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The Courier-Journal, Opportunity knocks for workers, but too few ready

By Chip Blankenship, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Appliances

Date Published: 10/27/2015

Last year Thomas Hudson decided to give up a temporary job and enroll in the free Certified Production Technician (CPT) class at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center. That decision – to get basic training in the skills valued by manufacturers – changed his life. He now has a well-paying job with full benefits at GE Appliances and recently moved out of his one-room apartment and purchased a three-bedroom home of his own. His future is bright – as it is for so many of today’s manufacturing workers.

After decades of decline, U.S. manufacturing is back. Forbes named our city one of "America's New Manufacturing Boomtowns." From 2009 to 2014, Kentucky added manufacturing jobs at more than twice the national rate, and the average pay has grown faster as well. Since 2010, GE Appliances alone has added 3,000 new manufacturing jobs in Louisville.

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