Our history in the automotive industry goes back almost 60 years and covers practically every major manufacturer on the planet. Here in Marion County, we build discrete parts, components, and elements needed to build commercial and consumer vehicles that help our national economy function. From the smallest of plastic parts to the largest suspension systems, Marion County helps build cars and trucks that move us forward.
Our wonderful skilled workforce, location and proximity to assembly plants, and our tremendous infrastructure make Marion County an ideal location for automotive manufacturing and fabrication.
We have a strong, trained, local, and prepared workforce focused on delivering quality.
Our location and transportation options make us a unique option for supply chains and delivery points.
Named “Best Places in Kentucky for Auto Parts Suppliers” (Southern Business & Development 2017)
Corporations from around the globe have chosen to make Marion County their destination of choice for specific reasons – beyond just workforce and location. Quality of life for employees, access to education, healthcare, and residential real estate are as essential as tax structures, business-friendly regulations and policies, and utility costs. When combined, these factors create an environment where the automotive industry simply thrives… here, in the Heart of Kentucky.
Our oldest automotive manufacturer in Lebanon, Curtis Maruyasu America, Inc. (CMA) moved to Lebanon in 1984. A subsidiary of Japan-based Maruyasu Industries, CMA specializes in fluid and gas control products and technology for the automobile. Over the years, CMA has expanded from their original facility several times including purchasing an additional 11 acres adjacent to their original site in 1995. As a tier one supplier to the automotive industry, CMA employs over 600 people in their facility.
Fuel Total Systems expanded to Lebanon in 2008. Their facility was completed in 2010. Fuel Total Systems manufactures fuel tanks for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Toyota Avalon, Tacoma, and Lexus ES.
Hendrickson Truck Commercial Systems is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of suspension systems and components for industrial strength vehicles. Representative of a $5.6 million investment, Hendrickson located in Lebanon in 1998. Hendrickson originally built a 54,000-square-foot facility to house their manufacturing of suspension systems, axle systems, springs, bumpers, and trim components. In 2005, they added an extra 30,000 square feet to their existing site in Lebanon. In 2014, Hendrickson expanded operations that created approximately 60 jobs and a $12 million investment as well as opening a 100,000-square-foot trail division in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Hendrickson operates nearly 229,000 square feet in Marion County and employs 198 people.
NSU Corporation established a presence in Lebanon when they purchased a 90,000-square-foot building in Lebanon in 2001. NSU later expanded their existing facility by 26,000 square feet and again in 2004 by 60,000 square feet for $3 million. A subsidiary of Japan-based Nakagawa Sangyo Ltd., NSU manufactures automotive interior components, exhaust system components, and heat insulators for a variety of automotive manufacturers including Lexus and Toyota.
Pacific Die Cut Industries (PDCI) Automotive LLC., a subsidiary of Pacific Die Cut Industries, arrived in Lebanon in 2011 with the intention of improving the convenience of their services to new and existing automotive contracts in the Midwest. Beginning in a 30,000-square-foot facility, PDCI later expanded into a freshly built 60,000-square-foot facility. In Lebanon, PDCI specializes in manufacturing Just-In-Time automotive components for a variety of OEMs.
Toyota Boshoku Kentucky, LLC. (TBKY) was established in Kentucky by Toyota Boshoku America in 2003 with 3 current locations. TBKY purchased 18.5 acres of land and a 60,000-square-foot building in 2003 to produce interior and exterior vehicle components and other unit components for a variety of customers including Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors.
Established in 1997, TG Kentucky purchased a 430,000-square-foot facility which was a $65 million investment by the Japan-based Toyoda Gosei. Originally employing 65 people, TG Kentucky has since grown to employ more than 1,100 people and has expanded operations several times in the past two decades. TG Kentucky is set to continue an $8.2 million expansion project that will increase the facility by 18,000 square feet. As a tier 1 and tier 2 automotive supplier, TG Kentucky specializes in interior, exterior, and functional components.
U.S. Chita Co., Ltd. was established as a joint venture between Chita Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Neturen USA in 2003. U.S. Chita manufactures and sells wire springs and thin leaf springs in a 60,000-square-foot plant in Lebanon.