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Autos Drive America Celebrates Manufacturing Month

October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Autos Drive America is celebrating Manufacturing Month by highlighting international automakers U.S. manufacturing presence and workforce development programs through October.

“Over the past 60 years, international automakers have invested $98 billion into their U.S. operations and today have 31 manufacturing plants in America,” said Jennifer Safavian, president and CEO of Autos Drive America.  “Today they account for nearly half of all U.S. auto production and directly employ 131,000 Americans.”

International automakers U.S. manufacturing facts:
•    31 manufacturing facilities across 12 states that produce vehicles, batteries, and components
•    60 percent of direct U.S. jobs are in manufacturing
•    215 workforce development programs are available across 30 states
•    4 million vehicles produced in 2020
•    46 percent of all U.S. vehicles produced in 2020
•    650,000 U.S. built vehicles were exported around the globe last year

“International automakers are completely woven into the fabric of American communities. They are dedicated to creating American jobs, supporting American communities, and empowering their American workers,” Safavian added.  “MFG Month is another great way to highlight how they are dedicated to building America’s pipeline of talented auto industry workers and sparking interest in high-tech manufacturing careers.”

Autos Drive America will celebrate Manufacturing Month with special posts and features on the Association’s social media channels and website. To learn more about international automakers economic contributions in the United States, download the Association’s newly released economic impact report: 2021 Economic Impact Report


Autos Drive America represents the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers integral to America’s workforce, communities, and economy. As the voice of international automakers in the United States, Autos Drive America works closely with policymakers at all levels of government to advance policies that promote jobs, trade, and growth in the U.S. automotive Learn more at