Southern Recycling, LLC Announces $6 Million Expansion in Warren County

Project will allow growth in service to over 50,000 residents

Published Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:00 pm
Today, Southern Recycling, LLC in Bowling Green announced an expansion project that includes the development of 45 acres on Louisville Road in Warren County. This project will include the installation of state-of-the-art scrap processing equipment and facilities, which will improve operations and efficiency of material flow and allow formuch needed growth. Southern Recycling will initially create four new jobs.
Founded in Warren County in 1985, Southern Recycling is the premiere recycling company in South Central Kentucky and services the region's rapidly growing industrial and manufacturing facilities. They have been the exclusive provider of curbside recycling in Warren County since 1995.
Southern Recycling's initial business concentrated on paper and plastic recycling, but has since evolved to include all grades of scrap metal to include iron, steel, copper, brass, stainless steel, nickel and nickel alloys. The company has grown to operate four, full-service, processing facilities and employs 117 people.
"As a subsidiary of Houchens Industries, we are proud to be able to continue the growth we have experienced in Warren and surrounding counties," said Southern Recycling President John Fellonneau. "And, we look forward to continuing to provide our services to area industries and the general public."
Southern Recycling's curbside recycling program serves over 50,000 residents on a monthly basis and is recognized as one of the most successful curbside recycling programs in Kentucky. At current capacity, Southern Recycling is processing and shipping well over 10,000 tons per month of metal scrap and recyclables from it's Bowling Green facility.
"There are nearly 6,500 businesses in Warren County alone and that number will continue to increase throughout South Central Kentucky," said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. "The operational improvements included in this project are integral to both Southern Recycling's success and the continued success of our region's business community. Southern is preparing for future growth of the region at the best time possible."
"Being recognized as one of the most successful recycling programs in the state is an impressive acknowledgement," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. "Bowling Green is fortunate to have the dedicated services that Southern Recycling provides. I look forward to their growth and the growth of our community for years to come."
"Southern Recycling has been providing a valuable service to the Warren County community for over thirty years," said Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. "We are fortunate to have them here and appreciate the superior and necessary service they provide. Congratulations to them on this expansion project."
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced 16 projects for 2017 bringing total capital investment to $270.4 Million and 784 new jobs for South Central Kentucky.
Southern Recycling plans to break ground in early 2018. For more information on Southern Recycling, visit
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 1,300 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