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Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA)

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The Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) is a statewide, not-for-profit partnership that provides assistance and training to help manufacturers of all sizes grow, improve their manufacturing and business strategies and processes, adopt advanced technologies, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve competitiveness. AKA’s cost effective services give companies the tools to be competitive. Whether it is a spot solution or total transformation, all technical assistance and training is customized to fit their objectives.

AKA provides manufacturers with services they need to achieve a 20/20 balance: at least 20% growth to their top line, along with at least 20% decrease in bottom-line costs. These services address top-line growth for clients, specifically focusing on identifying new sales, developing new products, entering new markets, and deploying new business models. With professionals averaging over 20+ years of applicable in-industry experience, AKA can deliver the training and services needed to address the full spectrum of needs faced by businesses and the industry.

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Success Stories

Everburn: Quality Auditing Process Waste Elimination

Reported Year
As a longtime KY MEP client Everburn and its employees have embraced lean manufacturing through classroom training and kaizen days to address continuous improvement needs. One such need surfaced in the handling of products sampled from production and then checked to standard specification. Too much time was spent handling the samples and not enough

Blue Diamond Industries: Culture Initiative

Reported Year
Increased demand over the past two years and decreased workforce availability was challenging their ability to manage operations and meet production expectations. Team leads and supervisors joined the staff on the production floor, working long hours to complete orders. Employee turnover was high, work quality was inconsistent due to rushed on
Created March 18, 2019, Updated March 11, 2022