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National manufacturing focus may end, but Kentucky products like Pop-tarts continue

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National Manufacturing Month may have come to a close, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate Kentucky’s extremely diverse manufacturing presence.   Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. Last year alone, more than …

SRC of Lexington plans to add 50 jobs,
expand operations in Fayette County

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More high-paying jobs are coming to Lexington, according to Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jim Gray, who today announced that SRC of Lexington Inc. plans to expand its operations in Fayette County.   SRC of Lexington, a remanufacturer of engines, …

SOAR initiative in East Kentucky has new web directory of Appalachian business resources

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The University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the East Kentucky Technical Assistance Providers network have partnered together to launch a new business information website, KyBIZinfo.com.   The website grew, in part, out of an Eastern Kentucky need …

With sale of Coppins Building final, Salyers Group moves forward on Hotel Covington

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By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   The crown jewel of the Covington Comeback is moving forward, finally, after months of delays. CEO of the Salyers Group Guy van Rooyen is on the record saying The Hotel Covington “is moving …

Boone County’s expanded eBay fulfillment center opens with 300 new employees

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Boone County’s new and expanded eBay Enterprise fulfillment center opened Oct. 28 with 300 new employees and more than $50 million in investment.   The company expanded the facility on Transport Drive in Walton to 630,000 square feet to help …

Henderson home to first Kentucky industrial site officially certified as Build-Ready location

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Henderson County is home to the first industrial site to be officially certified under Kentucky’s new Build-Ready program.   Build-Ready, launched by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development earlier this year, is a cost-effective way for communities to distinguish their …

Business Briefs: Lafayette math teacher is national teaching quality ‘teacherpreneur’

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CTQ puts Lexington teacher on ‘teacherpreneurs’ list   Center for Teaching Quality has selected Lafayette High School teacher Ali Wright for its national 2014-15 list of “teacherpreneurs.” This is the second year this Lexington teacher has been on the cohort …

USDA block grants will help Kentucky’s specialty crops businesses ‘grow and prosper’

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By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Earlier this month, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that nearly $118 million in grants would go to states to help in efforts of strengthening markets for specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, …

Small Business Spotlight: New CEO creates ‘team atmosphere’ at family plumbing firm

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  Special to KyForward   The company was founded in 1979, well before its new CEO was born.   But Brady Jolly is moving fast to make his mark on the family plumbing business. After taking over from the retiring …

Spicy Fat Cat: New smoked beef sausage from UKAg Butcher Shop to debut at Rupp Arena

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By Laura Skillman Special to KyForward   The Spicy Fat Cat, a new smoked beef sausage developed by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will make its Rupp Arena debut Oct. 27 during the UK men’s …