New Papa John’s restaurant opens Friday at UK’s The 90, will accept student meal plan Flex dollars

Papa John’s International Inc. and Aramark announced the opening of a new Papa John’s pizza restaurant located on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The new restaurant, located at The 90 is set to opened Friday in conjunction with the start of the fall 2017 semester. The 90, located at the corner of Hilltop and Woodland Avenue, contains UK’s primary residential dining hall serving approximately...

Stratus Plastics plans to open $4 million manufacturing facility in Butler County

Stratus Plastics International Inc., an automotive and consumer goods supplier, will invest $4 million to locate a factory in Morgantown, creating 29 full-time jobs in Western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Our state’s leadership in the automotive industry is increasingly well recognized in North America and around the globe, as we continue attracting businesses like Stratus Plastics,”...

Preliminary unemployment rate for Kentucky ticks slightly up in July to 5.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary July unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for July 2017 was up 0.2 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in June 2017. The preliminary July 2017 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage...

Murakami mirror systems expansion in Taylor County to employ 20 on investment of $2.7 million

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., which makes automotive vision systems, will build a more than $2.7 million, 20 employee warehouse on its Taylor County campus. “This investment by Murakami highlights the increasing strength of Kentucky’s automotive sector, which employs more than 100,000 people statewide,” Bevin said. “It shows ongoing confidence in...

Keven Moore: Is the risk associated with Monday’s solar eclipse sufficient reason to close schools?

Local school officials have recently reached out to me as one of their risk control advisers to ask if they should cancel classes because of Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse. How I would have longed for that call when I was in school. I’m pretty sure that I would have advised them to cancel the week before, the week of and the week after due to the “glaring” risks associated...

Registration open for fifth annual Women in Business Expo & Conference in Louisville on Sept. 26

Women are powerful. Women create businesses, lead companies, and re-define industries and have the power to influence the way business experts approach marketing and advertising for women-led businesses. The Women’s Business Center of Kentucky’s mission is to provide elite business training and marketing support to women entrepreneurs across Kentucky. In six years of existence, the Center...

High return on investment a safe bet with Small Business Development Centers

An independent study conducted by James J. Chrisman, professor of management at Mississippi State University, finds once again that the Kentucky Small Business Development Center continues to make a significant positive impact on the state’s economy. Released in July the study found that for every dollar invested in KSBDC $3.03 is returned to the economy, and for every dollar invested directly into...

Human resources workshop August 31 to help employers implement tobacco-free workplaces

Businesses looking to create healthier workplaces for their employees can learn how to implement tobacco-free policies at a workshop hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville Aug. 31. Smoking costs businesses an estimated $5,800[i] per smoker in extra expenditures each year, including productivity losses and additional health care costs, and puts them at risk for the health consequences...

BBB Trends: Eyes to the skies safety means you have to protect your eyes with right Eclipse glasses

Sky-gazers across the country will watch in awe as the moon silently covers the sun Monday, August 21. Although two to five solar eclipses occur each on average, a total solar eclipse happens just once every 18 months. If you’re planning to watch, do so safely with the right eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers and the kind that actually protects your eyes. Start by making sure that the glasses...

Owensboro electronics producer MPD, Inc. honored for more than 1.25 million accident-free work hours

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited MPD, Inc. in Owensboro Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,256,157 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “I want to congratulate MPD, Inc. on earning its first Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working 1,256,157 hours without a lost-time...

Holly Hill Inn chef Quita Michel chosen to serve official state dish at Flavored Nation event

A new national food experience, Flavored Nation, is setting down inaugural roots in the Midwest, bringing with it a nationwide selection of tastes and talent. Through extensive research conducted by a team of culinary experts and food entertainment veterans, Flavored Nation has identified the most iconic food from each of the 50 states. Those 50 dishes – as well as the restaurateurs or chefs who...

KCTC presidents, officials examine ways to think like entrepreneurs during professional workshop

Presidents and others representing several colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) took part in a professional development opportunity on adopting an entrepreneurship mindset. KCTCS, along with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), offered the event as part of the lead up to the SOAR Summit. NAACE...

Rural Blog: ARC annual report finds Eastern Kentucky economy needs 30,000 additional jobs

The Appalachian Regional Commission annual report outlined a bleak view of Eastern Kentucky as leaders in the region gathered to focus on its future. The report, released Aug. 3, said 37 of Kentucky’s 54 counties in the ARC region are economically distressed, meaning that they rank in the bottom 10 percent of the 3,113 counties in the U.S. in metrics such as poverty and unemployment. The counties,...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association names officers, five new trustees

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the re-election of Dr. J. David Richardson as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Also joining Richardson on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Robert Devlin, Terry Finley, Bernard McCormack, Charlie O’Connor and Garrett O’Rourke. Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Barbara Banke, Mike Caruso,...

Labor Cabinet saved businesses $385,000 in potential fines following on-site reviews

Last month, the Labor Cabinet conducted 13 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys,” for employers across Kentucky. As a result of these surveys, employers corrected 55 serious violations that could have affected up to 701 employees and resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $385,000. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training leads...

U of L College of Business launching first online accounting certificate program this fall

The University of Louisville’s College of Business is launching its first 100 percent online certificate program this fall. The Certificate in Accounting is for those who have a non-accounting bachelor’s degree and want to pursue an accounting career without completing a second undergraduate degree. It will help working professionals enter the accounting field or advance into managerial or executive...

Active lifestyle CoreLife Eatery expands to Lexington; try food during pre-opening benefitting God’s Pantry

CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, is expanding to Lexington at 4040 Finn Way, Suite 110 on Friday, August 11. CoreLife Eatery brings together scratch cooking with flavorful source ingredients and a fast, casual service line for a healthy and affordable eating alternative. As part of its ongoing commitment to wellness and the...

From Mayfield to Russellville, report shows Western Kentucky hospitals are a billion-dollar business

Hospitals in 15 Western Kentucky counties contribute $1 billion to the economy, Ivan and Mary Potter report for their West Kentucky Journal. “Those dollars come from private and group insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and private-pay patients,” they write. Using a compilation by U.S. News and World Report, the Potters researched hospitals in McCracken, Graves, Marshall, Calloway, Trigg, Lyon,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Louisville woodworker turns used bourbon barrels into just about anything

For years Jason Cohen of Louisville has used reclaimed recycled wood to create functional commercial and residential pieces of furniture. Now he is turning used bourbon barrels into just about anything … in fact he has more ideas than time to build them. Visit his Bourbon Barrel Furniture Store. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which...

Louisville’s Multi Packaging Solutions earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award recognition

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Multi Packaging Solutions in Louisville Thursday to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 278,279 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Congratulations to Multi Packaging Solutions on earning another Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Working over 200,000...