Bowling Green Named a Top 20 City for Manufacturing


Bowling Green Named a Top 20 City for Manufacturing

We naturally love Bowling Green for being the home of the Corvette Assembly Plant for nearly 40 years.

But this Kentucky city is much more than just that. For instance, Global Trade Magazine has just named Bowling Green as one of the Top 20 cities in the United States for manufacturing.

In fact, Bowling Green ranked second behind Columbus, Ind., with the magazine praising it with the following description that included a quote about Chevy’s sports car: “The fact that every Chevrolet Corvette made since 1981 came from Bowling Green ought to tell you something about the city’s manufacturing base.”

But Bowling Green is much more than Corvettes, with more than 85 languages spoken there and 22 international manufacturing companies from nine countries producing items ranging from automotive airbag inflators (ARC Automotive) to new and used pallets (B&D Pallet), laser marking machines (Beamer Laser Marketing Systems), faucets (Delta Faucets) and paint (Sherwin-Williams).

Manufacturing has grown steadily to $1.1 billion in exports, with about 17 percent of the city’s workforce in the segment, up from 14.4 percent five years earlier.

“Our diversity of international companies and exceptional business climate make us a key destination for manufacturers seeking to expand or open facilities in the United States,” says Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Ron Bunch.

The top six manufacturers in the city – Bowling Green Metalforming, General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, Henkel AG & CO, Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, Country Oven Bakery and Trace Die Cast – have an economic impact of more than $14.4 billion. These six facilities employ over 5,200 people, and the value of their economic impact exceeds $14.4 billion. Through their purchases at other local businesses, their workers contribute in excess of $345 million to the economy annually and help support more than 8,000 other jobs in the city.

“Global Trade Magazine naming Bowling Green the #2 city in the country for manufacturers is a true honor,” says Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “Their recognition of Bowling Green as a destination city for the manufacturing sector is a testament to our collaboration to create a globally competitive business climate. We look forward to continuing to provide this high level of support as we facilitate the growth of our manufacturing sector into the future.”

Mayor Bruce Wilkerson says Bowling Green has been “incredibly successful” in recruiting new manufacturing and distribution companies to its business parks. “In conversations with executives they often cite our existing business base, strategic location, workforce, and available sites as reasons for choosing Bowling Green,” he said.


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