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Business
2:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Owensboro Native Hired as CEO of T.J. Samson Hospital

Bud Wethington
Credit T.J. Samson Community Hospital

T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow has hired an Owensboro native as its next chief executive officer. 

Bud Wethington returns to Kentucky from Texas where he is currently CEO at Tomball Regional Medical Center outside of Houston.  Wethington has more than 30 years of experience in the health care field. 

"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.  "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."

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.

Business
6:51 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Century Aluminum Reaches Five Year Deal With Union

A Webster County aluminum smelter and its workers have reached a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement covering about 400 hourly workers.

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.

Sebree's plant manager, Jason Young, says the deal will keep the plant competitive in the aluminum market.

Century acquired the smelter in June 2013 from Rio Tinto Alcan.

Business
11:15 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Dart Container Corp Expanding Operations in Hart County

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.

Up to 30 new jobs are expected to be created through the expansion.

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.

The Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation has been preliminarily approved for $900,000 in state tax incentives and benefits in connection with the project.

Business
3:50 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Construction to Begin Soon on New Aluminum Production Facility in Warren County

A new $150 million aluminum production facility in Bowling Green will create 80 new jobs.

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.

Construction on the 225,000-square-foot facility will begin this summer.

Business
9:42 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Cabela's is Hiring for Bowling Green Store

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. 

“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.”

Applications are being accepted online at www.cabelas.jobs.  Interviews will take place July 13-17 at the Holiday Inn-University Plaza. 

The 42,000-square-foot store is being constructed off I-65 at the intersection of Scottsville Road and Ken Bale Boulevard.

The Bowling Green store will be Cabela’s second Kentucky location.  An 88,000-square-foot store opened in Louisville in 2013.

Business
12:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tatman Chosen To Lead Kentucky Auto Industry Association

Dave Tatman (right) with WKU Professor Terry Wilson in 2011
Credit Clinton Lewis/WKU

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. 

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. 

The state’s Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes chairs the Auto Industry Association, which was formed earlier this year by Governor Steve Beshear.  The group is tasked with promoting the auto industry in Kentucky, a state which produced more than a million vehicles in 2013.

Bourbon
2:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bardstown to Add Fifth Bourbon Distillery in 2016

Bourbon distilling contributes nearly $2 billion in gross state product each year in Kentucky.
Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Kentucky’s bourbon capital is set to grow even stronger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Business
11:11 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Airport First In The Nation To Monitor Wi-Fi Traffic

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport will start using new technology to try to reduce wait times and boost retail sales at terminals.  The Cincinnati Business Courier 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. 

Lockheed Martin, which created the system, says it’s already in use at 20 airports internationally.  Airport officials say the software doesn’t gather personal information.

Business
4:29 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Elizabethtown Business Acquired, Will Expand

Soudal Holding NV will acquire and expand Accumetric LLC. The international adhesive and sealant manufacturer will retain the 85 jobs currently at the facility and create as many as 77 new positions, investing nearly $21.2 million in the project.

Soudal will upgrade the technology of the plant and expand the 200,000 sq. ft. facility which will still operate under the name Accumetric.

Business
8:19 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Giving Natural Gas Bigger Role in State's Energy Portfolio

A natural gas filling station

A stable of Kentucky lawmakers are learning how natural gas can be developed to meet the state’s transportation needs.   

Industry experts briefed members of the committees on energy and natural resources at the Owensboro convention center Thursday on the viability of natural gas filling stations, which are currently limited across the state.

“It’s an important issue for Kentucky," said Republican Sen. Jared Carpenter, a co-chair of both committees. "Gas has become a major player, in providing energy sources for Kentucky, and that's why we wanted to come to Owensboro."

"One of our members, this is his home community, and they've got a beautiful facility, and they just worked hand-in-hand so we could hear a presentation from the gas association and learn more about what they're doing."

Natural gas is expected to comprise a larger share of the state’s energy sources in the future.

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