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TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT

The West Kentucky Advantage

  • The West Kentucky Megasite (WKM) is located in the heart of a dense network of transportation equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Kentucky was ranked 3rd in light vehicle production in the US in 2009 and is home to more than 400 motor vehicle related establishments, including several in West Kentucky.
  • More than 4,000 motor vehicle-related establishments in the US are within 500 miles of central Kentucky.
  • Kentucky's industrial sector electric power costs rank 6th lowest in the nation.
  • Manufacturing is an important driver of the area economy, with one out of every ten workers in the region employed in the sector. Median hourly wages for most transportation equipment industry occupations are at or below national rates.
  • The presence of Progress Rail, as well as area companies related to barge repair and recreational vehicle manufacturing, has resulted in a workforce skilled in heavy manufacturing.

TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MFGS.

Automobile and truck assembly plants w/in approx. 250 miles

Location Make & Model(s)
Georgetown, Ky. Toyota Avalon, Camry/ Hybrid, & Venza
Bowling Green, Ky. GM Chevrolet Corvette
Louisville, Ky. Ford F-250/F-350
Smyrna, Tenn. Nissan Altima, Maxima, Xterra, Frontier & Pathfinder
Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen Passat
Princeton, Ind. Toyota Sequoia, Sienna, Highlander
Blue Springs, Miss. Toyota Corolla
Canton, Miss. Nissan Altima, Quest, Armada, Titan, & Infiniti QX56
Lincoln, Ala. Honda Odyssey
Tuscaloosa, Ala. Mercedes-Benz M-, R-, & GL - Class
Wentzville, Mo. GM Savana, Chevrolet Express
Normal, Ill. Mitsubishi Galant, Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder & Endeavor

Workforce & Training

The Purchase Region has a long tradition of manufacturing and a pool of workers in relevant occupations PROFILE OF KEY OCCUPATIONS WITHIN 60-MILE RADIUS OF WEST KENTUCKY MEGASITE

SOC Code Description Employment Location Quotient(1) Median Hourly Earnings Relative Wage (US = 1.00)
51-2092 Team assemblers 3,422 2.35 $13.15 1.01
53-7062 Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand 3,249 1.03 $9.85 0.89
49-9042 Maintenance & repair workers, general 2,332 1.18 $15.03 0.94
53-7051 Industrial truck & tractor operators 1,432 1.77 $13.46 0.95
51-1011 First-line supervisors/managers of production & operating workers 1,356 1.51 $23.43 0.95
51-4121 Welders, cutters, solderers, & brazers 1,108 1.99 $15.08 0.87
51-9198 Helpers-production workers 1,004 1.62 $12.54 1.17
47-2111 Electricians 996 1.07 $21.43 0.98
51-9199 Production workers, all other 900 2.44 $13.72 1.03
51-4041 Machinists 803 1.43 $20.34 1.13
51-9061 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers 717 1.12 $14.88 0.94
51-2099 Assemblers & fabricators, all other 680 1.72 $10.66 0.79
51-4031 Cutting/punching/press machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic 362 1.25 $14.15 1.01
13-1023 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products 303 0.67 $20.12 0.78
43-5061 Production, planning, & expediting clerks 247 0.62 $17.05 0.86
17-2112 Industrial engineers 193 0.62 $33.39 0.93
51-4011 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal & plastic 192 1.02 $14.90 0.90
17-2141 Mechanical engineers 172 0.50 $32.34 0.89
17-2199 Engineers, all other 98 0.37 $33.00 0.84
51-4111 Tool & die makers 79 0.74 $22.64 1.01
SOURCE: EMSI Complete Employment - 2011.2, TIP Strategies, Inc.
(1) Location quotients (LQs) represent a ratio of employment relative to the US. LQs greater than or equal to 1.25 suggest a specialization.

ABOUT

This profile covers one of three priority industry targets identified by Austin-based TIP Strategies as a fit for the WKM.

  Information on this page was provided in part from TIP STRATEGIES, INC. (TIP) and Wadley Donovan GrowthTech, LLC. TIP is a privately held Austin-based economic development consulting firm which assisted West Kentucky Megasite with analysis of the regional workforce and identification of potential target industry opportunities. For their complete report, click on the TIP Workforce Analysis Link in the right sidebar. A complete current demographic profile complied by Wadley Donovan GrowthTech, LLC is also available in the right sidebar.