Changing Workforce / Control Systems / Energy Management

How Kentucky manufacturers are adapting to industry challenges


Aug 10, 2016

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L'Oreal plans to build the largest solar energy installation by a private company in Kentucky at its Florence manufacturing plant, local company officials said Tuesday. And given the prevalence and importance of coal mining in the Bluegrass state, the venture is bold.

"The value of sustainability, from a L'Oreal standpoint, is non-negotiable," said Eric Wolff, vice president of the beauty company's manufacturing operations.

Sustainability, keeping up with technology, and finding a skilled workforce were among the manufacturing challenges addressed Tuesday during a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce event. In Kentucky's Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, more than 20,000 workers are involved in manufacturing, accounting for about 58% of the region's total workforce.

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