Austrian ALPLA and German Henkel partner for $130 m Investment into manufacturing in Kentucky

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.

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