Celebrating 100 Years! - Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce



Celebrating 100 Years! - Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
October 2014
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Chairman’s Comments
Chamber Board of Directors
doubled. We have many to thank for that success, including you our partners and our local
Fall is always an exciting time at the Chamber,
and this year is no exception. This September,
we celebrate Industry Appreciation Month at
the Chamber! And there’s plenty to celebrate.
Manufacturing alone accounts for 30% of jobs
in the region. Kentucky’s low cost of doing
business and ideal location for the shipment
of goods has resulted in many companies reinvesting in its manufacturing sector, particularly those in the automotive and transportation equipment industries.
In the last 18 months, we have seen a total
of 11 announcements in South Central Kentucky, bringing a capital investment of more
than $430 million and the creation of over
700 jobs. At a time when the overall capital
investment in the Commonwealth dropped
33 percent and saw more than 2,000 fewer
jobs created, the amount of capital invested
in our region more than tripled from the previous year and the number of jobs more than
I couldn’t be more proud, and I look forward
to celebrating with our businesses later this
month. On Tuesday, September 23rd, we’ll
celebrate with a Business and Industry Appreciation event at the brand new, state-of-theart NCM Motorsports Park. This is sure to be a
great networking event with lots of exciting
activities including the chance to take a lap
on the new track! On Tuesday, September 30,
we’ll honor excellence in our local businesses
and industries with a Targeted Business & Industry Awards Banquet at the Knicely Conference Center, starting at 5:30 pm. I am looking
forward to seeing you all there!
In addition to these exciting events, be sure
to join us on September 19th for the Cornerstone Information Systems, Inc. Coffee Hour
at the Sloan Convention Center where we’ll
hear from tech veteran Scott Vetter of Cisco
Systems. You won’t want to miss it!!
As always, it’s my pleasure to serve as your
Chairman, and I look forward to seeing you at
our Chamber events!
Business After Hours
October 16, 2014
English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
1101 College Street
October 28, 2014
Ashley Furniture Homestore
1850 Scottsville Rd.
President and CEO
Ron Bunch
John Mark Fones
Vice Chair
Mark Iverson
Immediate Past Chair
Brad Howard
Tommy Adams
Vice Presidents
Joy Rogers
Dave Tatman
Robbin Taylor
Board of Directors
Alex Nottmeier
Bill Borders
Steve Davis
Alan Palmer
Dion Houchins
Brett Reynolds
Doc Kaelin
Robert Teixeira
Todd Matthews
Kim Thomas
Amy Milliken
Chris Thorn
Clinton Mills
Eric Walker
Phil Neal
Regina Webb
Joe Nishijima
Bruce Wilkerson
Your Chamber Staff
Ron Bunch
President and CEO
Christina Beliles
Workforce Coordinator
Emilee Buttrum
Economic Development
Maureen Carpenter
Vice President,
Regional Development
and Talent
Crystal Cummings
Office Manager
Katie Dykes
Programs & Events
Carrie Felix
Executive Assistant
Yvonne Franks
Finance Coordinator
Britney Harris
Economic Development
Danielle Parker
Partnership Services
Tonya Matthews
Vice President,
Partnership Services
Kim Phelps
Communications and
Public Policy Director
Melinda Rector
Meredith Robinson
Claudia Russell
Development Director
Julie Sapp
Project Manager,
Business Attraction
Abbie Siljendahl
Programs and Events
Ashlee Wilson
Partnership Sales
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Potter Children’s Home 100 Years and Going Strong
The History
The Present
Clinton & Mary Dunn Potter are
the founders of Potter Children’s
Home. The Potter family is one of
the oldest families in the Warren
County area Mary Dunn Potter was
the daughter of Spencer Dunn, Sr.
and Mary Ann Carpenter Dunn
of the Smith Grove area. Mary
was raised on a plantation in the
Smith Grove area and lived there
until her marriage to Albert Potter.
Albert & Mary had one son, Eldon
S. Potter. Albert passed away
suddenly when Eldon was 2. Eldon
found a second father in his uncle
Clinton. Clinton and Mary wed
in 1879. Many people thought
Clinton and Eldon were true father
and son because of their bond for
each other. Eldon was the delight and pride of their hearts.
Over the years Potter Children’s Home has seen many changes. State
regulations changed and children could no longer be taken care
of in the dorm. Three houses would be built for the children to be
cared for in a family style setting. The dorm would no longer be used
to house children in the same way. In the 1980s, the Single Parent
Alliance for Raising Kids, or SPARK program, began. The dorm was
modified to create apartments for single parent families to live in.
Ten apartments for single parent families have been developed in
the Dorm building.
By 1899 Eldon had grown to manhood. After serving in the Spanish
American War, Eldon developed health problems. Eldon died in
October of 1899, of typhoid fever. Eldon had never married, and
as Clinton and Mary’s only child, his death stunned them and left a
great hole in their hearts.
Clinton and Mary wanted Eldon to be remembered. On November
7, 1914 Clinton and Mary Potter deeded the 87 acres of land and
buildings to seven Trustees to oversee the Potter Orphan Home and
School. Twelve children from the Louisville, KY area were placed in
January of 1915, thus beginning the legacy of hope.
In the 1940’s there were several devastating fires. All the original
buildings were destroyed along with many records of children that
had lived at the home. In 1944 under the oversight of the Board of
Trustee’s ground was broken for the “Fireproof Dorm”.
The Bonner-Mclnteer gymnasium
was constructed in 1969-70 and
expanded several years later. A
new administration building was
constructed in 1976-77 in front of the
Main Dormitory building.
