From the design studio to the production line, Cincinnati
USA has become a driving force at all levels of automotive
manufacturing. The three-state region surrounding
Cincinnati is a leader in light vehicle production, with
Ohio ranked second nationally (1.9 million vehicles annu-
ally), while Kentucky ranked fourth and Indiana
fifth, in 2004.
Extensive Auto Investment
80 percent of North American light vehicle production
takes place in Ohio or within 500 miles of its borders.
Ohio has tripled its share of U.S. car production in the
last decade, growing from 7.3 percent of US output
in 1993 to almost 21 percent in 2003, accounting for
one-fifth of the country’s output.
Ohio was also second in the nation with value-added
to motor vehicles and parts during the most recently
measured period, reflecting the continued investments
in the state’s motor vehicle industry: $3.64 billion by
115 companies from 2001 to 2003.
In addition to being a major force in vehicle production,
Ohio is also a leader in the number of tier-1 auto parts
suppliers. The state ranks second in the nation with
221 suppliers. Combined with 102 tier-1 suppliers in
Indiana and 51 in Kentucky, the tristate area surrounding
Cincinnati USA accounts for more than 25 percent of the
tier-1 suppliers in the United States.
Cincinnati USA is integral to the supply chain of many
auto related firms, with more than 108 out of 614 of
Ohio’s motor vehicle industry companies located in the
An Experienced Workforce
A stable, productive workforce of 1.5 million within
95,000 skilled workers are employed in Cincinnati
USA’s motor vehicle, metalworking and industrial machin-
ery, and chemical and plastics industry clusters.
Fueling the Industry’s Drive to
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America has become one of the driving forces behind
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