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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Kentucky

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Looking to do business with Kentucky manufacturers? Having a deep understanding of the state’s manufacturing climate can help when it comes to talking to Kentucky manufacturers.

Today, we’re exploring some key facts and insights on Kentucky manufacturing and providing information on the ten largest factories in the state.

The Latest Facts on Kentucky’s Manufacturing Sector

According to data collected by MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Kentucky is currently home to 4,328 manufacturers employing 290,131 workers.

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According to MNI, Louisville is Kentucky’s largest city based on industrial employment, home to 67,508 workers. Louisville also has the distinction of ranking among the top manufacturing cities in the U.S, ranking 9th nationally for number of manufacturing workers. in the U.S. Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.

The city of Lexington ranks second in Kentucky with 17,520 jobs.

Other top cities in Kentucky include

• Bowling Green (12,088 jobs)
• Georgetown (11,408 jobs)
• Florence (9,239 jobs)

Jefferson County is Kentucky’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 72,543 workers. This is followed by Fayette County (19,713), Boone (19,185), Scott (10,971) and Warren (10,545).

Taking a look at the state’s top industries, the transportation equipment industry accounts for a large share of the state’s manufacturing employment, representing 21% of the state’s industrial workforce.

Another 12% is represented by the food industry, while industrial machinery accounts for 10%.

Fabricated metal products and rubber/miscellaneous plastic products are also major industries in the state, each accounting for 8% of Kentucky’s industrial employment.

Looking at year-pver-year industry data, Kentucky industries that added the most jobs included:

Plastic Plumbing Fixtures up 421%
Coffee Roasting: up 139%
Non-clay Refractories: up 63%
Wood Pallets & Skids: up 30%
Canvas & Related Products: up 28%
Petroleum Products: up 24%

MNI reports there are 17,380 executive contacts among Kentucky’s manufacturing companies, including 2,003 presidents, 1,386 owners and partners; 1,104 vice-presidents and 1,447 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about Kentucky manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 1% of Kentucky manufacturers are women-owned
• 11% are publicly-owned companies
• 12% import raw materials
• 21% distribute their products internationally.

Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.

Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Kentucky

CompanyEmployeesCityState
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.8,200GeorgetownKY
Ford Motor Co., Kentucky Truck Plt.8,000LouisvilleKY
Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.6,000LouisvilleKY
Louisville Graphite, Inc.5,000LouisvilleKY
Ford Motor Co., Louisville Assembly Plt.4,000LouisvilleKY
Metalsa Structural Products2,000ElizabethtownKY
Rev-A-Shelf, LLC2,000LouisvilleKY
Bowling Green Metalforming, LLC1,800Bowling GreenKY
Dart Container Corp. Of Kentucky1,650Horse CaveKY
Perdue, Inc.1,500Beaver DamKY

About the Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Kentucky


1. Toyota Motor Manufacturing (Georgetown, KY)

At this sprawling 8.1 million square foot plant in Georgetown, 8,200 workers manufacture the Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid and the Lexus ES 350. Established in 1988, the plant has produced 11 million vehicles over the past 33 years and ranks as Kentucky’s top industrial employer.

2. Ford Motor Co., Kentucky Truck Plt. (Louisville, KY) 

A major Kentucky industrial employer with 8,000 employees, Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant was established in 1969 and currently produces the Ford F-250-F-550 Super Duty Trucks, the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator.

3. Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc. (Louisville, KY) 

A subsidiary of Chinese electronics company Haier Group, this Louisville facility produces refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers and ranges. The company ranks third in the state with 6,000 employees and recently made headlines when it unveiled plans to add a new $80 million dishwasher manufacturing line, which will add another 280 jobs to the facility.

4. Louisville Graphite, Inc. (Louisville, KY) 

Ranking fourth in the state with 5,000 employees, Louisville Graphite manufactures graphite heat exchanging equipment, including electrodes, refractory parts and boilers. The company was founded in 1982 and also provides conditioning and service of graphite heat exchangers and other graphite process equipment.

5. Ford Motor Co., Louisville Assembly Plant (Louisville, KY) 

One of two Ford facilities in the state, Ford’s Louisville assembly plant is among the oldest auto manufacturing locations in the Mid-South, established in 1955. This location produces the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair and employs 4,000.

6. Metalsa Structural Products (Elizabethtown, KY) 

With 20 facilities in eight different countries Metalsa Structural Products is a global manufacturer of automotive structures, chassis and electrified solutions, serving the auto industry. Established in 1994, the Elizabethtown facility is one of two in the state, with a second facility in Owensboro, and employs 2,000.

7. Rev-a-Shelf, LLC (Louisville, KY) 

From the time the company debuted its first corner Lazy Susan in 1978, Rev-a-Shelf has been helping people organize their homes. This 2,000-employee plastics company produces bathroom and kitchen organizing accessories, child safety locking devices, as well as commercial and residential lighting.

8. Bowling Green Metalforming, LLC (Bowling Green, KY) 

A subsidiary of automotive supplier Magna International, Bowling Green Metalforming produces truck frames and chassis, engine cradles, and other automotive frames. The company employs 1,800 at the Bowling Green facility, making it the state’s eighth-largest industrial supplier.

9. Dart Container Corp (Horse Cave, KY) 

Employing 1,650 in Horse Cave, Dart Container Corp produces polystyrene foam cups. Headquartered in Mason, Michigan, Dart Container Corp is the world’s largest manufacturer of foam cups and containers.

10. Perdue, Inc. (Beaver Dam, KY) 

Rounding out our top ten list is meat processing giant Perdue, which employs 1,500 at this Beaver Dam chicken processing facility. Founded in 1920 by Arthur Pedue and his wife, Pearle, Perdue Farms has grown to become a massive meat processing operation with a revenue of $6.7 billion and 21,000 employees worldwide.

Interested in other states? Browse all of our state news here.

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https://www.industrynet.com
https://louisvillegraphite.com/louisville-graphite.html
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https://www.metalsa.com/about-metalsa
https://www.wdrb.com/news/rev-a-shelf-moves-operations-into-new-facility/article_79a1b977-d295-5054-90d1-7d3dd7e286a2.html
https://www.dartcontainer.com/home/

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in March of 2021. It has been updated to reflect new statistics on Kentucky's manufacturing sector. 

 

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