Big things are happening in Kentucky manufacturing. According to the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, more than $360 million were invested in manufacturing during 2017.
Jack Mazurak, Communications Director of the State Cabinet for Economic Development, reported that manufacturers look for locations with affordable living, plentiful labor, and existing aerospace and automotive industries. The state’s pro-business regulatory climate is a catalyst for corporate investments.
Fostering a New Skilled Workforce
Kentucky is fostering a new generation of skilled talent. Part of the state’s focus is on struggling areas in eastern Kentucky. HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Initiative in Paintsville partners workforce development representatives, elected officials, and business leaders to form an institute dedicated to preparing students for careers in advanced manufacturing. The institute offers courses in areas such as CNC machining, machine building, and tool maintenance. This skilled workforce is expected to attract more manufacturers to the area.
Winston Manufacturing’s Role in Promoting Kentucky Manufacturing
Above all, Winston supports our community. Our partner in that commitment is the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME). KY FAME works with local institutions to create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. For example, Winston partnered with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTS). In conclusion, we are proud to play a role in advancing the Commonwealth as a vital domestic manufacturing hub.