One hundred years later, over 7,000
children and single parent families
have called Potter home. Potter
Children’s Home & Family Ministries
remains on the same property that
was Clinton & Mary Potter’s farm.
www.bgchamber.com Most recent additions to the Home were two buildings, one being
the Perry Triplex built in 2009 and the recent Quad-plex apartment
building. Both buildings serve as homes for Single Parent families.
The Future
After 100 years, the mission of Potter Children’s Home is still the same;
to serve and provide a home for children. Future plans include the
building of more housing for single parents., complete renovation of
the dorm building, and conversion of other buildings on campus. In
2014, the staff and board of Potter Children’s Home look forward to
serving another 7,000 children in the next 100 years.
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Seminars for Business Success
7:30AM – 9:00AM @ Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
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October 21st
The ability for people to work together is critical to any organization’s
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Eastwood Dental
Celebrating their grand opening
628 Eastwood Avenue
Crowd South
Celebrating the grand opening of their new location
Sky Ranch Building
314 Main Street, Suite 310B
Celebrating their 1 year anniversary
2019 Scottsville Road
Rubye & Ola
Celebrating their grand opening
310 East Main Avenue
Cue Time Cocktails & Billiards
Celebrating their grand opening
532 Three Springs Road
Diamond Partner WKU
Celebrating the grand opening of
Downing Student Union
1906 College Heights Boulevard
Platinum Partner U.S. Bank
Celebrating the grand opening of their newest
branch on WKU’s Main Campus
1906 College Heights Boulevard
Diamond Partner County of Warren
Celebrating the grand opening of Richardsville
Volunteer Fire Department Substation
Intersection of Slim Island Road and Eversole Drive
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President’s Club
Logan Aluminum, located near Russellville,
is a leading manufacturer of flat rolled aluminum sheet, primarily for use in the beverage can market. Logan Aluminum uses the
latest technology, but it is the commitment
of ‘every individual, every team, every day’
to improve and advance in concert with a
unique team-based work system that has
propelled Logan Aluminum to a leadership
position in the industry.
Logan Aluminum has established itself as
an industry leader in terms of product quality, customer service and cost performance
and received broad-based recognition for
its progressive management concepts.
The single largest rolling mill to make aluminum sheet for beverage cans in North
America, it has grown more than four times
its initial capacity and provides aluminum
for 45% of North America’s beverage can
Logan Aluminum is proud to be a member
of the corporate citizenship of South Central Kentucky. Together we can maintain
our leadership position while shaping Logan Aluminum and our community.
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Welcome New Partners...
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Partners Realty
“Specializing in residential, commercial and auction
aspects of the real estate industry.”
2424 Airway Court, Ste. A, Bowling Green, KY 42103
(270) 783-4515
James Cook, Broker/Owner
Bowling Green Pipe & Cigar
“A downtown fixture for 30+ years. We offer premium
cigars, accessories, and an inviting lounge. Specializing
in micro-brewed beer for on premises and package
434 E Main St., Bowling Green, KY 42101-6911
(270) 904-2285
Christopher Abend, Co-Owner
Bowling Green Renovations
“Commerical and residential construction, remodeling,
repair, renovations. Commercial facility management.”
806 Old Fort Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 792-3900
David Maciel, Owner
Capital Link Consultants
“We are committed to providing effective and honest
lobbying and public affairs services work centered on
the common objective of successful results.”
225 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601
(270) 784-0751
Richie Sanders
Cheer Force
“Offering a gym with an inviting atmosphere that
includes three bathrooms, both boy’s and girl’s locker
rooms, kid’s playroom, kitchenette, tumble track, TWO
spring floors, and all of the gymnastics equipment
needed to be successful!”
115 Chester Court, Ste. A, Bowling Green, KY 42103
(270) 842-9222
Melanie Shirley, Marketing Director
Creative-Image Technologies
211 Breighton Circle, Shelbyville, KY 40065
(502) 487-8039
Michael McIntyre, Multimedia Consultant/Account
CRS Construction, Inc.
139 Joe Marshall Rd., Glasgow, KY 42141
(270) 678-2876
Rexanna Shirley, Owner/Secretary/Treasurer
Cue Time Cocktails & Billiards
“A Bowling Green classic! Now under new ownership,
newly renovated and new food menu. Offering nightly
drink specials, 18 pool tables and dart boards. Hours
Monday-Saturday 4 pm to 2 am and Sunday 4 pm
to 12 am.”
532 Three Springs Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 782-3740
Lori Brummett & Nicole Hall-Rochester, Co-Owners
Foreman Watson Land Title
“A full-service real estate title company specializing in attorney-reviewed title examinations and
perform closings on both residential and commercial
properties. We also issue both lenders and owner title
insurance policies.”
2530 Scottsville Rd., Ste. 103, Bowling Green, KY
(270) 246-2022
Amy Townsend, Account Executive
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“A full-service salon for men offering traditional barbering services, haircuts, shaves, hot towel treatments,
shoe shines, massages, facials, waxing, manicures and
1074 Pedigo Way, Ste. 700, Bowling Green, KY 42103
(502) 472-2507
Kym Yates, Owner
Carroll Hildreth
151 Shaker Mill Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 392-4024
Simmons Eateries, LLC, dba Hilligan’s
“The best college bar in town! Pizza, subs, wings.
A great happy hour, 3 patios, pool tables and 13
flat-screen TV’s.”
1265 College St., Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 282-2227
Brian & Missy Simmons, Partner/Owner
Jersey Mike’s Subs of Bowling Green
“Since 1956 Jersey Mike’s Subs is what puts the above
in the sub.”
1713 Scottsville Rd., Ste. D, Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 498-6844
Chase Lester, Owner/Operator
La Gala
“Special event venue with 7000 square feet of space.
