RKW Group - North America Franklin

German RKW Group to Create Over 30 New Jobs in Franklin, Kentucky

Franklin (KY) / Frankenthal (Germany), February 15, 2019 - German film manufacturer RKW invests $18.8 Million into their production Site in Franklin/ Kentucky. The investment will enable the expansion of the Site to offer further products of RKW's innovative portfolio on the North American market. The investment will also create 30 new full-time jobs.


"Not only will this investment allow RKW North America to tap into new markets," says Kenneth Budlong, General Manager of RKW North America, "it will also create new job opportunities and therefore strengthen the economy of the Franklin area." The RKW Group's expansion plans for their North American Site include the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility and investments in new, state-of-the-art equipment. RKW North America is also set to invest in comprehensive training for new employees. Today, RKW North America employs about 100 people.

Excellent quality for international markets

Since 2010, RKW North America has been a part of the RKW Group, focusing on the production of high-performance technical films. Ever since, RKW has constantly invested in the technical endowment and staff qualification at its North American Site. The plant's production capacities were expanded in 2006 through the addition of multi-layer extrusion technology to complement the product range. In 2012, RKW further increased its presence on the North American market by adding new capacity for the production of films for absorbent hygiene products. Known for its excellence in product quality and customer service, RKW serves customers across the globe.

The RKW Group

The RKW Group is an independent, family-owned company headquartered in Frankenthal, Germany and one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of excellent film solutions. RKW is the market leader in the areas of hygiene and agricultural films, films for the beverage industry and packaging for powdery goods. In addition, the company makes films and nonwovens for medical applications, for the chemical and converting industries as well as for the construction sector. RKW’s sustainable films enable its customers to improve the daily life of consumers all over the world.

In the fiscal year 2018, RKW generated total sales of EUR 878 million. About 3,000 employees process 367,000 tonnes of plastic materials at 20 locations around the world. True to the corporate slogan “When excellence matters”, the company, which was founded in 1957, offers outstanding performance in terms of quality and service. Respect and reliability are the core values of RKW and form the basis of the company’s success.

Press Contact

RKW North America, Inc.
Alexandra Jaranilla
Director Business Development and Marketing North America
270 Reasonover Drive
Franklin, KY 42134/ USA
T +1 270-598-7700-109