From Kentucky Economic Development Guide 2024

Kentucky Makes

View a snapshot of the tens of billions of dollars’ worth of manufacturing investments around the state in the past few years.


entucky’s ideal location, skilled workforce and business-friendly environment make the commonwealth a great place for manufacturing companies to make and ship products to every corner of the globe. Since 2020, manufacturers have announced 633 projects with a reported capital investment of more than $24.6 billion investment and nearly 32,600 new jobs in Kentucky. Foreign Direct Investment accounts for over half announced investment and new jobs.






Kentucky’s expertise, workforce and personalized service are major factors in our ability to maintain and grow a prominent position in the manufacturing industry. In addition, our low business costs can help a company’s profi ts skyrocket.

Global companies have discovered the value of locating in Kentucky. Currently, more than 500 Kentucky manufacturing, service and technology-related businesses are internationally owned, representing 33 countries.

Kentucky ranks among the leading manufacturing states with 12.2% of its workforce in manufacturing, versus 8.1% nationally. A recent nationwide state-by-state comparison by Ball State University gives Kentucky an “A” ranking for both manufacturing and logistics industry strength.

KY Ships

Located at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern United States, Kentucky’s location advantage facilitates the distribution of goods and materials to a massive industrial and consumer market. Across the nation and around the world, business leaders and logistics providers are increasingly looking to Kentucky as the strategic partner they need to aggressively compete in the global marketplace.


Adam Bruns
Editor in Chief of Site Selection magazine

Adam Bruns

Adam Bruns is editor in chief and head of publications for Site Selection, and before that has served as managing editor beginning in February 2002. In the course of reporting hundreds of stories for Site Selection, Adam has visited companies and communities around the globe. A St. Louis native who grew up in the Kansas City suburbs, Adam is a 1986 alumnus of Knox College, and resided in Chicago; Midcoast Maine; Savannah, Georgia; and Lexington, Kentucky, before settling in the Greater Atlanta community of Peachtree Corners, where he lives with his wife and daughter.


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