Catering from Brickyard. Host events from 100-500.
Weddings, receptions, concerts, conferences and
corporate parties.”
601 State St., Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 535-2885
Jake Simic, Owner
The Lemily Group
“Since 1981, providing premiere retirement planning
services including: Income planning, Estate planning,
Wealth transfer, IRA’s, Insurance, Annuities, and Social
Security Maximization reports through seminars,
client referrals, employers and corporate workshops.”
1074 Pedigo Way, Ste. 400, Bowling Green, KY 42103
(270) 842-8325
Bernard R. Lemily, CLU AEP
Light of Chance, Inc.
“A creative and innovative non-profit organization
that specializing in community revitalization. We take
difficult problems and provide simple yet permanent
solutions through events, workshops and programs.”
1032 College St., Ste. 102, PO Box 1636
Bowling Green, KY 42102
(270) 495-0136
Eric Logan, Executive Director
The Medical Institute of Kentucky
“TMIKY, with National Health career Certifications
in the National Commission for Certifying agencies
provide medical and dental assisting career training in
just weeks from our Bowling Green campus or online.”
944 Fields Dr., Ste. 103, Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 495-4554
Jessie Goodrich, Director of Admissions
Montgomery & Webb, CPAs, PSC
“A fifty-year tradition of serving South Central Kentucky’s accounting needs. Services include auditing,
review and compilation statement; corporate, individual and estate taxes; in conjunction with business
consulting, payroll and bookkeeping.”
910 1/2 State St., PO Box 943
Bowling Green, KY 42102
(270) 842-4239
Mike Montgomery, President
Perfect Settings
“Providing event planning and catering services for
large and small events. We will do whatever it takes
to make your next event a success. Let us exceed your
PO Box 10156, Bowling Green, KY 42102
(270) 784-0035
Tiffany Sago, Owner
Quality Inn & Suites
“Our location, rates and accommodations make Quality Inn a perfect place for business and leisure travelers
in the Bowling Green area. Book your room today!”
1919 Mel Browning Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 846-4588
Tejash Vaidya, Director of Operations
Quality Johns, 1 LLC
“Rental and service of portable toilets for special
occasions, reunions, holidays and construction sites.”
591 Commerce St., Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 746-0069
Bill Garske, Owner
RJ Corman RailRoad & Distribution Center
“200,000+ square feet of warehouse space, 40 acres
of fenced storage and a 30 ton crane capacity with
70,000 pounds forklift capacity to serve your logistic
needs. Including bulk shipments, inventory management and material handling and repackaging.”
4107 Hardison Rd., Woodburn, KY 42710
(270) 542-7300
William Henderson, Assistant VP of Sales & Marketing
BC Roosters
“A fun, casual joint. Biggest wings in town. Full-service
casual dining.”
247 Three Springs Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 780-9464
Travis Elliott, General Manager
Rubye & Ola
“A store for the style-conscious consumer who
embraces repurposing and bringing old things to life.
Unique and vintage inspired home decor and gifts.
Located in downtown BG!”
310 E Main Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 495-1530
Hannah Rivers, Owner
Rumford Industrial Group, Inc.
“Distributor of Belzona industrial coatings and repair
3250 West Tech Rd., Miamisburg, OH 45342
(937) 435-4650
Chase Brown, Technical Consultant
Jonathan Russell, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Legacy Real Estate Group
326 Atlanta Way, Bowling Green, KY 42103
(270) 303-0430
Eat Ur Greens-BG, LLC/dba Saladworks
“We are the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed
salad restaurant. A fast casual environment with a
“fanatically fresh” menu.”
2300 Gary Farms Boulevard
PO Box 51227, Bowling Green, KY 42102
(270) 599-1160
Howard Harmon, Owner
Billy Ray Smith
930 Newman Way, Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 782-1294
Southern Threads Company, LLC
“Bowling Green’s newest retail store for the “Southern
of Heart”. Refined, yet simple - classic, traditional
clothing and accessories with a taste for the family
heritage of the South.”
1945 Scottsville Rd., Ste. C2, Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 904-0635
Staci Galentine, Buyer
Three Springs Animal Hospital
“State-of-the-art hospital designed to meet your
animal’s needs including pet wellness, HD digital radiography, in-house laboratory, vaccines, surgery, dental
care, dermatology, micro chipping and boarding.
Daytime and after-hours emergency.”
442 Three Springs Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 842-2111
Luke Griffith, Veterinarian
“We are an innovative marketing organization providing solutions to better protect the financial futures
of local families through Transamerica’s innovative
product portfolio.”
204 W BRd.way, Campbellsville, KY 42718
(270) 465-4061
Daniel Brindle, Sales Manager
Senad Veletanic, Realtor
“Real estate and business sales.”
Coldwell Banker Legacy Real Estate Group
771 Brownslock Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 991-8219
“Gluten-free restaurant.”
760 Campbell Lane, Ste. 114, Bowling Green, KY
(270) 779-5320
Michael Cowles, Co-member
Wiles Sign Professionals
“Digital printing, LED message centers, channel
letters, illuminated signs, architectural signs, pylon
and free-standing, interior and directional banners,
posters, custom fabrication.”
2515 Petty Dr., Bowling Green, KY 42103-7162
(270) 282-0300
Clint Wiles, Owner
Wino’s Depot of Bowling Green
“A destination for wine and craft beer. Twenty taps
rotate constantly with top beers from around the
2440 Nashville Rd., Ste. 103, Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 904-3207
Casandra Spears, Owner
Thank You Partners for Renewing Your Chamber Investment
All Creatures Animal Hospital
American Heartland Manufacturing
American Legion Post 23
Apex Payroll
Apricot Lane Boutique
Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant
Audubon Area Community Services
Avis Rent A Car Systems/Dan Hall
Barren County Business Supply, Inc.
