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American Howa Kentucky Announces Expansion of Transpark Facility in Bowling Green

Third Expansion Will Bring 44 New Jobs to South Central Kentucky

Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:00 pm
Bowling Green, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) - Today, American Howa Kentucky Inc. (AHK), a manufacturer of interior products for the automotive industry, announced plans to expand their facility on Jody Richards Drive in Bowling Green. This expansion will bring $7.6 million in capital investment and 44 new, full-time jobs to Warren County.

AHK, a subsidiary of Howa Textile Industry Ltd., headquartered in Kasugai, Japan, was one of the first landmark companies to locate in Bowling Green's Kentucky Transpark. Since beginning operations in 2007, AHK has expanded three times. This new expansion will bring total employment to 225 and will increase their facility to 242,000 SF.
 
"We are grateful and excited to announce that American Howa Kentucky's new business requires us to expand our current facility in Bowling Green," said AHK Plant Manager Gary McPeak. "We want to thank the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, state and local officials for their support and assistance."
 
AHK specializes in planning, development, manufacture and sale of automotive interior parts including: dashboard insulators, headliners, sunshade trim, door trim, luggage trim and other interior trim for the automotive industry. AHK's Bowling Green facility is a supplier for Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
 
"We are pleased that AHK is experiencing great success in their Bowling Green plant," said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. "This expansion is an exciting opportunity for the people of South Central Kentucky."
 
"Since beginning operations in 2007, AHK has undergone several expansions and has served as a staple company at the Kentucky Transpark. We look forward to the future and what may be in store for AHK in Bowling Green and South Central Kentucky," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
 
This project announcement falls less than a year after AHK announced their fourth North American plant, second in Kentucky, to be located in Midway to service the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky facility in Georgetown with headliners for the Toyota Camry.
 
This expansion announcement brings Howa's investment in Kentucky to over $21 million since the end of 2015. Howa's other North American operations are in Delaware, Ohio and Ontario.
 
"We are proud to celebrate AHK's success in South Central Kentucky. As the first to purchase a speculative building at the Transpark, AHK has been a longstanding member of our region's automotive industry. Over 11,000 people are employed by the automotive sector in South Central Kentucky and that sector continues to grow. AHK's expansion is further evidence that our region's companies are thriving," said Chamber President and CEO, Ron Bunch. "We look forward to AHK's continued success in Bowling Green."
 
Including this announcement, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced $367 million in capital investment and 484 new jobs in South Central Kentucky for 2016.
 
For more information about AHK, visit www.howatextile.com.
 
For more information about the Kentucky Transpark and available properties, contact Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Ron Bunch, CEcD at ron@bgchamber.com or (270) 781-3200.
 
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About Howa Textile Industry Co., Ltd.:
 
Howa Textile Industry Co.,Ltd. manufactures and sells automotive interior parts and household electrical goods. It offers roof and floor silencers, dash insulators, seat cushions, headliners, package trays, engine covers, sunshade trims, fuel tank band pads, fuel tank pads, deck side trims, luggage door trims, and others. The company also engages in the recycling of resources, such as PP bumper, instrument panel, and polyurethane waste into manufactured parts. It serves automakers. The company was founded in 1955 and is based in Kasugai, Japan with an additional office in Tokyo, Japan. It has sales offices in Osaka and Tochigi, Japan. The company also has operations in China and the United States.
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. Learn more about South Central Kentucky's advantages at www.southcentralky.com. 

 

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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.