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Can-do attitude | Warren RECC cheers new beverage-can manufacturing plant

Governor, Crown Holdings executives break ground for $147.6 million facility in Warren County

Bowling Green, Ky.  – In breaking ground today for a beverage-can manufacturing facility by Crown Holdings Inc. in Warren County, Gov. Andy Beshear welcomed the company and its plans to create 126 well-paying jobs for Kentucky residents.

“Crown’s new plant will provide great employment opportunities for Kentuckians that both pay well and provide an important range of benefits. These are the types of jobs that can support a family. In choosing build in Kentucky, Crown Holdings gains access to a variety of assets that will make this advanced-manufacturing facility a success for decades to come,” Gov. Beshear said. “With its first plant in Kentucky, Crown will have a skilled and ready workforce, a plentiful supply of beverage can stock, a location with quick access to key markets and a world-class logistics and distribution industry. Further, Kentucky’s higher education and workforce development resources will assure Crown can build a pipeline of well-trained employees. My congratulations to Crown’s leadership team and I look forward to partnering with them for the long term.”

Crown executives plan to open the 327,000 square-foot facility in the Kentucky Transpark in spring 2021. Its subsidiary CROWN Cork & Seal USA Inc., will own and operate the advanced-manufacturing plant. The facility plant will initially manufacture 1.3 billion cans per year at a rate of 2,800 cans per minute.

John Bradley, Tennessee Valley Authority senior vice president of economic development, congratulated Crown on its decision to locate operations in Bowling Green and create new jobs.

“Helping to foster job creation is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service,” Bradley said. “And we are proud to partner with Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help further that mission.”

Dewayne McDonald, president & CEO of Warren RECC, which jointly provides electric service to the Transpark, congratulated the company and pledged long-term cooperation.

“We are delighted to welcome Crown Holdings to South Central Kentucky,” McDonald said. “We look forward to working with them as they develop their new facility in the Kentucky Transpark.”

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