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Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel Breaks Ground on Additional Facility Space in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Published Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:00 am

Bowling Green, KY., August 5, 2021 – BILSTEIN COLD ROLLED STEEL LP, a German fabricated metals manufacturer is expanding its operation in Bowling Green, Kentucky. When the company originally announced their choice of Bowling Green for the operation in 2013, the announced project with an investment of $120m and 90 new jobs earned them the number one spot in Kentucky for announcements by a new manufacturing operation. Shortly after that announcement in 2015, BILSTEIN announced its first expansion with an additional $20 million of investment and 20 new jobs. In 2017, BILSTEIN began operations in the Kentucky Transpark. Today, BILSTEIN is announcing an additional $15 million in investment, signifying their continued commitment to this region. 

BILSTEIN Cold Rolled Steel, LP is part of the family-owned German steel processor and produces a wide range of high-precision cold-rolled strip steel products across a variety of industries, predominately the automotive industry. The BILSTEIN GROUP was founded in 1911 and has grown to be a world leader in the cold-rolled strip steel market.

“BILSTEIN has been a great corporate partner to Warren County and the commonwealth since it began operation four years ago, and I am thrilled to see the company finding success in our state,” Gov. Beshear said. “This investment will not only help the company meet its job growth targets but also sets the foundation for possible further expansion in the coming years. I look forward to seeing BILSTEIN grow with Kentucky as we strive to build an economy that works for all of our residents.”

“After having been operational for only four years at our Bowling Green facility, it became clear that the South Central Kentucky region was continuing to see healthy growth and investment in the markets we serve,” said Brent Wilson, CEO of BILSTEIN Cold Rolled Steel. “As a result, we feel the addition to this state-of-the-art facility will help us continue to best serve our customers who need high-grade cold-rolled steel strip. We greatly appreciate the ongoing support we receive from the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and the Commonwealth of Kentucky on these projects that fuel economic growth.”

"We celebrate with BILSTEIN Cold Rolled Steel on this new facility expansion,” said Bowling Green Mayor, Todd Alcott. “Their global footprint is seen right here in Bowling
Green; we are proud to have them here and are excited about their continued investment and growth.”

“South Central Kentucky offers a multitude of opportunities for businesses to expand,” said Warren County Judge-Executive, Mike Buchanon. “BILSTEIN Cold Rolled Steel has made a major commitment to this area before and we are excited about this latest announcement and the benefits it will bring to the area.”

“It’s very exciting to continue to see companies thrive all across our community,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Warren County is a great place to do business and BILSTEIN Cold Rolled Steel is one more shining example of our strong business community.”

Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed 9 economic development projects in South Central Kentucky, totaling $361.7M in capital investment
and generating 998 new jobs for 2021. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Livability as a “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in addition to being ranked as the second-best city in the United States for manufacturing by Global Trade Magazine. Additionally, Site Selection Magazine has awarded the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce the prestigious Mac Conway Award placing it in the top twenty economic development
organizations in the United States for performance in 2020.

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About the Company

BILSTEIN GROUP is a family business rich in tradition that has specialized in the production of cold-rolled steel. Since its establishment in 1911 in Hagen, Germany, the company has ever been growing and increasing its production and has therefore established itself globally as a highly renowned producer of cold-rolled steel. BILSTEIN uses sophisticated manufacturing processes to produce high-performance cold-rolled steel strips with the greatest accuracy, leaving nothing to chance. In fact, our sophisticated, computer-controlled manufacturing systems produce miles of cold-rolled steel at a variety of BILSTEIN GROUP sites every single day.

The increasing exacting standard of quality on cold-rolled steel on the US market is both challenge and opportunity for the future for an aspiring enterprise like BILSTEIN. Being a global player on cold-rolled steel strip, BILSTEIN GROUP is a reliable partner to automotive suppliers in every part of the world. For more than 25 years the company has been delivering cold-rolled steel to North America.

Therefore, BILSTEIN GROUP has established a new production site in Bowling Green, Kentucky. With about 60,000 inhabitants Bowling Green is the third-largest city in Kentucky and home to General Motors, Fruit of the Loom, and the production site of the legendary Chevrolet Corvette.

To learn more about Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel please visit http://www.bilsteincrs.com/

About South Central Kentucky Economic Development
South Central Kentucky Economic Development is an entity of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, a nationally ranked 5-Star Accredited Chamber. Located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern United States, South Central Kentucky is a prime location for manufacturing and distribution facilities. South Central Kentucky is within a day’s drive of 60% of the nation's population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Bowling Green ranks second in the United States for best manufacturing city. In the past decade, the region has captured over four billion in capital investment, creating thousands of jobs within the region. To learn more please visit https://www.southcentralky.com/