Primary Metals


Kentucky offers a wealth of primary metals facilities, primarily aluminum and steel. Those facilities provide materials for hundreds of products around the globe. Listed below is additional information about the aluminum and steel presence in Kentucky.


Aluminum

As manufacturers implement such innovations as lightweighting, digital manufacturing techniques and fuel efficiency breakthroughs, Kentucky offers the resources to implement and to create the innovative practices of the future. Here are just a few of the examples that make Kentucky the place to put innovation into practice.

Aluminum-Related Facilities:

There are more than 180 aluminum-related facilities in the Commonwealth

Aluminum Employees:

The aluminum industry employs nearly 20,000 full-time Kentuckians

Aluminum GDP:


Aluminum accounts for $2 billion in the state’s gross domestic product

 

Tighter fuel efficiency requirements are causing auto manufactures to expand their use of lightweight aluminum. That’s good news for Kentucky. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the state has the greatest capacity to produce aluminum in the nation.

Aluminum-Related Facilities (PDF)


Steel & Iron

Steel and iron have long been staples of manufacturing and both will continue to be. Kentucky steel companies are working to make products that are lighter and stronger, while the state’s iron companies continue to engage new technologies to create a better product for manufacturers in Kentucky and beyond.

Steel & Iron Production Companies:

Kentucky has nearly 45 steel & iron production companies

Steel & Iron Employees:

Steel & Iron production companies employ some 7,300 full-time workers in Kentucky

 

Steel & Iron Production Companies (PDF)