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Kentucky’s 4,000 manufacturers employ hundreds of thousands

Manufacturing is vital to well-being of Kentucky families

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) – Chances are good that you or someone you know plays a vital role in Kentucky’s vast manufacturing industry.

Toyota is the largest manufacturing employer in the state

The commonwealth is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. That means one in every eight jobs in Kentucky is in manufacturing.

Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions in the state. These projects are expected to create nearly 7,500 jobs and $2.2 billion in new investment.

“Manufacturing is not only a tremendous driver of Kentucky’s economy, but it also directly impacts the well-being and stability of thousands of families throughout the Commonwealth,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “Kentucky’s manufacturers continue to be a source of quality, high-paying jobs. I want to thank these companies for making Kentucky stronger, as well as the employees who work tirelessly to make these great products.”

In honor of October being National Manufacturing Month, the following are the top 10 largest manufacturing employers in the state:

  1. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Georgetown (7,900 employees)
  2. General Electric, Louisville (5,600)
  3. Ford, Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville (4,500)
  4. Ford, Kentucky Truck Plant, Louisville (4,000)
  5. Dart Container Corporation, Horse Cave (1,420)
  6. Tyson Foods, Robards (1,400)
  7. North American Stainless, Ghent (1,380)
  8. JBS, Louisville (1,350)
  9. Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, Hickory (1,300)
  10. Perdue Farms Inc., Beaver Dam (1,280)

For more information on Manufacturing Month, visit www.kam.us.com.