• 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

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 operation, which will create 50 full-time jobs.

“Kentucky’s automotive industry is firing on all cylinders, and we continue to see steady growth from OEMs and suppliers alike,” Gov. Bevin said. “Piston Automotive has enjoyed success with its Louisville operation over the past eight years, and we are excited to see it culminate in this expansion. We are grateful for Piston Automotive’s commitment to the commonwealth, and we look forward to seeing the company continue to accelerate their business into the future.”

Piston Automotive will purchase new equipment to be installed at its existing facility on Technology Drive in Louisville. The project will allow for the installation of a new production line and increased capabilities to support new market demand. Piston Automotive has operated in Louisville since 2011, where it currently employs 85 people.

“Our investment in the Louisville facility is a direct result of growth with one of our key customers, Ford, the support we’ve received from the community and the hard work our employees have put in to make Piston Automotive successful,” said Piston Group Chairman and Founder Vinnie Johnson. “We are thankful for the state’s confidence in our ability to grow and become a bigger provider of jobs in Kentucky.”

Piston Automotive is one of four entities – along with Irvin Products, Detroit Thermal Systems and AIREA – of parent company Piston Group LLC, headquartered in Southfield, Mich. Piston Group was founded in 1995 by industry magnate and former NBA champion Vinnie Johnson, and is one of the largest African-American-owned automotive suppliers in the United States. Today, Piston Group employs nearly 10,000 people at more than 20 locations across the US.

Rep. Jerry Miller, of Louisville, said the automotive industry is thriving in Kentucky, especially in the commonwealth’s largest city.

“With both this exciting news and Ford’s recent announcement that they will be increasing their vehicle production, it is clear that the automotive sector is growing rapidly in Louisville,” Rep. Miller said. “Piston Auto’s million-dollar investment and creation of 50 new jobs will put more people to work and add to our city’s economic livelihood, and is a testament to the pro-business policies coming out of Frankfort.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) on Thursday preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $700,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

In addition, Piston Auto can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.

For more information on Piston Auto, visit www.PistonAutomotive.com.

A detailed community profile for Jefferson County can be viewed here.

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 continue to gain share over their competitors in the large SUV segment.

Surging demand for Expedition and Navigator is driving an increase in production of 20 percent at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 percent and it gained 5.6 percentage points in market segment share last year. Expedition’s average transaction price increased $11,700 and is now $62,700. Navigator sales grew 70 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 17,839 sold, giving Navigator its best sales year since 2007.

“Kentucky Truck Plant is home to two of Ford and Lincoln’s most successful vehicles,” said John Savona, Ford vice president, North American manufacturing. “After seeing a continued increase in customer demand for Expedition and Navigator, we are boosting production for a second time to meet it.”

To produce even more Expeditions and Navigators, Ford has increased the line speed at Kentucky Truck Plant. The manufacturing team gathered a group of salaried and hourly workers together to analyze the cycle times of each operation and found there were jobs that could not be completed in the allotted time. So they added more workstations and split up some tasks to ensure employees can complete jobs with quality craftsmanship and in the time allotted.

The plant team also had to get creative in its use of space, adding pits and platforms so more line operators working in the same area can execute tasks while complying with varying height requirements as the vehicle moves down the assembly line.

More jobs for Kentucky Truck Plant

All of this translates into a need for more people to build these popular vehicles.

So Ford is adding 550 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant and moving approximately that same number of jobs from Louisville Assembly Plant to increase Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator production by 20 percent. Vehicle production will increase after the summer shutdown in July.

New ad campaign ‘out-bigs’ the competition

While Expedition sales continue to grow, Ford is launching a new marketing campaign to build further awareness of Expedition’s class-leading features and capabilities, including more driver-assist technology than any vehicle in its class, best-in-class second and third row legroom, best-in-class towing and more. New “Better Big” TV commercials debut this week, highlighting Expedition’s key features and capabilities.

“We ‘out-big’ the competition where it counts – towing, interior space and technology,” said Matt VanDyke, Ford director, U.S. marketing. “Our team completely rethought every inch of Expedition, and its growing sales reaffirm we hit the sweet spot with today’s full-size SUV customers. Now, our new ‘Better Big’ marketing campaign will bring this to life for new buyers.”

