Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and The Sun Products Corporation Welcome New Associates Through Key Hire Program

Published Monday, November 16, 2015 8:30 am

Bowling Green, Ky. (November 16, 2015) –The Sun Products Corporation recently announced the addition of 21 new jobs and a $2 million investment at their Bowling Green facility at the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park.  The investment will encompass the relocation of a portion of their dish detergent packaging line from their Dyersburg, TN location, which is closing in early 2016. 

In a collaborative effort to encourage the Sun Products associates and their families affected by the closure of the plant in Dyersburg to apply for open positions at their Bowling Green plant, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 2 week event through the Key Hire Program.  The Chamber’s Key Hire Program is designed to provide key hires moving into our community a full overview of all our community has to offer and help them relocate successfully.  The program matches future residents with volunteers from our Chamber partnership who accompany them on a driving tour of the community and provides informational seminars featuring local community organizations.  Community partners including the Warren County Public Schools, the Bowling Green Independent Schools, Western Kentucky University and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College will give presentations to the The Sun Products associates during this event.

“Sun Products has been an outstanding corporate citizen for South Central Kentucky. We look forward to continuing to work with them and the associates who make the transition to new employment here in Bowling Green,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.

“The Chamber was delighted to work with Sun on this expansion that is bringing another 21 jobs to our community.  As part of our work on this project, we employed our Key Hire Program to help relocate new families to our community and make them feel welcome as they join the Sun Products team here in Bowling Green.  I would like to thank our Chamber partners for their willingness to come together and help these new associates settle in,” said Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Chamber. 

Headquartered in Wilton, Conn., Sun Products is a leading North American provider of laundry detergent, fabric softeners and other household products, with annual sales of about $1.6 billion. Sun Products was formed in September 2008, and the Company’s products are sold under well-known brands that include ‘all, Snuggle, Sun, Sunlight, Wisk, and Surf. 

“We value the knowledge and expertise of our associates in Dyersburg, TN and are delighted to be able to offer special relocation assistance that enables them to consider applying for roles here in our Bowling Green plant,” said Terry Walsh, Plant Director, Sun Products. “We are especially grateful to the Chamber for their willingness to partner with us and provide a comprehensive program that allows our associates to see the benefits offered by living in such a great community like Bowling Green.  

Sun Products has a long tradition of supporting their employees.  In 2014, the company opened a state-of-the-art healthcare center in Bowling Green, equipped with 2400 square feet of clinical and diagnostic space. The center offers convenient access to quality preventive care, urgent/acute care, and laboratory services, as well as occupational health services 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.  Care at the Health Center is free to associates and their spouses. 

“We are so proud to have a company like Sun Products here in Bowling Green and I am excited to welcome new employees to Warren County. We are happy that they have chosen to be here here and it’s our sincere hope that they are able to settle in quickly and feel right at home,” said Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon. 

This is the twenty-second economic development announcement in 2015 for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce for a total capital investment of $899,777,235 and 1,004 jobs.  2015 has been an exciting year for economic development in South Central Kentucky.  In just this year alone, we have earned 94% of the expansion investment it has taken us over a decade to earn. Similarly, we currently have two of the top five investment projects in the state and for the 3rd consecutive year, we have the top investment in the state by a manufacturer. 

Creating a robust pipeline of well-trained talent to support our businesses and grow our economy is top priority at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Key Hire Program is just one of many initiatives the Chamber has developed to ensure our talent pipeline is equipped not only to meet the immediate openings, but to serve the region well into the future. This initiative works in conjunction with several other Chamber-sponsored talent initiatives, including The Leader In Me, the Training Consortium of South Central Kentucky, and several other business and education partnerships. For more information on the talent initiatives at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, visit www.bgchamber.com

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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.