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Since 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, one of the oldest state manufacturing organizations in America, has been Kentucky’s most important advocate for manufacturing and economic growth.

Manufacturing is the economic engine of Kentucky, producing $38.33 billion in annual gross domestic product (GDP), nearly 18% of Kentucky’s total GDP.

WHY KAM?

1

Advocacy for Manufacturers

  • Kentucky’s only statewide business association with a primary focus on manufacturing
  • Kentucky’s most effective and experienced advocacy team for manufacturers
  • Unparalleled legislative and regulatory information, updates, and alerts
 

WHY KAM?

2

Workforce Development,
Education & Training

  • Serves as a connector across the Commonwealth and beyond
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for talent development solutions, working with educators, manufacturers, and government partners to ensure a 21st-century workforce for manufacturers in Kentucky
  • Promotes training and seminars.

WHY KAM?

3

Cost-Saving Member Benefits

  • Special rates on insurance services: health, property, and casualty coverage
  • Core expense reduction metrics
  • Energy audits
  • Uniform/textile provision, less-than-truckload shipping, and office supplies

Our History

36 charter companies and 15 charter directors joined together to incorporate the Kentucky Manufacturers and Shippers Association, dedicated to working on problems affecting the business, tax, and labor climate in Kentucky.

1911

Helped write the Commonwealth’s first workers' compensation insurance act, which formed the basis for workers' compensation insurance in Kentucky.

1916

Joined the National Association of Manufacturers. Name changed to Associated Industries of Kentucky.

1923

Merged with the Kentucky Tax Research Association and the Kentucky Taxpayers Association.

1960s

Merged with the Kentucky Safety Council and the Kentucky Small Business Association.

1980s

The Associated Industries of Kentucky solidified its status as the premier industry advocacy organization in the Commonwealth.

1990s

The organization's name was changed to the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.

2006

The Kentucky Chemistry Industry Council joins KAM.

2010s

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Council and the Kentucky Aerospace Industry Council join KAM.

2020s

KAM continues to broaden its work to grow Kentucky's manufacturing economy and promote its member companies.

2022

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners!