NKY Workforce Innovation Awards recognize local youth, dislocated workers, businesses and workforce professionals

Florence, KY, September 12, 2018 - The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (NKWIB) in partnership with Cummins Filtration and Duke Energy hosted the 7th Annual Workforce Innovation Awards ceremony at The Madison Event Center, Covington, KY.

Speaking to the collection of local elected officials, business leaders and workforce development professionals, President/CEO of the Catalytic Development Fund Corporation, Jeanne Schroer, revisited the Catalytic Funds involvement in extensive process and complicated agreements that allowed the Kentucky Career Center to move from Garrard Street to Madison Avenue in 2014 and the resulting revitalization of the Madison Avenue corridor.

TANK General Manager and NKWIB Chair, Andrew Aiello emphasized in his comments the importance of the unique partnership between public and provide sectors and the services delivered through the regional Kentucky Career Centers. He linked the board's mission of supporting economic development, connecting education and training to employment, and meeting current and future employment needs to the services provided at the local career centers.

The Workforce Innovation Awards recognized and honored those who have made an impact on Northern Kentucky’s workforce talent and development efforts, and individuals who have successfully moved forward on their career pathway and in their employment goals. Nominations were solicited from the Kentucky Career Center, NKWIB, local businesses, and community partners. The winners were:

  • Rebecca Miller-Selby was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Adult/Dislocated Worker Alumnus.
  • Sage Auer was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Youth/ Young Adult Alumnus.
  • Linda Smith was recognized with the 2018 Outstanding Kentucky Career Center Alumnus.
  • Life Learning Center accepted the 2018 Outstanding Workforce Collaboration Award, Community Partner.
  • Castellini Group of Companies and Sarah Hartloff received the 2018 Outstanding Workforce Collaboration Award, Employer.
  • Melinda Ford-NKADD was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Workforce Employee of the Year.

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NKWIB Chair Andrew Aiello and Workforce Director Barbara Stewart presented Melinda Ford the 2018 Outstanding Workforce Employee of the Year Award.

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Castellini Group of Companies and Sarah Hartloff support of the Kentucky Career Center was honored with the 2018 Outstanding Workforce Collaboration Award, Employer. Sarah received the award from NKWIB Chair Andrew Aiello and Workforce Director Barbara Stewart.  

Congratulations to all the NKWIB’s Workforce Innovation Award nominees and recipients.

Kentucky Career Center is a “One-Stop” workforce network of nine organizations, including: Adult Education, Brighton Center, Inc., Gateway Community and Technical College, KY Office of Employment and Training, KY office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Northern KY Area Development District, Northern KY Community Action Commission, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, and the Transit Authority of Northern KY.

The Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (NKWIB) is the workforce development strategy and policy board for the Northern Kentucky Workforce Development Area (NKWDA), powered by local business and community leaders, and formed and certified under the provisions of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2015. The Northern Kentucky Workforce Development Area (NKWDA) consists of eight counties in Northern Kentucky: Boone Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton. Funding for the NWKIB comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration, through the Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development, under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Nucor to Double Gallatin County Steel Mill’s Capacity with $650 Million Expansion

Nucor to Double Gallatin County Steel Mill’s Capacity with $650 Million Expansion

70-job, phase II project will add ability to manufacture wider steel coils

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated Nucor Corp. on its plans for a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its mill near Ghent, Nucor Steel Gallatin, and thanked the company for its ongoing commitment to the commonwealth.

“Nucor is doing incredible things at its Kentucky steel mill. We are excited that, after a substantial investment in 2017, the company has decided to move forward with its phase II project and create additional job opportunities for the county and surrounding communities,” Gov. Bevin said. “The steel and primary metals industry are a driving force behind the commonwealth’s surging economy, and this announcement reflects the distinct advantages we have to offer engineering and manufacturing companies. Nucor is certainly a major player in this industry, and we are grateful for their commitment to continue forging success right here in Kentucky.”

This second phase will increase the mill’s annual capacity from 1.6 million tons of coiled sheet steel to approximately 3 million tons. As well, it will allow the mill to produce coils up to 73 inches wide.

