Keven Moore: How to outsmart porch pirates this holiday season — here are some helpful hints

It’s that time of the year again where many of us are in full swing Christmas shopping mode and are frantically trying to finish up our Christmas shopping. To avoid the mayhem of large and rude crowds, road rage Christmas shopping parking altercations or having to park in the back forty parking lot, many of us are instead scouring the internet these last final two weeks of Christmas just to keep...

Rise of craft cocktail market inspires Town Branch Distillery to produce new Gin with a Kentucky twist

While Kentucky is known for bourbon, the state’s growth in craft distilleries has cast a spotlight on other locally produced spirits and handcrafted cocktails. Town Branch Distillery is at the forefront of this exciting trend and is set to release Town Branch Gin to round out its portfolio of spirits. One of the oldest distilled spirits, gin is typically flavored with juniper berries. Town Branch...

Brake manufacturer Federal-Mogul to expand operations in Glasgow, will add 25 new jobs

Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC, a provider to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket, will invest more than $8.68 million and create 25 full-time jobs with an expansion of its operation in Glasgow. The investment will cover the cost of construction of a 15,000-square-foot expansion of its existing building and the purchase of new equipment. The facility currently produces...

Packaging manufacturer Takigawa Corp. Japan to establish first U.S. operation in Bardstown

Takigawa Corp. Japan, a flexible packaging and high-performance films producer, will create 180 full-time jobs with a nearly $46 million investment to locate a manufacturing operation in Bardstown, its first in the United States. “After conducting a lengthy national site selection process, Takigawa is excited to have selected Bardstown, Kentucky as the home of our new US facility,” said Hiroyuki...

Online shopping is a great convenience, but be careful about delivery — porch pirates at work

By Sandra Guile Special to KyForward Online shopping is a great time saver during the holiday season but the shipped packages left on the doorstep provide a great opportunity for theft. According to insurancequotes.com, 25.9 million Americans have had holiday packages stolen from their homes since 2015. This often happens because people aren’t home when items are delivered, allowing thieves –...

ABB Optical Group announces plans for new $27 million Northern Kentucky distribution center

ABB Optical Group, a distributor of optical products, has chosen Florence for its new distribution center and optical laboratory. The company plans to invest as much as $27 million in the project, which is expected to create up to 223 full-time jobs. “To better serve our customers, we are expanding our footprint in the central part of the United States,” said Brad Weinbrum, president of ABB Optical...

Auto parts supplier DAE-IL Corporation to locate first U.S. manufacturing operation in Murray

DAE-IL Corp., a Korean-owned manufacturer of powertrain parts, will invest $50 million and create 120 full-time jobs through the location of its first US facility in Murray. The company will construct a 295,000-square-foot facility in the Murray West Industrial Park. The Murray location, which will operate under the name DAE-IL USA, will produce gears for the automotive industry. Construction is expected...

Ramp producer Homecare Products to expand EZ-ACCESS manufacturing operation in Morganfield

Homecare Products Inc., a producer of portable and modular ramps that operates under the name EZ-ACCESS, will invest $650,000 and create 10 full-time jobs with the expansion of its facility in Morganfield. The investment will allow EZ-ACCESS to lease an additional 13,100-square-foot facility in Union County near its current operation, and purchase new equipment for increased manufacturing capacity....

KU, LG&E install new charging station in Midway to enhance accessibility for electric vehicle drivers

Located in horse and bourbon country between Lexington and Louisville, not far from the capital and less than a mile off of Interstate 64 in Midway is a passing point for travelers on their way to any number of destinations. The town is now bridging the gap in a new way – partnering with Kentucky Utilities to install a new charging station for electric vehicle drivers looking to power up. Midway...

TOPY America to invest $37 million in phase-one upgrades at Franklin County facility

Automotive wheel manufacturer TOPY America Inc. will invest $37 million in a first round of upgrades at its plant near Frankfort. “TOPY America is a 30-year mainstay of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing base and Frankfort’s business community,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We are delighted to see the company make such a substantial commitment to improving its operations and the day-to-day experience...

RJ Corman Railroad Group announces formation of new apprenticeship program for electricians

RJ Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville has announced the creation of a four-year registered apprenticeship program focusing on developing skills for electricians. Apprentices will receive 2,000 on-the-job and 144 classroom training hours per year and will earn a nationally recognized journeyman certificate upon completion of the program. “As a family-owned, Kentucky-based business, we are pleased...

Keven Moore: Truncated domes cause injuries and are unsafe, not at all what they were meant to be

Many of us have cursed these teeth rattling mine-fields called truncated domes, detectable domes, or tactical pavers while pushing a grocery cart out to our cars, wondering what genius thought that placing them in front of a grocery store or pharmacy was a good idea. We have our federal government to thank for these accident-prone obstacle courses that haunt the elderly many others dealing with balance...

Keeneland catalogs 1,582 Horses for 60th annual Horses of all Ages Sale January 8-11

Keeneland has cataloged 1,582 horses for its 60th January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 8-11. The interactive January Sale catalog is available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are to be mailed the week of Dec. 18. The catalog includes 677 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 628 yearlings, 264 horses of racing age, and 13 stallions and racing or stallion prospects. “Results of...

Kentucky housing market bounces back in October after September slump, follows national trend

After slipping a bit in September, the housing market in Kentucky picked up in October following the national trend for the month. The number of homes sold in October rose 1.8 percent to 4,421 sold versus 4,342 sold in 2016. For the year, the number of homes sold jumped to 45,236, up from 43,905 in 2016, for a 3 percent increase. At this pace, 2018 is on track to break last year’s record for the...

Frost Brown Todd’s Crockett to join LG&E, KU senior team as O’Brien announces February retirement

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that John R. Crockett III, chairman of Frost Brown Todd, will join the utilities in early January as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. The company also announced that Dorothy O’Brien, who has been serving as interim general counsel, will stay on until the end of February to ensure...

Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association to meet in Louisville for 2018 Spring Training

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward The green industry will gather in Louisville Jan. 24-25 for the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual Spring Training Conference. The University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture will co-sponsor the event, and many of the sessions are taught by UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment experts. “KNLA is thrilled to partner with UK...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association names Lauren Monnet new director of membership

Lauren Monnet has been named as the director of membership and owners concierge at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Lauren Monnet Monnet joins TOBA after serving as the fundraising and development manager for a national healthcare non-profit organization in Lexington, Ky. Monnet was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla. and graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where she double...

Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s Wilson Station receives Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Big Rivers Electric Corporation – Wilson Station in Centertown was presented a Governor’s Safety and Health Award on Thursday for recording 250,047 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey congratulated Wilson Station on its 15th award of this kind. “Congratulations to Big Rivers Electric Corporation – Wilson...

Kentucky Realtors 2018 legislative priorities includes tax reform, community development initiatives

Kentucky Realtors released its 2018 Legislative Priorities detailing the legislative initiatives of the real estate and small business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Kentucky Realtors (KYR) knows that homeownership has positive impacts on neighborhoods, communities, and the overall vibrancy of the Kentucky economy. KYR advocates for policies that increase access...

Appriss to create 200 additional jobs with $11.3 million headquarters expansion in Jeffersontown

Appriss Inc., which provides data and analytics services to help clients address safety, fraud, risk and compliance issues, will expand its Kentucky presence by 200 jobs, investing $11.3 million as it relocates its headquarters within Jefferson County. “Appriss is a leading employer in Kentucky whose innovative technology serves the law enforcement, justice, security and healthcare communities,”...