Automotive Manufacturing

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
Auveco Magni Industries
Balluff Inc. Meggitt
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