Span Tech Nominated for Coolest Thing Made In Kentucky

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The “Coolest Thing Made in Kentucky” contest is an annual event that celebrates innovation, creativity, and manufacturing excellence within the state of Kentucky. Organized by The Kentucky Association of Manufacurers & Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, this contest invites manufacturers across various industries to showcase their most innovative and exciting products, highlighting the diverse manufacturing sector’s contributions to Kentucky’s economy and identity.

Where it Started

In the heart of the Bluegrass State, innovation is not just a concept; it’s a way of life. And at Span Tech, we take pride in leading the charge of ingenuity in manufacturing. There were many unknowns during the pandemic, but Span Tech helped ensure that the supply chain remained priority and that operations for many industries continued.

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Baby Formula Shortage

The Outrunner Spiral was pivotal during the baby formula shortage of 2022-23, ultimately helping to save countless infants’ lives across the nation.

An emergency facility was granted and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Our participation in this project required direct communication with White House officials.

This project was rapidly produced in a 6-week timeline with 4 Outrunner Spirals made for the facility and is now operating in the first infant formula plant built in the last 25 years in the United States.

“What we do allows us to give back to the community in many ways. Working on the baby formula line during the shortage provided a great sense of accomplishment for our team as we believed we made a direct impact,” said Aaron Woosley, Span Tech CFO. “Shortly thereafter we had a fundraiser with a local charity to purchase, what else, baby formula. Full circle!”



Now, Span Tech is calling on the support of its community, customers, and supporters to help secure victory in the “Coolest Thing Made in Kentucky” contest. By casting your votes for the Outrunner Spiral, you can show your appreciation for innovation that makes a real difference in people’s lives.

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“Span Tech is honored to be a part of the ‘Coolest Thing Made in Kentucky’ contest and to showcase the impact of our Outrunner Spiral,” said Thomas Bratcher, Regional Applications Manager.

“It was an honor to help in such an important project.”