FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2018) – Berry Global Inc., a plastics provider for various industries, will create 20 full-time jobs as it invests nearly $16.5 million in new production lines at its Williamette Lane facility in Bowling Green, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.
“Berry Global has made a name for itself during more than three decades of success at facilities across Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “It is great news that the company has chosen its existing Warren County location for this product line expansion. We are grateful for Berry’s continued commitment to the commonwealth.”
As part of the project, Berry Global will install two blown film extrusion lines at its existing facility in Bowling Green. The expansion comes in response to new and expanding business opportunities and will increase the company’s printed film production.
“We are extremely pleased to expand production at our Bowling Green facility,” said Curt Begle, president of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division. “We extend our sincere appreciation to the community, local officials and the state for their ongoing support of our growth initiatives.”
Berry Global’s world headquarters is located in Evansville, Ind. Since its founding in 1967, Berry has grown to employ over 23,000 people and serve more than 19,000 customers across 135 locations worldwide. Berry operates eight facilities in Kentucky, including operations in Augusta, Danville, Franklin, Louisville, Madisonville, Nicholasville and two facilities in Bowling Green.
Sen. Mike Wilson, of Bowling Green, said the commonwealth is becoming all the more attractive to businesses.
“Berry Global’s expansion here in Bowling Green demonstrates Kentucky’s improving economy with its growth and job creation,” Sen. Wilson said. “I look forward to the continued success of this company in Warren County and congratulate Berry Global on this newest expansion.”
Rep. Jim DeCesare, of Bowling Green, said the company has a strong presence in the region.
“Berry Global is a huge employer in the Bowling Green area,” Rep. DeCesare said. “I’m pleased that the company is continuing to help our region grow by creating new jobs.”
Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said the company’s expanded presence will have a positive impact on the community.
“Berry Global’s business partnership has been invaluable to the success of our community,” Mayor Wilkerson said. “On behalf of the city of Bowling Green, I congratulate them on this project and look forward to their future here and the impact they will continue to have on our community.”
Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon noted Berry Global’s strong reputation in the region.
“For over 30 years, Berry Global has been a part of our community,” Judge-Executive Buchanon said. “We are excited to celebrate their growing opportunities and look forward to many more years of success, both here in Warren County and beyond.”
Ron Bunch, president and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, said the company is building on its already strong presence in Kentucky.
“Berry Global has a rich history of manufacturing superior products all over the world,” Bunch said. “Three of Berry’s eight Kentucky locations are located in southcentral Kentucky, where they employ over 600 people. We appreciate the continued support of our community and look forward to their growth and prosperity.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in May preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $400,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition, Berry Global can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.
For more information on Berry Global, visit www.BerryGlobal.com.
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