Barren River District Health Department
Bennie Jones Construction
Bill Waltrip
Bluegrass Materials Company, LLC
Bob Evans Restaurant
Bowling Green Blind Company
Bowling Green Country Club
Bowling Green Independent School
Bowling Green Municipal Golf Courses
Bowling Green Nursing and Rehabilitation
Bowling Green Recycling
Bowling Green Tent Rental
Bridge Financial Services-Tina Taylor
Bud Greenup Real Estate & Auction
Calvert Spring Water Company
CASA of South Central KY
Cavalier Stone Products
CDS #10 Pharmacy, LLC
Chandler Park Assisted Living
City County Planning Commission of
Warren County
Clinic Pharmacy
Comfort Inn
Contracting Unlimited of Bowling Green
Crouch Family Chiropractic
Crowd South
Daniel’s Lawnscapes, Inc.
Debra Broz, Attorney’s at Law
Deemer Floral Company
Destiny Dental
Division Nine Finishes, Inc.
Donald Dunn
www.bgchamber.com Dot Fly Broker Associate
Dr. J. Joe Cheek
Encore Energy, Inc.
Fairways At Hartland
Family Enrichment Center
Farmers National Bank
Fawn Michelle Quick
First Southern National Bank
Forever Communications, Inc.
Friends of the Lost River, Inc.
Gary Force Honda/Acura
Gerald Printing
GNC LIve Well
Gra-Tac, Inc. Heating & Cooling
Green Mechanical Construction, Inc.
Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC)
Greenwood Refrigeration, Inc.
H & D Development of BG, LLC
Hale Roofing, LLC
Harris Rebar/Ambassador Steel
Haven4Change, Inc.
Hilliard & Fisher, CPAs
Hilton Garden Inn Bowling Green
Hodges, Haynes & Adams
Holston Gases, Inc.
Home Instead Senior Care
Housing Authority of Bowling Green
Image Ink Screen Printing
J & K Used Cars
J B Electric, LLC
Jewelry Barn
Jim Fuqua Appliance Service Center
Jim Johnson Nissan & Jim Johnson
John C. Perkins, Jr.
Jos. A. Bank
Kelley Reagan
Kelley Reagan
Kelly Services, Inc.
Kentucky Moving & Storage/United Van
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC
KY Mirror & Plate Glass Company #4
Lawless Orthodontics
Lee Brick & Block
Leo Frank
LifeSkills, Inc.
Look Sharp, Inc.
MAC’S Restaurant Equipment
Magnolia Village
Massey Springs Senior Living
Meyer & Associates
Mid-South Lumber & Supply, Inc.
Mr. Rooter of Bowling Green
National Corvette Museum & Motorsports
NCTC - North Central
North America Administrators
N-tense Sports
OHP Walk-In Clinics, LLC
Omega Technology Group, Inc.
ORI-Office Resources, Inc.
Pearce Consulting Services
Personal Finance Company
Piccolo, Inc.
PJ Murphy Forest Products Corporation
PNC Bank
Prairie Farms Dairy
Premier Integrity Solutions
Professional Tax Service
Progressive Auction Group
Progressive Auction Group-Gretchen
Quick Fuel Technology
Reynold’s Asphalt Sealing & Striping, Inc.
Rich Pond Market & Deli
S & R Tire Center, Inc.
Saylors Golf Carts, Inc.
Sheldon’s Express Pharmacy #2
Signature Signs & Ad Specialties
Southern Kentucky Building & Remodeling
Southern Kentucky Primary Care
Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital
Sowders Company Designers/Builders
Spears Marketing
St. Joseph Interparochial School
Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner
Staybridge Suites Hotel
Stockdale’s America’s Rural Outfitter
Stupp Bridge Company
Super Home Surplus
Target Marketing
The Wheeldon Company, LLC
Three Springs Self Storage
Tin and Tray Catering
Toastmasters International
Toby’s Pest Control Service
Tony Huynh
Tony Walker Financial
Trinity Steel Works, LLC
University Textbook & Supply
Uspiritus-Bellewood Bowling Green
V V I Fulfillment/Shop HQ
Vision Source of Bowling Green
Warren County Board of Education
Warren County Conservation District
Warren County Jailer Jackie T. Strode
Western Kentucky Door & Specialties, LLC
WPTQ 103.7 The Point/100.7 SAM-FM
Wrought Iron Concepts
XBS of Bowling Green
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Chamber Celebrates Businesses and Industries
at the Annual Banquet
ShopHQ Receives John B. Holland
Business of the Year Award
On September 29th, the Bowling
Green Area Chamber of Commerce honored 15 businesses
with awards at the annual Business and Industry Banquet held
at the Knicely Center. ShopHQ
received the top award of the
evening, the John B. Holland
Business of the Year Award.
The banquet is held each year in conjunction with Business and Industry Week in an
effort to recognize and salute targeted businesses and industries throughout South
Central Kentucky for their accomplishments.
“Each year, the Business and Industry banquet is our opportunity to recognize the
impact that targeted businesses in our region have on our community,” stated Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors John Mark Fones . “We were pleased to have
great attendance to pay tribute to the award winners, as well as, take advantage of
the opportunity to hear from Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. We appreciate his insight
on the importance of talent, and we extend our sincere thanks to the Lt. Governor for
joining us tonight.”
