Sept. 12, 2012 — U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was recognized in Washington Tuesday night by the American Apparel and Footwear Association for his role in saving jobs in Olive Hill and Campbellsville.
Kentucky’s senior senator received the Friend of the Apparel and Footwear Industry Award during a ceremony at the Longworth House Office Building.
McConnell personally intervened last February to save 100 jobs at the Olive Hill plant of Ashland Sales and Service Co., Inc.
The firm has been manufacturing a dress jacket in Olive Hill for the U. S. Air Force for several years. It was feared the contract would be switched to Federal Prison Industries.
McConnell later visited the plant to assure the workers of his continuing interest in their wellbeing.
His acceptance remarks at the ceremony were not yet available when the Journal-Times went to press Tuesday night.