Gov. Beshear gives Team Kentucky update
KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on Thursday afternoon, July 28.
The governor spoke at 11:30 a.m. at the capitol.
Earlier on Thursday, the governor declared a state of emergency due to severe flooding in eastern Kentucky. He gave another update on conditions during the briefing.
Gov. Beshear also spoke on the following subjects:
The governor highlighted five economic development projects that are, according to a release, investing $655 million in Ky. and creating 496 jobs.
“Today we are going to need to support those who are living through the unimaginable at the moment, and at the same time celebrate the companies that are investing in us and creating a brighter future for our families,” said Gov. Beshear.
- Gov. Beshear announced Hydro Aluminum Metals USA LLC, a producer of recycled aluminum products, will invest $15 million and retain up to 56 full-time employees at its Henderson plant. Hydro’s investment will support two projects simultaneously, including the installation of a new homogenization furnace to improve the facility’s ability to meet specifications within the growing U.S. automotive market.
- The governor announced a major investment in Kentucky’s bourbon industry as Beam Suntory will expand the capacity of Jim Beam Brands Co. with a $400 million investment that will create more than 50 full-time jobs at the Booker Noe Distillery in Boston.
- Gov. Beshear announced continued growth of the commonwealth’s manufacturing sector as O-I Glass Inc. will invest $239 million toward a new glass bottle manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, creating 140 high-wage jobs for Kentucky residents.
- On Wednesday, the governor joined officials from Louisville and Purem by Eberspaecher representatives to celebrate the opening of the automotive supplier’s Louisville operation, which is expected to create close to 250 quality jobs and will serve as the company’s seventh site in the United States.
- Gov. Beshear announced a $500,000 state grant, paired with a local match from the Berea Industrial Development Authority, to provide $1 million in upgrades at the Mayde Road Industrial Park in Madison County.
- The governor also announced that KY Innovation, the entrepreneurship office within the Cabinet for Economic Development, will be participating in the 20th annual Lexington Minority Business Expo as a presenting sponsor. The exposition, which will be held next week, brings together minority and women business owners to network, learn about new opportunities and create growth plans.
Team Kentucky All-Star
Gov. Beshear named everyone working to help aid the counties affected by flash flooding as this week’s Team Kentucky All-Stars. He thanked Emergency Medical Services, paramedics and firefighters; Kentucky State Police; Local police and emergency responders; Kentucky National Guard members; Community support providers; Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife staff; Kentucky Division of Emergency Management staff; Kentucky Transportation Cabinet staff and anyone working to help.
The governor said these heroes are working around the clock on the ground to save lives.
“Kentuckians are good, strong people. We are always there for one another. Right now, we have people putting themselves in harm’s way to help other people.” Gov. Beshear said. “If you are out there helping your fellow human being right now, you are a Team Kentucky All-Star. We appreciate you, we love you and we need you.”
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