Gov. Matt Bevin along with Eastern Kentucky workforce development representatives, elected officials, business leaders and citizens gathered in Paintsville on Tuesday afternoon for the grand opening of the HAAS eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI). This 40,000-square-foot facility in Paintsville will offer 16-week training programs aimed at building a skilled workforce to attract advanced manufacturing to Kentucky. The struggle for Manufacturers is to find highly trained, qualified workers. This facility will train students in positions such as computer numerical control (CNC) machinist, as well as machine building and tool maintenance technicians in aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. The institute was initially funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Gene Haas Foundation and later received a $2.5 million Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mines grant and donations from the private sector, such as Kentucky Power. Haas is the top American manufacturer of CNC machine tools. Founder Gene Haas, also well known in the motorsports arena, founded NASCAR’s Stewart-Haas Racing and Formula One’s Haas F-1 team. Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute is located at 120 Scott Perry Drive Paintsville, KY 41240. For more information visit www.ekyami.com.
HAAS eKAMI Grand Opening
Posted by Governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday, February 20, 2018