Bilstein Group To Open Production Plant in Bowling Green

Oct 2, 2013

Municipal leaders, company executives and area business leaders toast the arrival of The Bilstein Group in Bowling Green
Credit Emil Moffatt
 A German company plans to invest $120 million dollars to bring a production plant to Bowling Green.
The Bilstein Group says the plant will  bring 90 new, full-time jobs to the area.  Governor Steve Beshear was on hand for the announcement Wednesday at Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce headquarters. Beshear, who just returned from a trip to Europe said he met with Bilstein executives on a previous trip. 

The company makes cold-rolled strip steel products for the auto industry.  It will be the Bilstein Group’s second facility in North America.  

“At the end of a long and thorough decision making process," said Bilstein CEO Marc Oehler. "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.”

European companies currently employ 26,000 workers across the Bluegrass. Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson says he hopes Bilstein will be in Kentucky for the long-haul. 

“We are excited that you’re a part of our community, we look forward to it," said Wilkerson.  "As you saw, when I got up and left one of our early meetings at lunch to go to celebrate Whayne Supply their 100th anniversary, we will be here after the sale.”  

The plant is set to open in 2018.