Northern Kentucky has a proven advantage in automotive manufacturing. More than 40 automotive companies are already located in Northern Kentucky, including major employers and Tier 1 suppliers like Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, Mubea and Johnson Controls, as well as advanced automation, machine parts, metals, plastics and distribution.
- Location: Northern Kentucky can serve northern and southern OEM markets and sits within 330 miles of 29 regional automotive assembly plants. More than half of all US motor vehicle-related establishments are within 500 miles of Kentucky. (Source: ThinkKentucky, 2016)
- Industry Expertise: Northern Kentucky is home to automotive support industries including metal fabrication; chemicals, plastics and composites, shared services, automation and distribution.
- Cost: Average wages are lower in NKY; annual electric costs in Kentucky were 6th lowest in the country in 2016 (Source: EIA)
- Kentucky prioritizes automotive manufacturing: Kentucky is the third highest in auto-industry related employment in the US and the third largest producer of cars, light trucks and SUVs annually. (Source: Kentucky Automotive Industry Associationy, 2016)
With a labor shed of over 1.1 million people and more than 12,000 people currently employed in the automotive industry, Northern Kentucky has a strong core of both professional and production workers. Manufacturing degree programs, custom apprenticeships and a rapidly growing informatics program at Northern Kentucky University ensure that our automotive workforce is equipped with skills and hands-on experience in robotics, maintenance and repair, materials, data analytics and information technology.
Major Companies – See them on a map
|Ancra International||LOGOMAT Automation Systems|
|Auto Fastener Group||Magna-Tech|
|Benda-Lutz Corporation||Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems Inc.|
|Blue Grass Metals Co.||Mubea Inc.|
|BOGE Rubber & Plastics USA||Obara Corporation|
|Celanese||Parkway Products LLC|
|Cincinnati Ventilating Co. Inc.||Robert Bosch Automotive Steering|
|Clarion Corporation of America||Steinkamp Molding LP|
|Fischer Special Manufacturing||Summit Fire Apparatus Inc.|
|Fuji Autotech USA LLC||Tenryu America Inc.|
|HAHN Automation||The WJ Baker Company|
|Heinrichs USA LLC||Toyota Boshuku America Inc.|
|ITT Koni America LLC||Toyota NA Parts Center Kentucky|
|Johnson Controls Inc.||Verst Group Logistics|
|Krauss Mauffei||Waltex NKY LLC|
|Linamar Corp. (Eagle Manufacturing)||Zenith Motors|