April 6, 2016

Taking Kentucky's auto production around the globe



It’s no secret that Kentucky is among the nation’s leaders in automotive production. By now, you may have seen the numbers: Kentucky ranked third in the nation in 2015 in overall automotive production with more than 1.3 million vehicles produced, a 2.4 percent increase from the previous year.

Last year, 40,000 Corvettes rolled off the line at General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant, while Toyota added nearly 458,000 vehicles, including 4,000 of the new Lexus ES 350. Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant produced approximately 387,000 vehicles, with the company’s Louisville Assembly Plant contributing nearly 421,000 to the final tally.

While those numbers are clearly exceptional, what exactly does the production of 1.3 million vehicles look like? For starters, it’s enough to line every vehicle up “as the crow flies” from Louisville – Ford’s Kentucky home – to Olympic National Park in Washington, back to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown and across the state to GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant. You could also start that line in Frankfort and reach the North Pole with room to spare.

The true impact of Kentucky’s auto production may never be measured as it continues to grow toward every corner of the globe, but one thing is for sure: it’s just getting started.

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