“The infrastructure system (allows us) to get product in and out of the facility in an efficient and effective way.”
– Dale Laws, Whirlpool
The Toledo/Northwest Ohio region has been at the heart of industrial activity since it was founded and now has taken its place at the forefront of high-tech, advanced technologies. This region possesses the very best of the manufacturing mindset because it’s ingrained in the business community, upheld by the universities, and proudly embraced by the region’s people. An abundance of educated employees have helped Northwest Ohio become one of the most robust environments for advanced manufacturing.
- Workforce – Northwest Ohio offers a talented employment base of more than 130,000 people in the manufacturing industry. The region is home to dozens of higher education institutions, including highly recognized community colleges that offer customized training programs to fit the technical needs of both businesses and individuals.
- Business Climate – Ohio has the lowest tax burden on new investment in the Midwest, keeping the cost of doing business low. Ohio has also been ranked as one of the top three business climates in the U.S. In addition, the assembly in Free Trade Zones supports precise investments and tax planning.
- Logistics and Location – The region has immediate access to three of the country’s most traveled interstates, is home to the largest general cargo port on the Great Lakes and is located within a day’s drive to nearly half the U.S. and Canadian marketplace.
Northwest Ohio’s logistical advantages also make it a key location for manufacturing: within a 300-mile radius of Toledo, the region has access to the most industrial square footage in the United States and Canada. The region has immediate access to three of the country’s most traveled interstates (I-80, I-90, I-75) and is the largest general cargo port on the Great Lakes. Coupled with its low-cost business environment and location in a state ranking third in manufacturing employment nationwide, Northwest Ohio is leading the new tech-savvy manufacturing industrial revolution.
Numerous industrial trade reporters have visited Northwest Ohio recently to visit with manufacturing companies and learn about the rejuvenation across this region. They came away from these meetings highlighting the diversity and use of advanced technologies, automation, growth and robotics, with one reporter describing the industry as “Manufacturing Innovation Alive in Ohio.”
In just the past three years, Northwest Ohio’s advanced manufacturing industry has generated:
Northwest Ohio has a rich history of manufacturing that continues to flourish in today’s global economy. From automotive to advanced materials – this region’s manufacturing landscape is more diverse than ever before. The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership supports this valuable industry by providing the products, services, and assistance that are dedicated to the productivity, growth, and global competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers. The Ohio MEP program works with specialized nonprofits to provide low-cost business and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers.