Diverse Headquarters Drive Bowling Green's Economy

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On Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:59

In Bowling Green, business is good. With its central location, healthy business climate and excellent quality of life, a number of companies have based their operations in Bowling Green or have a significant presence in the city.

For example, Fruit of the Loom has its headquarters here, as does Camping World. In addition, the beloved Corvette and Cadillac XLR are produced at the General Motors Manufacturing Plant off Interstate 65.

Fruit of the Loom manufactures underwear, T-shirts, fleece and casual wear for men, women and children. The Corvette assembly operation moved to Bowling Green in 1981, and the Cadillac XLR production began here in 2003.

Commonwealth Health Corp., which owns The Medical Center, and Western Kentucky University are top employers in the area with 2,282 and 1,808 employees respectively. Other key area employers are the Warren County Board of Education with 1,350 and the GM plant with 1,200. Fruit of the Loom has 830 hourly workers.

The attractive business environment hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Bowling Green No. 12 among its best small places for business and careers. Site Selection magazine also singled out Bowling Green in 2008 for the number of industry location and expansion projects in town. The city tied for sixth place in its population range.

A strong commitment to economic strength is evident in the development of the Kentucky Transpark, a 1,200-acre high-tech commerce and business park at U.S. 31-W and Highway 68-80 on Bowling Green’s north side. Ground was broken for the park in 2003, and it is thriving. One of the recent additions was a new facility for American Howa Kentucky Inc., a supplier of interior automotive parts, such as door panels, dash insulators and sunshade trims. In the historic downtown area, officials have also taken steps to implement a revitalization master plan to bring new life to the core of Bowling Green.