Pan-Oston Expansion at Headquarters

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Pan-Oston, a leading innovator in customer-focused retail solutions and a proud member of the Houchens Industries family, announced a significant expansion at their headquarters in Bowling Green on Thursday, March 14th. This strategic move marks a new chapter in the company’s history, showcasing a commitment to technological advancement, employee development, and community engagement.

Since its founding, Pan-Oston has been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing cutting-edge retail fixtures and checkout counters. With the completion of a $7 million capital investment, the company has advanced its production capabilities and solidified its position as a leader in the retail solutions sector. This expansion has created new jobs, underscoring Pan-Oston’s role as a key employer in the region.

“Innovation and investment in our people are at the core of our expansion,” stated Kendra Sewell, President of Pan-Oston. “We are not only upgrading our equipment to meet the evolving needs of our top customers, including Walmart, Target, and Dollar General, but also enriching our workforce through comprehensive development programs.”

The expansion included new state-of-the-art machinery significantly enhancing Pan-Oston’s manufacturing capabilities. This machinery consists of high precision press brakes, powder-coating pre-treatment system, fully automated fiber laser with sortation robotics, and automated panel bending.

These additions are not just investments in technology; they are investments in the future of manufacturing excellence and customer satisfaction.

2023 has been a milestone year for Pan-Oston, reflecting significant growth and achievements. The company’s commitment to excellence and community has been recognized at various levels, further establishing its reputation as a pioneer in the retail industry.

Mayor Todd Alcott expressed his support for the expansion, stating, “Pan-Oston exemplifies the spirit of innovation and community engagement that makes Bowling Green a thriving place for businesses. Their expansion is a testament to their success and commitment to our city. I would like to thank all the companies whose decision to invest in our community has created tremendous opportunities for our citizens, not only today but for years to come.”

Warren County Judge-Executive Doug Gorman highlighted the economic impact, commenting, “Pan-Oston’s development is a boon for our local economy, creating jobs and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence in our community. It’s exciting to see such a venerable company continue to grow and evolve.”

The expansion plan included not only the adoption of new technologies but also an emphasis on Houchens Industries Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), reinforcing the company’s dedication to its employees’ success and well-being. This approach has cultivated a loyal and skilled workforce, contributing to the company’s longevity and success. As a direct result of these capital investments, Pan-Oston is excited to announce an estimated 18% increase in headcount.

“This significant growth not only reflects our dedication to innovation but also our commitment to creating jobs and fostering employee development within the community,” Sewell said.

“On behalf of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, we applaud Pan-Oston for their continued growth and investment in the community,” said Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. “Their expansion aligns with our mission to support local businesses and promote economic development in the region.”

As Pan-Oston embarks on this ambitious expansion, it remains committed to its founding principles of innovation, quality, and community service. This next phase in the company’s journey is poised to enhance its offerings, empower its employees, and contribute to the prosperity of Bowling Green and beyond.