While growth remains strong with Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, the latest customers include a greater number of older Millennials – a 5 percentage point increase – who now make up 14 percent of Expedition buyers.

“Expedition is winning with a whole new group of customers, first-time homeowners who are starting new families, including the oldest Millennials,” said VanDyke. “These customers crave roominess, capability and technology that make their lives easier – attributes that can only be found in the Ford Expedition.”

The television spots, voiced by acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston, build upon the Built Ford Proud campaign by championing Ford’s largest SUV in all its eight-passenger, best-in-class 9,300-pound trailer-towing, vista-roofed glory. Ads include:

  • Leave No Man Behind: A look at Expedition’s seating for eight people, including room for adults in the third row, as well as its ability to tow a two-horse trailer.
  • Better Big: Highlights Expedition’s class-leading roominess and interior space.
  • Curtain: A 30-second tribute to Expedition’s sunroof – the largest in its class.

Ford will also promote Expedition during this year’s American Country Music Awards in April. Eight specially selected fans will drive around Las Vegas in the 2019 Expedition singing ACMA-nominated songs. The show will broadcast the reaction of the artist whose song was featured.

The new ads highlight Ford’s onslaught of new vehicles in the hot-selling SUV and truck segments, including the all-new Ford Ranger on sale now and the all-new Ford Escape and Explorer coming later this year.

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 to add production of two models at the Georgetown plant; the Lexus ES Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid.

“Toyota has been a remarkable corporate partner to the commonwealth for the past 30 years, and we thank the company for its continued commitment to Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “We are immensely proud that the Bluegrass State is home to Toyota’s largest manufacturing operation, and we enthusiastically support this substantial investment to address the rising demand for hybrid vehicles. This significant announcement puts the company in position to better serve its customers for years to come, and we look forward to Toyota, Scott County and Kentucky continuing to grow together.”

TMMK leaders plan to begin Lexus ES Hybrid production in May with capacity of 12,000 units. In fall 2015 the plant became the first US facility to produce a Lexus vehicle when TMMK assembled its initial ES 350. The Hybrid version is currently made in Japan. RAV4 Hybrid assembly is expected to ramp up in January 2020 with a capacity of approximately 100,000 units per year.

The investment is part of Toyota’s effort to boost production at its facilities throughout the US. Including the new production lines at TMMK, Toyota plans to invest nearly $750 million across five production facilities. Those include Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and Bodine Aluminum operations in Tennessee and Missouri.

“Today’s exciting announcement shows Toyota’s recognition and continued trust in the high-level skills and expertise of our fantastic team here in Kentucky,” said Susan Elkington, president of Toyota’s Kentucky facility. “The production changes announced today are centered upon our commitment to meet changing customer desires by diversifying the types of products our team members build here in Georgetown. This is also a further testament to Toyota’s long-term commitment to Kentucky and our team is excited about what these changes mean for the future of our facility.”

Announced in 1986 and opened in 1988, TMMK is Toyota’s largest production facility globally and currently employs approximately 8,000 team members. Its team members currently assemble the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Lexus ES models. Additionally, team members assemble four-cylinder and V6 engines, axles and steering and engine components. The new hybrid models will not change the plant’s current capacity of 550,000 vehicles annually.

Kentucky’s automotive industry includes 520-plus facilities, employing more than 100,000 people full-time. The Georgetown plant has been a major factor in Kentucky attracting nearly 200 Japanese-owned manufacturing, service and technology-related facilities, located throughout the state. Those Japanese-owned facilities employ nearly 47,000 people full-time.

“There is no question of the positive impact Toyota has had on Kentucky over the past three decades. From the growth of the commonwealth’s automotive sector to the company’s efforts to give back to the local community, we in Kentucky could not ask for a stronger relationship than the one we share with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky,” said Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “The automotive industry is constantly evolving, and we are seeing a company with the foresight to stay a step ahead of that evolution. This investment serves as a reminder of Toyota’s importance to the state’s economy and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come.”

For more information on TMMK, visit https://www.toyota.com/usa/operations/map.html#!/USKY

A detailed community profile for Scott County can be viewed here.

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 goods and services shipped abroad from the commonwealth in 2018, a 2.9-percent increase from the previous year.

