Bowling Green, KY., January 28, 2021 – Material Handling Systems, Inc. is expanding their operations by adding a new facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Based in Mt. Washington, the company chose Bowling Green for its proximity, workforce, and dedication to manufacturing. They will be leasing a 181,000 square foot facility, making a capital investment of $7.6M.
“Kentucky’s distribution and logistics sector – and the industries that support it – have played a vital role in our state’s ability to weather the storm of the past 10 months and position the state for future success,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “As we build back stronger manufacturers like MHS are key to Kentucky’s continued growth. By combining advanced technology with precision manufacturing, MHS enables logistics companies to serve the world. I welcome this great new project and the new jobs this Kentucky-grown success story will create.”
“Kentucky has been a fantastic place to grow our global business during the past 20-plus years, and we are pleased to be expanding our presence in our home state with a new facility in Bowling Green,” said MHS CEO Scott McReynolds. “Our customers are experiencing new peak demand levels, which means our products and services are also in high demand. This facility will fill an important niche in our manufacturing process and ultimately helps us better serve those customers. We appreciate the KEDFA board’s support and the warm welcome from so many of the region’s leaders, and we look forward to becoming a valued member of the local business community.”
The company will create 200 new jobs with an average compensation of $22.50 per hour. The primary operations in this facility will be to manufacture supporting steel structures for conveyor and sortation systems. “We welcome Material Handling Systems to Bowling Green and are confident that they will benefit from being a part of our community. We truly appreciate our businesses and do what we can to help them succeed,” said Mayor Todd Alcott.
Material Handling Systems is a leader in the parcel industry. Their Bowling Green location will be central to many of their customers and the heartbeat of the nation’s distribution hubs. “We are thrilled to have Material Handling Systems join us in South Central Kentucky. Their operations will bring diversity to our manufacturing sector as a leading provider of material handling systems that support a portion of the world’s e-commerce infrastructure,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ron Bunch. “We look forward to working with them for years to come.”
The total economic impact of the project will be $327.4M over a ten-year period. In addition to creating 200 new jobs, the company will support an additional 288 new jobs in the community through annual spending of $10M. They will also pay $1.6M in local property taxes. “This announcement is exciting news for Warren County. Material Handling Systems will further strengthen our local economy and support numerous jobs within the region. It is a joy to see continued business interest in our community, and we are pleased to have an industry leader locate here,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.
“We are excited to welcome Material Handling Systems to Warren County. We look forward to working with them to deliver their power needs,” said Dewayne McDonald President & CEO at Warren RECC.
The company is opening a Bowling Green location in response to significant growth in recent years. “TVA and Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation congratulate Material Handling Systems, Inc. on its decision to locate operations in Bowling Green. Helping attract and retain quality jobs and investment to the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service, and we are proud to partner with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to further that mission and celebrate this announcement,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development, John Bradley.
Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed two economic development projects totaling $312.3M in capital investment and generating 398 new jobs for 2021. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States and was selected as a “Top 100 Best Places to Live” city by Livability, in addition to being ranked as the second-best city in the United States for manufacturing by Global Trade Magazine.
About Material Handling Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1999, MHS is a full-service provider of innovative material handling systems that solve the challenges of distribution and fulfillment operations. MHS takes a comprehensive, customer-centric approach that includes custom engineering, design, manufacturing, and turnkey integration services. The company’s quality solutions leverage a broad range of controls and automated equipment, including but not limited to sorters, conveyors, extendable loading and unloading systems. MHS provides complete, responsive support to maintain systems for peak performance, with predictive analytics and local technicians to maximize long-term value and return on investment. MHS has a global installed base of over $5 billion for small to large distribution and fulfillment projects in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, parcel, third party logistics and outside integrators.
About South Central Kentucky Economic Development
South Central Kentucky Economic Development is an entity of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, a nationally ranked 5-Star Accredited Chamber. Located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern United States, South Central Kentucky is a prime location for manufacturing and distribution facilities. South Central Kentucky is within a day’s drive of 60% of the nation's population, personal income, and manufacturing business establishments. Bowling Green ranks second in the United States for best manufacturing city. In the past decade, the region has captured over two billion in capital investment, creating thousands of jobs. To learn more please visit https://www.southcentralky.com/.