FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 2, 2012) –
Governor Steve Beshear today signed into law a bill designed to spur job creation and significant investments in
Kentucky’s automotive and parts manufacturing facilities.
“This legislation will open doors for significant investments in the automotive industry, which plays a vital role
in Kentucky’s economy, employing more than 68,000 people in the Commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “The success of
the industry and the investments that result from this legislation will have far-reaching economic effects
throughout all of Kentucky.”
Kentucky is currently home to 440 automotive-related industries that employ 68,100 people. Additionally, Kentucky
ranks third highest in auto industry-related employment as a percent of total state employment among the top motor
vehicle producing states in the United States.
Filed by Rep. Larry Clark, of Louisville, House Bill 400 amends the 2007 Kentucky Jobs Retention Act (KJRA) to
allow manufacturers engaged in automobile, automobile parts, or automobile supplies manufacturing to seek
incentives regardless of location in the Commonwealth.
“Given the success Kentucky has seen from the incentive package the General Assembly offered to Ford in 2007, it
was only natural to extend this deal to the state’s other assembly plants and large auto parts suppliers,” said
Rep. Clark. “My hope is that they will all take advantage of it the way Ford has, because it has the potential to
generate thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment. Such a move would further
solidify Kentucky’s already strong standing nationally and internationally in the automotive industry.”
The Kentucky General Assembly enacted KJRA as the primary tool in an incentive package that helped secure a $1.2
billion investment from Ford Motor Company to upgrade production capability at its two existing Louisville plants.
Ford estimates it will hire more than 3,000 employees as a result of the incentives made available by the
The expansion of KJRA opens the door for other Kentucky auto manufacturers, as well as large-scale battery
manufacturers to make significant investments in the state.
House Bill 400 will officially take effect July 12. The legislation will not have a fiscal impact to the state
budget over the upcoming 2013-2014 biennium.
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creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2010 totaled
more than $2 billion with the creation of nearly 11,900 new jobs. Information on available development
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