“Once again, Kentucky’s record-setting exports highlight the momentous economic progress we have achieved in recent years,” Gov. Bevin said. “Our rapidly expanding trade is the result of steps we have taken to create a robust business climate and to market Kentucky excellence to a global audience. The quality of Kentucky-made products is unmatched, and more and more people around the world discover this fact every year. We have cultivated some outstanding international relationships over the past three years, and we will continue these efforts as we build upon our commonwealth’s strong and dynamic reputation.”

Consistent with the past several years, aerospace products and parts took top-category honors in 2018, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Foreign Trade Bureau and WISERTrade. The industry shipped nearly $12.5 billion in products to other countries last year, a 7.1-percent increase over 2017. Aerospace-related exports skyrocketed more than 60 percent since 2014, when the industry sent about $7.8 billion in products and parts across borders.

Motor vehicles (more than $3.1 billion in exports), pharmaceuticals and medicines (nearly $2.3 billion), motor vehicle parts (about $1.5 billion) and resin, synthetic rubber and artificial and synthetic fibers and filament (more than $1 billion) rounded out the top five categories. Notably, pharmaceuticals leapt 22.4 percent over the previous year. The industry nearly doubled its export totals since 2014, when Kentucky shipped out more than $1.2 billion of pharmaceuticals and medicines.

Canada retained its spot as Kentucky’s top export destination, importing more than $7.7 billion in goods and services. France (more than $3.3 billion) jumped to second on the list, with Kentucky increasing exports to the country by nearly 13 percent as compared to 2017.

The United Kingdom (nearly $3 billion), Brazil (nearly $2.5 billion) and Mexico (about $2.3 billion) make up the rest of Kentucky’s top five 2018 export destinations. China, after making a drastic leap in 2017 to become Kentucky’s No. 4 trade partner – its first year ever as a top-five export destination for the state – imported the sixth most Kentucky products by dollar value (nearly $2.2 billion) in 2018.

Kentucky’s exports again held up well nationally, placing 17th among all states and Washington D.C., despite having just the 26th largest population in the US.

Since taking office in 2015, Gov. Bevin and the Cabinet for Economic Development have strongly emphasized the importance of strengthening Kentucky’s international ties. Since February 2018 alone, Kentucky delegations went on trade missions and business trips to Germany, Austria, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, China, the United Kingdom and, most recently, a US delegation trade mission to India led by Gov. Bevin. 

“One of our primary objectives has been to ensure no other state outhustles Kentucky. That approach has paid dividends, as we have seen yearly growth in international trade and increased interest from foreign countries wanting to invest in Kentucky,” said Vivek Sarin, executive officer & co-CEO of the Cabinet. “We fully intend to move forward with this strategy to expand Kentucky’s reach even further, build new business relationships abroad and create new opportunities for Kentuckians.”

Kentucky now has more than 500 internationally owned facilities, which represent 34 countries and employ nearly 112,000 people in total. Terry Gill, secretary of the Cabinet, said Kentucky has made great strides but will not stop with these accomplishments.

“We have invested a great amount of time and effort on international growth, and these record exports and increased foreign direct investment demonstrate that those efforts, along with the state’s outstanding logistics capabilities, have resulted in great progress,” Gill said. “While we are proud of these strides Kentucky has made, we have only just begun to realize the potential that is out there. We will continue to show the world Kentucky is a premier location for businesses while promoting the commonwealth’s excellent goods and services.”

Kentucky businesses can learn more about export opportunities and make connections with export markets through the Kentucky Export Initiative. KEI brings together a coalition of business organizations, trade experts and government entities, including the Cabinet for Economic Development, with a focus on increasing Kentucky exports to create new jobs and diversified markets for the state’s products. Learn more about KEI at www.KYExports.com.

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 the company’s $50 million, 120-job automotive parts plant in West Kentucky.

“We are grateful for DAE-IL’s decision to build its first US manufacturing facility here in the commonwealth, and we congratulate them on starting construction in Murray,” Gov. Bevin said. “Kentucky has a proven track record of successfully attracting and integrating businesses into our economy, and our relationship with another South Korean company set the stage for this opportunity. DAE-IL’s significant investment will create great jobs for citizens of Calloway County and West Kentucky, and we are confident that they will thrive and grow in the commonwealth.”

