Growth At Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake Drives Jobs

Published Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:00 am

Citing ever increasing demand for their products and technologies in the commercial vehicle marketplace, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) has continued to grow in Bowling Green, prompting the addition of over 140 production jobs over the past four years. The jobs resulted from expansion projects announced in 2014 and 2015 by BSFB that totaled more than $8.7 million dollars to further enhance their state-of-the art manufacturing technology at the bustling facility.

"We're proud of our outstanding employees in Bowling Green and the work they do every day," said Eddie Wilkinson, president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. "The continued growth we've experienced in Bowling Green is mirrored across our entire business as we strive for strong customer relationships and the best technologies in the industry. "

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. The Bowling Green wheel-end production facility opened in October 2007 to manufacture the full lineup of Bendix foundation brake products.

Bendix maintains both quality (ISO9001/TS16949) and environmental (ISO14001) certifications, the Bowling Green facility has twice earned prestigious manufacturing awards from PACCAR Inc., maker of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the DAF, Kenworth, Leyland, and Peterbilt brands. This recognition - the most recent in 2017 - 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.

"Investment and job creation by local manufacturers are an investment in the future of the people of Warren County," said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon. "Bendix has been a long-standing member of our business community, and we're proud to celebrate their continued growth."

From the beginning, BSFB has been an engaged and supportive partner in the Bowing Green Kentucky economy. In 2015, they partnered up with the local middle schools to invest in robotics and introduce the array of careers available to them in the growing manufacturing sector here in Bowling Green. Since then, the Bowling Green facility has provided leadership to the SCK LAUNCH initiative that connects in demand careers with public school students. In 2017, BSFB participated in SCK LAUNCH Experience that reached over 2,800 8th Graders in SCK.

"The continued investment and jobs created by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake highlights their longstanding commitment to our City and her citizens," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson. "Thanks to prospering companies like BSFB, Bowling Green continues to be the fastest growing City in Kentucky. We greatly appreciate Bendix's commitment to our community."

"The BSFB team is an integral member of our manufacturing sector and a dedicated partner of our community, investing in education and important community initiatives," said Chamber President and CEO, Ron Bunch. "We are appreciative of their investment - in their operation in Bowling Green and in our future."

"Our goal is to not only have a growing workforce but a place that people will want to stay after graduation day. With the job addition, BSFB has opened the door for new careers for the residents of South Central Kentucky. I would like to congratulate Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake and extend my sincere thanks to their commitment to this community," said Joy Hunt, Chair of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has announced 14 economic development projects totaling $94.3 million in capital investment and 500 new jobs for 2018. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States for economic development success and was ranked among the top 20 for 2018's 'Best Small Cities to Start a Business' by Wallethub.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. 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.