• 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

Executive Director Update: Spark

We kicked it up into overdrive for the first quarter of 2016, with no signs of slowing down for the rest of the year.

Our biggest news is that we’re launching a half-day conference in May called SPARK. You’ll find more details below, but a unique feature of this conference is a matchmaking component, where companies seeking to become automotive suppliers can schedule introductory meetings with key manufacturing companies in Kentucky – including Ford and Toyota. Exhibit space and sponsorships are also available.

We started 2016 with a trip to the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, where autonomous cars, fuel economy, lightweighting and a shift in safety focus to crash avoidance were hot topics.

In February, KAIA joined key state legislators in Frankfort to announce Kentucky’s first automotive caucus. We look forward to working with this bipartisan group over the coming years on issues important to our members – including workforce training, tax policy, technology and infrastructure.

A few days later, we released new statistics demonstrating our continued growth and importance to the Commonwealth’s economy. In 2015, the industry produced more than 1.3 million cars and light trucks, increasing production of passenger vehicles by 2.4 percent and maintaining its status as the nation’s third-largest producer of cars, light trucks and SUVs. Automotive employment grew from more than 85,000 to nearly 90,000 and the number of auto-related manufacturing facilities grew to more than 480. Keep up the great work!

Finally, I attended the South Carolina Automotive Summit in February and will participate in the Southern Automotive Workforce Solutions Summit in Huntsville, Ala., this summer. These conferences are invaluable in tracking industry trends, both globally and right here in the Southeast, which we can share with our members and at our own events.

We continue to work on building membership and bringing you programs like SPARK and AutoVision that add value in terms of networking and professional development. We’ve added several members this year. Let us know if you’d like to join. If you’re already a member, we’d love for you to help us by reaching out to potential members in your circle. Call me at 270-349-2355 to learn more.

I look forward to seeing you at SPARK in May and AutoVision in September!

Dave Tatman, Executive Director

Let us hook you up

KAIA is playing matchmaker on May 23 in Louisville with SPARK: Connecting Kentucky’s Automotive Industry. Lindsay Chappell of Automotive News, who did such a great job for us at last year’s AutoVision, will be the keynote speaker and moderate discussions, including building supplier relationships, cultivating diversity among suppliers, and more.

If networking in the exhibitor hall isn’t enough for you, a limited number of exclusive packages will allow you to schedule 15-minute meetings with several procurement representatives from Kentucky’s leading automotive companies. Companies sending procurement representatives include AGC Automotive, Akebono, Ford, Hitachi, Mubea, Sumitomo and Toyota.

Sponsorships and exhibit space are available, and we hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be an engaging conference.

Looking ahead

Speaking of conferences, we have set the date and location for AutoVision 2016: September 12-13 in Lexington, KY.

If you recall, the inaugural conference last year was a resounding success, and we’re looking to top it. We plan to bring you a larger, more integrated exhibit hall, and we’re lining up insightful speakers and panelists.

Thank you to the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for renewing its presenting sponsorship. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or reserving exhibit space for AutoVision 2016, you can download a sponsorship packet here.

Kentucky Auto Manufacturers Continued Driving Economy in 2015

State now has nearly 90,000 auto workers, billions more in investments coming

FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 22, 2016) – Kentucky’s already strong automotive industry continued its growth in 2015 thanks to continued investments by local, state, national and international firms.

The widespread effects of the industry are illustrated by new statistics detailing jobs, investments and production by automakers, parts suppliers and other auto-related manufacturers.

New numbers from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development show that if lined up bumper to bumper, the more than 1.3 million vehicles produced in Kentucky last year would span more than 4,000 miles. That’s nearly the distance from Frankfort, Ky., to Frankfurt, Germany.

The sustained power and growth of this industry maintained Kentucky’s status as the third-largest producer of cars and light trucks in the country.

But the industry’s economic power is even greater.

