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Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

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Kentucky: Leading the Way Toward an Electric Future

Kentucky is the premier location in the United States to manufacture electric vehicles and their parts. Everything that goes into the life cycle of an electric vehicle — from motors to batteries to recycling — can all be found in Kentucky with the ability to ship products anywhere in the country or around the globe quickly and efficiently. Competitive energy costs, quality sites with the ideal geographic location, a knowledgeable workforce and the nation's best shipping and supply system create a winning combination that positions the commonwealth as an industry leader.

As the nation's leading producer of light vehicles per capita, Kentucky has a history of helping automotive-related businesses thrive. These companies benefit not only from Kentucky's best-in-class cost of doing business and supportive corporate environment, but their employees also enjoy shorter commute times, lower cost of living and numerous 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
    • 550+ automotive-related facilities in Kentucky
    • Kentucky is home to four major assembly plants Ford (two plants), General Motors and Toyota
  • $22.9 billion announced investments by automotive-related facilities since 2014
  • 1 out of every 18 workers in the U.S. automotive industry work in Kentucky
  • 103,000 individuals employed in automotive-related establishments located in Kentucky

An Electric Future

  • $11.6 billion in new investment from EV-related projects
  • More than 10,100 full-time jobs announced for Kentuckians
  • The two largest economic development projects in the state’s history

    • BlueOval SK Battery Park (Ford and SK On) - $5.8 billion investment creating 5,000 full-time jobs in Hardin County
    • AESC - $2 billion investment creating 2,000 full-time jobs in Warren County
  • Kentucky has already established an expansive supplier network to serve the EV market, including both existing and new companies to the commonwealth.

    • EV-related products being produced or announced in Kentucky include: motors, battery components, structural products, assemblies, air springs and nanomaterials, among others.
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Kristina Slattery
Kristina Slattery
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 among the lowest cost of electricity in the industrial sector in the United States, coming in at 17.6% lower than the national average.
Energy Information Admin., average price by state, released 2021
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

View available assets ready for relocation

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
Yum Brands
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