Stryker Logistics investing in new Bowling Green headquarters

Bosnia native Fuji Avdic has engineered the rapid growth of Stryker Logistics and is now investing nearly $1.5 million to move the company's headquarters to the former Western Kentucky Plastics building on Dishman Lane.

Stryker Logistics, which has made a name for itself by specializing in transportation and storage solutions for its business clients, might need to use those services for a move of its own.

Started three years ago and now housed in smallish offices on Bowling Green’s Ashley Circle, Stryker is ready for a relocation. Company founder Fuji Avdic announced Thursday that Stryker is moving to new headquarters in the former Western Kentucky Plastics building on Dishman Lane.

Avdic said his company will invest $1.45 million to renovate the 25,000-square-foot building and create as many as 50 jobs over the next 10 years.

“We’ll remodel and eventually add on to the building,” said Avdic, a Bosnian refugee who came to Bowling Green as a 7-year-old. “It’s an older building, but it’s centrally located between the two industrial parks. It will have office space and a little warehouse space. We plan on having a ribbon cutting by the end of the year.”

That’s moving quickly, much like Stryker has done since its creation by the 27-year-old Avdic.

Since its opening in 2015, Stryker has seen its monthly revenue grow by 10,000 percent, Avdic said. The company now has more than 40 employees between its Bowling Green headquarters and an affiliate office in Bosnia, and its sales should top $10 million this year.

Stryker has realized such growth by meeting the transportation-and-storage logistics needs of clients primarily in the automotive and aluminum industries.

Naming his company after an eight-wheeled military vehicle with the power of a tank, Avdic has attacked his clients’ needs with military precision.

“We do problem-solving for companies,” said Avdic, a 2009 Warren Central High School graduate. “Often that problem is transportation and warehousing.”

Providing third- party freight brokerage, Stryker uses technology that can track shipments 24 hours a day. The company has built a reputation for customer service that has helped it land work for such local companies as Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake and internationally known clients such as electric automobile manufacturer Tesla Inc.

“They do excellent work,” said Eric Dunzo, who does materials analysis and international planning for Bendix Spicer. “They’re very attentive to our needs. We have a lot of last-minute requests, and they’re always accommodating. Prior to Stryker we were in a relationship with another company, but they didn’t have the flexibility of Stryker.”

That flexibility has led to work for the Professional Golf Association, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders Cup.

Stryker’s growth curve earned it a spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s list of the best entrepreneurial companies in America earlier this year. Avdic wants to keep that curve heading up, and he’s glad to be able to do it from his adopted hometown.

“I want to provide more services and meet the growing needs in our community,” said Avdic. “I’m excited to stay in this community that has given so much to me and my family.”

Stryker’s new headquarters will include space for its latest venture, Stryker Solutions. This outgrowth of the logistics company recruits and places talent for customers in Kentucky and Tennessee, another example of how the company is focused on finding solutions for its clients.

“Stryker Logistics offers top-notch solutions to meet transportation and logistics needs,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Fuji’s entrepreneurial spirit is infectious, and southcentral Kentucky’s business climate is a great place for Stryker and their tenacity in finding success.”

Stryker’s decision to invest in the new Bowling Green headquarters was made easier by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, which approved the company for tax incentives up to $200,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

– Follow business reporter Don Sergent on Twitter @BGDNbusiness or visit bgdailynews.com.

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