German Henkel, a manufacturer of laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive products, will partner with its packaging supplier ALPLA Inc. on a $130 million-plus investment to enhance laundry detergent production in Bowling Green, KY and creating up to 60 full-time jobs.

“Henkel and ALPLA have each been fantastic corporate citizens in Warren County, and their collaborative relationship with this project will create additional investment and job opportunities in the region,” Warren County officials said. “The ability to attract and grow companies with significant supply chains is a key factor in Kentucky’s robust economic growth and will continue to be a focal point for us going forward. We are grateful to both Henkel and ALPLA for their strong, ongoing commitment to the commonwealth.”

The dual investment creates a 170,000-square-foot packaging operation on Henkel’s Bowling Green campus and cover the cost of equipment to support a new bottle production line. New technology also is expected to increase efficiency, create capacity for future growth and save on energy costs at Henkel’s facility. ALPLA will manage hiring, specialized training and employee management at the new production line. The new packaging operation is expected to be operational by mid-2020.

“The United States is one of Henkel’s biggest and most important markets, and the company has continuously strengthened its position here through nearly $5 billion in investments over the past four years,” said Stephan Fuesti-Molnar, president, Henkel Consumer Goods North America. “This new investment at our flagship laundry detergent production facility will help us build on our strong market position in the US laundry market. With 70 percent of US households buying laundry and home care products made by Henkel, we are well positioned for sustainable long-term growth in the region.”  “ALPLA is a family owned business and has been manufacturing bottles for more than 60 years,” CEO Philip Lehner said. “We are pleased to build on our presence in the Bowling Green area and expand our 34-year global partnership with Henkel.”
ALPLA, headquartered in Hard, Austria, employs around 20,800 people across operations in 46 countries. ALPLA produces bottles from both low and high-density polyethylene, PET and other plastics. Products include water and drinks bottles, preform sports bottles, hinged lids, measuring caps, child safety caps and sports caps among other custom designs. Currently, ALPLA employs 124 people in Bowling Green in addition to 52 Kentuckians at a manufacturing facility in Florence.

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved a 10-year incentive agreement with ALPLA under the Kentucky Business Investment program.
In addition, ALPLA can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.

Meggitt PLC, an international company specializing in high-performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defense and selected energy markets, announced an expansion of its commercial and military aircraft carbon brake manufacturing capacity in Boyle County, KY creating up to 83 full-time jobs with a nearly $82.7 million investment. “Meggitt plays a significant role in the economy of the Boyle County community since locating there 13 years ago,” praised the Cabinet of Economic Development team in Frankfort, KY. “Currently employing more than 200 people, the company continues its strong upward trajectory within the commonwealth’s booming aerospace industry. We thank Meggitt for its commitment to Kentucky, and we look forward to many more years of continued growth.”  The project allows the company to fulfill increasing orders following recent contract awards for braking systems. The facility already provides braking components for a number of customer programs, including the Airbus A220 and A321, as well as for Embraer, Gulfstream, Dassault and Bombardier. The new facility also will serve as an MRO hub to meet rising demand for aircraft maintenance. The 95,000-square-foot expansion would include new carbon furnaces plus ancillary equipment, as well as upgrades to existing machinery.

Startup aims to reduce waste within cleaning supplies industry, Truman’s – a B2B company -  launched in early 2019 and rapidly growing, raised $5 million from their main investor, the German giant Henkel. Thus facilitated the location of their headquarters in Louisville, KY according to their CEO and Co-founder Jon Bostock.
Truman’s provides an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic waste within the cleaning supplies market. The company aims to eliminate single-use plastic bottles within the cleaning industry, as well as simplify distribution by shipping direct to customers. Their product line includes four non-toxic cleaners using concentrate-filled cartridges and reusable bottles.
Henkel operates three business sectors globally: adhesive technologies, beauty care and laundry and home care. Founded in 1876 and headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, Henkel employing about 53,000 people worldwide. The company operates facilities in 23 US states, including Henkel’s largest laundry plant nationally in Bowling Green, KY.

Oct 2019

Conveyor belt producer Smiley Monroe creates about 30 full-time jobs in Simpson County with a new $2 million manufacturing facility, as the Northern Ireland-based company chose Kentucky for its first North American operation. “Kentucky’s unprecedented economic progress has thrust our state into the global spotlight, and Smiley Monroe’s decision to base its first US facility here is a testament to the commonwealth’s strides in international business development,” Kentucky officials said. “Additionally, Kentucky’s available, skilled workforce is a tremendous asset for companies locating in the Bluegrass State. We are grateful for the opportunities Smiley Monroe will create for Kentuckians, and we look forward to watching the company grow in the years ahead.”  The company leases a 63,000-square-foot building in Franklin to house the operation, production and distribution started by January 2020 to a growing customer base.

“With the political uncertainty both in the UK and beyond, protecting our export sales is paramount to growing the business and safe-guarding jobs in Northern Ireland,” said Chris Monroe, the group’s global sales director. “Having a base in the US will shorten lead times for customers and help us be more competitive in the tough US market. Removing barriers to trade will fast track our ambitious growth plans to increase turnover by 50% over the next three years.” Kentucky’s central location, along with its skilled manufacturing workforce, made it a suitable destination for the company’s first American factory. Over the next five years, Smiley Monroe plans to recruit a core team of production operators and support staff to fill its 30-job target. At least 27 of those positions are allocated for Kentucky residents.

Industrial film manufacturer to add state-of-the-art operations in Franklin, create 30 new jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 19, 2019) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced RKW North America Inc., a German-owned manufacturer of industrial film, will significantly expand its Simpson County facility, investing in new technology with a roughly $18 million project expected to create 30 full-time jobs.

Fritz Winter North America LP celebrated on opening phase one of its iron casting foundry and manufacturing facility in Franklin, Kentucky a large-scale project producing brake rotors and brining about 200 new jobs to Southwest Kentucky, serving also as the company’s new US headquarters.

The German-owned parent company, Fritz Winter Eisengiesserei GmbH & Co. KG in Stadtallendorf will grow its investment to about $194 million with this expansion and the number of employers could surpass 300. This company is a global leader in the automotive supply industry and supplied the American market from Germany for more than 50 years. It serves the international car and truck industry and has developed a competitive advantage in lightweight and material-specific design. The family-owned company currently employs 3,700 people worldwide. 

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Swedish Match, a smokeless tobacco products manufacturer, expands its Owensboro, Kentucky production facility with a more than $40.9 million investment and create 36 full-time jobs. The investment brings a 34,000-square-foot expansion of its current facility and the purchase of new equipment for the production for ZYN, a smokeless and spitless tobacco-derived nicotine pouch. The construction began in September 2017 and finish by July 2019. Click here for more information

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