Both the Toledo MSA and Lima were ranked as top Manufacturing regions by separate trade publications just last month.

Recognizing the historical strength of the Toledo metropolitan workforce and its advancement with new technologies, Business Facilities magazine has ranked the local MSA as the No. 2 Manufacturing region in the United States. Business Facilities, which produces an Annual Metro Rankings Report, is recognized as a leading economic development publication and source for corporate site selectors and economic development professionals.

“This region possesses the very best of the manufacturing mindset because it’s engrained in our workforce and business community,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership. “We’re proud to have Business Facilities recognize our successes in advanced manufacturing.”

Further south down I-75, Lima was named a top 20 U.S. city for manufacturers. The ranking from Global Trade Magazine noted how Lima has bounced back strongly from the 2007 recession and is home to manufacturing giants such as Proctor & Gamble, Ford and General Dynamics.

The City of Toledo has been very successful in attracting new manufacturing projects over the past few years. Major projects by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and General Motors alone have resulted in more than 800 new jobs and over $2 billion of investment into our community. “The City and its partners are hard at work to continue to strengthen our community’s competitive advantage for manufacturing operations,” said Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.

Along with a nationally recognized workforce, Northwest Ohio offers manufacturing companies a favorable business climate and multiple logistics resources.

Ford plant
Lima’s Ford plant | photo credit: Michael Ayers

“Lima’s location along two major highways and our trained workforce are key factors in securing our position among the top manufacturing cities in the U.S,” said  Dave Stratton, President/CEO of Allen Economic Development Group. “The collaboration between private business, government, and education entities ensures companies can meet the challenges they face. Our largest companies continue to thrive and expand and new companies are attracted to the Allen County region. Working cooperatively with the Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio teams has been and will continue to be a major factor in our success.”

The publication said Lima employs nearly 46,000 people and pays an average salary of more than $67,000 a year, according to TownSquare Publications. Lima’s manufacturing output per capita was approximately $40,000 in 2018, according to AdvisorSmith.

Over the last several years, the Regional Growth Partnership has successfully worked with its economic development partners in building a more diverse industry base. Yet the Toledo/Northwest Ohio region still recognizes and values the traditional manufacturing sector as a critical driver of its economy. In 2019, the RGP and its partners closed 52 projects under the advanced manufacturing umbrella. These projects produced $1 billion of investment in Northwest Ohio along with 1,278 new jobs.
This national recognition is not limited to Northwest Ohio. The state of Ohio, in fact, has been a manufacturing powerhouse for generations. Ohio was ranked by Business Facilities in the Top 10 in several manufacturing categories. Dayton and Akron also ranked favorably for manufacturing. In addition, Cincinnati was named a Top 10 city for corporate headquarters. Overall, Ohio captured nine top 10’s in the Business Facilities rankings for states. To view the complete 2020 BF Rankings Report, including state, metro and international results, visit