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Old 08-22-2019, 06:10 PM
 
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After more than three decades in Murray, Kentucky the Briggs and Stratton Facility is set to close.Briggs & Stratton Corporation says it will be closing its facility in Murray, Kentucky by fall of 2020. Local Board members said the majority of employees are from Calloway County but a significant amount of workers are from Graves Co., Ky, Marshall Co., Ky. and Henry Co., Tenn. as well. “Payroll for 600 people would be 20-25 million a year,” he said. “That money normal turns over 5-7 times. so you are looking at a minimum of 100 million dollar a year hit to the community"



The company says it is consolidating its production of small vertical-shaft engines into its Poplar Bluff, Missouri facility. The Board of Murray Calloway Economic Development Corporation says the closure will mean the loss of about 600 full time positions.

Impacted employees will have the opportunity to move to another facility. The company says the Poplar Bluff plant will be hiring to accommodate the increased production at the facility.


The gasoline engine manufacturer will be opening up a new facility in southeast Missouri [B]to create 130 jobs within the next 12 months.[/b]

Cheryl Roberts is a real estate broker in Murray. She's already dealing with the fallout of the announcement. “I have several clients that I just closed on a house and so they own it and both of the spouses work at Briggs and they've already contacted me today and they are in tears and they feel like they are at their bottom. They don't know what to do. They don't know how they are going to make their mortgage they don't know how they are going to feed their children, they don't know how they are going to face tomorrow."


One of the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s new programs, Missouri One Start, was key in the company’s decision to expand. Through the program, $175,000 is available to Briggs & Stratton to train new and existing employees. In addition, the program will provide the company with personalized recruitment and screening assistance to help with its workforce.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority had preliminarily approved Briggs & Stratton for tax incentives up to $15 million over 10 years through the Kentucky Reinvestment Act back in 2010.

Typical of many companies. Stay long enough not to endanger the tax incentives being required to be returned but otherwise move on. It did not help that they did not decide to produce electric mowers in Murray.

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Old 08-25-2019, 07:05 PM
 
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Default Werner Co. lays off 118

More than 100 workers will lost their jobs after Werner a ladder and climbing equipment plant in Louisville shuts down

Werner Co. cut 118 workers and permanently shut down its Louisville manufacturing plant in March 2019, according to a notice filed with the Kentucky Division of Workforce and Employment Services.

The plant is located on 11225 Bluegrass Parkway, in east Jefferson County. Each employee will receive one week of pay for every year of service, the notice said.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:12 PM
 
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Default American Greetings closes Bardstown plant

The announcement came as a blow to more than 400 local workers, some of whom have worked there for 30 years or more.

“It’s pretty devastating for Bardstown, especially the people who have worked there since almost Day 1,” said Kim Huston, executive director for the Nelson County Economic Development Agency.

Takigawa, a packaging products manufacturer, hopes to start operations in 2019. That company has announced it intends to hire 180 workers.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:20 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Automation + outsourcing has taken a huge toll on manufacturing.
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:21 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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This company in Murray is only starting with 8 employees and adding another 8 in a year, but it's a start.

https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/new-...6652539c2.html
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:25 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Automation + outsourcing has taken a huge toll on manufacturing.
From what I've heard in the news here in W. Ky., the problem is not as many push mowers are being sold. That's where the verticle shaft engines made there are used.
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:30 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Plus GenCanna is building a $40 million hemp processing plant in Mayfield, hiring 80. Already taking applications for light equipment operators working in the fields and at the plant. Think starting at $16/hr. The construction of the plant on US 45 north is moving along pretty good.
I've noticed quite a few hemp fields in the area this summer.

https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/hemp...e27d11524.html
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:40 PM
 
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Plus GenCanna is building a $40 million hemp processing plant in Mayfield, hiring 80. Already taking applications for light equipment operators working in the fields and at the plant. Think starting at $16/hr. The construction of the plant on US 45 north is moving along pretty good.
I've noticed quite a few hemp fields in the area this summer.

https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/hemp...e27d11524.html
Conyea says.

