KapStone Container Corporation, an award-winning producer of corrugated and paper packaging, announced plans to expand their operations at their Bowling Green, Kentucky plant. The project is expected to bring an investment of $4.5 million and the addition of up to 30 new jobs to South Central Kentucky and will consist of the addition of new machinery and equipment and facility upgrades in order to increase production.
"Today's announcement is a demonstration that KapStone Container continues to build on its growth as a leading national manufacturer in its field," said Gov. Beshear. "We've worked hard with our community partners to make southcentral Kentucky attractive to businesses, and that work is paying off. I'm proud of the new jobs and such a significant investment here in Bowling Green."
KapStone Container is a subsidiary of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation. The company is a leading producer of unbleached Kraft paper and corrugated packaging products.
The KapStone Bowling Green plant offers a broad range of products and services and specializes in all types of corrugated packaging. The AIB certified plant is a full line box plant that has served the greater Kentucky and Tennessee market since 2001. In 2013, the Bowling Green facility received the prestigious Fibre Box Association (FBA) Safety Excellence Award.
"We are fortunate to have a company like KapStone that continues to grow in South Central Kentucky and shows a distinct commitment to the future workforce," said Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon. "I would like to congratulate KapStone on this expansion and, on behalf of South Central Kentucky, extend my sincere thanks for their commitment to this community".
According to Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, "KapStone has been a partner in the Bowling Green business community for fourteen years, and we're pleased to see them continue to grow. We appreciate KapStone and wish them many more years of continued success."
Additionally, the Bowling Green and Warren County state legislative delegation have and continue to work diligently toward the success of economic development in their community.
This is the third economic development announcement in 2015 for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for a total capital investment of $270,925,600 million and 535 jobs.
KapStone Container is a subsidiary of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation. The company is a leading producer of unbleached Kraft paper and corrugated packaging products. Formed in 2005, KapStone employs 4,500 workers throughout the country. The Bowling Green facility opened in 2001 and has 112 full-time employees. KapStone also has facilities in Somerset and Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.