Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was in Bowling Green Monday to celebrate the opening of a manufacturing plant.
Austrian-based Alpla began operations in mid-August at its facility in the Kentucky Transpark. The company invested $22.4 million in the plant and created 72 full-time jobs.
Governor Beshear helped cut the ribbon on the new factory which makes plastic packaging for beverages, cosmetics, and household items.
"Among their customers is Sun Products right here in Bowling Green," explained Beshear. "You might not know the Aalpla name, but I guarantee you have held in your hand an Alpla-packaged product."
Alpla's Bowling Green plant brings the number of foreign-owned companies in Kentucky to 412.
“Like Alpla, global investors are recognizing that Kentucky’s central location, access to transportation options, logistics support, and qualified workforce are a perfect fit for growing an international presence," Beshear remarked.
Alpla has one other location in Florence, Kentucky. The Bowling Green plant marks Alpha's 150th plant worldwide.