FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2017) – Southern Recycling LLC will add a second Warren County operation with a $6 million investment expected to create four full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.
“Southern Recycling has built a long-standing reputation of dependable, professional service,” Gov. Bevin said. “This latest opportunity for growth comes as a direct result of that reputation and, with its new operation and 30 years of experience, Southern Recycling is well-positioned to carry its success forward. Congratulations to the company on this investment and for setting an example within this industry.”
The company will develop 45 acres on Louisville Road and construct a state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot scrap processing facility. The new operation will improve operations and efficiency of material flow, and accommodate growth to meet demand. Site work is expected to begin in November and company leaders plan to open the new location by October 2018.
“As a subsidiary of Houchens Industries, we are proud to be able to continue the growth we have experienced in Warren and surrounding counties,” said John Fellonneau, president of Southern Recycling. “And, we look forward to continuing to provide our services to area industries and the general public.”
Founded in Warren County in 1985, Southern Recycling serves the region’s industrial and manufacturing facilities as well as peddlers and the general public with curbside and drop-off services. The company has been Warren County’s exclusive provider for curbside recycling since 1995. Southern Recycling initially accepted paper and plastic then expanded into all grades of scrap metal, including iron, steel, copper, brass, stainless steel, nickel and nickel alloys. Its curbside service covers 50,000 residents monthly. The company currently processes and ships 10,000 tons of metal scrap and recyclables each month. It currently employs 117 people across full-service processing facilities in Bowling Green, Owensboro and Nashville, Tenn.
Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson, of Bowling Green, congratulated the company on its expansion.
“I am pleased to congratulate Southern Recycling on this new, innovative expansion that puts the company at the forefront of scrap processing facilities,” Sen. Wilson said. “This company has been a great community partner for our region, and I look forward to the final completion of this expansion project.”
Rep. Michael Meredith, of Oakland, said the company’s track record speaks for itself.
“I want to congratulate Southern Recycling on this impressive expansion,” Rep. Meredith said. “Southern Recycling has already proven to be a great partner for our community, employing a number of hardworking Kentuckians. Their $6 million investment is continued proof of the positive economic climate in our region, and I look forward to their continued success in Bowling Green.”
Rep. Jim DeCesare, of Bowling Green, said a pro-business attitude has changed the way companies look at Kentucky.
“Kentucky’s business climate is leading to more investments and job creation across the commonwealth,” Rep. DeCesare said. “Southern Recycling’s latest $6 million investment will not only boost our local economy, but create more jobs for our dedicated workforce. I commend Southern Recycling’s commitment to the Bowling Green area and look forward to promoting policies that will continue this type of investment in Kentucky.”
Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson lauded the company’s accomplishments to date.
“Being recognized as one of the most successful recycling programs in the state is an impressive acknowledgement,” Mayor Wilkerson said. “Bowling Green is fortunate to have the dedicated services that Southern Recycling provides. I look forward to their growth and the growth of our community for years to come.”
Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said the company has long been a reliable corporate partner in the region.
“Southern Recycling has been providing a valuable service to the Warren County community for over 30 years,” Judge-Executive Buchanon said. “We are fortunate to have them here and appreciate the superior and necessary service they provide. Congratulations to them on this expansion project.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in October approved the company for up to $100,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing.
Southern Recycling also 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 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 Southern Recycling, visit www.southernrecycling.com.
A detailed community profile for Warren County can be viewed at http://bit.ly/WarrenCoKY.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2017 totaled a state record $9.2 billion, spurring more than 17,200 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.