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MATEC assistant principal Amanda Pedersen, center, gathers ideas from a group of area businesspeople during the Career and Technical Education Summit on Friday. Marshall Public Schools Staff asked employers in the manufacturing, health care and automotive industries to discuss workforce needs and possible ways to partner with local businesses.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear announced even more growth for Kentucky’s automotive industry, as Nemak USA Inc., a manufacturer of innovative lightweight products for powertrain, e-mobility and structure applications, will create 170 well-paying jobs with a $27 million expansion of its Nemak Kentucky operation in Glasgow to support future electric vehicle-related business.

“The growth of our automotive industry during this record-breaking year for economic investment has been remarkable, and we are seeing more companies increase their focus on EV-related products,” Gov. Beshear said. “Nemak’s expansion will not only add to that growth, but also create a significant number of high-wage jobs for residents in Barren County and the surrounding region. I applaud Nemak’s decision to expand and look forward to many more years of success for the company in the commonwealth.”

Nemak’s investment will support building upgrades and new, state-of-the-art equipment at its facility on Prestwick Drive. The expansion

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Career day showcases jobs in automotive industry

The parking lot of Manchester Community College resembled an auto show Tuesday as part of an effort to get more high schoolers interested in the automotive industry.Students from North Conway to Salem turned out for the auto industry career day. Organizers said that as with most trades, there’s high demand.”There’s about 400 openings right now in the auto tech field within New Hampshire,” said Pete McNamara, president of the New Hampshire Automobile Dealer Association.McNamara said there are jobs available in every section of the state. Depending on the field students choose, they can make a good living from the beginning.”Average wages starting out is about $70,000, and you can work your way easily into the six figures,” McNamara said.While Manchester Community College hosted the event, all five of the state’s community colleges were represented and each one has a specialty. Nashua, for example, specializes in collision and auto body repair, … Read More

More than 1,600 jobs created as Nissan to build new electric model and huge battery plant in UK

Employment boost welcomed as Nissan announces plans for a huge new plant in Sunderland (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Employment boost welcomed as Nissan announces plans for a huge new plant in Sunderland (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Nissan is to build a new electric model and battery “gigafactory” in the UK in a massive jobs boost to the automotive industry.

Over 1,600 jobs will be created in Sunderland and an estimated 4,500 in supply companies under an investment of £1bn – an announcement welcomed by the government and unions.

More than £420m will be invested in building a new-generation all-electric vehicle, and Nissan said its Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub will be a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem.

The Japanese car giant will partner with Envision AESC, a global battery technology company, and Sunderland City Council.

There will be three interconnected initiatives bringing together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, which Nissan said sets a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry.

Nissan president and chief executive Makoto Uchida said: “This

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