business http://wkyufm.org en Former Head of Bowling Green G.M. Plant Wants to Spread Word about State's Automotive Successes http://wkyufm.org/post/former-head-bowling-green-gm-plant-wants-spread-word-about-states-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 http://wkyufm.org Former Head of Bowling Green G.M. Plant Wants to Spread Word about State's Automotive Successes Dart Container Corp Expanding Operations in Hart County http://wkyufm.org/post/dart-container-corp-expanding-operations-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 http://wkyufm.org Construction to Begin Soon on New Aluminum Production Facility in Warren County http://wkyufm.org/post/construction-begin-soon-new-aluminum-production-facility-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 http://wkyufm.org Bardstown to Add Fifth Bourbon Distillery in 2016 http://wkyufm.org/post/bardstown-add-fifth-bourbon-distillery-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 http://wkyufm.org Bardstown to Add Fifth Bourbon Distillery in 2016 How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://wkyufm.org/post/how-coal-industry-jobs-coexist-rising-sea-levels-virginia Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.<p>"We've got...[a] lot of old buildings around here: this apartment building, that church over there, been around since the turn of the last century," says Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch, a Virginia-based environmental group. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49301 at http://wkyufm.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia Beshear Leading Trade Mission to United Kingdom in Effort to Boost Already Strong Partnership http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-leading-trade-mission-united-kingdom-effort-boost-already-strong-partnership <p>Governor Beshear is leading a Kentucky trade mission to the United Kingdom this Sunday.</p><p>The Kentucky Export Initiative trade mission will make stops in London and Manchester. Bilateral trade between the Bluegrass State and the U.K. was near $3 billion dollars in 2013, and the U.K. is the commonwealth’s third-largest trade destination, behind only Canada and Mexico.</p><p>Kentucky exports more horses to the U.K. than any other state, and ranks in the top five in exporting aerospace products, distilled spirts, printed materials, and charcoal to the country.</p><p>During the five day trip, Governor Beshear will be joined by representatives from 11 Kentucky companies, including Bluegrass Dairy of Glasgow; Oscarware Incorporated of Bonnieville; and Whitaker Tools of Campbellsville.</p><p>Kentucky exporters have been on a roll lately. Last year the commonwealth exported $25.3 billion in products, the third straight record year for exports. Fri, 09 May 2014 19:50:33 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47812 at http://wkyufm.org Largest Capital Investment in a Decade Brings a Joint Aluminum Company to Bowling Green http://wkyufm.org/post/largest-capital-investment-decade-brings-joint-aluminum-company-bowling-green <p>Constellium N.V., a European aluminum company, and Japanese aluminum company UACJ Corporation say they'll establish an aluminum production facility at the Bowling Green Transpark. A $150 million capital investment is expected and 80 new jobs. It's the largest capital investment for the South Central Kentucky region in more than a decade.</p><p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said the investment further solidifies the state as a key player in the auto industry. The two companies will supply aluminum "Body-in-White" sheet to the North American auto industry. The Joint Venture will have an initial target capacity of 100,000 metric tons, about 220 million pounds, supplied by cold rolled coils supplied by both partners' rolling mills.</p><p>Construction of the plant is expected to begin this summer.</p><p>There have been ten economic development announcements in the past 18 months in Bowling Green, totaling more than $285 million in capital investment and over 450 new jobs. This is the largest total capital investment in the state of Kentucky so far this year. Fri, 09 May 2014 09:18:07 +0000 Joe Corcoran 47782 at http://wkyufm.org Lake Cumberland Region Hoping for Big Tourist Season Following Recent Water Level News http://wkyufm.org/post/lake-cumberland-region-hoping-big-tourist-season-following-recent-water-level-news <p></p><p>Now that Lake Cumberland’s water level is back to its full summer point for the first time in eight years, the head of the state dock there says the region is in for a great tourist season.</p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week that the recent rain in southern Kentucky has pushed Lake Cumberland’s water level to 723 feet above sea level. The water level at the lake was dropped in 2007 while repair work was done on Wolf Creek Dam.</p><p>Lake Cumberland State Dock president Bill Jasper told WKU Public Radio it’s been a challenge fighting off negative public perceptions about the lake over the past eight years. He says this week’s news helps erase those problems.</p><p>“We’ve still got one of the biggest waterways east of the Mississippi in terms of volume of water, and people thought we were dry. So, we still get that question at boat shows. So this takes away all that uncertainty.” Fri, 02 May 2014 19:24:14 +0000 Kevin Willis 47474 at http://wkyufm.org Lake Cumberland Region Hoping for Big Tourist Season Following Recent Water Level News Nashville Company Expanding Taylor County Facility, Adding 70 Jobs http://wkyufm.org/post/nashville-company-expanding-taylor-county-facility-adding-70-jobs <p>A Tennessee company is expanding its operations in Taylor County, adding 70 new full-time jobs. Frost- Arnett is an accounts receivable management company based in Nashville that announced Tuesday it is investing $620,000 to expand its call center in Campbellsville.</p><p>Company leaders say the expansion and new hiring comes as a result of Frost-Arnett’s increased business dealings with the health care industry.</p><p>Hiring for the new 70 full-time positions is underway. Frost-Arnett is also holding a job fair at the Kentucky Career Center in Campbellsville April 26-28. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:02:18 +0000 Kevin Willis 46957 at http://wkyufm.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move http://wkyufm.org/post/increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.<p>But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 46716 at http://wkyufm.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move