• 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

KAIA joins forces with KAM

It is with great excitement that we announce that KAIA, the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association is now a part of KAM. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers represents ALL manufacturing sectors and leadership for KAM & KAIA are excited to be joined. In the coming year, you’ll have the opportunity to get engaged in some of the new things we’ve been working on.

KAM is GROWING. We’re adding new members, benefits, services, event dates, networking opportunities, educational opportunities, partnerships and more. We couldn’t be more proud to serve you.

Here in the Commonwealth, we employ 95,000 hardworking men and women in the automotive industry, 38% of all Kentucky manufacturing workers, and slightly better than 10% of total U.S. autoworkers. Approximately two-thirds of all our counties have an auto-related employer and we exported nearly $5.5 billion in motor vehicles and parts, accounting for nearly one-sixth of all Kentucky exports.

We LOVE our cars. We employ a LOT of great people to make them. The money we earn making and selling them provides a better life for a great many of our citizens. Cars bring us together. KAM is PROUD to officially represent the automotive manufacturing sector in Kentucky.

For more information about KAM and the benefits we offer, please visit www.kam.us.com. We look forward to representing the automotive industry in the years to come.

Helping KAIA Spread the Word Through Social Media

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) is getting help spreading its news through a variety of sources. KAIA’s communications partner, C2 Strategic Communications, has helped the organization build its membership base and drive home the importance of Kentucky’s vital automotive industry. C2 also is heavily involved in staging the first AutoVision Conference.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (CED) also is helping spread the word about the importance of the auto industry through ongoing updates, as well as ongoing campaigns to highlight the businesses, workforce and successes of the automotive industry in the Commonwealth.

You can help KAIA spread the automotive message by sharing our posts with others.

Please like, tweet and share news about KAIA at:

Facebook.com/kyautoindustry, /c2strategic and /thinkkentucky

Twitter @KYAutoIndustry @c2strategic and @thinkkentucky

Visit C2’s LinkedIn page and CED’s LinkedIn page

Executive Director Update

On behalf of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) board of directors and myself, we would like to wish our members all the best in this new year. May 2015 bring prosperity and new business opportunities for each of us in Kentucky’s automotive industry.

Although our organization is only a few months old, we are hitting the ground running. We are very excited to announce a partnership with the University of Louisville’s Urban Studies Institute to conduct an extensive study on Kentucky’s automotive industry and its impact on the state, the nation and the world. Our study, which will be completed in the coming months, will help all our members gain a deep, in-depth understanding of the industry and its importance to the economy. We look forward to sharing that information with our members.

We also have lots of exciting events planned for 2015, including our first-ever KAIA Legislative Day in Frankfort during the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The event will include an informal, social opportunity for our members to meet with key legislators and other government officials, as we continue to raise awareness of the importance of our industry. More information on this event can be found on our events page and other learning opportunities will be forthcoming.

As we move into 2015, we are delighted with the energy and enthusiasm of our current members and with the great deal of interest expressed by others considering membership. Please continue to encourage your automotive colleagues from other organizations to join our cause to make Kentucky’s auto industry the best it can be.

In the meantime, best wishes for a great start to 2015!

All the best,

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