Company leaders expect the 295,000-square-foot plant, being built in the Murray-West Industrial Park, to open in May 2019. Employees at the new facility will manufacture automotive transmission gears.

“We are very happy and excited to be in Murray. We would like to thank everyone that has played a part in this,” said DAE-IL President and CEO Johnny Kim. “They have made us feel very welcomed here. We look forward to a long, successful partnership with the community.”

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Ulsan, South Korea, DAE-IL Corp. manufactures and sells powertrain parts for automotive, heavy equipment and motorcycles. Its products include gears, car transmission and engine parts, heavy equipment products – such as transaxles, drive axles and transmission and excavator products – and motorcycle transmission and engine products. The company’s primary export markets include the US, China, Europe and Japan.

DAE-IL joins four other South Korean owned companies in Kentucky, which already employ about 400 people. The state’s automotive industry includes 522 facilities employing more than 100,000 people. Kentucky’s gateway position between the automotive hotbeds of the US Midwest and South make it a top location for parts production, component manufacturing and vehicle assembly.

Sen. Stan Humphries, of Cadiz, expressed gratitude for the company’s arrival to Calloway County.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome DAE-IL Corp.’s first US manufacturing facility to Murray,” Sen. Humphries said. “This $50 million facility that looks to create 120 new Kentucky jobs is huge for our region. I want to congratulate and thank DAE-IL for choosing Murray for their new facility, and thanks to the Cabinet for Economic Development for helping make this project possible.”

Rep. Kenny Imes, of Murray, thanked the company and economic developers who made the project happen.

“The addition to Murray of the first US manufacturing facility for DAE-IL will reap huge rewards for Kentuckians in the entire region,” Rep. Imes said. “A $50 million shot in the arm for our economy and 120 new jobs in the booming auto industry are huge news, and I commend everybody involved in making this happen. Western Kentucky is on the right track to surge into future success.”

Calloway County Judge-Executive Larry Elkins said the nature of the positions being made available at DAE-IL will greatly benefit the local workforce.

“Both I and the fiscal court want to express how pleased we are to see this project come to Calloway County,” Judge-Executive Elkins said. “Creating jobs that are high tech and with good pay supports families and makes our community a great place to live. Not only will this company provide production jobs but there will be opportunities for engineers, technicians and other skilled professionals.”

Murray Mayor Jack Rose acknowledged the group effort necessary to make a project such as this possible.

“This is indeed a great day for Murray and Calloway County. The EDC has been working on this with the Cabinet for Economic Development and TVA for quite some time, and it is great to see everything come together,” Mayor Rose said. “We have a great team in place and we look forward to helping DAE-IL become an integral part of this community.”

Mark Manning, president of the Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corp., said the company has strong leadership that will be beneficial in integrating into the community.

“I have come to know Mr. Kim and his staff quite well over the last year and can say without hesitation that they are the kind of people who will fit well in Murray,” Manning said. “We will do our very best to help see that they are successful and happy here for many years.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in December 2017 preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $3 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

Additionally, KEDFA approved DAE-IL for up to $500,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing.

In addition, DAE-IL can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. In fiscal year 2017, the Kentucky Skills Network provided training for more than 120,000 Kentuckians and 5,700 companies from a variety of industry sectors.

A detailed community profile for Calloway County can be viewed here.

AutoVision 2017 conference to provide high-octane insight, networking

August event offers more matchmaking opportunities than ever in its third year

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2017) – With the AutoVision 2017 conference less than a month away, the best opportunity to register for the state’s premier automotive-related event, hosted by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, is now.

In its third year, the conference will address issues facing the auto industry including a growing focus on autonomous technology, fuel-efficiency standards, a proposed border adjustment tax and innovative new workforce strategies.

The event, scheduled for Aug. 7-8 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, will feature a multitude of networking and matchmaking opportunities for parts suppliers and OEMs within the automotive sector, as well as public discussions featuring top industry executives and experts that will help attendees position themselves and their companies for future success.

“We at KAIA could not be more thrilled to get AutoVision 2017 underway,” said Dave Tatman, the association’s executive director. “The conference has been a remarkable success each of the past two years, and we have more opportunities than ever to bring industry leaders together to help further company and industrywide goals. I cannot wait to see what’s next, and that’s what this event is all about.”

