Bowling Green, Ky. (July 2, 2018) – Today, Bowling Green Metalforming, LLC announced the latest investment project for their over one-million square-foot facility on Cosma Drive in the Kentucky Transpark. BGM is a tier-1 OEM supplier serving customers like General Motors and Ford Motor Company and currently employs over 1,600 people at the Kentucky Transpark – representing almost 70 percent of the park’s total employment.
BGM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier with 340 manufacturing operations and 93 product development, engineering, and sales centers in 28 countries. Magna International employs over 172,000 people and focuses on delivering superior value to its customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing. In Bowling Green, BGM manufactures truck frame assemblies, engine cradles, body structural stampings and assemblies, suspension links, cross members and trailer hitches.
“Congratulations to Bowling Green Metalforming, which is launching yet another exciting expansion project,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “BGM is a key contributor to Kentucky's booming automotive industry, and the company has been integral in establishing south central Kentucky as a vibrant manufacturing hub. BGM’s drive to succeed is impressive and we look forward to seeing what the future holds as they further expand their operations. We are grateful for their continued confidence and investment in our state.”
“Bowling Green Metalforming is pleased to have worked closely with Governor Bevin, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce on its planned investment project,” said Bowling Green Metalforming General Manager Keith Gameson. “This project will benefit BGM’s manufacturing process by expanding its capabilities at its existing facility.”
BGM is the Kentucky Transpark’s original anchor tenant, breaking ground in 2004 and have come to be a leader in South Central Kentucky’s automotive industry. Since operations began, BGM has grown to be the sixth largest employer in the 10-county South Central Kentucky region, including rankings such as the second largest manufacturing employer and the largest automotive manufacturing employer.
“Bowling Green Metalforming has been the epitome of a community partner and corporate citizen in our region since day one. They have taken an active role in helping to identify workforce needs and shaping the future workforce here in South Central Kentucky through their involvement with the Chamber,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “They have been named the John B. Holland Business of the Year not once, but twice, in the last three years and were instrumental in Kentucky receiving its sixth Area Development Silver Shovel Award in 2015. Bowling Green Metalforming is truly an outstanding business for our community. We are ecstatic to celebrate this expansion and look forward to working with and continuing their success in our community.”
Last year, BGM was named the John B. Holland Business of the Year by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for their 2015 expansion project, It was the second largest capital investment project in Kentucky that year.
“We are happy Bowling Green Metalforming calls Bowling Green home and pleased to celebrate another of their expansion projects today,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “Their decision to be the first company to locate in the Transpark has helped to ignite one of the most successful industrial parks in Kentucky. We look forward to their tradition of success for many years to come.”
“This is one expansion project in a long string of expansions for Bowling Green Metalforming in the Kentucky Transpark,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “The growth they have experienced here is tremendous and has afforded great opportunities to both Bowling Green Metalforming and the community because their success has been for our community’s record books. We thank them for their continued support and extend our congratulations to what is sure to be one of many more projects in the future.”
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced nine economic development projects totaling $56.57 million in capital investment and 234 new jobs for 2018. 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.
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.