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AutoVision Conference brings major manufacturers and suppliers to Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As the nation's third largest auto producer, the commonwealth has a lot to brag about and members of the Kentucky Auto Industry Association want to keep the momentum going, because there's a lot at stake.

"One out of every 13 jobs can be traced back to automotive. There's 86,000 people employed directly in the automotive business in Kentucky with 137,000 jobs in total," said Dave Tatman, executive director of Kentucky Auto Industry Association. "So if you want to talk about Kentucky and its economy, you've got to talk about the auto industry."

Chartered by Governor Steve Beshear, the new organization is hitting the ground running.

"This is our first year for AutoVision 2015, what we expect to become an annual conference. Things like this help establish our identity,” Tatman said.

Auto leaders from around the world came to Louisville on Tuesday, which means opportunities for the Bluegrass State.

“Volvo recently announced a decision to located a plant in South Carolina. We were in the discussions with that,” said Tatman. “But the reality is that based on what’s happened with Ford, Toyota and General Motors, we’ve essentially created three new assembly plants in the state.”

Big names like Ford, Toyota and GM are all here, many sharing what Kentucky already means to their company.

"Kentucky's a very important state,” said GM Chief Economist Mustafa Mohatarem. “We obviously make the Corvette here. And the whole environment here is very supportive and conducive."

An opportunity to share, learn and grow, organizers of AutoVision believe Kentucky's auto industry is going strong and the conference is here to stay.

To learn more about the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association and future events, click here.

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