BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- 80 brand new jobs sounds like a lot, but it's not the only effect of the new joint venture between Constellium and UACJ, set to begin construction at the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green.
"It's a great opportunity for us to showcase how cooperative we are between a company out of northern Europe and Japan joining together to make this joint venture work for their company. Really, really looking forward to it," said Bowling Green Mayor, Bruce Wilkerson.
The planned 225,000 square foot facility won't have to go too far to get some of its supplies.
The new plant isn't just creating jobs in Bowling Green. It's also creating jobs at Logan Aluminum near Russellville where officials say because of the new venture, they plan on hiring dozens of new people over the next couple of years.
"This gives us the opportunity to get into new markets and new products. We'll need to invest some money and we'll need to hire some additional staff over the years in order to supply both markets," said Logan Aluminum President, Randy Schumaker.
The plant that provides 45% of America's cans plans to make modifications to its machinery so it can roll out a new product for its new partner just 40 miles down the road. Officials said that distance is another factor why the international companies chose a spot in south central Kentucky.
"We're so close to them and we have such a short transportation length in order to get our product to Bowling Green was a key factor," added Schumaker.
Pending regulatory approval, construction could start this summer. That means new jobs are right around the corner. According to the Governor, the $150 million project will be one of the biggest in south central Kentucky in the last decade.