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May 14, 2018

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Approximately $305 million aluminum processing facility to open by 2020

Novelis breaks groundNovelis breaks ground

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today joined executives from Novelis Inc. along with federal, state, local and industry representatives to break ground for the aluminum supplier’s $305 million processing plant in Todd County, which will create 125 full-time jobs producing automotive-grade aluminum sheet.

“These are the kinds of investments that are transforming Kentucky and transforming the aluminum industry,” Gov. Bevin said. “My vision for the Commonwealth is that we become the center for engineering and manufacturing excellence in the United States of America. If we can go all the way down the supply chain – from fabricating, rolling, smelting and slitting those materials – to get those materials to market, these are the kinds of things that are going to transform our state. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. Western Kentucky is primed for growth.”

Work began today on construction of Novelis’ 400,000-square-foot facility on a 150-acre greenfield site in Guthrie. Once complete, the company will heat treat and pre-heat rolled aluminum coils from the nearby Logan Aluminum operation in Russellville that is co-owned by Novelis. The Guthrie facility will include machinery and technology to produce automotive-body-panel-grade aluminum sheet, increasing the company’s global capacity. Company leaders anticipate it will be operational by 2020.

“The increased adoption of aluminum in cars, trucks and SUVs, coupled with more automotive manufacturing plants in the southeast, makes Guthrie a strategic location to serve our customers,” said Steve Fisher, president and CEO of Novelis. “With the strong, highly skilled workforce in Kentucky, we believe our culture and commitment to building a sustainable world together will have a lasting and positive impact on this community.”

Novelis is the world’s largest recycler of aluminum and a top producer overall. It operates 24 advanced rolling and recycling facilities in 10 countries across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The company employs approximately 11,000 people and did $11.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018.

In addition to the automotive industry – where more than 225 vehicle models use its aluminum alloy – customers use the company’s products to manufacture a vast array of products including beverage cans, computers, mobile phones, flexible tubing, insulating sleeves, license plates, and architectural products, such as roller shutters, awnings, roofing, gutters, facades and sandwich panels.

In Berea, Ky., the company owns a 130-employee recycling facility, which melts and casts ingots from 20 percent of the nation’s recycled beverage cans. In early 2017, Novelis announced a $2.35 million investment and 10 new jobs for that plant to expand its capacity by 25,000 tons annually.

Novelis, along with Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc., jointly owns Logan Aluminum, which employs 1,200 people. Logan Aluminum’s proximity to the Todd County site played a deciding factor in the company’s site selection process.

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, of Crofton, said the Novelis facility will boost the region’s automotive footprint.

“As the world’s largest recycler and top producer of aluminum, I am proud that Novelis has made Guthrie, Kentucky its home,” Sen. Westerfield said. “The arrival of Novelis will encourage further investments and job growth in our community and strengthen Kentucky’s leadership in the automotive industry as well as the broader aluminum industry. I congratulate the company on this groundbreaking.”

Rep. Jason Petrie, of Elkton, said Novelis will be a difference maker in Guthrie.

“This is an important day for Todd County,” Rep. Petrie said. “Today marks the beginning of a new era of job creation in the region. I can’t wait for the Novelis plant to open, which will provide more than 100 jobs for Todd County residents.”

Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall welcomed the investment and new jobs the Novelis plant will bring.

“I am both honored and excited to welcome Novelis to Guthrie, Ky.” Mayor Marshall said. “Everyone in our community is thankful for this partnership and look forward to the jobs and opportunities that will be provided.”

Jimmy Turner, interim Judge-Executive in Todd County, shared his enthusiasm for the project.

“We are excited to welcome Novelis to Kentucky, Todd County and our community,” said interim Todd County Judge-Executive Turner.

Mark Lindsey, executive director of the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council, said the effects of Novelis’ arrival will be far reaching.

“It is so exciting for not only Guthrie and Todd County, but the entire region to see this project finally coming to fruition,” Lindsey said. “Our team welcomes Novelis to the area and is very excited to have a long lasting partnership with them.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in January preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $8.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

Additionally, KEDFA approved Novelis for up to $3 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing.

Novelis also will receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

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A detailed community profile for Todd County can be viewed here.


May 8, 2018


 “The skills these students learned at RCBI are in great demand by industry today,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “We’re pleased that RCBI is helping close the skills gap in manufacturing through our career skills programs.”“The skills these students learned at RCBI are in great demand by industry today,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “We’re pleased that RCBI is helping close the skills gap in manufacturing through our career skills programs.”

Sara Simms, Fort Gay; Marissa Boyd, Louisa, Ky.; and Dustin Stacy, Prichard await graduation and a chance at good jobs

HUNTINGTON — High-skilled jobs in industry await graduates of the Machinist Technology/CNC Program and the Welding Technology Program at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).

RCBI will recognize more than 40 individuals at a ceremony Thursday at RCBI Huntington, 1050 Fourth Ave. The event begins at 4 p.m.

“The skills these students learned at RCBI are in great demand by industry today,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “We’re pleased that RCBI is helping close the skills gap in manufacturing through our career skills programs.”

RCBI’s machining and welding programs deliver rigorous, hands-on instruction that prepares individuals for immediate employment and lifelong professional advancement. Students also earn individual industry-recognized certifications that ensure each RCBI graduate achieves nationally recognized standards of excellence.
Offered in partnership with Mountwest Community & Technical College, the programs also present students the opportunity to earn an associate degree.

Machinist graduates who have earned either a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree are:

Austin Blake, Quincy Cannon, Charles Hankins, Patrick Means, Kevin Gross, Jeffrey King and Michael Yeagy, all of Huntington; Andrew Harding, St. Albans; Lindsay Maynard, Wayne; Matthew Cornell, Apple Grove; Roger Craft, Nitro; James Hall, Barboursville; John Harris, Beckley; Archie Hollingsworth, Ceredo; Andrew Passerby, Kingwood; Andrew Sowards, Salt Rock; and Dylan Sturgeon, Hurricane.

Welding graduates who have earned either a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree are Tyler Knight, Michael Trumbo, Isaac Hodges, Christopher White, Jonathan Miller, Gage Messick, Garry Adaway, William Fannin, and David Hay, all of Huntington; Matthew Henderson, Kyle Cassady and Dennis Jackson, all of Wayne; Cory McDonie and Dylan Tierney, both of Ona; Sara Simms, Fort Gay; Marissa Boyd, Louisa, Ky.; Dustin Stacy, Prichard; Cameron Burden, Culloden; Antony Mitchell, Barboursville; Luke Cummings, Ravenswood; Trenton Engle, Lesage; Tayte Damron, Kenova; and Kyle Sowards, Salt Rock.

Both the Machinist Technology/CNC and Welding programs are enrolling for fall 2018 classes. For more information, contact Tracy Straub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.781.1678.


The Robert C. Byrd Institute delivers innovative solutions with leading-edge technology to advance manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Learn more at


March 8, 2018


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About The Marshall Tucker Band:
– In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.

Today, the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material.

Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band’s current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound.

Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws, multi instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals, Pat Elwood on bass guitar, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence.

Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” they earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label.


When: Saturday, May 19 2018 at 8:00pm
Where: Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653


Additional Information: Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The show is presented by Big Spring Entertainment. Ticket prices are $54; $44; and $34. Additional fees may apply.

Jason Oschwald, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 615-815-7100