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State trade fact sheets - Kentucky
- Canada is Kentucky’s #1 customer
- 355,000 Canadian travelers spent $33 million in Kentucky in 2017
- 92 Canadian-owned businesses employ 6,245 workers in Kentucky
- Kentucky sells more goods to Canada than to its next two largest foreign markets combined — the UK & France
- Canada sells more to Kentucky than it sells to South Korea
Partners in Aluminum: Canada and Kentucky
Canadian manufacturer Dajcor Aluminum expands into Perry County near Hazard, KY. The aluminum extrusion operation is investing $19.6 million in a 300,000 square foot facility that will ultimately create up to 265 full-time positions. The eastern Kentucky location was chosen for the company's first foray into the United States due to its proximity to U.S. markets, available workforce, and employee training programs. This region of Kentucky has a blossoming aluminum industry due to state investment.
Forging Ahead with Canadian Investment in Crittenden
With a $5.9 million investment and 30 jobs added at the Wolf Steel facility in Crittenden, KY, this Canadian-owned manufacturer is amidst its third expansion in a decade. Wolf Steel, manufacturer of Napoleon BBQs, fireplaces and HVAC equipment, based in Barrie, ON, has centered its United States operations in this hard-working Northern Kentucky community, which is about 25 miles south of Cincinnati/Covington. “We are committed to doubling the size of our business, and our Crittenden facility will play a major role in manufacturing and distributing products to our U.S. customers,” said President Ron McArthur.
Canadian National Invests in Kentucky’s Railways
Canadian National is a critical part of the Canada–U.S. supply chain with its 20,000-mile network across the two countries. In 2019, Canadian National announced a $16 million investment in Kentucky's 98 mile existing rail infrastructure in order to 'boost capacity and network resiliency and to meet growing traffic.' This investment also includes the latest in safety technology such as Autonomous Track Inspection and Positive Train Control System. In addition to this investment, Canadian National also contributes to Kentucky's communities with over $2 million each year in taxes.
Kentucky exports $7.8 billion in goods to Canada annually
Kentucky exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 3%
- Chemicals: 6%
- Equipment & machinery: 20%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 7%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 51%
- Other: 4%
Kentucky imports $4.1 billion in goods from Canada annually
Kentucky imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 5%
- Chemicals: 10%
- Equipment & machinery: 17%
- Forest products: 5%
- Minerals & metals: 33%
- Plastics & rubbers: 7%
- Transportation: 13%
- Other: 10%
Top Kentucky goods exports to Canada
- Automobiles: $1.4 billion
- Trucks: $1.1 billion
- Motor vehicle parts: $812 million
- Aircraft & parts: $573 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $441 million
- Computers: $262 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $190 million
- Telephones & AV recording equipment: $168 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $124 million
- Paints, pigments, varnishes, dyestuffs & inks: $115 million
Top Kentucky goods imports from Canada
- Aluminum & aluminum articles: $828 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $460 million
- Engines & turbines: $226 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $222 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $180 million
- Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $149 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $129 million
- Organic chemicals: $100 million
- Softwood lumber: $89 million
- Paper & paperboard: $89 million
Kentucky exports $368 million in services to Canada annually
Top Kentucky services exports to Canada
- Travel services: $214 million
- Business & professional services: $45 million
- Royalties: $28 million
- Equipment installation, maintenance & repair: $24 million
- Insurance services: $23 million
For more information on Kentucky’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Detroit.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2019 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2020 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2018 services exports (estimated, 2/2020 release).
- Statistics Canada: 2017 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2019 release, US$1.00=C$1.2986).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (12/2019 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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