“Kentucky has now recovered and
exceeded the state’s economic
losses suffered during the Great
Recession. In fact, in August, jobless rates were down in all 120
counties across the Commonwealth,” Abramson said. “The
Governor and I want to thank
the Bowling Green Chamber of
Commerce, the Warren County
Economic Development Authority and all of the local business and industry owners
for their partnership in strengthening Kentucky’s economy. Bowling Green is a community that has seen tremendous growth over the last several years. We look forward
to the community’s continued economic growth in the future.”
John B. Holland
Business of the Year
Sponsored by Scott, Murphy and Daniel
The John B. Holland Business of the Year, renamed in 2011 to honor Mr. Holland and
his dedication to business success in the community, was awarded toShopHQ for
their recent expansion.
In attendance to accept the award from ShopHQ was Mr David Foster, Vice President
for Fulfillment.
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“I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of ShopHQ,” said David Foster, ShopHQ
Vice President of Fulfillment. “The decision for us to expand and keep our distribution
operations in Bowling Green shows the commitment we have to the community and
our employees. We are happy to call south central Kentucky home and look forward
to continuing to grow here.”
ShopHQ, is a multichannel retailer that enables customers to shop and interact via
TV, phone, Internet and mobile in the merchandise categories of Home & Consumer
Electronics, Beauty, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Accessories, and Jewelry & Watches.
The ShopHQ television network reaches over 86 million cable and satellite homes and
is also available nationwide via live streaming at www.shophq.com
ShopHQ has a strong presence in the home shopping industry reaching over 86
million US homes. They are known for unique and exclusive brands and products
within jewelry, watches, beauty, home, consumer electronics and more. Customers
can watch and shop anytime, anywhere through the convenience of live television,
internet, phone and mobile applications.
ShopHQ’s distribution and call center has been located in Bowling Green, Warren
County for more than a decade and has provided positions to over 350 South Central
Kentucky residents.
In May, ShopHQ, announced their intention to expand their distribution and call center currently located in Bowling Green, Ky. Over the next three years, the project will
bring a total capital investment of $25 million to the region, as well as create up to
150 new, full-time positions and up to 100+ new part-time positions.
The expansion project is currently underway and will include the addition of more
than 300,000 SF and the installation of a new warehouse management system that
will improve the ordering and shipping process, slated for completion in 2015.
Business Expansion Awards
Sponsored by President’s Club Bronze Star Partner
Tennessee Valley Authority
For South Central Kentucky companies that expanded operations in 2014, investing
capital and creating jobs for local residents.
Holley Performance Products
Holley performance is a leading manufacturer of aftermarket performance
automotive parts and accessories.
Founded in 1903, Holley and their core
of performance brands (Weiand, Hooker, Flowtech, Demon, Earl’s and NOS)
have been building horsepower for over
111 years. Over the past year, Holley
has been focused heavily on innovation
in R&D and manufacturing processes. Since August of 2013, Holley Performance has
invested heavily in innovative research and development by expanding our engineering and design capabilities by adding new technology and fixture/tooling design
improvements as well as expanding the department with skilled positions here in
Bowling Green. Holley has increased support of the local region by sponsoring the
National Corvette Museum Motorsports Part and the Hot Rod Reunion held at Beech
Bend. Holley also puts on the LS-Fest event annually at Beech Bend which brings
more than 4,000 cars to Bowling Green each year.
Stoody Company
Stoody Company, a recent acquisition
of Colfax Corporation, a global leader of
gas and fluid-handling and fabrication
technology products, announced their
plans to expand that will increase their
international market presence by adding additional production equipment
and personnel. The expansion will bring
a total investment of $2,000,000 and
the creation of 10 new full-time positions to the region over a three-year time frame.
Stoody is a manufacturer of hardfacing and high-alloy welding consumables, as well
as a leading, global innovator and producer of welding wires and welding electrodes
used to combat various types of wear and corrosion. Their products serve a wide
variety of industries including power generation, steel, oil and gas and mining. The
Bowling Green location currently exports product to North Asian countries such as
Japan, China, South Korea and South Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand.
This expansion will aid their intentions to further expand their international reach
into Europe and Latin America.
Logan Aluminum, Inc.
Logan Aluminum, Inc. is a joint venture
with Novelis Corporation and Tri-Arrows Aluminum Corporation. Physically
located near Russellville, Ky., Logan
Aluminum is one of the world’s leading
suppliers of aluminum sheet for the
beverage can industry supplying 45%
of America’s requirements. Investments
in the past 12 months have been made
to lay the groundwork for new product capability and markets in the coming years,
as well as support production in current markets.
Aleris Recycling, Inc.
Aleris Recycling in Morgantown is
currently owned by Aleris, a privately
held, global leader in aluminum rolled
products and extrusions, aluminum recycling and specification alloy production. The company serves a number of
diverse industries including aerospace,
automotive, defense, building & construction, industrial, and commercial
transportation. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Aleris operates more than 40 production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia
Bluegrass Supply Chain Services
Sun Products Corporation
The Sun Products Corporation, headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, is a
leading North American provider of
laundry detergent, fabric softeners and
other household products. With annual net sales of approximately $2 billion,
the Company’s portfolio of products
are sold under well-known brands
that include all®, Snuggle®, Wisk®,
Sun®, Surf®, and Sunlight®. In addition, Sun Products is the manufacturing partner
for many retailer brand laundry and dish products in North America. Recently, Sun
Products invested over $15 million in new production lines and hired an additional
70 associates in Bowling Green, as well as opening the Sunshine Health Center, an
on-site health center for Sun associates.
Bluegrass Supply Chain Services provides Supply Chain Solutions to manufacturers, retailers, and distributors
throughout the United States and Canada. Bluegrass has been recognized by
INC Magazine as the 9th ranked fastest-growing company in Kentucky and
the 1839th ranked fastest-growing
company in the United States. In the
last three years Bluegrass has grown from 225 to 625 team members with revenue
growth of more than 223% percent.