The hemp crops will be planted next June and harvested into October. Construction at the downtown Paducah location — the former Amerisource Bergen building — is expected to begin in early 2019. It should be complete by late next year.The company tells Local 6 the average pay will be more than $24 an hour not including benefits. GennCanna says the total hourly compensation with benefits will be about $32.


17th Century America, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren’t growing hemp on their land! Hemp was considered to be legal tender. For over 200 years in colonial America, hemp was currency that one could use to pay their taxes with! (Don’t try that today, kids!)

The 1850 U.S. census documented approximately 8,400 hemp plantations of at least 2000 acres. Strains in cultivation included China hemp, Smyrna hemp and Japanese hemp.

For years, hemp farmers used a hand break operated machine when harvesting. Finally a machine was built that would take care of all the processes, breaking the retted stalks and cleaning the fiber to produce clean, straight hemp fiber which was equal to the best grades prepared on hand brakes. This machine was able to harvest 1000 pounds or more of clean hemp fiber per hour. This breakthrough made cultivating more fiscally attractive by reducing labor costs. By 1920 the hemp crop was entirely handled by machinery.

Hemp Fuel

In 1896 Rudolph Diesel had produced his famous engine. Like many others, Diesel assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company seeing the potential of biomass fuels operated a successful biomass conversion plant producing hemp fuel at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl acetate and creosote, fundamental ingredients for modern industry. Today these are supplied by oil-related industries.

Viewing hemp as a threat, a smear campaign against hemp was started by competing industries, associating hemp with marijuana. This was an defining moment in the history of hemp!

Propaganda films like “Reefer Madness” assured hemp’s demise.

When Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, the decline of hemp effectively began. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation nearly impossible for American farmers. Anslinger, the chief promoter of the Tax Act, argued for anti-marijuana legislation around the world.


An interesting situation arose during World War II as American Farmers were prohibited from producing hemp because of the 1937 law. However, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor halted the importation of Manila hemp from the Philippines, prompting the USDA to rethink their agenda and creating a call to action with the release of the film Hemp for Victory, motivating American Farmers to grow hemp for the war effort.

Hemp for Victory war film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3rolyiTPr0


The government formed a private company called War Hemp Industries to subsidize hemp cultivation. One million acres of hemp were grown across the Midwest as part of this program. As soon as the war ended, all of the hemp processing plants were shut down and the industry again disappeared. However, wild hemp may be found scattered across the country.

In one of our plants in Illinois I asked what the unusually long and wide corridor was for as it was not something I'd ever seen in other mfg sites. One of the senior people there told me . We made rope for the US navy in WW2 for the large ships. This is where it was laid out to be coiled.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:32 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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From that WPSD story above:
"GenCanna Global USA Inc. has its headquarters in Winchester, Kentucky. The facility in Hickory will be similar. The company is also creating a location for retail and other purposes in Paducah."

And right across the road from the GenCanna plant construction, on the site of the old General Tire plant is more construction. This is from the Graves County Economic Development facebook page:
"Brad Youngblood with Grace Park, LLC announced the cleanup of the former General Tire site and conversion to a new industrial park with the partnership of Graves County Economic Development and Graves County Fiscal Court. When completed, the 200 acre site will be able to accomodate tenants with buildings from 5,000 to 500,000 sq. ft.

First Choice Kubota announced they would be constructing a $2 million facility on one of the front tracts of Grace Park to expand their inventory and better serve their customers.

Brad Youngblood also announced the construction of a new 30,000 sq. ft. spec industrial building just south of Grace Park. The building is expandable to 60,000 sq. ft. and is located in an Opportunity Zone.

GCED cannot wait to partner with Brad and Grace Park, LLC to help market a prime piece of property that is rail served. Thank you Brad for continuing to invest in Graves County. Congrats to Kubota on your expansion and thank you for your investment!"
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