The Kentucky automotive industry is one of the strongest in the nation and vital to the state’s economy. In 2015, it:

  • Increased production of passenger vehicles by 2.4 percent, to 1,306,989 cars and trucks;
  • Employed nearly 90,000 people statewide – up from 85,552 in 2014;
  • Increased the number of auto-related manufacturing facilities to more than 480; and
  • Announced 79 new projects totaling $2.8 billion in investments.

For example, Toyota debuted its Kentucky-made Lexus ES 350 in October, which was expected to add about 750 jobs in Georgetown. In December, Ford announced that it would invest $1.3 billion to build 2017 F-Series Super Duty trucks at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, which is expected to create 2,000 jobs. General Motors announced a total of $483 million in facility upgrades at its Corvette plant in Bowling Green during 2015. A $439 million investment announced in May will bring a new 450,000 square-foot paint shop, among other changes, and a separate $44 million, 36-job investment announced in December will increase production capacity for the Corvette Z06 high-performance model.

Suppliers of automotive parts, services and technologies also announced 75 investments in new or expanding locations, which are projected to create 2,593 jobs, including:

  • a $13.4 million, 145-job project by Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems in Russell Springs
  • a $261 million, 450-job expansion by Bowling Green Metalforming in Warren County
  • an $84.5 million expansion by Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Systems in Florence, expected to add 212 jobs.

“The automotive industry is vital to the state, both economically and culturally,” said KAIA executive director Dave Tatman. “These are products that are made here and shipped all over the world, showcasing Kentucky workmanship to a global audience.”

Tatman noted that an economic impact study completed last year by the University of Louisville Urban Studies Institute showed that the Kentucky auto industry:

  • Contributes more than $14 billion to the state’s gross state product
  • Supports Kentucky families with an average wage that tops $58,000 a year
  • Directly or indirectly supports 1 out of every 18 jobs in the state
  • Ranks first in the nation in per-capita vehicle production

These statistics were recently presented to Gov. Matt Bevin and a newly-formed bipartisan legislative caucus. The Kentucky Automotive Caucus is made up of state lawmakers who have pledged to work with auto manufacturers on key issues such as business-friendly tax policies, technology development and workforce training. Gov. Bevin declared Feb. 2 “Automotive Industry Day” in Kentucky.

“No matter on which side of the political aisle you sit, or whether you drive a Toyota Camry or a Ford F-Series Super Duty truck, a thriving, growing automotive industry is good for the state and good for the families it employs,” said Tatman.

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About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best practice sharing, leveraging the expertise of world renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kyautoindustry) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/KYAutoIndustry)

KAIA, State Legislators Announce New Automotive Caucus to Support Flourishing Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Industry added new jobs, facilities in 2015

Governor ProclamationFRANKFORT, Ky. (February 2, 2016) – Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing industry is booming, and Kentucky legislators have launched the state’s first Automotive Caucus in order to work directly with the industry to keep the automotive manufacturing sector growing and strong.

This bipartisan group of lawmakers has pledged to collaborate with automotive manufacturers and the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) on key issues in the coming years, including workforce training, business-friendly tax policies, technology development and more.

“When it comes to Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing industry, political party labels don’t apply,” said caucus co-chair Rep. Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green. “This is an industry that employs tens of thousands of Kentuckians and makes products known all over the world. We want to work with these manufacturers to ensure the industry’s ongoing success.”

“Automotive manufacturing is Kentucky’s largest manufacturing industry, and because of our central location, low energy costs, and outstanding workforce, our state is well-positioned to continue its record of success in building the cars and trucks the world wants to buy,” said caucus co-chair Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards of Bowling Green. “In order to keep Kentucky at the forefront of auto manufacturing, we must work together to ensure these businesses have what they need to maintain that momentum.”

To symbolize the interconnected nature of the state’s auto manufacturing industry, lawmakers assembled a large puzzle of the state which showed industry statistics on each piece. Two out of every three Kentucky counties are home to at least one manufacturing facility, and 20 percent of the state’s exports are tied to the auto manufacturing industry.