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Newcomer Awards
Sponsored by Quality Personnel
For companies that are new to South Central Kentucky and have announced a location here within the past 12 months.
McDonald & Owen Lumber
In April of this year, MacDonald & Owen
Lumber Co., based in Sparta, WI, added a
third facility to their ranks with an acquisition in Bowling Green, KY. MacDonald
& Owen’s initial investment included 3.5
million dollars and the creation of 14 new
jobs. MacDonald & Owen Lumber, established in 1968, has locations in Sparta,
WI, Bowling Green, KY and Brookville, PA.
The company supplies domestic and exotic hardwood lumber to customers throughout
the U.S. and overseas.
Constellium-UACJ Body In White Plant
Constellium N.V. and UACJ Corporation
have announced in May 2014 to build a
factory in Bowling Green. The $150-million project is one of the largest in south
central Kentucky in the past decade and is
expected to create 80 new jobs. The joint
venture, which broke ground in July is
going to produce aluminum body sheets
for cars and trucks starting from 2016.
The company will supply these parts to the country’s major automotive manufacturers.
Red Rock Business Advisors
Red Rock Business Advisors is a full-service business advisory firm providing strategic IT,
financial, and operational consulting service to government, small business and
individual clients. They have been recognized by a host of national publications
for their success and continued growth.
The company has been featured on Washington Technology Fast 50 for two years
running, moving from the 35th spot in
2013 to the 24th spot in 2014. They were
also named as one of the Top 5 Emerging Small Businesses on the SmartCEO Future 50
and was featured on the Inc500 national list. Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the company
has experienced explosive growth, nearly 10-fold from 2011 to 2013. With strong ties
to the Bowling Green community and Western Kentucky University (WKU), Red Rock
Business Advisors invested up to $100,000 and created ten new jobs in 2014 by locating
another office at the WKU Center for Research and Development in Bowling Green.
Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel, LP
BILSTEIN NORTH AMERICA is the exclusive sales and technical arm of BILSTEIN GROUP and produces cold-rolled
strip steel products. They offer steels in
various types and grades for a multitude of processing methods to various
industries, predominately the automotive industry. In October 2013, the German-based BILSTEIN GROUP announced
that plans to establish a production plant in South Central Kentucky. Their addition to
the Kentucky Transpark will create 90 new full-time jobs and a capital investment of
$120 million in the Commonwealth.
Innovation Awards
Sponsored by WKU Research and Development
For South Central Kentucky companies that—through product or process—best
exemplify innovative leadership.
EWA Government Systems, Inc.
EWA Government Systems, Inc. (EWA
GIS) opened their Bowling Green office
in January 2005. With a goal to work
closely with a major university, EWA GIS
has established a successful relationship
with Western Kentucky University on a
number of important projects and has
been able to offer employment opportunities to a number of WKU graduates,
as well as internships to students of Gatton Academy. In a collaborative project with
WKU, EWA, GSI developed HAZWatch TM, which is a system for the identification and
tracking of hazardous materials being transported by road through the Commonwealth. EWA GIS is also engaged in the fight against cyber-criminals and cyber-terrorists with their work to protect government and commercial networks, including
power stations. In addition, EWA GIS has developed a facial recognition system that
is capable of matching faces with a very high confidence level in under 2 seconds.
Pan-Oston, a division of Houchens Industries, Inc. is one of the largest employee owned (ESOP) companies in the
United States. They have been a leader
in fixtures, displays and front-end solutions for a large range of retail clients
for more than forty years. Pan-Oston re-
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Chamber Celebrates Businesses and Industries
at the Annual Banquet
cently partnered with Datalogic and SpanTech to develop the “patent pending” Utopia FastLane X3. This revolutionary lane is the first and only checkout that incorporates PortalScanning, a record-breaking combination of high-speed portal scanning
with contactless sorting. The FastLane X3 does the work of up to six lanes, increasing
front-end capacity and generating higher sales per square foot.
Holley Performance Products
Holley Performance is a leading manufacturer of aftermarket performance
automotive parts and accessories.
Founded in 1903, Holley and their core
of performance brands (Weiand, Hooker, Flowtech, Demon, Earl’s and NOS)
have been building horsepower for over
111 years. Over the past year, Holley has
been focused heavily on innovation in
R&D and manufacturing processes. Since August of 2013, Holley Performance has
invested heavily in innovative research and development by expanding our engineering and design capabilities by adding new technology and fixture/tooling design
improvements as well as expanding the department with skilled positions here in
Bowling Green. Holley has increased support of the local region by sponsoring the
National Corvette Museum Motorsports Part and the Hot Rod Reunion held at Beech
Bend. Holley also puts on the LS-Fest event annually at Beech Bend which brings
more than 4,000 cars to Bowling Green each year.
Export Excellence Award
Sponsored by Denham-Blythe Company, Inc.
For a South Central Kentucky company with new or significant increase in documented export sales in 2013.
Green to Gold Award
Sponsored by EnSafe, Inc.
The Green to Gold Award recognizes companies that – through product or process
– best exemplify “green” leadership as it pertains to the region’s goals to become a
leader in this emerging field.
LORD Corporation
LORD Corporation is a diversified technology and manufacturing company
developing highly reliable adhesives,
coatings, motion management devices,
and sensing technologies that significantly reduce risk and improve product
performance. In 2014 LORD installed
innovative energy-efficient equipment,
including a sustainable management
control system, at its facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that reduced 1,433 metric
tons of carbon dioxide output. This facility uses its own product in the manufacturing process, a high-performance, aqueous-based adhesive that significantly reduces
the carbon footprint associated with its processing. LORD continues to innovate and
implement more sustainable manufacturing processes and develop “green” products
for its customers that allow the company to create lasting value for its shareholders,
employees, and society at large.
