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MEMA Presents State Leadership Award to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) presented Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) with its State Leadership Award on October 28, 2014.

“Governor Beshear has played a leading role in support of the supplier industry in Kentucky. During his time in office, he has been a tireless champion of our industry,” said MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh. “Due to the efforts of the governor and his administration, Kentucky ranks fifth in the nation in supplier jobs.”

More than 42,000 people in Kentucky are directly employed in the motor vehicle component supplier industry. The state is home to 462 motor-vehicle related facilities, providing 84,000 full time jobs.

“In 2013, Kentucky reached a new export record: $25.3 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products, including many automotive parts and products. With an annual export growth rate of 14 percent, including a record year in motor vehicle exports, Kentucky is the third highest auto-producing state in the nation,” said Ann Wilson, MEMA senior vice president of government affairs. “Governor Beshear’s stewardship, promotion and successful efforts on behalf of the motor vehicle supplier industry make him a worthy recipient of the MEMA State Leadership award.”

Beshear was elected governor of Kentucky in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. During his time in office, he has brought Kentucky successfully through a historic recession by making the commonwealth a leader in job creation. An attorney by profession, Beshear has a long background in public service, having served as a state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly, as attorney general and as lieutenant governor prior to being elected governor.

The MEMA State Leadership Award is given for outstanding assistance to the motor vehicle supplier industry by an elected official, who is nominated by a MEMA division member and approved by the MEMA Board of Directors.

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