Tier 1 suppliers in Kentucky would be a company that supplies components, or services directly to the assembly plant to attach to a final product.
Tier 1 suppliers in Kentucky: Automotive parts manufacturers that supply final equipment directly to automakers (OEMs or original equipment manufacturers). Increasingly, tier one suppliers are becoming “systems integrators” or producers of major subassemblies and modular components that can be installed into a vehicle as a unit, such as a complete chassis.
Tier 1 and Tier 2 aren’t official terms; they’re more terms of a descriptive nature. They’re also not exclusively used by the automotive industry, although that is what is discussed more commonly. The concept of “tier” doesn’t reflect how big or important a company is; it mostly indicates who the end user of that company’s product is.
Basically, if we stay with automotive manufacturing as an example, at the top of the food chain are the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), who are the car-makers, example: Toyota, Ford, GM, Nissan, BMW, KIA, etc.
Tier 1 suppliers in Kentucky would be a company who makes products specifically for one of the OEMs. That would be companies like Dana, Delphi, Magna and Johnson Controls who sell directly to an OEM.
Then you just move down the list. A Tier 2 supplier who be somebody selling products to Dana, Delphi, Magna and Johnson Controls. A Tier 3 supplier sells a more “raw” product to a Tier 2, etc.
Here is the distance from our facility to these OEM manufactures –
Toyota Motor Georgetown KY – 47 mi
Ford Truck Assembly Louisville, KY – 63 mi
Ford Assembly Louisville KY – 73 mi
GM‘s Corvette Assembly Bowling Green KY – 132 mi
Nissan NA Smyrna, TN – 202 mi
Nissan Decherd, TN – 227 mi
Nissan Franklin, TN – 221 mi
Honda of America Marysville OH – 231 mi
GM Plant Spring Hill, TN – 240 mi
Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga, TN – 241 mi
BMW Manufacturing Co Greer, SC – 330 mi