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Press Release - 09/22/14
HyGreen, Inc. is the leading supplier of
Hand Hygiene compliance monitoring
solutions to the hospital market. In
2014, HyGreen expanded its sales to
overseas markets by winning a contract with the Ministry of Health in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Export sales
for HyGeen exceeded 2.2 million dollars
this year.
www.bgchamber.com DSI Work Solutions, headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky hosted their National Conference this past week, September 19th and 20th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. DSI is a
world class company that developed the award winning Job
Function Matching to facilitate returning to work, post injury
or illness. Speakers from across the country took part in this
effort to reduce work injury and disability.
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Industry Appreciation Event
Continental Machinery Movers • Independence Bank • Holiday Inn University Plaza • CHASE •
Houchens Insurance Group • Wendy’s of Bowling Green • U.S. Bank • Alliance Corporation •
Neal Turner Realty
Targeted Business & Industry Awards Banquet
CGS Machine & Tool • WKU Gordon Ford College of Business • U.S. Bank • Illuminanz • Gerald Printing
Women in Industry Appreciation Breakfast
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Sun Products Provides Onsite Healthcare Center
for Associates in Bowling Green
Sun Products has announced that they are opening an onsite healthcare center for associates,
in their Bowling Green, KY manufacturing plant. The grand opening, attended by Congressman
Brett Guthrie, Mayor Pro-Tem Melinda Hill, and Warren County Magistrate Darrell Traughber,
included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the new facility. The decision to implement an
onsite healthcare center supports the company’s long standing commitment to wellness and will
provide quality, cost effective and convenient healthcare to associates. In addition, the provision
of onsite healthcare services reinforces Sun Products’ position as an employer of choice in Bowling
“I was honored to attend the Sun Products ceremony to officially open their new health and wellness facility for their employees and celebrate their recent job growth and investment. I am glad
that Sun Products has the desire to help their employees lead healthier lives. I applaud them on
their efforts and look forward to continued success”, said Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02).
The Sunshine Healthcare Center is housed within the existing plant and will open to Sun Products
associates on October 1. The healthcare center will be operated and staffed by Take Care Health
Solutions, a nationwide leader in workplace healthcare solutions. The state-of-the-art healthcare
center has 2400 square feet of clinical and diagnostic space and will offer convenient access to
quality preventive care, urgent/acute care, and laboratory services, as well as occupational health
services 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Onsite services will be provided at no cost to associates.
“We are delighted to partner with Take Care Health Solutions to provide an onsite healthcare center for our Bowling Green associates and their families,” said Gretchen Crist, Chief Human Resources Officer, Sun Products. “We believe this is an important step toward helping associates manage
their health by providing convenient access to quality, cost-effective health care services.”
Sun Products is committed to helping its associates and their families maintain and improve
their health through a range of health and wellness programs, tools and resources. These include
a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision coverage, company-paid
life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a wellness program that offers free
biometric screenings, online health assessments, seminars, personal health coaching, flu shots
and more.
“The Sunshine Healthcare Center is a testament to our continued commitment to helping our
associates maintain good overall health and have access to quality healthcare”, said Terry Walsh,
Plant Director,
Sun Products. “Our healthcare center aligns perfectly with our desire to provide affordable,
convenient healthcare, and contributes to a healthier, happier workforce.”
Over 900 associates are employed at the Bowling Green plant which is a center of excellence
for manufacturing single dose laundry detergent, liquid laundry and fabric softener sheets. The
Company has recently invested over $15 million in new production lines and hired an additional
70 associates.
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Joins National Corvette
Museum for Community Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon
Cutting at the NCM Motorsports Park
Surrounded by area community leaders and auto enthusiasts, Governor Beshear joined
forces with the National Corvette Museum and Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
on September 16th to celebrate the opening of the $20 million, dual-track NCM Motorsports
The Park is situated on 186 acres purchased and rezoned by the National Corvette Museum.
Two circuits, “East” and “West” can be combined in multiple configurations ranging from
a high speed loop of 1.96 miles to an extended 3.15 mile technical course. The Corvette
Racing/Pratt and Miller Team advised the Museum on the layout of the technical track that
includes features from their favorite and most challenging track, the Le Mans circuit in
The opening at 505 Grimes Road-- directly across Interstate-65 from the National Corvette
Museum in Bowling Green-- opens the throttle on up to 80,000 additional visitors each
year, bringing an estimated impact of $15 million in motorsports tourism and racing events
revenues annually.
“I applaud the National Corvette Museum and the Bowling Green community for this
outstanding project,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “The Motorsports Park will attract thousands
of visitors to this area and will play a major role in the tourism economy for years to come.”
“Motorsports enthusiasts from across America have a new favorite destination,” said Warren
County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon. “South Central Kentucky is already a hub for
motorsports activity, and the opening of this premier facility will be yet another jewel in our
“I am really excited to be part of this fantastic facility and the NCM Motorsports Park team,”
says Mitch Wright, General Manager of the NCM Motorsports Park. “Our facility is a great
destination for corporate activity, driver training and education, and recreational motorsports for car and motorcycle enthusiasts. A great buzz within the enthusiast community has
been building and we are looking forward to showing off this great venue to all that come to
drive, ride or tour the place.”
According to Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, “The NCM Motorsports Park is a world class facility and
I am so excited for them to be located right here in Bowling Green. From racing to corporate
events to recreational events, this facility will be an economic engine the drives us well into
the future.”
To date, over 190 track days have been book for the next year. A complete calendar of events
and activities is online at www.motorsportspark.org.
