Automotive Industry

Suppliers Driving Success in NKY

Customer Proximity & Workforce Assets


of U.S. and Canadian Auto Production within 1-day Drive


Labor Shed

Automotive Manufacturing Power Alley

NKY is home to more than 40 leading automotive industry suppliers, including sensors, controls, engine production, metal fabrication, chemicals, plastics, composites, automation, and distribution. Kentucky is home to four major assembly plants—Ford (two plants), General Motors, and Toyota. (Source: ThinkKentucky, 2020) There are more than 10,000 people currently employed in the automotive industry in Northern Kentucky,

Kentucky is ranked #1 for automotive production per capita in the U.S. (Source: Think Kentucky, 2020) Situated in the center of Auto Alley within 600 miles of 64 automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) facilities, the region can serve northern and southern OEM markets. That’s why NKY prioritizes automotive manufacturing.

“Northern Kentucky is ideally located for us to easily provide Mubea products to our automotive OEM customers throughout the US. Our North America leadership team is based here and as we’ve grown our operations in NKY over the last 40+ years, we have received tremendous support from BE NKY and the community.”

James Sheehan, CEO, Mubea North America


Business leaders cite the talent –dedication, education, and training combined with a willingness to learn– as a major asset for NKY. SmartAsset named the Cincinnati region as the #1 city for new college grads in 2022, the fourth year in the top spot. Gateway Community & Technical College partners with many manufacturers on training programs specific to their needs and is home to the NKY Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), preparing the next generation with skills in robotics, welding, maintenance and repair for careers in the automotive industry.

Major Companies

  • Ancra International
  • Auveco
  • Balluff Inc.
  • Benda-Lutz Corporation
  • Blue Grass Metals Co.
  • BOGE Rubber & Plastics USA
  • Celanese
  • Clarion Corporation of America
  • Fischer Special Manufacturing
  • HAHN Automation
  • Heinrichs USA LLC
  • ITT Koni America LLC
  • Johnson Controls Inc.
  • LOGOMAT Automation Systems
  • Magna-Tech
  • Magni Industries
  • Mazak
  • Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems Inc.
  • Mubea Inc.
  • Obara Corporation
  • Robert Bosch Automotive Steering
  • Steinkamp Molding LP
  • Summit Fire Apparatus Inc.
  • Tenryu America Inc.
  • The WJ Baker Company
  • Toyota Boshuku America Inc.
  • Toyota NA Parts Center Kentucky
  • Verst Group Logistics
  • Waltex NKY LLC

Why choose NKY for your business? Affordability, workforce & transportation access!

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