Our thanks to Altec Industries for hosting the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation (EHCIF) September Facility Managers Meeting and for providing attendees with a tour of the Altec manufacturing facility in Elizabethtown.
Before attendees took part in the tour, EHCIF Vice President Andy Games discussed plans the organization has for Manufacturing Month, which includes facilitating partnerships between local manufacturing employers and area schools throughout the month of October. Through these partnerships, middle and high school students in the Hardin County, Elizabethtown Independent, and Meade County Schools systems will have the opportunity to tour manufacturing facilities, and representatives with local manufacturers will give presentations and host interactive activities at schools. In addition, students will also visit Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to learn about manufacturing and about opportunities within the industry locally.
Games also brought attention to the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Manufacturing Expo, set for Oct. 11 at the Pritchard Community Center. The expo will spotlight local manufacturers and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their products. Local manufacturers must sign up to participate no later than Oct. 6. To sign up, visit hardinchamber.com/manufacturing-expo. The expo will correlate with the Chamber’s monthly membership luncheon, where Games will serve as a guest speaker.
Founded in 1929, Altec is a leading provider of products and services for the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets. The Elizabethtown facility opened in 1997 and has since become the company’s highest volume manufacturing facility. The facility manufactures equipment for the lights and signs, telecommunications, and electric utility industries. The facility is renowned for its production of components used in the construction of “bucket trucks,” including the manufacturing of equipment such as aerial lifts, digger derricks, and truck-mounted cranes. In 2018, the Elizabethtown facility completed a 65,000-square-foot expansion.
“We do everything in-house, from fabrication to putting on lights, and out the door it goes as a finished truck,” said Tausha Richardson, Facilities EHS Manager for Altec.
Along with the Altec manufacturing facility, Elizabethtown is also home to an Altec Service Center, which offers service technicians available to be dispatched, annual preventive maintenance inspections, IFPS-Certified hydraulic, electrical and mechanical repairs, and more.
In addition to offering employment opportunities for area residents, Altec also heavily emphasizes community involvement. The Elizabethtown location organizes the annual Altec Innovation Challenge, which combines science, technology, and engineering through a student-driven, project-based approach, and students are asked to address real-world problems with an innovative approach that benefits the community.
The company also donates to local causes, including United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK). Altec is UWCK’s largest workplace campaign donor, and the company also has a co-op employee volunteer group, the Reach Higher Committee, which recently renovated the courtyard at Morningside Elementary School in partnership with UWCK.
To learn more about Altec, visit www.altec.com.
During next month’s facility managers meeting, set for Oct. 19, attendees will be provided with a tour of Baptist Health Hardin.
For more information, or if interested in attending the next facility managers meeting, please contact the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation at 270-737-0300.