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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

Six Sigma Belt Training

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Bel determined that in order to meet the growing demands for their products it was necessary to provide additional training on process improvement and error reduction for their employees. This training included project selection and completion using a tested and proven methodology.

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

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Somerset Hardwood Flooring operates in a highly competitive business environment and has been adversely impacted by trade tariffs imposed by other countries such as China. Somerset contacted Advantage Kentucky Alliance, part of the MEP National Network™, for help.

AS9100:2016 Internal Auditor Training

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Over many successful years in business, Victor Enterprises, Inc. found itself with a desire to increase and diversify their customer base. Because of their precision work capabilities and their ability to handle large, heavy parts, they looked to build a presence in the aerospace and defense markets. The first step to reaching that goal was to have

"AKA and their TWI offering enabled our supervisors to learn tools in the classroom through interacting with multiple exercises and case studies. Armed with a Standard Process, Documentation Format and 4 Step Pocket Card, the teams were able to find process waste and formally propose positive change."

—Bob Griessel, Director of Manufacturing

Created March 18, 2019, Updated June 2, 2020