Transpark business owner reflects on choosing Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green has had some exciting news lately with Tyson Foods expanding to the city’s transpark.

The addition makes the transpark almost double its original size, and the transpark couldn’t have gotten here with one man’s vision.

Bilstein Group owner and CEO Marc Oehler saw the potential of the transpark in its humble beginnings. He saw a vision of his company planting roots in Bowling Green soil all the way from across the ocean.

“The community is very supportive, so we found the ideal spot for our plant in Bowling Green.”

The 3rd generation owner entrusted the very first and only U.S. plant of his German-based company, to the transpark back in 2017.

For the first time in two years Marc finally had the chance to visit here at the company’s ownly American Branch.
“There’s the access to i-65 of course. Nashville is not far. Of course, it’s a great state. Southcentral Kentucky and Bowling Green are perfect places for our business.”

“Bilstein was really instrumental in kicking off the transpark.

Since Bilstin agreed to come to the transpark, Kentucky secured two other number one projects in the state – the Castelen Steel Project and the Crown project.

“Bilstein was a very important project for us. It was really the transition point that the transpark began to take off.”

And take off, it sure did. Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed 18 economic development projects in South Central Kentucky, totaling $838.1M in capital investment and generating just for 2021.

As for the man who had faith in Bowling Green all the way from another continent?

“Let’s hope for the best, and let’s hope I’ll get to come here in a couple of weeks time.”