Today, international joint venture corporation Constellium – UACJ celebrated the grand opening of their Bowling Green facility at the Kentucky Transpark with a ribbon cutting and plant tours. State, local and Chamber officials were in attendance in addition to officials from both parent companies, Constellium and UACJ, two established global aluminum industry players with roots in Europe and Japan. Announced in 2014, the Bowling Green plant was the largest capital investment project in South Central Kentucky in more than a decade with $150 million in investment and 65 new jobs for the region – and the facility expects to be recruiting as the plant grows.
“Kentucky is committed to remaining ahead of the curve as the automotive industry evolves,” Gov. Bevin said. “Constellium-UACJ’s commitment to supplying aluminum sheeting for lighter-weight vehicles stands as a great example of how the Commonwealth’s auto industry is moving forward. Congratulations to South Central Kentucky and Constellium-UACJ for establishing what promises to be a very rewarding partnership.”
Additionally, the joint venture’s project was the largest economic development investment in 2014 for the state. It is also the fourth largest investment and second largest automotive related investment in Kentucky in the last five years.
The plant will have an initial target capacity of 100,000 metric tons (approximately 220 million pounds) supplied by cold rolled coils from both partners’ rolling mills – including Logan Aluminum, Inc. in Russellville (a Tri-Arrows Aluminum subsidiary). Constellium-UACJ chose Bowling Green because of its central location and its proximity to manufacturing facilities of automotive manufacturers.
“We are extremely proud to be opening our first North American automotive body sheet finishing line today, at a time when the aluminum automotive market in the US is extremely promising,” said Simon Laddychuk, Chief Executive Officer of the joint venture. “This is a special facility in a special place and I would like to thank our owners, Constellium and UACJ, the State of Kentucky, and Bowling Green for helping to make this possible and welcoming us so warmly.”
“The new facility is a huge investment for not only Warren County and South Central Kentucky, but for the entire state,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “Our region’s strong automotive industry continues to gain momentum and will continue to do so with the success of companies like Constellium – UACJ.”
Additional factors in deciding to locate this joint venture in Bowling Green include South Central Kentucky’s availability of highly skilled labor and the area’s entrepreneurial spirit.
“We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of Constellium – UACJ’s Bowling Green facility,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “It’s our privilege to welcome them to our community and we look forward to their success in South Central Kentucky.”
“The success of this project is a result of collaborative efforts of local and state elected officials, as well as numerous organizations across the region,” said Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “We are happy to celebrate the official opening of Constellium – UACJ’s facility in Bowling Green and are excited for the advanced and innovative range of products they have to offer the automotive industry. We extend are sincere gratitude to each organization and individual who took part in making this project a success.”
In 2016, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced $408.3 million in capital investment and 484 new jobs in South Central Kentucky.
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 1,100 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.