Big things are happening in the Bluegrass State. According to Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, “An exciting new economic development day is dawning in the Commonwealth. The nation and the world are taking notice.” This seems to be especially true of manufacturing in Kentucky.
A recent Kentucky Association of Manufacturers article reports that in just eight Northern Kentucky counties alone, more than 400 manufacturing jobs were created and $360 million invested the expansion and new development of manufacturing facilities during the months of January through October in 2017.
According to Jack Mazurak, communications director of the state Cabinet for Economic Development, employers are looking for manufacturing locations that offer an affordable but quality standard of living, plentiful labor, and an established presence of aerospace and automotive manufacturing. A legal and regulatory climate that is favorable toward business is also essential. The pro-business legislation, policies, and programs recently enacted in Kentucky have been a catalyst for the record-breaking corporate investment and new job creation that is taking place.
Kentucky is also fostering the development of a new generation of skilled manufacturing talent. Around the world manufacturers are struggling to find qualified employees. In fact, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are expected to go unfilled by the year 2025, according to data from the eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI). Part of Kentucky’s business growth initiative includes partnering with Eastern Kentucky workforce development representatives, elected officials, and business leaders to open the HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Paintsville, Kentucky. The institute will offer a 16-week program to train students in areas such as computer numerical control (CNC) machining, machine building, and tool maintenance, preparing them for careers in advanced manufacturing industries. This skilled workforce is expected to attract even more manufacturing to Kentucky.
Winston Manufacturing’s Role in Promoting Kentucky Manufacturing
Since the 1960’s, Winston has been a leader in Kentucky manufacturing. Winston innovations include a fryer design that was integral to the success of one of the country’s most well-known fast food chains. Decades of experience as a foodservice equipment manufacturer, and multi-million dollar investments in flexible metal fabrication technology have positioned Winston Manufacturing as a comprehensive manufacturing supplier, offering unique capabilities to a wide range of businesses.
Winston believes in providing products and services at minimum cost with maximum capability. Through decades of experience and multi-million dollar technological investments, Winston is able to make the benefits of smart manufacturing available to a host of small to mid-sized Kentucky businesses.
Winston also believes in supporting our local community. We are looking to hire committed and able employees for the long term. Part of that hiring search, we hope to find at the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME). KY Fame is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dualtrack, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. The primary method to achieve this goal is through partnerships with local educational institutions to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT). Winston is partnering with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTS) for eligible students.
We are proud to play a role in advancing Kentucky’s position as a vital manufacturing hub in the U.S.