Strategically located between the traditional Grain Belt region and the populous East Coast markets, Toledo/Northwest Ohio is one of the leading manufacturing regions of food, equipment and agricultural products in the United States. Ohio employs over 100,000 people in the industry, including more than 16,000 here in Northwest Ohio working for a remarkable concentration of companies that process, distribute and market foods enjoyed around the world.
- Supply Chain – Northwest Ohio offers a strong supply chain in the food industry with some of the biggest manufacturing equipment and service companies, including mechanical, engineering and fabrication shops.
- Natural Resources – The Toledo region offers an abundance of the most important natural resource in the food processing industry – water. Bounded by Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes, this region provides the world’s largest supply of fresh water.
- Research and Innovation – The Center for Innovative Food Technology provides technical innovations and solutions to the food processing agribusiness sectors. Small businesses and startups can take advantage of CIFT services such as product and package development, food safety consulting, technology development and prototyping.
To further capitalize on the existing assets which have made Northwest Ohio a leading location for the food processing/beverage industry, American Electric Power led an initiative to formally designate five Northwest Ohio sites as certified and shovel ready. The certification of these sites adds yet another piece to our already successful storyline of Northwest Ohio being a top location for the food/beverage industry.
In just the past three years, Northwest Ohio’s food processing industry has generated:
Our location, combined with a comprehensive transportation network and intermodal connections, allows for fast, efficient and cost-effective access to customers. And businesses will find an extremely friendly climate in Ohio which has the lowest tax burden on new investments in the Midwest and is ranked the No. 3 business climate in the U.S.