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Aluminum recycler Owl’s Head Alloys announces $3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility

Owl’s Head Alloys Inc., an aluminum recycler in Bowling Green, has announced a $3 million expansion which will create 17 new jobs.

The company operates three, 375-cubic-foot refractory furnaces and, to keep up with customer demand, the project will add new space to house a fourth furnace. The additional furnace will increase company’s capacity by 60 million pounds of scrap annually atop the facility’s current 240 million pounds. Owl’s Head leaders plan to hire 17 workers, bringing the company’s total employment to nearly 100.

“Owl’s Head Alloys has created a significant presence and reputation nationally in the secondary aluminum recycling industry simply by doing business as we should – delivering exceptional quality, serving our customers interests over our own, and maintaining integrity,” said Kevin Mays, CFO of Owl’s Head. “This expansion allows us to continue meeting our customers’ growing needs, as well as provide additional economic development in our community.”

Established in Bowling Green in 2002, the company recycles and ships metals across the US from its 35-acre site in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park. The ideal location provides direct rail access serviced by R.J. Corman Railroad, making freight costs competitive.

Owl’s Head processes a wide range of scrap aluminum, including beverage cans, automotive wheels, painted siding and highway signs. The company sorts and shreds the recycled aluminum products, then melts the processed aluminum to customer specs and casts it into ingots, sows or provides it in molten form. Owl’s Head then ships to leading companies in the automotive, beverage can and construction industries.

For more information on Owl’s Head, visit www.ohaky.com.

Demand for aluminum, particularly from automotive companies, surged forward the past several years. Tightening federal requirements to improve fuel mileage and emissions in new vehicles put automakers on a quest to cut weight. They often turn to lightweight aluminum body panels, suspension parts, under-hood mechanical pieces and structural components.

The Bluegrass State announced nearly 100 aluminum-related new-facility or expansion projects since the beginning of 2014. Those projects total more than $2.9 billion in corporate investment four years, well above the approximately $1 billion announced 2001-2013.That growth is creating more than 2,800 full-time jobs, surging the aluminum industry’s employment beyond 20,000 people in Kentucky.

From Governor’s Office

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