HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute celebrates grand opening in Paintsville

Eastern Kentucky workforce development representatives, elected officials, and business leaders gathered Tuesday for the grand opening of the HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville. The new 40,000-square-foot workforce training facility will offer 16-week training programs aimed at building a skilled workforce to attract advanced manufacturing to the Commonwealth and...

Keven Moore: The insurance industry is a career option — check it out and consider the possibilities

The year was 1993 and as a 29-year-old and I had just graduated from the Loss Prevention & Safety Master’s Program at Eastern Kentucky University. My wife and I had just driven to St. Louis for a job interview for Venture Department Stores and it had snowed 17 inches the night before the interview. The next morning I left plenty early not knowing for sure that I would make it to my destination,...

Hosparus Health announces Dr. Bethany Cox Snider as new vice president and chief medical officer

Hosparus Health has named Bethany Cox Snider, M.D., as its new vice president and chief medical officer. She succeeds Jim Gaffney, M.D., who will retire March 30. Dr. Snider is board certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Snider joined Hosparus Health in 2013 and has served as senior medical director. In that role, she has led the growth of the nonprofit provider’s...

Lexington Division of Central Purchasing to host Construction Business Connection Feb. 21

The Lexington Division of Central Purchasing is hosting a Construction Business Connection Event on Wednesday, Feb. 21 as an opportunity for construction companies to get a sneak peek of upcoming LFUCG projects. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by visiting kysbdc.ecenterdirect.com. This event, for construction trades only, will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. in the third-floor conference...

Keven Moore: Disaster preplanning matters to protect and find your family in aftermath of a disaster

What if a natural or man-made disaster happens and you are not with family? Will you be able to reach them? Where will they be and how will you be able to find them? How will you know if they are safe? How can you be able to let them know that you are safe? During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family but more than likely the traditional means of communication...

National Association of Manufacturers spotlight state’s manufacturing industy with fourth annual tour

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on Tuesday traveled to Kentucky to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry and the bright future ahead as part of the fourth annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour, welcoming Governor Matt Bevin to participate in the day’s flagship event. During the visit, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons joined manufacturers, students, parents, employees and...

Great Oak Funding announces second fund, available to small to mid-sized businesses in the region

Great Oak Funding, a private lending firm with offices in Cincinnati and Dayton, and operating in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, has announced a second fund available to small to mid-size businesses. Financing is available to existing companies with a proven track record of success. The purpose of the fund is to help existing companies grow and expand through short-term financing. Alexander “The new...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors reports $140 million in sales for month of January

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) positively impacted the Bluegrass economy as of January 31, 2018 with 728 reported sales totaling $140,105,368. (Click for larger image) January sales activity decreased six percent with 776 sales reported closed in January 2017 compared to 728 sales reported closed in January 2018. Of the 728 sales, 178 sales were...

LG&E, KU to double donations to third party assistance programs for customers in need

With prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures this winter, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company will be doubling their annual support, matching $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers, to the utilities’ third-party heating assistance programs. This increased assistance will retroactively take effect starting February 1 and will continue through April 30....

Braidy Industries head says company poised to bring positive economic outlook back to Ashland, region

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Craig Bouchard has only to look outside the window of his downtown office in this northeastern Kentucky city for motivation. Ashland is a shell of what it used to be. But if Bouchard has his way, that will change. Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, is leading an ambitious initiative to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in an area...

TOBA releases 2018 clinic schedule; April ownership, June breeding clinics planned in Lexington

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the 2018 schedule for its seminars and clinics. These educational events feature various topics for prospective, new and established Thoroughbred owners and breeders. “We are honored to host our seminars and clinics in partnership with many of the top racetracks, breeding farms and sales companies,” said TOBA marketing and education director...

Keven Moore: Even grocery shopping carts create some risk — so return yours to the shopping cart corral

The way American’s consumers shop today has been changing right before our eyes. Online shopping and online grocery shopping is the new trend and Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Krogers and all the home improvement box stores are constantly looking for ways to expedite the shopping experience and make it more convenient to the consumer. However as long as there are brick and mortar stores to visit, there...

Keeneland announces lower takeout on win, place, show and exacta wagers for 2018 Spring Meet

Keeneland officials announced Thursday that the track will reduce pari-mutuel takeout rates on win, place, show and exacta wagers for its 2018 Spring Meet, to be held April 6-27. Pricing on win, place and show wagers will decrease from 17.5 percent to 16 percent and from 22 percent to 19.5 percent on exactas. Takeout for the Pick Five will be 15 percent. Takeout for all other exotic wagers will remain...

DPL Financial Partners announces $3.6 million investment in Louisville facility creating 40 jobs

DPL Financial Partners LLC, an independent insurance consulting firm, announced Monday a planned expansion in Louisville with a $3.6 million-plus investment expected to create 40 full-time jobs “Louisville is an ideal location for our growing firm,” said David Lau, DPL founder and CEO. “We’ve attracted experienced, talented individuals to our team and appreciate the governor’s support as...

Pew Trusts: This extract Is driving a hemp gold rush in states like Kentucky, but Issues of legality remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts In a few months, Dani Fontaine Billings will plant 80 acres of hemp at her farm in Longmont, Colorado, out behind a clapboard farmhouse with views of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the plants will grow tall, like bamboo, and yield grain and fiber for textiles and other industrial products. Others will look and smell like marijuana and yield a cannabis compound....

Powertec Solutions International plans new headquarters and distribution center in Franklin

PowerTec Solutions International LLC (PSI), a producer of power source devices and other power-related products, will create 20 full-time jobs as it invests more than $2.26 million for a new headquarters and distribution operation in Franklin. PSI, located in the Wilkey North Industrial Park in Franklin, will purchase 17 additional acres in the park to build a 30,000-square-foot facility. The new building...

Farm Bureau’s final Marketbasket Survey of 2017 show food prices continued decline in fourth quarter

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) latest Marketbasket Survey indicates food prices dropped once again during the fourth quarter of last year. This continues a trend seen throughout the last two years of the survey. Each quarter, 40 basic food items are price-checked throughout the state in an effort to gauge current food-price trends. Since the end of 2016, surveyed food items have dropped by a total...

Business services organization EY opens new $4.3 million expanded office in downtown Louisville

EY, one of the world’s largest business-services organizations, has opened its new center for executive assistants and other professional functions within its expanded and remodeled downtown Louisville office. The 20,109-square-foot office at 400 W. Market St. serves as EY’s Kentucky and southern Indiana market headquarters and houses members of the firm’s expanding National Executive Assistant...

Tru-Tone Finishing Inc. plans new $4.6 million 70,000 sq. ft. e-coating, powder coating facility in Lexington

Tru-Tone Finishing Inc., a family owned provider of industrial e-coating, plans to create 120 jobs as it establishes a new $4.6 million facility in Lexington. Tru-Tone offers e-coating, powder coating and some finishing processes for a variety of industrial clients. The company will initially implement an e-coat metal finishing process to serve the surrounding region at an existing 70,000-square-foot...

Keven Moore: Relax ‘This is Us’ fans, ‘crock pots’ are generally safe — but here are some precautions

For those you who are “This Is Us” fans or in my case an involuntary forced viewer (by my wife), we were all a bit troubled to see the old hand-me-down crock pot catch the Pearson family kitchen on fire that eventually takes Jack’s life. Last week’s episode takes place during their Pittsburg Steeler Super Bowl Sunday, and Rebecca makes chili in an old used Crock-Pot that was gifted to...