A Japanese automotive company officially breaks ground at the Kentucky Transpark, and says it wants to make Bowling Green its core plant in the U.S.
Howa will build an 82,000 square foot facility and employ at least 61 people.
Speaker Jody Richards, Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon, Mayor Elaine Walker, and Chief of Staff Stan Cave and others spoke at this morning's ground-breaking.
Howa counts Toyota, Nissan and Honda among its customers, and says as it expands in the future, it wants to become a supplier to GM, Ford and Chrysler.
"We need a big site here to produce many types of interior products here. We will deliver to everywhere in the United States from here," said general manager Tom Takada.
According to the Chamber of Commerce, the company will bring five million dollars a year into our economy.
"That's five million dollars of new money that we have floating thru our economy that we didn't have before this project landed here," said Jim Hizer, CEO of Economic Development.
Howa says it searched places to build for two years.
It settled on Bowling Breen because of its ideal location for customers and the "good people."