Transpark Breaks Ground on Tech Center

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

ITA, local, and state officials all broke ground Friday on a new $5.5 million, 33,000 square foot training facility located on the Transpark site.

The new facility was part of the package that drew the Transpark's first tenant, Magna International, to the industrial park, and will help train employees of other new businesses who may move in.

The state was originally supposed to pick up the tab, but the project faced a delay after the General Assembly failed to pass a budget last year. In the interim, the Warren County Fiscal Court has stepped up to front the money, and will be repaid from state coffers when the new budget passes.

"We're an education community, that's one of the reasons we're thriving, and it bodes well for the future," said House Speaker Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green).

"People work on shifts in a manufacturing environment. And it's better if they can go out of the back or front door of the plant, and go right down the street to the training site, so it actually promotes the level of training and the convenience of it," said Dr. Jack Thomas, President of the Bowling Green Techincal College, who will staff the facility.

Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon said "This will be a project that will enable many many people to find employment, and those people who graduate from WKU who wanna stay here, it'll give them an opportunity to stay here."

The facility is expected to be ready for use in 9 months.

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