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Auto frame manufacturer Metalsa announces $36.5 m expansion in Owensboro, will add 113 jobs

Automotive frame manufacturer Metalsa Structural Products Inc. will add 113 jobs at its Owensboro facility with a $36.5 million expansion to produce a new line of stamped and welded components. “With three production facilities in the commonwealth, Metalsa stands as one of our largest automotive employers,” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said. “We are grateful for this additional expansion and these...

BBB Trends: Cause-Affiliated Giving intensifies in the fall — Where does the money really go?

Cause-affiliated fundraising tied to a product is a common practice throughout the year, but it seems to intensify in the fall. The intent behind using a nonprofit’s image is to increase sales of the product while showing corporate responsibility. Lately, some of this affiliate marketing strategy may also be used in raising funds for disaster recovery operations related to the recent natural...

Keven Moore: A symbol of relaxation, hammocks can prove to be dangerous if not properly used

Hammocks are synonymous with summer leisure, relaxation and to some retirement. They are a great way to relax in backyards, beaches or while camping in the woods, but what if I told you that a handful of people died every year while resting in a hammock? It’s true. Like with anything else, if you don’t use a hammock properly it can be extremely dangerous. On Aug. 1, 2017 a Northern Kentucky...

TANK recognized as best transit system in KY, focus on community, commitment to improvement cited

NKyTribune staff The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) was recently recognized as the Best Transit System in Kentucky. The Kentucky Public Transit Association convenes every two years in Lexington for the statewide KPTA conference.  Part of the conference includes an awards ceremony where both KPTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) highlight outstanding achievements in public...

Kentucky real estate market follows up strong first half of the year with a solid performance in July

Real estate sales in Kentucky continued to increase after a strong first half of the year. Becker Total home sales in July hit 4,996 for a 3.9 percent increase over the same month in 2016. Year to date, home sales hit 30,939 versus 29,596 in 2016, an increase of 4.5 percent. These improvements in the market come at a time when housing inventories across the state dropped to under four months in July,...

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati sets record for attendance; organizers credit new experiences, location

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati saw 675,000 visitors, September 15-17, according to police estimates. The total surpasses the 650,000 estimated to have attended Oktoberfest Zinzinnati each of the previous three years. “New experiences, longtime favorites, clear weather and a great site led to a record Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2017,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber,...

BBB Trends: Equifax credit reporting agency suffers serious breach of security — what do you do next?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Equifax, a major consumer credit reporting agency that aggregates data for both businesses and individuals, recently experienced a breach in security that lead to the release of the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and credit card information of more than 143 million people in the United States. The massive data breach that put many at risk has people...

CVG introduces 1500 travelers to Ocktoberfest ZinZinnati with pretzels, Gold Star coneys and live polka music

CVG said ‘welcome’ in a big way, introducing travelers to Ocktoberfest ZinZinnati wtih pretzels, coneys and live music. Telling the story in pictures: From CVG

Intellectual property adds value to your company’s assets; learn more at free business workshop

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune What is Intellectual Property? How does it affect our everyday lives? How does it benefit businesses? The answer to all of these questions, in addition to business planning basics, are covered at a free workshop entitled “Entrepreneur Business Basics 101: Initiate, Engage, Connect.” The event is scheduled at the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public...

The Kroger Co. introduces comfort food restaurant concept, Kitchen1883, to open in October in Union

The Kroger Co.’s Culinary Development team Thursday announced a new restaurant concept, Kitchen 1883, which offers a fresh take on new American comfort food. “With Kitchen 1883, our goal is to create a gathering place that offers a genuinely delicious place to relax and experience our food,” said Daniel Hammer, Kroger’s vice president of Culinary Development and New Business. “The restaurant...

Brandemonium debuts with major lineup at Duke Energy Convention Center in October

A new international brand conference and festival, Brandemonium presented by 84.51°, will take over the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati October 11-14. The event, similar to the SXSW concept, will place the creativity of some of the world’s major brands center stage with an emphasis on consumer experience. The all-star lineup includes more than 80 influential figures in marketing, advertising,...

Buyer beware: Kentucky expecting a flood following hurricanes Harvey, Irma — of flood-damaged vehicles

While Kentucky has not been directly affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Commonwealth could soon experience flooding of another kind: a rise in flood-damaged vehicles. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation (DVR) is preparing for an influx of title requests for vehicles that have been deemed a total loss due to natural disaster damage in states such as Florida...

Chamber Spotlight: Florence Freedom playoff game; our team in championships, members get discount

CVG, Cincinnati USA, Gold Star kick off 41st Annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in German style on Friday

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), partnering with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Gold Star Chili, will kick off the 41st Annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in German style on Friday, Noon – 2 p.m. at the airport’s Welcome Point, lower level of Terminal.   As part of the celebration, The Pete Wagner Band will play traditional polka music, Gold Star Chili’s new...

Kroger Marketplace to open in Union Thursday; store represents $31 million investment, will employ 500

The Cincinnati/Dayton Division of Kroger has announced that the grand opening of the newest member of the Kroger family of stores, located in Union, is Thursday. Interior of the new Union Kroger Marketplace (provided photos) The Union Marketplace store, Kroger’s 18th Marketplace in the region, will open its doors at 7 a.m., with the first 300 customers receiving a $10 Kroger gift card. Beginning...