BOWLING GREEN, Ky.  - Carter Lumber will open a $10 million Kight Home Center manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, creating 50 jobs in the area.

Founded in 1932, in Akron, Ohio, the family-owned Carter Lumber is reportedly the fifth largest lumberyard in the United States, operating 150 locations across 12 states under four branded divisions: Carter Lumber, Holmes Lumber Co., Kight Home Center and Kempsville Building Materials.

The 70,000-square-foot facility will be used to manufacture roof and floor trusses, wall panels and other engineered wood products. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, with the facility set to open late 2018.

"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 south central Kentucky," Gov. Matt Bevin said in a statement. "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."

"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."

Performance and job-based tax incentives up to $600,000 are being provided through the Kentucky Business Investment program. Additionally,  the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved Carter Lumber for up to $100,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act. The company can also receive job recruitment and training assistance from the Kentucky Skills Network.

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