Kentucky Auto Production

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Vehicle exports from Kentucky were up 43 percent through the first nine months of the year, setting a state record.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear is bragging about Kentucky's standing as the nation's third-ranked automobile-producing state.

Beshear said Monday that only Ohio and Michigan produced more vehicles in the first half of 2013. And he said Kentucky is on pace to surpass last year's production total of more than 1 million vehicles.

The second-term Democrat said growth in the automobile industry means more jobs and a stronger economy in Kentucky.