Economic Development Newsroom

Louisville First in Southeast for Manufacturing Jobs

Wednesday November 1, 2006

Louisville ranks as the Southeast’s top manufacturing city, according to Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI), which compiles and distributes manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states.

MNI’s 2007 Kentucky Manufacturers Register reports Louisville accounts for 65,071 manufacturing jobs, ranking it first in a nine-state region in industrial employment.

“The manufacturing sector has long been a core of Louisville’s economy and something we work hard to protect and expand,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said.

Louisville ranks above Atlanta by 5,000 jobs, with the second-ranked city accounting for 60,803 workers. Third-ranked Charlotte is home to 49,957 jobs while Miami and Jacksonville rank fourth and fifth, respectively, with 49,603 and 44,780 jobs.

Louisville’s largest industrial employers include two Ford Motor plants with a combined 9,300 employees, GE Consumer with 5,220 workers and Brown-Forman Corp., employing 1,500.
MNI reports Kentucky’s top three cities account for 30% of the state’s industrial jobs. Lexington is Kentucky’s second-largest manufacturing city with 21,904 jobs and Bowling Green accounts for 160 plants and 12,020 jobs.

According to the Register, Kentucky is home to 6,163 manufacturing companies employing 328,393 workers, and accounts for 8.4 percent of the Southeast’s manufacturing employment. The survey profiles both large and small Kentucky manufacturers, including start-up companies with just a few employees.