Autonomous technology and its growing presence within the auto industry will be a focal point at the conference with a panel discussion on the topic hosted by Lindsay Chappell, industry editor at Automotive News. Gary Silberg, national sector lead partner with KPMG, is back by popular demand following captivating discussions during each of the first two sessions to discuss the changing automotive landscape.

Jon Coleman, Ford Motor Co. fleet sustainability and technology manager, will illuminate ways the company is helping its fleet customers improve their results. Lawrence E. Brown, executive director of LIFT consortium, will highlight progress in lightweighting. Joseph McCabe, president and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions, will discuss current market trends and the industry’s overall direction. These are just a few of the industry leaders who will be on hand to share their knowledge, experiences and views for the future.

“We have some great events on the slate for this year’s conference, and I look forward to hearing what each of the speakers has to say about where the automotive industry is headed,” said Mandy Lambert, KAIA board chair member and commissioner of the Department for Business Development with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “However, it is the additional matchmaking opportunities at AutoVision 2017 that set this event apart from previous editions. It is our hope that this event not only assists attendees to determine the appropriate next steps within their respective companies, but also sets the foundation for those steps to be taken sooner rather than later.”

Those new opportunities to connect members of the auto industry come in the form of the SPARK Matchmaking event, which will be held on Monday, Aug. 7. The event provides an opportunity for attendees who purchase one of the limited matchmaking packages to hold exclusive one-on-one meetings with leading OEM and tier 1 company executives. The inaugural SPARK event was held separately in 2016, and the success of the conference led to its incorporation into AutoVision 2017.

AutoVision this year offers additional networking opportunities, including a tour of the new Bluegrass Community and Technical College training center and of the new Creform Material Handling Systems facility in Georgetown, lunch at Country Boy Brewing’s new operation in Scott County, and the Mubea-sponsored DinnerView reception and dinner, which requires separate registration.

The event’s breakout sessions will focus on workforce initiatives, a Soft Skills Boot Camp, financial benefits of using renewable resources and leveraging efficient-vehicle R&D.

The conference follows prior successful AutoVision events from 2015 and 2016. After last year’s event, 100 percent of surveyed participants say they would recommend the conference to others, while 88 percent noted valuable connections made at AutoVision.

AutoVision is an initiative of KAIA. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event.

For more information on, or to register for, AutoVision 2017, visit www.AutoVisionConference.com.

For inquiries about sponsorships or exhibit space, contact Dave Tatman at dave.tatman@kyautoindustry.com or (270) 349-2355.


Members of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association,

I write to make you aware the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Gov. Matt Bevin signed right-to-work legislation that may affect you and your employees.

As many in state government, economic development and private industry have said in recent days, this law aims to improve Kentucky’s business climate and attract additional business investment and jobs.
For the automotive industry, this is generally seen as a success, though I recognize we have great union partners in a number of our member businesses.

You can read text of the law, HB1, here.

Please consider the KAIA as a resource for your company going forward and don’t hesitate to be in contact.

Dave Tatman
Executive Director
Kentucky Automotive Industry Association
Email: Dave.Tatman@KyAutoIndustry.com
Email: KAIA@KyAutoIndustry.com

AutoVision Conference Nearly Sold Out

Ticket sales outpacing last year; more than 250 expected in Lexington

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 6, 201) – The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association’s second annual AutoVision conference is nearly sold out, less than a week before manufacturing leaders gather in Lexington to share insights into one of Kentucky’s signature industries.

AutoVision, a forward-looking conference of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders, will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Lexington Center downtown. The event is presented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“We’ve built a conference that reaches even more deeply and more creatively into the issues and challenges that make auto manufacturing the beating heart of Kentucky’s economy,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of KAIA. “We enjoyed tremendous positive response from our first conference last year, and we are determined to deliver an even more engaging and energizing AutoVision this time.”

Wil James, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is AutoVision’s keynote speaker.

KAIA moved its signature conference to Lexington to increase capacity and expand its robust exhibit hall.  The move also allowed the conference to offer a free, limited-ticket tour of Toyota’s Georgetown manufacturing facility on Monday morning.

Monday evening’s “DinnerView”, a limited-ticket opportunity for conference attendees to enjoy dinner and cocktails with the conference’s speakers and panelists, is already sold out.

