Mayor Fischer kicks off National Manufacturing Month

September 28, 2017

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined local leaders and business owners in an early kickoff for National Manufacturing Month in October.

Manufacturing is a major economic driver for the Louisville area, with 1,400 manufacturing companies employing approximately 83,000 people, representing 13 percent of the regional employment. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine ranked Louisville as the No. 1 city for manufacturing in the U.S.

In recognition of Manufacturing Month, KentuckianaWorks, the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center Employer Advisory Group and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana are teaming up to give area students a first look into manufacturing plants and the day-to-day tasks and activities – in an effort to expose them to potential careers in manufacturing and create a pipeline of highly skilled employees to fill good-paying jobs.

“We know that creating a pipeline of highly skilled workers is essential for a city to be competitive,” said the Mayor. “That’s why I’m happy that we’re working with our partner organizations to give local students the opportunity to get first-hand experience in Louisville’s diversified and strong manufacturing sector.”

Mayor Fischer will join students from Doss High School on October 19 to job shadow workers at Paradise Tomato Kitchen.

Other students will tour GE Appliances, KCC Manufacturing and Clariant Corporation during October to learn more about careers in manufacturing and to gather information about training and educational opportunities.

 “This year’s manufacturing celebration allows JA to reach even more students with JA Job Shadows,” said Debra Hoffer, president of Junior Achievement. “The experience of spending time in an actual workplace is extremely impactful for students and helps them to make better decisions in regards to their future careers.  Students will have exposure to jobs in manufacturing that have opportunities for advancement, education and a great pay right here in our community.”

As manufacturing grows in the Louisville region, the demand is increasing for workers who have greater skills and training.

KentuckianaWorks is currently offering several free training courses designed to quickly prepare people for good jobs with local manufacturing companies. They include:

  • The Manufacturing Training and Employment Connection (M-TEC), an intensive, two-week program where participants can earn multiple training certificates valued by manufacturing companies;
  • The MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) training, a four-week course that gives people an industry-recognized credential;
  • Manufacturing Training for English Language Learners (M-TELL), a new, three-week program that can help people start a career pathway as a supervisor in manufacturing.

 “These trainings have been designed by local employers to meet their specific needs, and many of those companies will even visit training classes to talk with and hire participants,” said Cindy Read, deputy director of KentuckianaWorks which operates the Ky. Manufacturing Career Center.

Both the CPT and M-TEC programs have classes starting in October. Graduates of all trainings also get direct connections to employers who have jobs to fill. For more information, call (502) 276-9711, ext. 4001.

Additional activities promoting manufacturing in Louisville will be held throughout the community. Louisville-based manufacturers and those participating in events are encouraged to join in Manufacturing Month by using #MadeInLou on social media.

To learn more about Louisville’s robust manufacturing sector, visit