As the state’s largest manufacturing sector, automotive manufacturers are keenly interested in developing the next generation of manufacturing workers, and are anxious to work alongside lawmakers, educators and others to develop manufacturing career paths for young Kentuckians. The average wage of an auto manufacturing worker is more than $58,000, and many of those jobs do not require a four-year college degree.

“Today’s manufacturing employee is a problem-solving multi-tasker, with adaptable skill sets in math, electrical engineering, personnel management and software development,” working in teams, collaborative settings, said KAIA executive director Dave Tatman. “KAIA sees real economic opportunities for Kentucky students at multiple levels of education, everything from some post-high school training in a trade all the way up to four-year college degrees.”

Over the last five years, about 340 auto manufacturing businesses have announced new locations or expansions in the state, representing 20,000 new jobs and nearly $4.5 billion in new capital investments. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development reported the industry added jobs and new businesses.

  • More than 136,500 people are employed by the auto industry in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky ranks third in the nation in car production.
  • Kentucky ranks second in the nation in light truck production.
  • Nearly 1.3 million cars and light trucks were assembled in Kentucky in 2014.
  • Kentucky exported more than $5.5 billion in vehicles and parts in 2014.

Members of the Automotive Caucus include:

Rep. Rocky Adkins
Rep. Linda Belcher
Rep. Johnny Bell
Rep. Robert Benvenuti III
Rep. Kevin Bratcher
Rep. George Brown
Rep. Tom Burch
Rep. Denver Butler
Rep. John Carney
Rep. Larry Clark
Rep. Hubert Collins
Rep. Leslie Combs
Rep. Will Coursey
Rep. Ron Crimm
Rep. Jim DeCesare
Rep. Mike Denham
Rep. Bob DeWeese
Rep. Jeff Donohue
Rep. Jim DuPlessis
Rep. Joseph Fischer
Rep. Jim Glenn
Rep. Jim Gooch
Rep. Derrick Graham
Rep. Jeff Greer
Rep. Cluster Howard
Rep. Kenny Imes
Rep. James Kay
Rep. Kim King
Rep. Martha Jane King
Rep. Thomas Kerr
Rep. Adam Koenig
Rep. Stan Lee
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian
Rep. Donna Mayfield
Rep. Tom McKee
Rep. David Meade
Rep. Michael Meredith
Rep. Russ Meyer
Rep. Suzanne Miles
Rep. Charlie Miller
Rep. Jerry Miller
Rep. Terry Mills
Rep. Phil Moffett
Rep. Brad Montell
Rep. Tim Moore
Rep. David Osborne
Rep. Sannie Overly
Rep. Marie Rader
Rep. Jody Richards
Rep. Steve Riggs
Rep. Bart Rowland
Rep. Steven Rudy
Rep. Sal Santoro
Rep. Dean Schamore
Rep. Rita Smart
Rep. Diane St. Onge
Rep. Wilson Stone
Rep. James Tipton
Rep. David Watkins
Rep. Gerald Watkins
Rep. Jim Wayne
Rep. Russell Webber
Rep. Addia Wuchner
Rep. Brent Yonts
Rep. Jill York
Sen. Dorsey Ridley
Sen. Dennis Parrett

Kentucky-Made Cars to be First to Drive Across New Lincoln Bridge

Caravan will represent each of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 4, 2015) – A caravan of Kentucky-made cars and trucks will be the first vehicles to drive across the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge during Saturday’s public “Walk the Bridge” event in Louisville.

Kentucky Automotive Industry Association executive director Dave Tatman said the bridge opening is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the state’s soaring auto manufacturing industry at an historic event for the region.

“The Lincoln Bridge is an absolute marvel – beautifully designed, engineered, and built with care by folks who live right here in the region. It makes perfect sense that the first vehicles on the bridge will also be beautiful products made with pride by Kentuckians,” said Tatman. “Plus, the new bridge is an essential link for logistics for our state’s auto manufacturers and suppliers. The Lincoln Bridge will be a vital part of delivering Kentucky’s outstanding auto products to consumers around the country.”

