Business en Former Head of Bowling Green G.M. Plant Wants to Spread Word about State's Automotive Successes <p></p><p>A newly formed automotive organization in Kentucky wants to help the industry speak with a unified voice.</p><p>Dave Tatman is now head of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, following 34 years with General Motors. The former plant manager of the Bowling Green G.M. plant believes too many people are unaware of the importance the industry has on the state’s economy.</p><p>"So we've got to create that kind of brand identity for Kentucky as the place to do business for automotive businesses, not only for the ones that are here, but the ones that are considering coming here,” Tatman said. “I think North America is searching for the next automotive cluster outside of Detroit and I think we could be that."</p><p>Given the already sizeable presence in the state held by G.M., Ford, and Toyota, Tatman doubts the commonwealth will land another major automaker.</p><p>"But, I think our best opportunities exist in really, two fold, in growth of existing businesses because the automotive market continues to expand and do well throughout the globe, so growth of our existing businesses and then attracting new supplier businesses to the Commonwealth."</p><p>Kentucky ranks third nationally in light vehicle production, with the state’s automotive exports reaching a record $5.5 billion last year. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:20:43 +0000 Stu Johnson 51818 at Former Head of Bowling Green G.M. Plant Wants to Spread Word about State's Automotive Successes Group Seeks Tax Incentives for Ark Park <p></p><p>The group seeking to build a proposed Noah's Ark theme park in Grant County is once again seeking approval of tax incentives.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Courier-Journal</a> reports Ark Encounter is expected to return to Frankfort on Tuesday to seek the incentives.</p><p>Three years ago, the group won approval of incentives for its entire $172.5 million project. But because of funding problems, it withdrew that application and now is seeking approval for a $73 million first phase of the biblical theme park.</p><p>Ark Encounter is applying to participate in a program that allows eligible tourism attractions a rebate of 25 percent of the sales tax they collect on admission tickets, souvenirs, food and other things over 10 years. For this application, the rebates would be as much as $18.25 million. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:18:25 +0000 Associated Press 51729 at Group Seeks Tax Incentives for Ark Park Owensboro Native Hired as CEO of T.J. Samson Hospital <p></p><p>T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow has hired an Owensboro native as its next chief executive officer.&nbsp;</p><p>Bud Wethington returns to Kentucky from Texas where he is currently CEO at Tomball Regional Medical Center outside of Houston.&nbsp; Wethington has more than 30 years of experience in the health care field.&nbsp;</p><p>"Following a national search which began in February, Mr. Wethington was determined to be the best fit for our hospital," said Mike Bryant, board member and search committee chairman, in a news release.&nbsp; "The health care industry is ever changing, and we need someone with Bud's experience and knowledge so that we can continue to grow and serve this community."</p><p>Wethington replaces interim T.J. Samson CEO Henry Royse, who took over when Bill Kindred accepted an early retirement offered by the hospital late last year in a budgetary move. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:03:27 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 51518 at Owensboro Native Hired as CEO of T.J. Samson Hospital Century Aluminum Reaches Five Year Deal With Union <p>A Webster County aluminum smelter and its workers have reached a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement covering about 400 hourly workers.</p><p>The deal between Century Aluminum Sebree LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Co., and the United Steelworkers Local 9443-00 is effective through October 28, 2019.</p><p>Sebree's plant manager, Jason Young, says the deal will keep the plant competitive in the aluminum market.</p><p>Century acquired the smelter in June 2013 from Rio Tinto Alcan. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:51:51 +0000 Associated Press 51502 at Century Aluminum Reaches Five Year Deal With Union Dart Container Corp Expanding Operations in Hart County <p>A Hart County manufacturer is announcing plans to expand its facility and add jobs. Dart Container announced today that it will invest $23 dollars to build a new 650,000 square foot warehouse in Horse Cave.</p><p>Up to 30 new jobs are expected to be created through the expansion.</p><p>Dart Container currently employs approximately 1,400 people at its Hart County operation, where it manufactures cups, bowls, plates, and other food and beverage supplies.