Kentucky has been ranked fourth in the nation for light vehicle production.
Auto manufacturers in the state last year produced over a million vehicles, which is considered to be the best output since 2007.
Governor Steve Beshear stated the Commonwealth was moving in the right direction, with more than a million vehicles produced and a ranking of fourth overall in the country for light vehicle production, making this a promising time for the state.
Governor Beshear also commented that one in every 10 light vehicles produced in the United States last year was made in Kentucky.
Kentucky is home to nearly 450 motor vehicle-related facilities, employing almost 75,000 people.
Governor Beshear added that in just the last two years, about 135 auto industry location or expansion announcements have occurred in Kentucky, which represents 7,200 new jobs and nearly $1.8 billion in new capital investments.
Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes also remarked Kentucky ’s automotive industry is so vital to the state’s overall economy, with hundreds of supply companies and thousands of employees spread across all parts of the state. **