Kentucky's primary metal manufacturing industry is headlined by North American Stainless, a member of the Spanish Acerinox Group, one of the world's largest stainless steel producers. On its website North American Stainless writes the following about it's facility in Kentucky "Our location in Carroll County, Kentucky, enabled us to build a state-of-the-art production facility on 1400 acres near a major interstate highway and with direct access to the Ohio River. As a "greenfield" project, we had the opportunity to plan the plant layout for maximum efficiency and offer the full range of stainless flat and long products with competitive delivery times. With all of NAS's production lines on site, we avoid the inherent delays that are common in mills with geographically dispersed production sites."
The aluminum industry is also essential for Kentucky as it accounted $2 billion in the state's GDP. In addition, Kentucky has, according to the US Geological Survey, the greatest capacity of any state in the US to generate aluminum. For that reason, many companies plan to realize aluminum-related projects to meet the growing demand, resulting in nearly $600 million in new investment and more potential projects to come.
Besides many others, Aleris and Constellium are two examples of companies that are located in Kentucky and operate in the aluminum industry. Aleris, a specialist at lightweight aluminum solutions for the European auto industry, recently announced a $350-million expansion of its rolling mill in Lewisport.
Constellium aligns with UACJ Corporation, a Japanese aluminum company, on a $150-million facility in Bowling Green to produce finished aluminum body sheets for cars and trucks. The company is the largest supplier of high-strength aluminum structural parts for Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck. "Bowling Green was the right location for a number of reasons, including geographic location, the spirit of entrepreneurship in the community and the partnering approach of state and local authorities." says Marcus Wild, CEO of the Constellium and UACJ joint venture in Bowling Green.