manufacturing en Former Head of Bowling Green G.M. Plant Wants to Spread Word about State's Automotive Successes <p></p><p>A newly formed automotive organization in Kentucky wants to help the industry speak with a unified voice.</p><p>Dave Tatman is now head of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, following 34 years with General Motors. The former plant manager of the Bowling Green G.M. plant believes too many people are unaware of the importance the industry has on the state’s economy.</p><p>"So we've got to create that kind of brand identity for Kentucky as the place to do business for automotive businesses, not only for the ones that are here, but the ones that are considering coming here,” Tatman said. “I think North America is searching for the next automotive cluster outside of Detroit and I think we could be that."</p><p>Given the already sizeable presence in the state held by G.M., Ford, and Toyota, Tatman doubts the commonwealth will land another major automaker.</p><p>"But, I think our best opportunities exist in really, two fold, in growth of existing businesses because the automotive market continues to expand and do well throughout the globe, so growth of our existing businesses and then attracting new supplier businesses to the Commonwealth."</p><p>Kentucky ranks third nationally in light vehicle production, with the state’s automotive exports reaching a record $5.5 billion last year. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:20:43 +0000 Stu Johnson 51818 at Former Head of Bowling Green G.M. Plant Wants to Spread Word about State's Automotive Successes Dart Container Corp Expanding Operations in Hart County <p>A Hart County manufacturer is announcing plans to expand its facility and add jobs. Dart Container announced today that it will invest $23 dollars to build a new 650,000 square foot warehouse in Horse Cave.</p><p>Up to 30 new jobs are expected to be created through the expansion.</p><p>Dart Container currently employs approximately 1,400 people at its Hart County operation, where it manufactures cups, bowls, plates, and other food and beverage supplies.</p><p>The Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation has been preliminarily approved for $900,000 in state tax incentives and benefits in connection with the project. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:15:03 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50780 at Construction to Begin Soon on New Aluminum Production Facility in Warren County <p>A new $150 million aluminum production facility in Bowling Green will create 80 new jobs.</p><p>Governor Beshear was on hand Wednesday morning at the Kentucky Transpark as ground was broken on the Japanese-European partnership. The joint venture between Contellium N.V. and UACJ Corporation will create finished aluminum body sheets for cars and trucks.</p><p>Construction on the 225,000-square-foot facility will begin this summer. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:50:53 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50481 at Beshear: Kentucky Can Become Next Automotive Powerhouse <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday he wants Kentucky to be as synonymous with the auto industry as Detroit.</p><p>The Democratic governor announced the formation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association to promote Kentucky as an automotive hub.</p><p>Beshear emphasized the association is not a state agency, but it will get some state money for marketing purposes. Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Larry Hayes will be the group's chairman.</p><p>Board members include representatives from Toyota, Ford, General Motors and various automotive supply companies.</p><p>Beshear said Kentucky ranks third in the country in light vehicle production. Kentucky's automotive exports reached a record $5.5 billion last year. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:13:16 +0000 Associated Press 46279 at Beshear: Kentucky Can Become Next Automotive Powerhouse Auto Manufacturer Bringing Facility, 75 Jobs to Hardin County <p>A global auto manufacturer is building a facility in Elizabethtown and creating 75 new jobs.</p><p>Hendrickson USA LLC creates suspension systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles. The $20 million facility will be built at T.J. Patterson Industrial Park in Hardin County.</p><p>Construction on the 100,000-square-foot building is expected to be complete later this year. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:27:56 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 43161 at Beshear Cuts Ribbon on Bowling Green Plastics Plant <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was in Bowling Green Monday to celebrate the opening of a manufacturing plant.</p><p>Austrian-based Alpla began operations in mid-August at its facility in the Kentucky Transpark.&nbsp; The company invested $22.4 million in the plant and created 72 full-time jobs.</p><p>Governor Beshear helped cut the ribbon on the new factory which makes plastic packaging for beverages, cosmetics, and household items.</p><p>"Among their customers is Sun Products right here in Bowling Green," explained Beshear.&nbsp; "You might not know the Aalpla name, but I guarantee you have held in your hand an Alpla-packaged product."</p><p>Alpla's Bowling Green plant brings the number of foreign-owned companies in Kentucky to 412. