• In the last 5 years, nearly 6.2 million
    vehicles have been produced in Kentucky

  • The automotive industry employs nearly 100,000
    workers at over 500 establishments

  • 1,316,137 Kentucky-made vehicle
    were produced in 2016

  • $5.4 billion in Kentucky-made vehicles and
    parts were exported in 2016

  • Kentucky is the #1 vehicle-producing state
    per capita, and #3 overall

Board Of Directors

KAIA’s inaugural 12-member Board of Directors is comprised of Kentucky’s three automotive manufacturers, eight Tier I supplier companies and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The Board is responsible for setting the strategic vision and implementing policy and program direction for KAIA.

John Bevington
Commissioner, Department for Business Development
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
*Executive Committee Member
Kim Menke
Manager, Community & Government Relations
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
*Executive Committee Member
Sam Scales
Manager of Government Affairs
Ford Motor Company
*Executive Committee Member
Eric Henning
Regional Director State Government Relations
General Motors Company
Scott Guenther
Plant Manager
AGC Automotive Americas
Kurt Krug
Vice President of North American Human Resources
INOAC USA, Inc.
*Executive Committee Member
Rich Whitaker
Vice President
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
*Executive Committee Member
Thomas Bennett
Production Manager, Rack Bar & Steering Nut Manufacturing
Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC
*Executive Committee Member
Doug Cain
CEO
Mubea North America
*Executive Committee Member – Treasurer
Brandon Kessinger
Vice President & General Counsel
Akebono Brake Corporation
*Executive Committee Member – Secretary
Doug Bowling
VP Global Manufacturing
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Ed Thompson
VP Human Resources
Metalsa
Latest Events
  • IoT Experience for Metalformers and Fabricators
    2.28.18

    Learn how colleagues are implementing IoT through case studies The coming wave of digital manufacturing and plant-floor connectivity is here for […]

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  • AutoVision 2017
    9.11.17

    The inaugural AutoVision Conference, an initiative of KAIA, was another success in 2017! Geared to showcase the future of the […]

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  • SPARK: Connecting Kentucky’s Automotive Industry
    5.25.16

    The inaugural SPARK Conference was held Monday in Louisville with nearly 150 in attendance. The event drew attendees from 10 […]

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  • Automotive Caucus Announcement
    2.3.16

     

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  • AutoVision Conference
    9.28.15

    The inaugural AutoVision Conference, an initiative of KAIA, was created to showcase the future of the automotive industry from a […]

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  • Regional Forums
    6.25.15

    KAIA hosted six regional forums across Kentucky where attendees heard from UofL researchers as well as from local manufacturers on […]

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Latest News
  • 4.5.19
    Piston Automotive Set to Expand Louisville Operation

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced auto components supplier Piston Automotive LLC will invest $1.5 million for an expansion of its Louisville […]

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  • 3.19.19
    Ford Boosts Production for Expedition, Adds 550 Jobs to Meet Demand, New Advertising Touts SUV’s Capability

    Ford Motor Company will again boost production of its hot-selling Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator this summer as both vehicles […]

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  • 3.14.19
    Toyota to Add Hybrid Version Production of RAV4 and Lexus ES in Georgetown

    Gov. Matt Bevin today joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. executives and local officials to announce a $238 million investment […]

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  • Kentucky Breaks Export Record in 2018

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced today Kentucky exports reached an all-time high for a fourth consecutive year with $31.76 billion in […]

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  • 7.24.18
    Auto Parts Maker DAE-IL Breaks Ground on 120-Job Facility in Murray

    Gov. Matt Bevin today congratulated leaders of South Korea’s DAE-IL Corp. and the Murray community as officials broke ground for […]

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  • 1.17.18
    KAIA Legislative Update – January 17, 2018

    For the first time in history, Republican governor Matt Bevin presented his version of the biennial budget to both a […]

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Founding Partners
Cabinet For Economic Development Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Toyota General Motors Ford INOAC Metalsa Mubea Akebono Bosch Hitachi AGC