The caravan will begin on the Kentucky side and will carry federal, state and local officials to the formal ribbon-cutting. The caravan will then exit on the Indiana side to complete the trip across the span. Naturally, the first car in the caravan will be Ford’s Lincoln Navigator – a nod to the bridge’s new name.

Thousands of visitors are expected to tour the structure during the “Walk the Bridge” event this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Lincoln Bridge is expected open to traffic by Monday morning.

Kentucky is home to more than 460 automotive manufacturing businesses, including four major assembly plants. These businesses employ nearly 85,000 people and drive $14 billion in annual economic impact. Kentucky produced 1.3 million vehicles in 2013, ranking the state third in light vehicle production in the country.

The Lincoln Bridge Inaugural Caravan includes:
Ford Lincoln Navigator: A ruby red 2016 Lincoln Navigator built at Louisville’s Kentucky Truck Plant will lead the caravan across the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. The Navigator, North America’s original luxury full-size SUV, has been delivering uncompromising levels of luxury and capability since 1998.

Lexus ES 350: The Lexus ES 350 joined Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing lineup in October 2015, marking the first time a Lexus vehicle has been made in the country. More than 1.5 million training hours and an investment of $360 million went into bringing Lexus’ best-selling sedan on-line in Georgetown, Ky.

Corvette: Known around the world as America’s sports car, the Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car with more than 1.6 million produced. When the first Corvette rolled off the line more than 60 years ago, it was born an icon, and GM has continued this reputation for the car with six decades of refinement and innovation. GM began production of the esteemed Corvette at the Bowling Green, KY assembly plant in 1981, and the facility has remained the exclusive home of the Corvette for more than 30 years.

Ford Escape: The Louisville Assembly Plant is home to the redesigned Ford Escape. Every 42 seconds, a new Escape is driven off the Assembly line proudly built by the UAW/Ford employees. Since 2012, Louisville has built more than 1 million Escapes, making it the highest- volume producing plant in North America.

Toyota Camry: The Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling car for 13 years in row, comes out of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. in Georgetown and is the product of more than 7,500 Kentuckians. In 2015, Camry was named the most American-made car on the road by cars.com, with 75 percent of its parts sourced in the U.S., and a large percentage coming from right here in Kentucky.

Ford Super Duty: The bestselling truck for 38 years and running, a 2016 F250 King Ranch 6.7L Diesel Super Duty truck is built at the Louisville Kentucky Truck Plant. Just this week, Ford announced it will add 2,000 jobs and invest $1.3 billion to support production of the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty.

KY Automotive Industry Celebrates Production of State’s First Lexus in Georgetown

“Today’s first Lexus is a strong endorsement of Kentucky’s outstanding automotive workforce and manufacturing facilities,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. “Toyota has continued to invest in Kentucky because they know that Kentuckians in the auto sector make outstanding products, with dependable suppliers and reliable infrastructure. That combination of talent, facilities and resources makes Kentucky an unbeatable location for the booming auto industry, and we at KAIA are proud to be part of today’s historic event.”

AutoVision a Huge Success

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Our first-ever conference, AutoVision, exceeded our expectations, with a world-class agenda helping us sell out registrations. A post-conference survey confirmed the success, with 100 percent of respondents saying they would recommend AutoVision to others.

More than 240 people converged on the Downtown Marriott in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 14 and 15. Manufacturers and suppliers represented at the conference included Akebono Brake, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, Toyota and many more. Participants represented about 115 organizations, including all three of Kentucky’s OEM’s and 44 suppliers. Officials from various government and economic development entities also attended.

“Our speakers brought fresh perspectives to topics of common interest and challenged traditional thinking about how we forge new roads ahead for our industry,” said Dave Tatman, KAIA executive director.

