Feb. 17, 2012 — U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced Friday afternoon that Federal Prison Industries (FPI) had decided not to pursue a contract that would have eliminated 100 jobs in Olive Hill.
“This is great news for the entire Olive Hill community,” McConnell said in a statement released by his Washington office. “I am pleased the right decision was made and the jobs of the 100 hard working employees at the company will now be saved.”
Ashland Sales and Service Co., Inc., has been manufacturing a dress jacket for the U. S. Air Force for several years at its Olive Hill plant but its current contract expires at the end of this year.
It had been proposed to shift the work from that company to FPI which uses federal prison inmate labor at a cost of 23 cents per hour.
Ashland Sales President Michael Mansh had appealed to McConnell and U. S. Sen. Rand Paul to intervene on behalf of the Olive Hill workers.
In addition to Air Force personnel, the jacket in question is worn by President Barack Obama when he flies on Air Force One.