BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Fruehauf, a leading semi-trailer manufacturer throughout the globe, celebrated the grand opening of its new production facility on June 2 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Though Fruehauf left U.S. manufacturing in the mid-90s, Fruehauf North America has reintroduced the brand back in the United States by building this new facility in the Kentucky Transpark, according to a company news release.
“I always love to see a new company locate in the commonwealth, but it speaks to our many advantages when a company decides to locate its first U.S. operation in 25 years in the commonwealth,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Fruehauf is a welcome addition to Kentucky and the Bowling Green area, and this is the start of what I know will be an excellent partnership for years to come.”
Tom Wiseman, president of Fruehauf’s North American operations, said that the company is happy to be a part of the Bowling Green community.
“We are very appreciative of all the support from the State and local community, our customers, dealers and supplier base,” he said. “It has been over 25 years since Fruehauf dry vans were produced in the US. Our Bowling Green manufacturing plant will produce both composite and sheet and post dry vans with an annual capacity of over 5,000 units.”
Fruehauf moved into its new facility in January and has begun operations. The company will create nearly 300 jobs, the news release stated.
The economic impact of this project will exceed $1 billion over the next decade and will support an additional 500 jobs in the community.
“By investing in Bowling Green, Fruehauf has created additional opportunities for all the businesses in our community. The impact of their investment will be felt by local retailers, restaurants, banks, service providers, and more,” Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott said.
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