Bowling Green, Ky. (June 4, 2018) – Berry Global, Inc. announced plans today to expand their existing facility located at 123 Williamette Lane, which was a former AEP Industries, Inc. facility. This project includes the addition of two new blown film extrusion lines and will be an investment of approximately $16.46 million, creating 20 new jobs over the next five years.
As part of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division, the Williamette Lane operation specializes in the production of lightweight and sustainable packaging solutions for the beverage market, including the copyrighted Bullseye shrink film for large packs of water bottles. This is Berry’s second expansion at this location in the last five years.
Berry Global’s world headquarters is located just over 100 miles north of Bowling Green in Evansville, Indiana. Since founding in 1967, Berry has grown to employ over 23,000 people and serve more than 19,000 customers through 135 locations world-wide. With eight locations in Kentucky, Berry has a second facility in Bowling Green and one in nearby Franklin.
“Berry Global has made a name for itself during more than three decades of success at facilities across Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “It is great news that the company has chosen its existing Warren County location for this product line expansion. We are grateful for Berry’s continued commitment to the commonwealth.”
“We are extremely pleased to expand production at our Bowling Green facility,” said Curt Begle, President of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division. “We extend our sincere appreciation to the community, local officials and the State for their on-going support of our growth initiatives.”
“Berry Global has a rich history of manufacturing superior products all over the world,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Three of Berry’s eight Kentucky locations are located in South Central Kentucky, where they employ over 600 people. We appreciate the continued support of our community and look forward to their growth and prosperity.”
“Berry Global’s business partnership has been invaluable to the success of our community,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “On behalf of the City of Bowling Green, I congratulate them on this project and look forward to their future here and the impact they will continue to have on our community.”
“For over 30 years, Berry Global has been a part of our community. We are excited to celebrate their growing opportunities and look forward to many more years of success, both here in Warren County and beyond,” said Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.
So far for 2018, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced seven economic development projects totaling $40.92 million in capital investment and 157 new jobs. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States and was ranked among the top 20 for 2018’s ‘Best Small Cities to Start a Business’ by Wallethub.com.
For available job opportunities and additional information about Berry Global, Inc., visit www.berryglobal.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 1,350 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.