Above: A view of Honda's manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio, among the top manufacturers in the state (source Honda).
Home to 14,000+ manufacturing companies and more than 800,000 related jobs, Ohio is among the nation’s most powerful states for manufacturing. With its low business costs, solid infrastructure and abundant capital funding, the Buckeye state is home to both major names in the automotive sector and also medical equipment and industrial machinery.
This article will explore the latest trends and statistics in the state's industrial sector and examine the top manufacturing companies in Ohio.
According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Ohio is currently home to 14,432 manufacturing companies employing 861,080 workers, ranking third in the nation for number of manufacturing jobs.
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According to MNI, Cincinnati is Ohio’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 71,453 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in Ohio include
• Cleveland (50,840 jobs)
• Columbus (39,131 jobs)
• Dayton (22,001 jobs)
• Toledo (19,744 jobs)
Cuyahoga County is Ohio’s largest in terms of manufacturing jobs, home to 123,752 workers. This is followed by Hamilton County with 89,529 workers, and Franklin County with 79,139 workers. Montgomery County is home to 47,956 industrial workers, and Summit is home to 46,171.
The industrial machinery industry ranks as Ohio’s largest manufacturing sector based on number of jobs, employing 17% of the state’s industrial workers. This is followed by fabricated metal products with 12%; and transportation equipment with another 11%. Rubber and miscellaneous plastic products accounts for 9% of Ohio’s industrial workforce, while food products accounts for 8%.
MNI reports there are 55,938 executive contacts among Ohio’s manufacturing companies, including 8,623 presidents, 4,197 owners and partners; 5,178 vice-presidents and 6,302 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about Ohio manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Ohio manufacturers are women-owned
• 9% are publicly owned companies
• 13% import raw materials
• 28% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Honda Of America Manufacturing, Inc.||5,000||Marysville||OH|
|Stellantis US, LLC||5,000||Toledo||OH|
|Bath & Body Works, Inc.||4,816||Columbus||OH|
|Northern Stamping, Inc.||4,500||Cuyahoga Heights||OH|
|Honda Of America Manufacturing, Inc., Anna Engine Plt.||3,500||Anna||OH|
|Whirlpool Corp., Clyde Opers.||3,500||Clyde||OH|
|The Lincoln Electric Co.||3,350||Cleveland||OH|
|Crown Equipment Corp.||3,000||New Bremen||OH|
1. GE Aviation Systems, LLC (Cincinnati, OH)
With reported annual sales of $16.8 billion and encompassing 6.5 million square-feet of manufacturing space GE Aviation’s Cincinnati plant is a major operation. This location employs 6,500 Ohio workers and manufactures turboprop and turboshaft engines for cargo, executive, and passenger jets as well as bombers and helicopter. The facility also offers aircraft engine derivatives for marine propulsion and industrial power sources, while its services unit provides maintenance, service, and spare parts.
2. Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. (Marysville, OH)
Employing 5,000 Ohio workers, Honda’s Marysville location ranks among the state’s largest employers based on number of jobs. Established in 1979, this facility produces a range of passenger vehicle models, including the Accord Sedan, Acura RDX, and the VTX 1300 V-Twin Cruiser.
3. Stellantis US, LLC (Toldeo, OH)
At this 3.6 million square-foot plant in Toledo, 5,000 workers focus on assembling the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Gladiator. In 2016, the company won a silver designation in World Class Manufacturing—the first U.S. manufacturing plant to be awarded such as distinction.
4. Bath & Body Works (Columbus, OH)
Employing 4,816, Bath & Body Works in Columbus produces a wide range of personal care and beauty products and home fragrance products. This location also serves as the company’s headquarters.
5. Swagelok Co. (Solon, OH)
Established in 1947, this Swagelok Co. location functions as the company’s headquarters and produces a range of fluid systems, including valves, tube fittings & components. Employing 4,800 workers in Solon, Swagelok distributes its products around the world.
6. Northern Stamping, Inc. (Cuyahoga Heights, OH)
Northern Stamping Inc. is a producer of stamped components, such as cross members, engine mounts, and heat shields. The company was founded in 1989 and has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. The company provides advanced engineering and manufacturing solutions for complex structural components and welded assemblies. Employing 4,500 in the town of Solon, this location encompasses 114,000 square feet.
7. Honda of America, Anna Engine Plant (Anna, OH)
Employing 3,500, Honda’s Anna, Ohio plant was established in 1985 and produces automotive engines, supplying the company’s Maryville plant.
8. Whirlpool Corp., Clyde Operations (Clyde, OH)
Employing 3,500 in Cleveland, this150,000 square-foot-facility produces washing machines, including the Kenmore and Roper.
9. The Lincoln Electric Co. (Cleveland, OH)
Encompassing 2.2 million square feet plant in Cleveland, this plant operates as the company headquarters and produces arc welding and cutting equipment and supplies.
10. Crown Equipment Corp. (New Bremen, OH)
Crown Equipment Corporation is a global manufacturer of material handling equipment, lift trucks, and technology, with a network of more than 500 forklift dealers in over 80 countries. Among the top industrial employers in the state of Ohio, this location employs 3,000.
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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November of 2021. It has been updated to reflect new trends and statistics on Ohio's manufacturing sector.