FRANKFORT, Ky. – This week the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) presented the first-ever Law-MAKER awards to outstanding members of the Kentucky General Assembly.
These annual awards were created to honor legislators who have made a difference for manufacturers, constituents and companies that make up the backbone of Kentucky’s economy.
“We’re grateful to these legislators for leading on policy issues important to the manufacturing sector in Kentucky,” said Lee Lingo, executive director of KAM. “As Kentucky’s largest GDP contributor, manufacturing drives our state economy and employs more Kentuckians than any other industry. We are proud to give these awards to legislators who recognize the importance of manufacturing and champion legislation that supports our local businesses.”
The 2020 awardees are:
Sen. Julie Raque Adams (Senate District 36) – Adams has a deep understanding and appreciation of the jobs manufacturing brings to Kentucky. She represents a variety of manufacturing facilities, large and small, within her district. She has co-sponsored numerous KAM priority bills. Lingo presented Raque Adams her award at the Louisville Ford manufacturing plant in her district.
Rep. Jim Gooch (House District 12) – Gooch, chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, has been a staunch supporter of Kentucky manufacturers, particularly on issues surrounding the safety of our manufacturing facilities and was the primary sponsor of KAM priority legislation in 2020. Lingo presented Gooch his award during KAM’s Kentucky Chemical Industry Council’s (CIC) November virtual meeting.
Since 1911, KAM has served as the leading advocate for the manufacturing industry in the Commonwealth. Manufacturing is the economic engine of Kentucky, representing over $34 billion in annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and more than 250,000 employees.