Industry Appreciation Banquet to be Held October 23
Event will Honor Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC as Industry of the Year
Jessica M.L. Thompson, Communications Director
BOWLING GREEN, KY (October 16, 2008) - The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce will honor South Central Kentucky's industries on Thursday, October 23, at the Industry Appreciation Banquet at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The event will spotlight Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products, LLC as the 2008 Industry of the Year and will show appreciation to the many industries choosing to locate or expand in South Central Kentucky.
On October 2, the Chamber announced that Kobe would be honored as the 2008 Industry of the Year. One of 11 Kobe Steel, Ltd. subsidiaries in the United States, Kobe's Bowling Green location is the only U.S. facility to forge aluminum suspension products for the automotive industry. Its Japan-based parent company has been serving Japan's aircraft and automotive industries since 1937 and is Japan's top producer of aluminum alloy suspension arms.
"Kobe, along with the other industries we'll recognize next Thursday night, is a strong contributor to the economy of South Central Kentucky," said James N. Hizer, CEcD, Chamber president and CEO. "We are honored to have a company like Kobe in our community, and we appreciate their continued commitment to providing high quality jobs for our residents."
The Chamber celebrates Industry Appreciation Month in order to recognize and honor the impact that industries make upon South Central Kentucky. Not only is it important to recognize the new industries that have chosen to locate in the region, but also to celebrate industries who have decided to expand their facilities here. Since July of this year, the Chamber has participated in five expansion announcements for companies in the manufacturing and service industries.
"We've been thrilled to participate in two expansion announcements for DESA and announcements for American Howa Kentucky, Perot Systems and NEW Corporation this year," said Doug Gorman, chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors. "Based on an impact model that the Chamber uses, we know that the total economic impact of these five expansions is more than $18.5 million. That's an impressive figure that shouldn't be forgotten!"
Registration for the Industry Appreciation Banquet closes at 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday, October 16. Register online at www.bgchamber.com/events. Please contact Program Director Jennifer Breiwa with any questions at 270-781-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. As one of only 336 chambers nationwide to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.