Throwback Thursday – Constellium: over 100 years of aluminum history

The Bowling Green area is home to over a dozen aluminum manufacturing facilities, one of which is celebrating several milestones this year. Aluminum has a history over 100 years old, and one of our area manufacturers’ origins date back to 1912. In the Kentucky Transpark, Constellium is celebrating its five-year anniversary in Bowling Green, its 10-year anniversary as a company, and nearly 110 years of aluminum processing.

In 1912, in Singen, Germany, the Swiss company Drs. Lauhber, Neher & Cie established a new subsidiary company. At the time, this manufacturer was located just outside the city, and locals called it “The Alu.” An aluminum rolling mill, The Alu developed one of the most popular processing operations of its time. The company grew into three world leaders in aluminum processing—one was Constellium. 

Now operating nearly 30 manufacturing facilities across the globe, with over 12 thousand employees, Constellium is one of the world’s foremost leaders in aluminum engineering for automotive, aerospace, packaging, and defense. 

The Bowling Green facility was named in 2016, employs almost 150 people, and its 55-acre facility processes aluminum for automotive markets. At capacity, it can produce 100 thousand tons of auto body sheet products per year. 

The Constellium name has an interesting origin. Coming from “constellation” and “aluminum,” it represents a collection of companies who share bright ambitions. Its logo reflects aluminum’s most basic form, the atom. With the element’s 13 electrons in mind, an abstract, geometric shape that represents the element’s infinite potential was created. We are grateful for Constellium’s continued investment in southern Kentucky and look forward to many more milestone achievements.