BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – A new glass bottle manufacturing facility announced today that it would invest $239 million toward a new manufacturing facility in Bowling Green.
The investment from OI Glass Inc. will create 140 high-wage jobs, paying an average hourly wage of $43, including benefits across the jobs.
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The new location will allow the company to increase the production capacity of glass bottles for various consumer beverages, focusing on the premium spirits market.
According to Governor Andy Beshear’s office, it’s the first of its kind to use a new technology: Modular Advanced Glass Manufacturing Asset (MAGMA).
The operation will include renewable electricity, gas-oxy fuel, and other innovative technology processes. Production is expected to begin in mid-2024.
“The new plant is an important milestone as we continue the pursuit of our expansion plan in the United States and globally,” said Andres Lopez, CEO of OI Glass. “Glass is more relevant than ever, and we’re proud to support our customers with innovative solutions.”
In 2021, the commonwealth shattered every economic development record in the books.
In the past year, the Beshear administration announced the two largest economic development projects in state history.
In September 2021, Gov. Beshear and leaders from Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation celebrated a transformative $5.8 billion investment that will create 5,000 jobs in Hardin County.
And in April of this year, the Governor was joined by leadership at Envision AESC to announce a $2 billion investment that will create 2,000 jobs in Warren County.
The governor said in a news release that these announcements solidify Kentucky as the EV battery production capital of the United States.
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