• KORT named One of Kentucky’s Best Places to Work for the 13th year

    For the 13th consecutive year, KORT (Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team) was chosen as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in a recent announcement. KORT is one of 28 companies in the medium company category (150-499 employees) and one of 100 companies across the state to make this year’s list.

    According to KYSHRM, winner’s rankings will be announced at an awards dinner April 26 at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center.

  • New regulations could foster creation of craft distilleries

    A recommendation by the Planning Commission to local elected officials would promote the development of craft distilleries in the city and county.

    Janet Johnston-Crowe, executive director, explained the proposed changes at last week’s meeting of Nelson County Fiscal Court.

  • GO Center expanding with new jobs, opportunities

    Hazel Cothern hopes to one day get a job out in the community. It’s a goal that requires certain skills, which she is learning at the Guthrie Opportunity Center.

    “I didn’t think I’d learn how to put the sealers on, but I can do just about any of it,” Cothern said last week while working on the new ReBart Bottling line at the center.

    The line opened for production in September, and has provided about a dozen jobs for GO Center participants, who are learning to bottle bitters and other products.

  • WORK MATTERS: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds in-demand skills training

    Like many advanced manufacturers throughout the Lincoln Trail region, Tower International is dedicated to ensuring its employees have the right skills. It’s a practice that not only allows employees to grow professionally and advance their careers, but it also promotes the company’s competitiveness.

  • Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. named 2017 Best Places to Work in Kentucky

    For the second year in a row, Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky in the small-sized employer category (those employing 15-149 employees) by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM).

    A total of 40 companies from across the state have been selected as winners in this category. The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey.

  • BBC expanding ahead of schedule

    Construction is not quite complete at the Bardstown Bourbon Company, which is already producing whiskey and has slated the opening of its visitor’s center for this summer.

    Bardstown Bourbon Company’s collaborative distilling program has already drawn so much interest from companies looking to team up with their expert staff, led by Master Distiller Steve Nally, that BBC is booked solid for the next year.

    “We sold our entire capacity before we made a drop,” BBC CEO David Mandell said. “It has exceeded our expectations.”

  • Bardstown Bourbon Co. looks to offer different visitor experience

    The typical distillery visit goes something like this: Learn some history about the product, see where it’s made and stored, tour the grounds, sample their whiskey, then shove off to the next distillery, usually in about two hours or less.

    The experience at the Bardstown Bourbon Company, when its visitor’s center opens this summer, will resemble the traditional distillery tour experience pretty much in name only.

  • Bardstown Career Center likely to close

    The Kentucky Career Center at 860 W. Stephen Foster Ave. may soon close, but Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts would like to see some of its programs have their staff visit Bardstown at least a couple of days a week.

    Watts attended a meeting last week of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District Board, which oversees the programs, and he and others have made that suggestion to the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • KY FAME grows opportunity for students, employers

    By Daniel Carney

    To remain globally competitive, advanced manufacturers need a pipeline of workers prepared to fill highly technical positions. Throughout the Lincoln Trail region, employers, educators and workforce and economic development professionals are working together to develop that pipeline.

    The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing (KY FAME), Lincoln Trail Chapter, is one important way our region is addressing the technical skills gap and creating opportunities for both students and manufacturers.

  • When workers want to live here, so do job creators

    By Carole Logsdon

    Have you heard the news? The Lincoln Trail Region is getting a new multiplex. You will no longer have to travel to larger metropolitan areas to catch a show in a modern, state-of-the-art theater. It will create jobs and is certainly economic development activity, but in addition to that, this theater will enhance our region’s quality of place.