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:00:24 +0000 Lisa Autry 39730 at Beshear Cuts Ribbon on Bowling Green Plastics Plant Bilstein Group To Open Production Plant in Bowling Green <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A German company plans to invest $120 million dollars to bring a production plant to Bowling Green.<br />&nbsp;<br />The </span>Bilstein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Group says the plant will &nbsp;bring 90 new, full-time jobs to the area. &nbsp;Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was on hand for the announcement Wednesday at Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce headquarters. </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who just returned from a trip to Europe said he met with </span>Bilstein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> executives on a previous trip.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company makes cold-rolled strip steel products for the auto industry. &nbsp;It will be the Bilstein Group&rsquo;s second facility in North America. &nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;At the end of a long and thorough decision making process,&quot; said </span>Bilstein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> CEO Marc </span>Oehler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &quot;I can say we are absolutely certain that Bowling Green is the perfect spot for our new [facility] being both sufficiently close to our customers and suppliers as well as within reach from Europe and any place in North America.&rdquo;</span></div><div> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 01:51:18 +0000 Emil Moffatt 37936 at Bilstein Group To Open Production Plant in Bowling Green Bowling Green Mayor Sees Gains, Pains for Manufacturing in the Region <p></p><p>Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson says that while it feels like "slogging through mud", the area economy is slowly starting to turn around.</p><p>However, Wilkerson told WKU Public Radio the city is still subject to manufacturing job losses that can have a big impact on its labor force.</p><p>"In a community our size, when something like Eagle Industries shuts down and puts 275 people out of work, we feel that hit. Fruit of the Loom has decided to reduce its workforce by close to 100 this year, and those are 100 good-paying jobs that are very meaningful to our economy. So when they're gone, we notice it," Wilkerson said.</p><p>Recent data compiled by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet show the Bowling Green Metropolitan Statistical Area with a seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.5 percent for the month of July, which is two-tenths of a percentage point below the national jobless figure. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kevin Willis 35932 at Bowling Green Mayor Sees Gains, Pains for Manufacturing in the Region German Auto Supplier to Locate in South Central Kentucky <p>An automotive supplier is opening a plant in south central Kentucky that will create more than 100 jobs.&nbsp; Germany-based Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems will build a new manufacturing facility in Russell Springs, creating 155 full-time jobs and investing $29 million dollars in the commonwealth.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Schneider produces parts for companies such as Ford, GM, BMW, and Volkswagen.&nbsp;</p><p>Russell Springs was chosen over 69 other potential sites adding to Kentucky’s growing list of foreign investors.&nbsp;</p><p>“At the end of an intensive selection process, we decided to choose Russell Springs,” said Wilhelm Wirth, member of the Dr. Schneider board of directors. “The decisive factors included the quality and expandability of the facility and the competitive location costs.</p><p>The announcement marks the third German-owned company to locate in the commonwealth this year, all three of which serve the auto industry.&nbsp;</p><p>So far this year, Kentucky ranks third nationally for light vehicle production and first on a per capita basis. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:32:14 +0000 Lisa Autry 35314 at GM Promising Major Investment, Hundreds of Jobs at Tennessee Plant <p></p><p>General Motors says it is investing $350 million and will create and retain at least 1,800 jobs at its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. &nbsp;</p><p>While the automaker isn’t saying what new vehicles will be made at the plant, GM announced Tuesday that it will add two midsize vehicle programs to the facility, making good on a promise to the United Auto Workers union during negotiations in 2011.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Tennessean reports </a>that some analysts have suggested the vehicles might be the Cadillac SRX, which is currently made in Mexico, and the Buick Anthem, which GM has in development. The Spring Hill plant served as the headquarters and main assembly facility for GM’s now-defunct Saturn brand before production was halted in 2009.</p><p>The UAW says the jobs generated by the new auto production will be filled mainly by local hires, as opposed to the union’s normal practice of transferring displaced workers from other areas.</p><p>The news comes on the heels of a recent report showing Tennessee is, for a fourth consecutive year, <a href="" target="_blank">ranked No. 1</a> in automotive manufacturing strength in the nation.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:35:30 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 35109 at GM Promising Major Investment, Hundreds of Jobs at Tennessee Plant