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Lubrizol breaks ground on $11 million BG plant expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:27
Bowling Green mayor Dick Edwards (second from left) and members representing Lubrizol Corporation break ground during a ceremony to mark the construction of an additional facility at the company's Bowling Green location. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Lubrizol Corporation broke ground Wednesday afternoon for an $11 million expansion of its plant at 1142 N. Main St.
“This is a big project for our site,” Lubrizol Bowling Green plant manager Sean Stadler said. “This is an $11 million investment and it means we will be here a long time,” Stadler said, before leading employees and visitors outside for the ceremonial event.
Stadler said the expansion keeps 70 full-time jobs in Bowling Green and could lead to additional jobs down the road. “Most of the $11 million will go into equipment,” he said. The addition should be complete this summer.
“A lot of people in this room have contributed to our success and we have gotten lots of corporate support,” said Matt Paquette, manufacturing manager. He also credited city officials, city and utility employees and the BG Community Development Foundation for their support. “The two Sues (Clark and Clanton with the CDF) have been awesome,” Paquette said.  
The project will add 60,000 square feet to the facility.
Mayor Richard Edwards praised the expansion as “bold initiative” and an “exciting event for the community.”
Company officials said the expansion will enable the company to remain at the forefront of surfactants manufacturing technology, ensuring it is equipped to meet the latest in industry trends for customers of its personal and home care business.
The building will house new process equipment for surfactants as well as four finished goods storage tanks and have space to accommodate two additional finished goods storage tanks for future expansion needs.
Through the CDF Lubrizol was able to obtain tax incentives, involving the building and future job creation.
This is the third addition by Lubrizol. Previous additions were a warehouse and laboratory building in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
Lubrizol Corporation is a Berkshire Hathaway headquartered in Wickliffe, near Cleveland.
It owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 7,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2011 were $6.1 billion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:05

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