) as a hub for attracting, assisting and maximizing [...]

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Mubea employees rewarded for developing cost-saving tool through Idea Management program

Mubea utilizes an employee incentive program, Idea Management, to encourage employees to identify process improvements within its seven plants in the Florence area. Improvement ideas can involve safety, quality, ergonomics, equipment, processes, and much more. Employees identify potential improvements and submit ideas into the program, which are then reviewed by plant committees to determine if the ideas are feasible for implementation. Mubea pays employees for their ideas. Mubea’s Stabilizer Bars plant, 6800 Industrial Blvd., was fighting issues that made it difficult to [...]

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Gov. Bevin Promoting Kentucky, Recruiting Business This Week in Japan and Republic of Korea

On an economic development trip this week to East Asia, Gov. Matt Bevin is strengthening ties with Japan and the Republic of Korea, encouraging additional job creation and investment in the Commonwealth. Gov. Bevin attended the National Governors Association (NGA) U.S.-Japan Governors Forum in Tokyo, meeting with Japanese officials and business leaders to discuss workforce development, business innovation and economic growth. Japan is Kentucky’s No. 1 foreign director investor, with nearly 200 facilities in the Commonwealth operated by Japanese-owned companies. Kentucky [...]

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Kentucky Registered Apprenticeship Summit – September 10-12

Kentucky’s Registered Apprentice Program, like many others, began in the 1930s after passage of the Fitzgerald Act, which was designed to bring protection and structure to apprenticeships. Revolving around the core sectors of construction and manufacturing, until recently the program centered in urban areas attracting limited segments of the population. With the election of Governor Matthew Bevin in 2016, and subsequent appointment of Secretary Derrick Ramsey, the program is rapidly gaining momentum and diversifying across geographic locations, sectors, and [...]

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