AMAK Brake was recognized as the 2005 Industry of the Year by the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce during the annual Industry Appreciation Breakfast Friday morning.

Announcing the 2005 honoree, Glasgow Mayor Darrell Pickett said AMAK was one many industries that played a vital role in the success of the community. He recognized AMAK as a strong community partner and an industry that is truly employee conscious.

Glasgow currently has a 4.8 percent jobless rate. The mayor attributed the low rate to the many strong industries in the community. “Each industry, each job, each employee is very important to us.”

AMAK is now in its 10th year of operation in Glasgow and employees over 500 individuals.

Steve McDonough, plant manager, accepted the award on behalf of the company. McDonough said events such as Friday morning’s breakfast says volumes about how strong industry is in a community.

Bill Smith, human resources director for AMAK, told the gathering that the company had plans to launch 15 new programs this year, all being at capacity sometime between 2005-2006.

Scott Luth, Executive Director of the Glasgow-Barren County IDEA Board, attended his first Industry Appreciation Breakfast on Friday. Luth began his new duties on June 1st. “What a great opportunity this community has for future construction and development.”

Luth described industry as being in transition at the present time, saying that industries were being urged to cut cost, and at the same time expected to make a profit.

Luth said since coming to Glasgow he had tried to spend time with existing industries and concentrate on helping those who are currently expanding the service base in Glasgow. He said the area’s newest industrial park, Highland Glen, is almost complete and is ready to market.

During the breakfast Commonwealth Broadcasting was recognized as Small Business of the Quarter and Bowling Green Technical College presented a Presidential Scholarship to AMAK employee David Irwin.

A golf tournament will be held Friday for local industries at Barren River State Park. For more info call the chamber at 651-3161.

A special section on Glasgow’s industries will appear in Sunday’s edition of the Daily Times.

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