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German auto supplier to hire 90 at new Bowling Green production plant

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2013) — Bilstein Group, a family-owned automotive supplier headquartered in Germany, plans to establish a new production plant in Bowling Green that will create 90 new full-time jobs.

Founded in 1911 in Hagen, Germany, Bilstein Group has grown to be one of the world’s largest suppliers of cold-rolled products. The company is building the plant in Bowling Green to better serve its North American automotive industry customers. The company plans to construct a 150,000-s.f. facility in the 72-acre Kentucky Transpark.

Design of the new facility is currently in progress, with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2015. The plant is expected to be operational by early 2018.

The company’s announcement marks the fourth German-owned site-location project to develop in Kentucky within the last year. European companies, which employ nearly 26,000 people across the commonwealth, have a strong presence in Kentucky, accounting for 170 of Kentucky’s 400-plus foreign-owned businesses.

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