</p><p>The Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation has been preliminarily approved for $900,000 in state tax incentives and benefits in connection with the project. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:15:03 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50780 at Construction to Begin Soon on New Aluminum Production Facility in Warren County <p>A new $150 million aluminum production facility in Bowling Green will create 80 new jobs.</p><p>Governor Beshear was on hand Wednesday morning at the Kentucky Transpark as ground was broken on the Japanese-European partnership. The joint venture between Contellium N.V. and UACJ Corporation will create finished aluminum body sheets for cars and trucks.</p><p>Construction on the 225,000-square-foot facility will begin this summer. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:50:53 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50481 at Cabela's is Hiring for Bowling Green Store <p></p><p>National outdoor retailer Cabela’s is looking to hire 90 full-time and part-time employees for its Bowling Green store that is scheduled to open in the fall.&nbsp;</p><p>“Customers don’t visit Cabela’s just to make a purchase, they come to learn about the outdoors and our products,” said Reginal Wheeler, general manager of the new store. “We are excited to build a staff of passionate and knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts who will serve and educate our customers.”</p><p>Applications are being accepted online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp; Interviews will take place July 13-17 at the Holiday Inn-University Plaza.&nbsp;</p><p>The 42,000-square-foot store is being constructed off I-65 at the intersection of Scottsville Road and Ken Bale Boulevard.</p><p>The Bowling Green store will be Cabela’s second Kentucky location.&nbsp; An 88,000-square-foot store opened in Louisville in 2013. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:42:32 +0000 Lisa Autry 50449 at Cabela's is Hiring for Bowling Green Store Tatman Chosen To Lead Kentucky Auto Industry Association <p>The former manager of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green has been tapped to lead the new Kentucky Auto Industry Association. The appointment of Dave Tatman as executive director was announced Tuesday.&nbsp;<br /><br />Tatman has been involved in the auto industry for nearly 35 years and led the Corvette Assembly Plant from 2010 until his retirement earlier this year.&nbsp;<br /><br />The state’s Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes chairs the Auto Industry Association, which was formed earlier this year by Governor Steve Beshear.&nbsp; The group is tasked with promoting the auto industry in Kentucky, a state which produced more than a million vehicles in 2013.<br /> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:00:05 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50396 at Tatman Chosen To Lead Kentucky Auto Industry Association Bardstown to Add Fifth Bourbon Distillery in 2016 <p></p><p>Kentucky’s bourbon capital is set to grow even stronger.</p><p>The Bardstown Bourbon Company announced Thursday plans to build a new distillery in the Nelson County town that will create 35 jobs and represent an investment of $25 million. The company says it will also build a visitor’s center and warehouses, in addition to the 45,000-square-foot distillery.</p><p>The company will produce bourbon as well as other spirits using local ingredients. Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer, with the facility opening in 2016.</p><p>It would mark the fifth distillery in Bardstown, joining Barton 1792, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, and Willett. Maker's Mark is also close by, in the town of Loretto.</p><p>The Bardstown Bourbon Company has hired Steve Nally to serve as its first master distiller. He has over 40 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:50:58 +0000 Kevin Willis 50191 at Bardstown to Add Fifth Bourbon Distillery in 2016 Airport First In The Nation To Monitor Wi-Fi Traffic <p>The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport will start using new technology to try to reduce wait times and boost retail sales at terminals.&nbsp; The <a href="" target="_blank">Cincinnati Business Courier</a> reports the airport will be the first in the U.S. to use software called “BlipTrack” to monitor how many Wi-Fi devices such as smart phones and tablets are in a particular area at a certain time.&nbsp;<br /><br />Lockheed Martin, which created the system, says it’s already in use at 20 airports internationally.&nbsp; Airport officials say the software doesn’t gather personal information.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:11:19 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 49693 at Airport First In The Nation To Monitor Wi-Fi Traffic