FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Stryker Logistics LLC plans to open a new international headquarters in Bowling Green, a $1.5 million project creating 50 full-time jobs.
“The success of Stryker Logistics is a prime example of the upside potential that Kentucky has to offer,” Gov. Bevin said. “This dynamic company continues to demonstrate incredible tenacity and promise, and we are grateful for their decision to keep and expand their headquarters in Warren County. Looking to the future together, this relationship is sure to be a boon for Stryker, the Bowling Green area and the commonwealth as a whole.”
The headquarters will locate in the 25,000-square-foot former Western Kentucky Plastics facility on Dishman Lane in Bowling Green. The location will include a warehouse and distribution center, as well as a headquarters office. Stryker’s expansion will extend services to clients across the south, bringing a number of jobs that were previously located overseas back to Kentucky.
“We are extremely excited to announce our international headquarters in Bowling Green, Ky.,” said Fuji Avdic, owner and president of Stryker Logistics. “We look forward to adding value back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. We hope to see continuous growth within Stryker Logistics and Bowling Green for many years to come.”
Avdic founded Stryker in Bowling Green in 2015 and expanded it rapidly across the last three years, growing it from a one-man operation to 14 employees with three Kentucky locations and a support office in Bosnia. Advic said the company defines itself on terrific customer service, and the new Bowling Green facility will extend premium service to clients spanning the US South. By using asset warehousing and third-party freight brokering, Stryker can track shipments 24 hours a day.
Since opening, Stryker’s total monthly revenue increased by 10,000 percent, Advic said. Stryker was recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the best entrepreneurial businesses in America, one of only two Kentucky businesses to receive such an honor. Prior to founding Stryker, Avdic also founded and sold another trucking company that remains successful in Bowling Green today.
Sen. Mike Wilson, of Bowling Green, said he is pleased to see Stryker grow with the community’s support.
“To have such a highly recognized, expanding company in Senate District 32 makes me extremely proud,” Sen. Wilson said. “It is good to know that my constituents are contributing to Stryker’s success and the whole community is benefiting from its economic growth.”
Rep. Jody Richards, of Bowling Green, said he appreciates Stryker’s commitment to doing business Warren County.
“This announcement speaks volumes about Stryker Logistics’ commitment to excellence and all that our community has to offer,” Rep. Richards said. “I want to thank its leaders for picking Bowling Green to be its international home, and I want to say how much I appreciate our local and state leaders for doing their part in making this type of expansion possible.”
Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson noted the company’s commitment to its customer base.
“Stryker’s dedication to solution-based customer service and ability to deliver for their clients is a great example of how putting the customer and their needs first will pave the way to success,” Mayor Wilkerson said. “Stryker has an exciting future ahead of them here in Bowling Green and we are certainly excited to be a part of that.”
Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said the company’s rapid growth can encourage even further economic success in the area.
“Stryker’s success over the last few years is inspiring,” Judge-Executive Buchanon said. “The relationships and network they have built in such a short amount of time is a key indicator of their future success both in Warren County and across the United States. Congratulations to Stryker on what is the first of many expansions in our community.”
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch said the company is in the right location for continued success.
“Stryker Logistics offers top-notch solutions to meet transportation and logistics needs,” Bunch said. “Fuji’s entrepreneurial spirit is infectious and southcentral Kentucky’s business climate is a great place for Stryker and their tenacity in finding success. We look forward to working with and supporting Stryker’s business development needs for many years to come.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in June preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $200,000 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, Stryker 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.