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Business

  • Planting corn or soybeans in sod

    As grain markets have soared to more profitable levels over the last few years, I have seen and heard of countless hay and pasture fields that will be planted with corn or soybeans this spring.

    In spite of record high cattle prices, the balance sheet simply continues to favor grain crops over cattle, assuming cattle are being pastured on land suitable for row cropping.

    If you plan to be one of these modern day “sodbusters,” here are a few things to consider as you drop the planter into that long established hay field or pasture this spring

  • AGC recognized for safety

    An Elizabethtown manufacturer has been honored for its dedication to safety.

    AGC Automotive Americas was recognized Friday by Kentucky’s secretary of labor for going more than a year and a half, about 1.5 million work hours without any of the more than 600 employees at the plant suffering an injury that would cause missed work.

    That distinction was made possible because of the commitment of management and employees to make sure the work environment is as safe as possible, plant manager Scott Guenther said.

  • AT&T announces plans for 4G locally

    AT&T plans to extend its 4G LTE network to Elizabethtown this summer, enhancing wireless network technology and providing faster mobile Internet speeds.

    “AT&T customers in Elizabethtown can look forward to even faster speeds by the end of the summer on our leading lineup of smartphones, tablets and other devices,” said Hank Mangeot, regional director of external affairs for AT&T Kentucky.

  • Flex Films to stabilize production before start of second phase

    Flex Films USA aims to stabilize production lines and seek full capacity before undergoing phase two of construction at the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park on North Black Branch Road in Elizabethtown, according to a company official.

    The flexible films manufacturer now employs nearly 100 and still has open positions, Human Resources Manager Devon Logsdon said.

    Logsdon said the company is reviewing applications and resumes for potential hires. Last year, Logsdon said the first phase of hiring should round out around 125.

  • Don’t rush retirement decisions

    Question: As I get closer to retirement, the time is coming to make some vital decisions about my 401(k). I know I have multiple options. Where do I start?

    Answer: As retirement day approaches, your company’s human resources department may prompt you about what to do with your retirement plan money. There is a variety of options, but until you have a clear idea on how you see yourself sailing through your retirement years, avoid making irreversible decisions.

  • Car care center to replace El Rodeo

    A tire and auto care company with numerous locations in Louisville and a presence in Shepherdsville is expanding south.

    The Elizabethtown Planning Commission has conditionally approved a plan for construction of a Ken Towery’s Tire & AutoCare facility at 1105 N. Dixie Ave., which is the former home of El Rodeo Mexican restaurant in Lakeshore Plaza.

  • PNC trims branch in downtown Elizabethtown

    PNC Bank closed its West Dixie branch in Elizabethtown for the final time Friday.

    The two-story building, less than three blocks from the courthouse, once served as headquarters for First Hardin National Bank. Constructed in 1963 and remodeled after a fire in 1995, it contains more than 16,000-square feet and five drive-thru lanes, making it much larger than a typical bank branch. Much of the facility has been unused.

  • USDA’s animal disease traceability has begun

    The USDA’s new animal disease traceability program went into effect Monday. Having a traceability system in place should allow the United States to track animal disease more quickly and efficiently, thereby minimizing not only the spread of disease but also the impacts an outbreak may have.

  • Focus on Finance: Understanding peer-to-peer lending for small business

    Question: I saw something on a blog about P2P lending for small business. Can you tell me more about it?

    Answer: Whether you need more cash for your operations or have excess cash you’d like to see earning higher interest rates, peer-to-peer lending may be an attractive option. P2P lending pairs individual borrowers (with proven credit histories) with private lenders who make significant loans, often at favorable rates, without involving a bank as an intermediary.

  • Credit union to assist furloughed members

    Fort Knox Federal Credit Union initated special loan and withdrawal options to assist members affected by recently announced federal government spending cuts that likely will result in furloughs for some government workers.

    Employees could be furloughed for up to 176 “non-contiguous hours” between April and the end of the fiscal year in September, which is as much as 22 eight-hour work days.