Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake Announces Bowling Green, Kentucky, Expansion

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 11:30 am

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB), a leader in commercial vehicle brake & safety systems, today unveiled an expansion of operations at their Bowling Green, Kentucky, manufacturing facility.  The $ 8.791 million investment includes implementation of state-of-the art manufacturing technology and supports its substantial new business growth. This year, the facility has added two additional machining centers and 75 new jobs. BSFB expects to add two more machining centers, an additional assembly line, and 15 new jobs in 2015, with another assembly line planned for 2016 as part of this expansion investment.

"Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has consistently broken new ground and delivered the industry's most effective, efficient, and forward-looking wheel-end solutions that help enhance highway safety, " said Andy Dale, Bowling Green plant manager.   "We're backing up our market gains with increased investment at our Bowling Green facility. We're investing in our products, our employees, and in our customers, who share our commitment for putting the highest-performing, most reliable, and most cost effective brake systems on their vehicles."

"Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has been extremely successful in Bowling Green," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "Bendix is a world leader in brake and safety systems, and we're always glad to see a company grow in Kentucky, in this case adding 75 new jobs and investing more than $8 million into this expansion. I want to thank the company for its continued investment in our workforce and hundreds of Kentucky families."

A joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC, BSFB manufactures Bendix® air disc and drum brakes in Bowling  Green.  Since 2009, annual production levels at the facility have increased more than fivefold due to the growing popularity of air disc brakes in North America. In 2014 the site will achieve yet another annual milestone,  manufacturing more than one million foundation brakes in a twelve month period.

BSFB's Bowling Green wheel-end production facility opened in October 2007 to manufacture the full lineup of Bendix foundation brake products. At its opening, the plant employed 133 people and occupied 187,000 square feet. Since then, continued success and expansion have taken the plant to 302,000 square feet and a projected 440 employees in 2015.

In 2011, BSFB was honored with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce's Expansion Award to recognize the company's expansion efforts and commitment to the South Central Kentucky community. TS16949 and ISO14001 certified, the facility has twice earned prestigious manufacturing awards from PACCAR Inc., maker of Kenworth® and Peterbilt® Motors Company trucks. This recognition places BSFB among PACCAR's elite group of suppliers that meet its demanding quality expectations. In addition, the location was recognized among the top two worldwide manufacturing sites as part of the 2014 Knorr-Bremse Excellence in Global Truck Production rankings. Knorr-Bremse is the Munich, Germany-based parent company of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.

"Bendix has set the standard for what a successful business looks like. A partnership in business, community, and education. It is a privilege to be a part of their growth and I look forward to their continued success," said Judge Executive Michael Buchanon.

BSFB has long been an important partner in the South Central Kentucky economy. In addition to outstanding growth within the last decade, the company continues to have an impact on the South Central Kentucky economy through their work with local students. In 2015, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake will announce a new collaboration aimed at introducing middle and high school students to careers available in advanced manufacturing, supporting their commitment to ensuring the availability of a highly skilled talent pool in South Central Kentucky. The company also maintains a strong and continuous commitment to support the local community through a wide range of employee-planned activities, including support of United Way, the Salvation Army, and Junior Achievement. In 2014, the workforce raised over $12,000 for the Bowling Green Relay For Life.

"It's not the number of companies in a community that make that location a success; it is the quality of businesses that thrive there," stated Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. "Bendix exemplifies a company that has garnered not only the community's respect, but the respect of leaders in their industry around the world. I look forward to their leadership as we continue to grow our presence in the automotive industry."

"We are fortunate to have a company like Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake that continues to grow in South Central Kentucky and shows a distinct commitment to the future workforce. I would like to congratulate Bendix on this expansion and, on behalf of South Central Kentucky, extend my sincere thanks to their commitment to this community," said John Mark Fones, Chairman of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

This is the eighth economic development announcement in 2014 for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, for a total capital investment of more than $200 million and the creation of 413 new jobs.

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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 1,200 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/

About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, LLC

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheel-end foundation brake technologies of two global leaders - Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call 1-866-610-9709 or visit www.foundationbrakes.com. To learn about career opportunities at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, visit www.bendix.com/careers. Follow BSFB on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at www.brake-school.com.