SCA Personal Care Announces Expansion of Bowling Green Facility

Published Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bowling Green, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Today, SCA Personal Care in Bowling Green announced the expansion of their facility located at 7030 Louisville Road. This facility expansion includes $23.9 million in capital investment and 20 new jobs.

SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue and forest products. With sales in 100 countries, SCA has about 44,000 employees. Sales in 2015 amounted to approximately $13.7 billion.

“I’m grateful that SCA, an award-winning member of the state’s manufacturing sector, will increase its presence in Bowling Green. The fact that SCA chose to invest and grow its product line shows Kentucky is making the right moves to attract industry,” Gov. Bevin said. “As we enhance Kentucky’s workforce training pr­ograms, cut regulations that hold back companies, and improve our overall business climate, we further distinguish Kentucky as a manufacturing center of excellence where industry wants to locate and expand.”

Since opening in 1988, SCA’s Bowling Green manufacturing facility has grown to 160 employees. The facility manufactures TENA® incontinence care protection for both the retail and healthcare markets. This expansion project will increase production capacity of products primarily used in the healthcare sector and increase total full-time employment to 180.

“We’re proud to have been a part of the Bowling Green community for the past 28 years,” says Russ Johnson, Site Manager at Bowling Green. “This latest investment in the Bowling Green facility shows not only confidence in our team members, but also confidence in the ability of this region to continue to provide a top-notch manufacturing workforce. We are very thankful for the efforts of this community that help enable us to continue to grow our plant.”

 

In 2012, SCA’s Bowling Green location became the first Zero-Waste-to-Landfill operation among all SCA North American manufacturing facilities. The facility diverts more than 7 million pounds of waste materials from local landfills.

 

“We are extremely fortunate to have this industry leader in our community,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. “SCA’s record for success on both national and international levels combined with their commitment to environmental sustainability is certainly something to be proud of. We congratulate them on their expansion project in Warren County.”

“For 28 years, SCA has been a steadfast part of the South Central Kentucky economy,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Today, we are happy to announce this project and the impact it will have for SCA’s Bowling Green manufacturing facility. This expansion project includes facility upgrades that will allow SCA to better meet the demands of the booming healthcare industry as one of their largest target markets. It will be a valuable addition to their facility here and we look forward to SCA’s continued success in South Central Kentucky as they grow for many years to come.” 

SCA is an active member of the Bowling Green community, participating in the annual Bowling Green Walk for Alzheimer’s. Additionally, SCA encourages employees to join in other community service activities such as park clean-up events and work with area school’s mentoring programs. Recently, SCA awarded a $5,000 Environmental Education Grant to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana for the creation of a garden habitat at the Girl Scouts’ Houchens Program Center, located at 4520 Barren River Road, in Bowling Green. Over the past four years, SCA has awarded more than $17,000 in grants to Bowling Green-area schools and organizations to support sustainability efforts.

“The City of Bowling Green congratulates SCA on their expansion project,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. “We look forward to their growth and the impact both SCA and their employees will have on our community.”

Overall, SCA employs about 640 Kentuckians, including their approximately 500 employees at the Harrodsburg, KY, paper mill through its acquisition of Wausau Paper in January of this year. SCA’s North American operations span across the nation to include facilities in Alabama, Arizona, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Since January of this year, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced $432.2 million in capital investment and 504 new jobs in South Central Kentucky.

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About SCA:

SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue and forest products. With sales in 100 countries, SCA has about 44,000 employees. Sales in 2015 amounted to approximately $13.7 billion.

SCA has 140 employees at its manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, which manufactures TENA® incontinence care protection for both the retail and healthcare markets. SCA also employs about 500 people at the Harrodsburg, KY, paper mill through its recent acquisition of Wausau Paper. In addition to Kentucky, SCA has U.S. operations in Alabama, Arizona, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

In North America, SCA produces the Tork® line of napkin, towel, tissue and wiper products used in commercial settings such as office buildings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities. Through a recent acquisition, SCA produces the Wausau Paper® brand of Away from Home products. SCA TENA® line of incontinence care products is used by consumers at home and in healthcare facilities. TENA and Tork are the global leading brands in their categories. For more information, visit www.sca.com/us.

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.