Kristina Slattery
Kristina Slattery
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Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

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Primary Metals

Including fabricated metal manufacturing

Kentucky offers a wealth of primary metal-related facilities, including aluminum, copper and steel. Those facilities provide materials and fabrication services for hundreds of products around the globe. Listed below is additional information about the aluminum and steel presence in Kentucky.

Aluminum & Copper

As manufacturers implement such innovations as lightweighting, digital manufacturing techniques and fuel efficiency breakthroughs, Kentucky offers the resources to implement and create the innovative practices of the future. Here are just a few of the examples that make Kentucky the place to put innovation into practice.

Aluminum and Copper-Related Facilities

There are more than 180 aluminum and copper-related facilities in the commonwealth

Aluminum and Copper Employees

The aluminum and copper industries employ over 21,000 Kentuckians full time

Aluminum Boom

Since 2017, aluminum companies have announced nearly 90 new or expansion projects totaling $2.7 billion in investment and the announcement of roughly 3,000 jobs

Tighter fuel efficiency requirements are causing auto manufactures to expand their use of lightweight aluminum. That’s good news for Kentucky. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the state has the greatest capacity to produce aluminum in the nation.


Steel has long been a staple of manufacturing and will continue to be well into the future. Kentucky steel companies are working to make products that are lighter and stronger, while the state’s iron companies continue to engage new technologies to create a better product for manufacturers in Kentucky and beyond.

Steel & Iron Production

Currently, 43 steel and iron production companies operate in Kentucky

Steel & Iron Employment

Steel and iron companies employ nearly 6,400 full-time workers in Kentucky

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