Industry executives, experts and analysts filled the two-day agenda. Participants also enjoyed a sold-out exhibitor hall and evening cocktail receptions, including one that showcased models from Kentucky’s OEMs: Ford’s Lincoln MKC, GM’s Corvette and Toyota’s Camry. Based on survey feedback, a larger, more integrated exhibitor hall is planned for 2016.

“We can’t thank our speakers and panelists – many of whom are KAIA board members – and our sponsors and exhibitors enough. Without them, this conference could not have been as successful as it was,” Tatman said. “We can’t wait for next year.”

If you can’t wait either, sponsorships for 2016 are being developed now and will be available soon.

 

Executive Director Update

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We are still basking in the glow of our sold-out AutoVision conference. The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association’s first-ever conference earlier this month in Louisville was a resounding success, and we thank everyone who participated – whether as a registrant, speaker, exhibitor or sponsor. If you missed it, check out this photo gallery. Some of the presentations will be added to the AutoVision website soon.

The KAIA is already strategizing for the encore next fall, including a larger, more integrated exhibitor hall and more topics on workforce development. For those of you building your 2016 budgets, don’t forget to include an AutoVision sponsorship, which will be available soon. Call or e-mail me for more information.

For the rest of 2015, we’ll focus on building membership and planning a legislative platform to advocate for our members.

If you are interested in hosting an event or participating in the membership drive, please let us know. If you’re already a member and want to help in a small way, please share this newsletter with colleagues who have not yet joined, along with a testimonial. As business professionals, we all know that word of mouth is the best advertising.

Speaking of members, we want to be a unified voice to advocate for them and to highlight the significant role that the automotive industry plays in Kentucky’s economy. To that end, we’ll work to build relationships with legislators in Frankfort and beyond.

Thanks again for your membership and your support. Energized by our summer successes of the economic impact report, six regional forums and AutoVision, let us now turn our attention to making our organization – and our industry – even stronger.

Stay tuned.

 

Ford Futurist Maps Road Ahead for Automotive Industry at AutoVision 2015

Inaugural auto conference draws more than 260 for first day of programs

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 14, 2015) – More than 260 auto industry leaders from Kentucky and beyond gathered in Louisville Monday for the first-ever AutoVision Conference.

The two-day event, a creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, is bringing together auto industry experts, manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders to discuss the future of automotive manufacturing and hear about changes that lie ahead.

The presenting sponsor of the event is the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“I’m thrilled to see this conference come together and to see such a large crowd, because a strong and growing auto manufacturing industry is critical to the economic future of this Commonwealth,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in his welcoming remarks. “The Kentucky automotive industry contributes $14.3 billion to our gross state product. That’s one out of every $13. Auto-related products make up one-fifth of our exports. And the industry is linked to one out of every 18 jobs in Kentucky.”

“No other industry drives our state and national economy like automotive manufacturing and supply,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of KAIA. “We’ve had tremendous success building this industry, but it’s important to look ahead for potential opportunities and roadblocks so that we remain on the fast track.”

Experts talk about innovations, changing needs
The first day of programming included presentations by Ford Motor Co. Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Sheryl Connelly and Gary Silberg, KPMG’s national lead partner for the automotive industry.

Connelly said Ford is identifying and following emerging trends such as the needs of aging consumers, changing attitudes and physiology of car buyers and the growing “information addiction” that is driving changes in technology offerings in vehicles.

“To be innovative, the challenge is to imagine a future that hasn’t been imagined,” Connelly said.

Silberg described how the industry using technology and innovation, such as the development of autonomous vehicles, to change consumers’ lives.

“In our view, the winning companies are going to make your life better,” Silberg said. “It’s not just about mobility – getting from point A to point B – it’s about the experience in the vehicle and the flexibility to do other things while commuting. The winning formula is one that allows the vehicle to seamlessly integrate into our connected lives to make things easier and make us more efficient.”

The agenda Monday also included a panel discussion on developing lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The panel, moderated by Richard Curless of Five Machining Systems Inc., included:

  • Tom Boney, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Value Stream, Novelis North America;
  • John Cardwell, Global Account Manager, Arcelor Mittal;
  • Dale Brosius, Chief Commercialization Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

AutoVision will have a full day of programs Tuesday, including a keynote address by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez.

