FRANKFORT, Ky. — Carter Lumber Co., a building materials supplier with more than 150 U.S. locations, will invest $10 million and create 50 full-time jobs to locate a Kight Home Center manufacturing facility in Warren County, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced.
“Carter Lumber and its brands have been longtime members of the state’s retail community, so it’s great to see them adding a manufacturing operation and creating new jobs in southcentral Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “Carter’s new operation in Bowling Green will provide additional support for the commonwealth’s thriving forestry and home-building industries. I congratulate the company and look forward to its continued success.”
The new Carter Lumber location in the Kentucky Transpark will operate under the Kight Home Center division. It will produce roof and floor trusses, wall panels and other engineered wood products. Construction of the 70,000-square-foot facility could begin in later this year, and company leaders plan to open the location in late 2018 or early 2019.
The manufacturing operation will support existing retail locations, including a Kight Home Center and building supply store and a Kight Kitchen and Design Center, both in Bowling Green.
“As a family company, we always feel that it is important to expand our offerings in communities we already service and maximize the potential of the area for our business. This new manufacturing facility in Bowling Green is a great example of that,” said Jeff Donley, President of Carter Lumber. “This new facility will be a tremendous asset to the growth of our Kight operation and the many builders we service in the area.”
Founded in Akron, Ohio in 1932, Carter Lumber remains family owned. The company grew to become the fifth-largest lumberyard in the US, with locations across 12 states. Its four branded division are Carter Lumber, Holmes Lumber Co., Kight Home Center and Kempsville Building Materials.
Shifting focus to professional builders during the past decade, Carter added manufacturing capabilities, which resulted in substantial growth. The company purchased the Kight Home Center brand in 2005 and currently operates seven Kight locations in southern Indiana, Tennessee and western Kentucky.
Source: Office of Gov. Matt Bevin.