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Auto supply manufacturer plans $261M expansion in Bowling Green, will add 450 jobs


FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that an auto supply manufacturer in Bowling Green plans to expand and add 450 jobs.

According to the statement from Beshear's office, Bowling Green Metalforming LLC will invest more than $ 261 million over the next four years at its facility in the Kentucky Transpark. It will be the sixth expansion for the company, which makes vehicle body and chassis assemblies for companies including General Motors and Ford.

The project will include new equipment and a 260,000-square-foot addition so the company can keep up with contracts for heavy stamping, robotic assembly and the coating of chassis and other parts.

Since breaking ground 11 years ago, the company has expanded its facility to 950,000 square feet and it employs more than 1,000 workers.

"It's difficult to overemphasize just how significant the Bowling Green Metalforming expansion will be for our region," said Sen. Mike Wilson, of Bowling Green. "This is one of the largest corporate expansions southcentral Kentucky has seen in the last decade. The estimated 450 new jobs over four years will do wonders for our local economy."

Beshear said the state's automotive industry continues to grow.

"The sector added 20,000 new jobs with investments of more than $5 billion over the past five years. It's a privilege to see that momentum continue with an expansion of this size at Bowling Green Metalforming."

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