Today, Carter Lumber of Kent, Ohio, announced the location of their new $10 million Kight Home Center manufacturing facility at the Kentucky Transpark, creating 50 new jobs in South Central Kentucky. This project will have an estimated economic impact of $114 million for the Bowling Green community over the next 10 years.
Founded in 1932 in Akron, Ohio, family-owned Carter Lumber was the hometown lumberyard for millions of Americans looking to tackle their weekend projects. During the last decade, a shift in the company’s focus led them to become the supplier of choice for professional builders. The change in business plan allowed Carter to add manufacturing capabilities to their product and service repertoire; After 85 years, the still privately-owned Carter Lumber has grown to be the fifth largest lumberyard in the United States, operating 150 locations across 12 states under four uniquely branded divisions: Carter Lumber, Holmes Lumber Company, Kight Home Center and Kempsville Building Materials.
“Carter Lumber and its brands have been longtime members of the state’s retail community, so it’s great to see them adding a manufacturing operation and creating new jobs in southcentral Kentucky,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “Carter’s new operation in Bowling Green will provide additional support for the Commonwealth’s thriving forestry and home-building industries. I congratulate the company and look forward to its continued success.”
“As a family company, we always feel that it is important to expand our offerings in communities we already service and maximize the potential of the area for our business. This new manufacturing facility in Bowling Green is a great example of that,” said Jeff Donley, President of Carter Lumber. “This new facility will be a tremendous asset to the growth of our Kight operation and the many builders we service in the area."
Carter Lumber’s new location will operate under the Kight Home Center division, which was acquired in 2005 and currently operates in seven locations in Southern Indiana, Nashville, Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The Kight Home Center name will allow Carter to add manufacturing capabilities to existing services in the region. Kight Home Center’s Bowling Green lumberyard and building supply store is located at 3975 Louisville Road. Additionally, the Kight Kitchen and Design Center is located near Greenwood Mall, at 2475 Scottsville Road.
“Carter Lumber is a valuable addition to the Kentucky Transpark and the South Central Kentucky community,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “They are an essential part of our region’s diverse economy and future. We are happy to announce Carter Lumber’s newest Kight Home Center location in Bowling Green.”
Wood product manufacturing makes up about five percent of all manufacturing jobs throughout South Central Kentucky’s 10-county region.
“Congratulations to Carter Lumber on this great project. This new manufacturing center will help them serve many professional builders that rely on the products and services available through the lumberyard in northern Warren County,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.
"We welcome Carter Lumber’s new manufacturing center to the Bowling Green’s business community, especially with the growth expected to take place over the next several years,” said Bowling Green Mayor, Bruce Wilkerson. “We look forward to Kight Home Center’s many years of success in our community.”
Warren County has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. Most recently, it was ranked first in Kentucky by SmartAsset in their 2016 annual study on counties receiving the greatest amount of investment in their local economies and Bowling Green was listed as the fastest growing city in Kentucky by 24/7 Wall St. According to the city of Bowling Green’s Neighborhood Community Services Report from April, almost 3,000 apartment units, houses, office and commercial units, retail units, restaurants and industrial properties have been constructed since July 2012.
This is the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce’s fourth economic development announcement for 2017. The Chamber has announced a total of $96.7 million in capital investment and 333 new jobs.
For more information about Carter Lumber, visit www.carterlumber.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. Learn more about South Central Kentucky’s advantages at http://www.southcentralky.com/.