“Northwest Ohio has great proximity to our customer base, and overall, it’s a lower cost place to do business.”
– Paul Watroba, Dana

Download Overview of Automotive Manufacturing

For well over 100 years, the Toledo/Northwest Ohio region has served as a major location for research, innovation, development and production in the automotive industry. Throughout this past century, the region has utilized its core expertise of manufacturing knowledge and its proximity to Detroit to develop a robust cluster in the industry.

Regional Assets

  • Workforce – The Northwest Ohio workforce has long been recognized as the best and most productive in North America. More than 45,000 people are employed in the automotive industry, and the region boasts a deep pool of candidates from some of the top engineering programs.
  • Location – The Toledo region is just 45 miles from Detroit, the automotive capital of the world. This region is directly in the center of the largest concentration of automotive production and engineering activity in North America.
  • Supply Chain – Northwest Ohio has extensive Tier I, Tier II and Tier III automotive suppliers and broad expertise in tool and die, stamping, machining, injection molding, and other automotive processes.

Two of the industry giants, Fiat Chrysler and GM-Powertrain, have recently announced planned investments exceeding $2 billion in their Toledo operations. Ohio offers an innovative ecosystem offering next-generation resources and collaborative partners investing in ongoing connected and autonomous vehicle research, development and testing.

In just the past three years, Northwest Ohio’s automotive industry has generated:

Successful Projects
New Jobs
Billion Capital Investment

In Ohio, automotive companies can efficiently deliver to more than 75 percent of current North American auto assembly plants within one day’s drive. An exceptional combination of nationally ranked educational institutions, industry-specific resources and a highly talented workforce – available at an affordable rate – are assets other locations cannot match.