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Business Development

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

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Kentucky: America's Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Hub

Kentucky is the premier location in the U.S. to manufacture electric vehicles and their parts. Everything that goes into electric vehicles; motors, batteries, brakes or tires - can all be made and shipped to anywhere in the country easily. Competitive energy pricing, ample land, knowledgeable workforce and the best shipping and supply system add up to winning combination that cannot fail.

As the nation's leading producer of light vehicles per capita, Kentucky is a particularly great fit for automotive-related businesses. These companies benefit not only from Kentucky's best-in-class cost of doing business and supportive corporate environment, but their employees also enjoy the shorter commute times, lower cost of living and several other advantages that lead to a higher quality of life.

Facts You Should Know

  • Kentucky is the #1 producer of cars, light trucks, and SUVs per capita
  • Auto Alley
    • 525+ automotive-related facilities in Kentucky
    • Kentucky is home to four major assembly plants Ford (two plants), General Motors and Toyota
  • $10.8 billion announced investments by automotive-related facilities since 2014
  • 1 out of every 16 workers in the US automotive industry work in Kentucky
  • 100,000 individuals employed in automotive-related establishments located in Kentucky
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Kristina Slattery
Kristina Slattery
Deputy Commissioner
Business Development

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Low Utility Costs

Among the more significant location factors having a direct influence on bottom line costs is the annual capital that must be committed to utility consumption. Kentucky has the lowest cost of electricity in the industrial sector among states east of the Mississippi River and one of the lowest in the U.S., coming in at 21% lower than the national average.
Energy Information Admin., average price by state, released 2019
Electric Rates

Global Logistics Capacity
2nd in total air Cargo, Kentucky is the only state to boast three major air cargo hubs: (UPS, DHL and Amazon Air)

DHL’s global hub in Kentucky handles about 90% of DHL shipments entering the U.S.
FedEx recently expanded its ground facilities in Louisville and Northern Kentucky.
UPS Worldport in Kentucky is the largest fully automated package-handling facility in the world.
Amazon Air’s $1.5 billion hub came online in 2021.

Low Taxes

Kentucky’s innovative and progressive tax incentive programs also provide the flexible financial assistance businesses need when locating, expanding or reinvesting in the state. Kentucky ranks in the Top 20 for corporate income taxes, individual income taxes, and sales taxes.


2020 Business Tax Climate Index


Corporate Income Tax Rates


Sales Tax Rate


State and Local Tax Burden Per Capita

Source: Tax Foundation

Kentucky is within one day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population

Kentucky's logistical advantage is unmatched. Click the cities below to measure distance.
DISTANCE: 738 miles

  • Louisville
  • Lexington
  • Bowling Green
  • Owensboro
  • Covington
  • New York
  • Charlotte
  • Washington DC
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta
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Available Sites & Buildings

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I-24 Industrial Park
Paducah, KY 42001
County: McCracken County
Type of space: Vacant Land
Min Size: 136.60 acres
Max Size: 136.60 acres

Southwest One Industrial
Benton, KY 42025
County: Marshall County
Type of space: Vacant Land
Min Size: 270.60 acres
Max Size: 270.60 acres
Washington County Commerce Center
Springfield, KY 40351
County: Washington County
Type of space: Office, Industrial, Vacant Land

What They Say

Every time we've invested here, the community and state have reaffirmed this is the right location for future growth.
Luke Durudogan
President, Meggit Aircraft Braking Systems
For 50 years, Dow has been an employer, neighbor and corporate partner in the region. We are proud of how far the Carrollton site has come and excited to recommit to the site with the groundbreaking of the new Cabot plant.
Howard Ungerleider
CFO, DowDuPont
Kentucky's state resources and strong local workforce have provided us with a significant leg up in getting this project off the ground.
Stephen Croskey
CEO, Danimer Scientific

Quality of Life

Cost of Living

Kentucky is 10.3% lower than the national average
(Source: JobsEQ)

Commute Time

Kentucky's average commute time is 23.5 minutes
(Source: U.S. Census)

Safe Environment

Kentucky ranks #13 as safest states to live
(US News and World Report)
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The Company We Keep

Jim Beam
Beam Suntory
General Electric
Tempur Sealy
Papa John's Pizza
Yum Brands
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