Others industry leaders participating in presentations and panel discussions include:

  • Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors
  • Doug Cain, CEO, Mubea North America
  • Pierre Abboud, President and CEO, Bosch
  • John Bradburn, Environmental Engineer, Chevrolet Europe
  • Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News bureau chief
  • Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results
  • Thomas Croskey, Executive Director Manufacturing Strategy and Planning, General Motors.

Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association
The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best-practice sharing and leveraging the expertise of world-renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Ford Futurist to Keynote Opening Session of AutoVision 2015 Conference

GM economist to discuss industry’s road ahead during Tuesday presentation

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 9, 2015) – Sheryl Connelly, Manager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring for Ford Motor Co., will now offer her insights on the changing automotive industry during the conference’s opening session on Monday, Sept. 14.

Connelly will present, “Focused on the Future: Predicting Consumer Demands, New Technologies and Design Innovations,” from 2-3 p.m. Connelly had been schedule to speak Tuesday, Sept. 15, but the conference agenda was rearranged this week as a result of a scheduling conflict.

 

Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist for General Motors Co., will now speak Tuesday morning. His presentation, “Boom or Bubble: What’s Ahead for the Global Auto Industry,” is scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

He will join more than a dozen industry leaders presenting at the conference Tuesday, including U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez. Mendez will deliver the keynote address from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Time running out to attend conference

AutoVision 2015 is an inaugural event for automotive experts, manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders from Kentucky and across the country. The forward-looking automotive conference will be held Sept.14-15 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

Among the topics to be discussed will be industry advances such as self-driving cars, lighter-weight vehicles and long-lasting electric batteries. Speakers at the event include leaders from Kentucky’s major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota.

The AutoVision conference was created by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the presenting sponsor of the conference.

More than 200 attendees already have registered for the limited-seating event. Some walk-up registrations may be accepted. However, to ensure registration, attendees are asked to buy tickets in advance. Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best practice sharing, leveraging the expertise of world renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook or Twitter.
 
 

U.S. Transportation Leader to Address Global
Automotive Conference in Louisville

U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez to discuss innovation in transportation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2015) – U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez, a longtime transportation leader, will deliver keynote remarks at the inaugural AutoVision Conference in Louisville on Sept. 15, the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association announced today.

victor_mendezMendez will discuss innovations in automotive technology and the critical role of the U.S. automotive industry. Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez served as the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

During his time at FHWA, Mendez parlayed his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts Initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.

“We are fortunate to welcome one of our nation’s most respected and experienced transportation officials,” said Dave Tatman, KAIA executive director. “Deputy Secretary Mendez will bring timely, cross-sector information about how transportation trends will affect our industry, and in turn, how we can be proactive in adapting to those changes.”

While serving at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mendez has also been a pivotal and supportive leader in major transportation infrastructure projects in the Kentucky and Indiana region including the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, the emergency repair of the Sherman Minton Bridge, and a $24 million TIGER grant for a key segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion in Eastern Kentucky.

About AutoVision 2015
Mendez is one of more than two dozen national and international leaders speaking at the AutoVision Conference on Sept. 14-15. The two-day conference at the Louisville Marriott Downtown is the creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, the organization representing the state’s $14 billion economic engine.

Major advances such as self-driving cars, lighter-weight vehicles and long-lasting electric batteries will be among the topics discussed by leading experts from across the nation and beyond. Leaders from Kentucky’s major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota will be among the presenters.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a leader in the expansion of Kentucky’s auto industry, will address the audience and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the presenting sponsor.

Speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions will focus on cutting-edge technology and timely issues, including workforce training and regulatory changes, to help position business leaders for opportunities and growth.

Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association
The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best practice sharing, leveraging the expertise of world renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

 

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kyautoindustry or Twitter (https://twitter.com/KYAutoIndustry).

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