Houchens Industries Subsidiary Southern Recycling, LLC Breaks Ground on New Processing Facility

Bowling Green expansion will increase service capacity for South Central Kentucky region

Published Friday, March 9, 2018 10:30 am

Bowling Green, Ky. (March 9, 2018) – Today, Southern Recycling, LLC, along with company representatives and officials from Warren County, the City of Bowling Green, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Houchens Industries gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Southern Recycling’s newest processing facility located at 2791 Louisville Road in Bowling Green. This new facility will include state-of-the-art scrap processing equipment, which will increase their capacity for paper, plastic and scrap metal recycling for the region.

“Houchens is excited about this expansion and what it will mean to the Bowling Green and Warren County communities,” said Spencer Coates, President of Bowling Green-based Houchens Industries. “We are grateful for the support this community has shown us.”

Southern Recycling was founded in Warren County in 1985 and is the main recycling service provider for both the region’s residential and rapidly growing industrial and manufacturing sectors. Southern Recycling has grown to be South Central Kentucky’s premiere company for industrial, commercial and residential recycling, servicing over 50,000 customers across South Central Kentucky. Since its founding, the company has expanded to employ 117 people across five, full-service, processing facilities.

Southern Recycling specializes in recycling products such as paper and plastic to all grades of scrap metal, including iron, steel, copper, brass, stainless steel, nickel and nickel alloys. At current capacity, Southern Recycling is processing and shipping well over 25,000 tons per month of metal scrap and recyclables from its facilities. This expansion project will allow for operations and efficiency improvement and much-needed growth. 

“This is going to be a state-of-the-art recycling center,” said John Fellonneau, President of Southern Recycling. “This will enable the company to grow substantially in the coming years and better serve our community.”

“We are proud to support Southern Recycling and Houchens Industries in celebration of this important project for South Central Kentucky,” said Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our community has experienced unprecedented growth, which is made possible because of the valuable business and consumer services provided by companies like Southern Recycling and Houchens Industries, who recently celebrated 100 years in business. A big thank you and congratulations is in order for Southern Recycling and their employees for the hard work and dedication it took to make this project a reality.”

“We are proud that companies like Southern Recycling and Houchens Industries call Warren County home,” said Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “Today, Warren County is nearly 6,500 businesses strong, and growing. Southern Recycling has a great future in our region, and beyond, and we congratulate them on this project.”

“Bowling Green’s prosperity is directly related to the great services available to our businesses and our residents,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “Organizations like the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and companies like Southern Recycling make the growth we’ve experienced over the last decade possible. Congratulations to Southern Recycling on this project and their future success.”

So far for 2018, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced two economic development projects totaling $5.05 million in capital investment and 72 new jobs. Last year, the Chamber announced over $270 million in capital investment and 852 jobs. Warren County experienced the fourth largest number of announced jobs and third largest capital investment amount in the last decade in 2017, representing five percent of all capital investment and 9.5 percent of job growth in Kentucky. Bowling Green was most recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States.

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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 1,300 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