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Business

  • Work Ready designation sends signal to job creators

    As communities look for an edge in today’s competitive global economy, there are few things as powerful as developing a high-quality workforce.

    Here in the Lincoln Trail region, it’s exciting to see multiple counties taking steps to develop a highly skilled workforce that is ready to go to work. Leaders in those counties have applied or are in the process of applying for Work Ready Community certification.

  • Building a business with Legos

    After hours of painting walls in primary colors, assembling shelves, unloading merchandise and setting up displays, Tommy Linton and Nick Williams may be ready to retreat into a world of fun escapism.

    But they must leave those games to their customers. The two local residents are less than 48 hours from the grand opening of a new business venture as they open Bricks and Minifigs in Towne Mall.

  • AGC plant gets state recognition for safety

    Safety isn’t just a set of codes and regulations. It’s a culture.

    That was the message given by Anthony Russell, Commissioner of Workplace Standards for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, when he presented the Elizabethtown AGC Automotive facility with its third Governor’s Health and Safety Award.

    The Elizabethtown plant earned a plaque signed by Gov. Steve Beshear after going 2,872,182 hours without a lost-time accident or illness.

  • Software startup gets financial help

    A entrepreneur from central Kentucky received a boost Thursday to grow his business.

    Brian Mefford presented his company, Connected Nation Exchange, to a panel of judges during the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s entrepreneur pitch competition in Elizabethtown. For his award-winning idea, CNX received a cash prize and the opportunity to present to the Kentucky Angel Investors Network in Frankfort later this year.

  • Belgian company buys Accumetric

    Elizabethtown soon will welcome the fourth international company to base its North American headquarters in the city.

    During an announcement at Accumetric, Gov. Steve Beshear said Soudal Holding NV, a Belgium-based adhesive and sealant manufacturer, will purchase and expand the company.

    “It’s another exciting day for Elizabethtown, Hardin County and the Com­mon­wealth of Kentucky,” Beshear said to the crowd of state and local dignitaries and Accumetric employees.

  • First Federal will become part of Indiana bank company

    After 91 years of operation, First Federal Savings Bank will disappear from the local business landscape later this year.

    First Financial Service Corp., the holding company for First Federal Savings Bank of Elizabethtown, will become part of Community Bank Shares of Indiana. A definitive agreement finalizing the deal was signed Monday night and awaits approval from both shareholder groups and federal regulators.

  • Signature HealthCARE takes over Woodland facility

    Signature HealthCARE assumed operations Tuesday of Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation – Woodland, now Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown.

    SHC of Elizabethtown is a 112-bed nursing and rehabilitation center at 1117 Woodland Terrace. The center offers skilled-nursing, occupational and speech therapies, among other services.

    In addition to the Elizabethtown facility, the transaction included the following Kentucky nursing centers:

  • Hendrickson breaks ground on Elizabethtown manufacturing facility

    Gary Gerstenslager said Elizabethtown is not the first Kentucky destination Hendrickson USA considered to build a manufacturing facility, but it perfectly suits the needs of the company, which develops suspension systems and other parts for heavy duty trucks.

    Gerstenslager, the company’s president and CEO, said Elizabethtown has an impressive industrial park, a desirable environment and the type of skilled workforce Hendrickson craves to maintain its market share.

  • Focus on Finance: Creative budget ideas

    Question: I’m always looking for ways to stretch my pennies. I’m open to suggestions.

    Answer: Here are some creative budgeting ideas that can make a difference.

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  • Focus on Finance: Hard to replace military benefits

    Question: The biggest practical question of service members transitioning from the military is “how much money do I need to make to maintain my quality of life?”