“I want to congratulate Sun Products on its investment and new jobs, and on the opening of the
Sunshine Healthcare Center,” Governor Steve Beshear said. “Helping to improve the health of Kentuckians has been a mission of my administration, which is why we launched kyhealthnow earlier
this year as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce disease and deaths
related to the Commonwealth’s dismal health rankings and habits. I’m proud to see Sun Products
take such a positive step toward improving the lives of its employees in Bowling Green.”
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Leadership Bowling Green’s Class of 2014 Proudly Introduces the
Stewart-Richey Construction Walking Trail at T. C. Cherry Elementary School
The Bowling Green Area Chamber’s 2014 Leadership Bowling Green class was tasked with completing a class project that
benefitted a local school in conjunction with Dr. Stephen Covey’s The Leader in Me. After carefully considering five proposed
projects from area schools, this year’s class chose to build a walking and exercise trail at T. C. Cherry Elementary, one of our
Bowling Green city schools. In order for the trail to be completed before kids return to school, the trail was installed in June
and July.
The trail itself is about a third of a mile and incorporates seven exercise “stations” around the trail that correspond with The
Leader in Me. To match T.C. Cherry’s already beautiful and mature campus, the class used natural elements such as crushed
limestone for the walking trail and wood beams for the stations. It was their hope that not only would the students and teachers enjoy the trail, but the surrounding neighbors, as well.
“Our students are utilizing the trail and stations, especially the third through fifth graders,” commented Principal Kory Twyman. “The children have enjoyed all of the stations, but I think the community has really enjoyed it, as well. At the end of each
day, we always have community members using the trail and stations.”
The trail sponsor, Stewart Richey Construction, provided numerous materials, equipment, and man-hours for the project.
Ryan Stokes, who represents Stewart Richey in this year’s class, served as the overall project manager and was a priceless resource to the group. “We couldn’t have done this without Ryan and the support of Stewart Richey,” said Jacqueline Rowe, class
vice-president. “Ryan made sure that our trail was installed properly with quality materials, so that it could be enjoyed by the
school for many years to come.”
This project was made possible by the following chamber partners:
Habit 1: Be Proactive: WKU Research Foundation
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind: ARGI Financial Group
Habit 3: Put First Things First: Senad Veletanic, Real Estate & Business Sales
Habit 4: Think Win Win: English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: The Medical Center
Habit 6: Synergize: Bowling Green Municipal Utilities
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: Stewart-Richey Construction
Lighthouse Donors:: Independence Bank, Broadway United Methodist Church,
US Bank, Guarantee Pest Control
Proactive Donors: Bluegrass Oral Health Center, Farmers National Bank,
Hancock Bank & Trust, Hunt Farms, Van Meter Insurance Group
Materials Donors: S & R Tire, Scotty’s Contracting and Stone,
Western Kentucky University
Signage Design: Zebra Graphics, Inc.
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Small Business Spotlights
Female Entrepreneurs
Vintage Home Decor & Gifts
For this mother and daughter team,
their favorite thing to do is bring old
things to life.
Off Broadway Hair Studio has been a
part of Bowling Green since 1992. Charity Goddard started working at Off
Broadway in October of 1999. In 2008
she purchased the business and has
continued to strive to keep the atmosphere fun and professional. The vibe is
comfortable, friendly, and inviting. Stylists and clients alike enjoy the laid back
and non-competitive camaraderie experience at Off Broadway Hair Studio.
Services include: Haircuts, Hair Color &
Highlights, Hair Extensions, Blowouts,
Manicures, Formal Hair, Shellac & Regular Nail Polish, Eyelash Extensions from
Xtreme Lash, Waxing, Airbrush Makeup,
Permanent Makeup, Specials for Wedding Parties, Gift Certificates
Join them Thursday November 13th for
“Mistletoe and Mimosas” from 5-7pm.
Free mini-makeovers and hair products,
drawings for product gift baskets, an array of gift certificates, styling tools and
services and more. Other local small
businesses will be set up to help with
original gift ideas for the holiday season.
www.bgchamber.com Hannah Rivers of Bowling Green and
mother, Leigh Prickett, opened Rubye
and Ola, a vintage home décor and gift
shop in downtown Bowling Green the
end of July. With a bachelor’s degree in
Communication Studies and a minor in
interior design from Western Kentucky
University, Hannah decided to combine
her education with her passion for old
things and create a store that embraces
re-using, re-purposing and re-inventing
items. Along with the help of her mother, Hannah has created a unique and
creative retail store that is sure to be a
popular place to shop in Bowling Green.
A store for the style conscious consumer, Rubye and Ola will inform, inspire and
show you how to create an expression
of yourself within your home. Through
custom services such as painted furniture and decorating to small gifts and
accessories, it is the desire of Rubye &
Ola that you would look to them as your
valued rescource to achieve a home that
has character and purpose and most of
all, a home that you love.
Rubye & Ola is located at 310 East Main
Tiny Crumbs Bakeshop specializes in
higher end baked items, using high
quality ingredients. Some of these delectable treats are featured daily in our
store, located at 915A Lovers Lane in
Bowling Green. Other specialty items
can be ordered specifically for the customer. Tiny Crumbs Bakeshop wants to
provide Bowling Green with the best
treats in town. Everything is baked fresh
daily, and made from scratch. We specialize in a wide variety of cakes, pies,
cupcakes, cookies, and other additional
sweet treats. Our products are a one of
a kind in Bowling Green. “Good To The
Last Crumb.”
2015 Coffee Hour
& Business After Hours
now available
for sponsorship.
Please contact Abbie at
[email protected] for
additional sponsorship
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