• 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.

  • KDA announces new board officers, directors

    The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Ryan Ashley, chief operating officer and director of distillery operations for the Four Roses Distillery, has been named chairman of the group’s Board of Directors for 2017.

    Ashley, 45, leads all distillery operations at Four Roses and is overseeing a $54 million expansion that will double its production and add several new warehouses.

    He will serve as KDA chairman through December 2017.

  • Bourbon & Bluegrass holiday bash benefits Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation

    The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted the Bourbon & Bluegrass Holiday Bash, presented by Beam Suntory, on Dec. 10 at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont. The bash raised nearly $60,000 for cancer care services at Flaget Memorial Hospital, and the event sold out months in advance.

  • Maker’s Mark donates to United Way