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Louisville Skilled Machinist To Be First Lady’s Guest For State of the Union Address

Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc. is honored to announce that one of its employees, Bradley Henning, has been invited to be the guest of First Lady Michelle Obama as the President delivers his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation this Tuesday evening at the Capitol.  The President is expected to call for a renewed emphasis on Manufacturing in the United States and to highlight the value of skilled tradesmen such as Bradley.

Bradley, who is 23-years old, is a graduate of the machinist apprenticeship program at Atlas.  He was invited to the White House and to be present for the speech because of his successful career path as a skilled journeyman machinist.  His appearance may also serve to point to career opportunities within manufacturing for specialized, skilled workers.

The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that some 600,000 manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled in the United States because of a shortage of skilled workers.


About Bradley Henning – Bradley Henning is a 23-year old Journeyman Machinist at Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a recent graduate of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet certified apprenticeship program and current mentor to the next generation of apprentices.

Bradley was first introduced to the skilled trades by a teacher during his sophomore year at Breckinridge High School.  His interest grew, and he continued taking vocational classes through his senior year at the Breckinridge County Area Technology Center. During his training he used his mechanical ability to successfully compete in welding and small engine technology, taking him all the way to state level competitions.  In 2008, Bradley won the “Machinist of the Year” award from the Technology Center.

As Bradley’s high school career was coming to an end, he stayed focused on the future and began working part-time for Atlas Machine and Supply as a Cooperative Apprentice Machinist.  It was at Atlas that he was first introduced to real-life, complex machining and remanufacturing processes. Two days after his high school graduation in June of 2008, Bradley was hired full-time as an Apprentice Machinist and received additional training at the Kentuckiana Machining Association.  Bradley completed the mandatory 576 hours of classroom training and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training to earn his journeyman’s card in July of 2012.

Today, Bradley, as a Journeyman Machinist, is serving as an apprentice mentor and continues to sharpen his skills and receive advanced, on-the-job training at Atlas Machine and Supply.  His long-term goal is to advance his career within the company and grow his level of responsibility to future apprentices, his co-workers, and his customers.

Bradley, who is single, was born, raised, and continues to live in nearby Breckinridge County. His father, mother, and two younger brothers also reside in Breckinridge County.


About Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc. – Atlas is a 106-year old business based in the Jefferson Riverport in Louisville, Kentucky. The fourth-generation, family-owned company designs, repairs, and remanufactures complex equipment and components for industry and municipalities. Atlas Machine and Supply also is a leading supplier of industrial air compressors, related products and has a full-service department for compressed air.  Atlas Machine and Supply employs about 200 employees, and in addition to Louisville, has locations in Evansville, Indiana, and in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. For more information, go to

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