In May 2017, Nucor announced its phase I project; construction of a new building and installation of galvanizing and pickling lines. That phase, expected to open in the first half of 2019, represents a $176 million investment creating 75 full-time jobs. The two phases position the mill to produce substantially more, wider and value-added products, suitable for a broader range of manufacturers and products.

“This investment is another major component of our planned strategy for long-term profitable growth,” said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO and president of Nucor. “Together with the new galvanizing line, this expansion increases our presence in the important Midwest market, specifically in the automotive, agriculture, heavy equipment, and energy pipe and tube sectors.”

Nucor purchased the former Gallatin Steel Co. from Gerdau SA and ArcelorMittal in late 2014 for approximately $780 million. The mill currently employs 465.

“We would like to thank Governor Matt Bevin, our local officials, East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Owen Electric, our teammates and the entire community for their support,” said John Farris, vice president and general manager, Nucor Steel Gallatin. “The project will allow us to better serve our automotive and value-added customers.”

Kentucky offers the lowest industrial electric power rates east of the Mississippi – one of its many attractive features for manufacturers. That played a role in Nucor’s decision, as the mill is a major electricity customer and the phase II expansion will create significant additional demand.

As such, leaders of Owen Electric Cooperative and East Kentucky Power Cooperative – the wholesale energy provider to Owen Electric – worked closely with Nucor officials to support the phase II expansion.

“We are thrilled Nucor has chosen to invest and create additional jobs in Kentucky,” said Mark Stallons, president and CEO of Owen Electric. “All parties have been committed to developing a close working relationship in order to develop solutions that satisfy each organization’s expectations. Nucor has been an excellent partner.”

East Kentucky Power Cooperative President and CEO Anthony “Tony” Campbell welcomed the decision.

“Nucor’s decision to bring high-quality jobs to Kentucky is wonderful news. This emphasizes the critical importance of affordable, reliable energy for Kentucky’s industries to compete in the global economy,” Campbell said. “Nucor is an important partner for Owen Electric and EKPC, and we are proud of our longstanding relationship.”

In Kentucky, Nucor and its affiliates employ approximately 2,000 people and include Nucor Steel Gallatin, Steel Technologies LLC, Republic Conduit, and Harris Rebar. Nucor also owns the David J. Joseph Co. and its six subsidiary River Metals Recycling facilities across the state, which collect and recycle scrap metal.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Nucor Corp. is North America’s largest recycler and the nation’s largest producer of steel and steel products. The company employs more than 25,000 people at about 200 facilities primarily located in the US and Canada, including several wholly owned subsidiaries.

The company has three segments: steel mills, steel products and raw materials. Nucor’s products include, carbon and alloy steel – in bars, beams, sheet and plate, hollow structural section tubing, electrical conduit, steel piling, steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, steel grating, wire and wire mesh.

Founded in 1955, Nucor Corp. traces its roots to 1905 when Ransom E. Olds, Oldsmobile’s creator, left his company after a stockholders dispute. He formed REO Motor Co., which evolved into the Nuclear Corporation of America, and ultimately became Nucor in 1971.

Nucor currently has two performance-based incentive agreements from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, which are designed to encourage investment and job growth for the state.

Nucor can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

For more information on Nucor, visit www.nucorsteel.com.

A detailed community profile for Gallatin County can be viewed http://www.thinkkentucky.com/cmnty/QuickFacts.aspx?cw=81">here.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

Retired KLEC Certified Police Officers

Applications are now being accepted by the Fort Mitchell, Kentucky Police Department to establish an eligibility list for retired KLEC Certified Police Officers eligible to return to work under the retiree rehire law. Competitive lateral pay ($20-$28 per hour), health insurance waiver and benefits commensurate with experience. Applicants must be a high school graduate, 21 years of age, free of felony conviction, and possess a valid driver’s license. Bachelor's or Associate degree preferred but not required.

Applications are available at the Fort Mitchell City Building, 2355 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 41017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or may be downloaded at www.fortmitchell.comApplications for Employment along with a resume and cover letter must be returned by Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. EOE - Applicant’s assistance under the ADA Act contact 859-331-1212.

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