AutoVision’s agenda pushes attendees to reckon with the emerging trends and technologies that will reshape the automotive industry – everything from 3D printing to Internet-connected factory floors to rethinking machine downtime.

Major national automotive leaders Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist of GM, and Gary Silberg, national sector lead partner of KMPG, return to AutoVision after widely praised presentations at the inaugural conference.  They will be joined by emerging entrepreneurs, engineers, and scholars and other manufacturing thought leaders who will offer provocative, challenging topics for the AutoVision crowd.

Tatman encouraged local manufacturing facilities to snap up remaining tickets quickly.  “We expanded our conference capacity and yet still are outpacing ticket sales compared to last year.  That tells me that our state’s automotive manufacturers and suppliers see the value of this conference to forge the new paths of Kentucky manufacturing.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Wil James, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK).

Other presentations and panels include:

Greg Haye (above), general manager of Local Motors, and Drura Parrish, CEO of MakeTime, will lead discussions on disruptive technologies in auto manufacturing.
  • “Global Perspective: an economic outlook on the worldwide auto industry,” Mustafa Mohatarem, GM chief economist.
  • “New Kid on the (Engine) Block: Industry innovators designing, building autos,” Greg Haye, Local Motors general manager.
  • “What’s next for 3D printing?” Moderated by David Guilford, Automotive News; panelists include Rick Neff of Cincinnati Inc.; Isaac Mathew, UPS; and Sundar Atre, University of Louisville.
  • “The Clockspeed Dilemma: Responding to the melding of consumer and automotive technologies and the rise of mobile services,” Gary Silberg, KMPG
  • “Wearables on the Factory Floor: JIT in the information economy,” Ankur Gopal, Interapt
  • “The Internet of Cars: Connected technologies are changing drivers’ experiences and expectations.” Moderated by David Guilford of Automotive News; panelists include Alan Ewing of Connected Care Consortium; Chan Lieu of Venable; and Andrew Stess of dashradio.
  • “Factories of the Future: how connected technologies can drive personnel, process and profits in manufacturing”. Tony Fink, iGear.
  • “Changing Faces, Changing Places: how the automotive workforce drives improvements and advances in the production process.” Moderated by Dana Cosby, HRD Strategies; panelists include Jean Marie Thrower, Supplier Development Systems; Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne, TKT Associates; and Lamar Rucker, GM.
  • “Disruptive Drivers: dramatic changes in the supply chain create new opportunities,” Drura Parrish, MakeTime
  • “Understanding international cultures and workforce best practices in a global industry.” Moderated by Bill May, High Value Consulting; panelists include John Nunneley, Hitachi; Torsten Langguth, Dr. Schneider Automotive; and Woody Iddhibhakdibongse, Thai Summit.
  • “Election 2016: the impact of the fall presidential election on the auto industry.” Moderated by Mark Green, The Lane Report; panelists include Curt Magelby, Ford; Ann Wilson, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association; and Paul Ryan, Global Automakers.

The full conference agenda is available at http://kyautoindustry.com/AutoVision/agenda.php.

*Media note:  Reporters may register free for the conference.  Contact Kerri Richardson (kerri@c2strategic.com or 502.386.2421) to confirm attendance.

KAIA Launches ‘AutoVision’ Magazine

Publication chronicles crucial and thriving state industry that employs 90,000 Kentuckians

FRANKFORT, KY (July 25, 2016) – No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, chances are good that it has Kentucky fingerprints – everything from wheel axles to sunroofs, and engines to exhaust systems are made right here in Kentucky.  Kentuckians have built vehicles and parts here in the Bluegrass State for more than a hundred years.

AutoVision Magazine

Because Kentucky’s automotive industry is such a crucial part of our state’s economy and the fabric of our communities, the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association has launched its first ever magazine, AutoVision. This quarterly magazine focuses on Kentucky’s surging automotive manufacturing industry, the third largest in the nation. It profiles innovative suppliers, interviews national experts and offers tips to Kentucky managers on how to keep the best employees

AutoVision highlights Kentucky’s leadership in a key national industry and explores the successes and challenges facing Kentucky’s auto manufacturers and suppliers,” said KAIA executive director Dave Tatman. “Whether you’re a plant manager worried about recruiting skilled employees, or an economic development official wondering how national automotive trends will affect local manufacturing, AutoVision has the answers you need.”

