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Alpla Inc. announces plans for $6.9 million expansion plans for Bowling Green bottle manufacturing facility

Alpla Inc., a plastic bottle and packaging manufacturer, has announces plans to expand its Bowling Green facility with a $6.9 million project expected to create 24 full-time jobs.

The 100,000-square-foot expansion will provide Alpla’s Bowling Green facility with additional warehousing. When complete in 2019, the additional space will help Alpla more quickly and efficiently meet customer demand for its blow-molded plastic bottles and hollow plastic parts. Since opening in 2013, the plant’s success required converting some warehousing space to manufacturing.

“Alpla would like to thank the Governor’s office, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, the Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and the TVA for their assistance and support with this project,” said Peter Irby, director of finance at Alpla. “We are excited about the opportunity to continue our growth in Warren County and the Bowling Green area. Our success is dependent upon our people and we continue to find qualified, hard-working and dedicated employees to work with us in this region.”

Headquartered in Hard, Austria, Alpla employs more than 19,300 people across operations in 45 countries. Alpla produces bottles from both low and high-density polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE) PET and other plastics. Products include water and drinks bottles, preformed sports bottles, hinged lids, measuring caps, child safety caps and sports caps among other custom designs. In Kentucky, the company employs 83 people in Bowling Green and 58 at a manufacturing facility in Florence. The 24 new positions in Bowling Green include process technicians, packaging operators and downstream packaging assistants.

Brothers Helmuth and Alwin Lehner founded the company in 1955 as Alpenplastik Lehner Alwin GmbH and set up production in their parents’ laundry room using an injection-molding machine. Within a few years, Alwin Lehner designed and built the company’s first in-house machine, leading to a series of machines and continuous technological development that continues today. Company leaders over the last several decades also invested heavily in plastics recycling technologies and expertise through both R&D and corporate acquisition.

For more information on Alpla inc., visit www.alpla.com.

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