What Are the Major Industries of Kentucky?

Kentucky is the world's leading producer of American whiskey. It is also the fourth-largest truck producer and the fifth-largest automobile producer in the United States.

Kentucky is home to the headquarters of a number of Fortune 500 companies: Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation, Lexmark International, Ashland Inc. (owners of the Valvoline brand), Humana Inc. and Kindred Healthcare Inc. (formerly Vencor). The top five employers in the state by number of employees are the Fort Campbell City Offices, Humana Inc., UK Chandler Hospital, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and UPS Worldport. The next five are GE Consumer & Industrial, Kosair Children's Hospital, Ford Motor Company, the Corrections Department of Kentucky and King's Daughters Cardiology.