Kentucky based metals manufacturer, Castlen Steel LLC expands in Bowling Green

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Castlen Steel, LLC., an architectural and structural metals manufacturer will expand its operations to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The family-owned business has headquarters in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Bowling Green expansion will be located at 5884 Nashville Road.

“This expansion opens the door on yet another important step along our solid path to sustainable growth and meeting our customer needs. We have continued to invest for long-term growth here. We are proud to call this community home.” said President Matt Castlen.

Castlen adds, “this is just another opportunity for us to expand to continue to provide for our customers. here behind me, you’ll see a lot of steel products that we sell structural, rebar, plate, steel, aluminum, and stainless, and are just a few things that we have here to offer. And if we don’t have it in stock, we can easily have it the next day from one of our suppliers.”

He also spoke on the humble beginnings of the company he started when he was 19, “so I started this business when I was 19 years old, in my garage, born raised a farm boy there in Owensboro, Kentucky and you know, it’s a funny start, really, I tell people all the times that I went to school for welding and always wanted to be a farmer, but couldn’t make enough money working there on the farm from my dad and so I just started to, to weld in my garage at nighttime, and the Lord has blessed us and it’s snowballed to what it is today, and you know, I credit that to our employees.”

Castlen Ribbon Cutting
Castlen Ribbon Cutting(WBKO)

Castlen Steel will soon begin expanded operations in a 10,000 SF facility on Nashville Road in Bowling Green and will start out with three employees. “We are delighted to have a successful company like Castlen Steel further their operations in Bowling Green,” said Chamber President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Castlen Steel’s new and continued advancements will add to the overall economic impact we’ve seen in 2021.”

The total economic impact of Castlen Steel will exceed $9.4M over the next decade. Castlen Steel’s employees spend over $211K in the community annually which includes investing $22K towards their retirement, spending $17.5K on groceries, $16K on mortgages, $12K on insurance, $11K on buying vehicles, over $11K at local restaurants, and $7.6K on clothing. The spending generated by their employees also supports an additional 22 jobs in the community.