Bowling Green, Ky. (October 29, 2015) - Today, Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC (KAAP) announced a $57 million expansion at their Bowling Green facility that will create 112 new jobs for South Central Kentucky and represents an economic impact of more than $234 million to the South Central economy over the next 10 years.
This new expansion will encompass the purchase of 31 acres and the addition of 116,000 square feet to their facility in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park, as well as the addition of equipment including two new forging presses, a new melting furnace, and several new production lines. The expansion will allow KAAP to undertake substantial new sales volume.
"We (KAAP) are very excited about the opportunity to grow our business and provide new careers to many South Central KY residents. We look forward to adding new members to the KAAP family and we are proud of the impact this will have on our state, city and community," said Chris Boggs, General Affairs and Human Resources Manager.
"Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products has enjoyed great success since locating in the Commonwealth in 2005," Gov. Beshear said. "This expansion will help the company continue to work hand-in-hand with the changing auto industry and its emphasis on using aluminum."
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC is an award winning manufacturer of forged aluminum suspension products. Since 2005, Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC has been a shining spot in South Central Kentucky impacting not only the community but the world. As part of the global drive to conserve fuel, reducing the weight of automobiles has become a vital concern of automobile makers worldwide. Aluminum parts forged by KAAP are light weight, and as they contribute to the overall reduction in weight of the automobile, their products help consumers save through lowered fuel consumption, and ultimately help improve the environment. Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products (KAAP) is part of the Kobe Steel Group, which is known internationally by the KOBELCO brand and for quality materials and machinery.
According to Chamber CEO Ron Bunch, "Kobe has been an outstanding corporate citizen since 2005. We are proud of their achievements and we thank them for their longstanding commitment to this community. We look forward to working with them as they continue to grow their presence here in South Central Kentucky".
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC, began production in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2005 and has expanded 5 times since then investing a total of $236 million and creating 378 new jobs in South Central Kentucky.
According to Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon, "Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products has been a driving force in the growth of our automotive industry for a decade and we are proud to call them part of our community. I am pleased to congratulate them on this recent expansion, and I thank them for their continued commitment to South Central Kentucky. "
"We are excited and pleased about Kobe's planned expansion to their Bowling Green facility," Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said. "Their economic contribution to our community is significant and I look forward to their continued growth and success in Bowling Green."
This is the fifteenth economic development announcement in 2015 for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for a total capital investment of $892,277,235and 970 jobs. 2015 has been an exciting year for economic development in South Central Kentucky. In just this year alone, we have earned 94% of the expansion investment it has taken us over a decade to earn. Similarly, we currently have two of the top five investment projects in the state and for the 3rd consecutive year, we have the top investment in the state by a manufacturer.
KAAP is currently hiring for several positions, including industrial engineer, operating technician, and process engineer. For more information on KAAP or the positions they currently have open, please visit http://www.kobeal.com/.
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.