Blow molder Alpla Inc. is working with consumer products maker Henkel to spend more than $100 million to expand and improve operations at a laundry products plant in Kentucky.
Alpla will invest in infrastructure and equipment for a new bottle production area at Henkel's Bowling Green, Ky., campus.
Düsseldorf, Germany-based Henkel owns a wide variety of well-known brands, including Persil, Purex and All laundry detergents as well as Snuggle fabric softeners, Dial soaps and Right Guard deodorants and antiperspirants.
The total value of the work, which will increase capacity and efficiency as well as cut energy costs, is more than $130 million, the companies said.
The new packaging operation will total more than 170,000 square feet and be operated by Alpla. The packaging company will hire and manage employees at the on-site blow molding facility.
Henkel operates its largest laundry products plant in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park, measuring more than 2 million square feet. That's about the size of 40 football fields, the company said.