The free magazine will be distributed to KAIA members, leaders of automotive manufacturing facilities and their partner firms, elected officials and economic development leaders.

Kentucky’s automotive industry is consistently among the strongest in the nation, and is a vital leader of the state’s economy. In 2015, the state’s auto manufacturing sector:

  • increased production of passenger vehicles by 2.4 percent, to 1.3 million cars and trucks;
  • employed nearly 90,000 people statewide – an increase of nearly 5,000 jobs over 2014; and
  • announced 79 new projects totaling $2.8 billion in investments.

AutoVision shares its name with KAIA’s annual conference, which will be held this year on Sept. 12-13 in Lexington, Ky.  This year’s conference will feature a keynote presentation by Gary Silberg of KPMG on emerging automotive trends such as self-driving cars.  Silberg, the author of “Me, My Car, My Life”, is KPMG’s national sector lead partner for the automotive industry.   AutoVision magazine’s first cover story is an interview with Silberg about how changing demographics and changing technology will affect the future of driving.

Other articles include a recap of KAIA’s spring event, Spark, which connected suppliers with OEM and Tier 1 procurement representatives, reports on the latest new and expanding manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, and a profile of a KAIA member facility.

The magazine is committed to a fall and winter edition for 2016, with quarterly editions beginning in 2017.

If you’d like a copy of the magazine, or information about advertising opportunities, visit http://kyautoindustry.com/autovision-magazine/.

Registration information for the 2016 AutoVision Conference can be found at http://kyautoindustry.com/AutoVision/.


KAIA AutoVision Conference Grows, Welcomes Top Tier Experts

GM chief economist, Local Motors executive among speakers at Lexington event

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 5, 2015) – After last year’s sold-out event, the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) is gearing up for an even larger, more dynamic AutoVision conference this fall. Registration is now open for the second annual AutoVision event to be held in Lexington on Sept. 12-13.

Mustafa Mohaterem
Mustafa Mohaterem

AutoVision 2016 offers a stellar lineup of national automotive leaders, presenting a broad range of topics including changing consumer demands, developing and investing in human capital, and disruptive technologies reshaping the manufacturing industry.

“AutoVision is a phenomenal opportunity for our auto industry leaders to learn from one another, sharing insights about everything from regulations to workforce,” said Dave Tatman, KAIA executive director.  “We’ve built a quality conference that continues to attract top-level speakers and panelists, and this year is shaping up as an extraordinary collection of cutting-edge speakers and topics.”

The two-day event, presented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, includes auto industry leaders such as Local Motors general manager Greg Haye and General Motors chief economist Mustafa Mohatarem.

Local Motors, best known for its 3-D printed car, is an American auto manufacturing company using micro-factories to build cars based on open-source vehicle designs.  Local Motors reflects a new edge of technology-driven manufacturing in the automotive industry.  General manager Greg Haye will discuss Local Motors’ motivation and techniques for producing cars in a revolutionary new way.

Mohatarem has served as the chief economist of General Motors Corporation since 1995, and leads a team responsible for analyzing economic growth trends and vehicle sales worldwide. He will offer an up-to-the-minute global economic forecast for the auto industry and interpret the impact of pressures such as consumer demands and federal regulations.

Main stage speakers and panelists from some of the world’s top automotive manufacturers and support services will discuss topics including workforce development, technology and connectivity, and supply chain challenges.  A session will be devoted to a discussion on the impact of this year’s presidential election on the manufacturing sector.

In its first year, AutoVision’s world-class agenda attracted a sold-out crowd of industry executives, insiders and analysts for a two-day conference and exhibitor hall. The event earned rave reviews from attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike.

For a full list of topics and speakers visit http://kyautoindustry.com/AutoVision/.  Additional speakers will be announced throughout the summer. Premium additional events, such as a tour of the Toyota plant in Georgetown, will be available to a limited number of registrants.

Register now

Last year, AutoVision sold out well in advance of the conference, so attendees are strongly encouraged to register early. Early bird registration (before August 1) saves $50 per attendee.

KAIA AutoVision Conference

Sept. 12-13

Lexington, KY


Save $50 by registering before August 1

Member registration – $299

Non-member registration – $349

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