Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress hosted their 2nd Annual Community Informational Meeting on October 17, 2018 at the Felix E. Martin Jr Hall. Information was shared about business prospects & expansions, infrastructure needs, and the room was filled with many who “Believe” in Muhlenberg County. John Bevington, formerly the Commissioner for Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, currently the Economic Development Director for LGE – KU was the Keynote Speaker. Approximately 85 were in attendance.
Professional economic Developers will tell you most job creation comes from existing businesses and industries. Some experts say up to 80% of newly created jobs come from existing business and industry expansion. Even though Muhlenberg has not had the good fortune to land a nice new factory in our Paradise Regional Business Park, we have had the good fortune of existing businesses and industries expanding.
Central Screen Printing moved into the former Pogue Automotive Chevy store in Central City resulting in fifty new jobs. Brewco Marketing Systems worked with the state Cabinet for Economic Development to purchase a building and enlarge their workforce. Most recent StrikerBilt moved into the warehouse space formerly used by Wing Supply in Greenville and are in the process of expanding their workforce by 30 to 40 new jobs. These jobs will be welding and machinists positions. The Cabinet for Children Services will be moving to a new location next to Plastic Products early in 2019. This move will create possibly up to 35 new jobs.
Expansion of existing industry and business depends on a trained, educated and available workforce. The Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress and the Felix E. Martin Jr Foundation supports local business and industry through the Work Ready Community Initiative. Muhlenberg is moving very close to being fully Work Ready certified at the state level. Accomplishing full Work Ready certification will help our industries know there are available workers who the skills they need to support their expansion.