12 February 2013

Austria-based Alpla to invest $22.4 million and create 72 new jobs in Kentucky

- To establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green 
- Tax incentives up to $1.92 million through Business Investment program 
- Tax benefits up to $81,000 through Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act 

Frankfort, Ky. - 12 February 2013 – Austria-based Alpla Inc. plans to invest $22.4 million to establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green, Kentucky, creating 72 new jobs. 

First established in Austria in 1955, Alpla has grown into a global company with approximately 13,000 employees at 148 sites in 39 countries. Alpla products include packaging for everyday items such as beverages, motor oils, cleaning supplies and more. 

“Alpla is not a household name here in Kentucky, but the products the company manufactures are in nearly every home in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “This global company makes a wide variety of packaging, and we’re excited Alpla is here in the Commonwealth, creating 72 jobs and investing more than $22 million in this project.” 

“We are pleased to be expanding our manufacturing operations in Kentucky,” said Jodok Schaeffler, president of Alpla North America. “We appreciate the support from the community and the dedicated employees from Cabinet for Economic Development in making this expansion possible.” 

To encourage the investment and job creation in Bowling Green, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $1.92 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. 

KEDFA also approved Alpla for tax benefits up to $81,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment. 

Warren County has also been certified by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board as a Work Ready Certified Community. The certification is an assurance to business and industry that the community is committed to providing the highly skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy. 

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2012 totaled nearly $2.7 billion with the creation of more than 14,000 new jobs. 

Source: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development