Advanced Manufacturing

Ohio Holds the Keys to Manufacturing Success

Skilled talent and continuous innovation drive next-generation manufacturing in Ohio

Ingenuity and innovation have always been the backbone of Ohio’s manufacturing industry, and it’s no different now. Ohio’s role as a leader in advanced manufacturing is more vital than ever as companies embrace new ways of making things with additive manufacturing, automation, advanced materials and other new technologies. Manufacturers continue to streamline processes by leveraging the industrial internet of things (IIoT) for smart manufacturing.

With Ohio’s well-earned reputation as a manufacturing powerhouse, it's not surprising that manufacturing innovation is happening here. For starters, the state’s manufacturing sector is one of the largest in the U.S., generating output of $104.6 billion. With nearly 700,000 workers, the state’s manufacturing workforce, known for its industriousness and ingenuity, is the third-largest in the country. Ohio also has the resources and collaborative environment companies need to revolutionize the industry – more than $12 billion is invested annually in R&D statewide.

Thousands of manufacturing companies call Ohio home. They know that in Ohio, you can:

  • Access suppliers and customers easily, quickly and cost-effectively. Ohio’s integrated transportation infrastructure includes four dedicated air cargo terminals, the second highest number of intermodal terminals in the U.S. alongside the fourth largest interstate system, and ports on Lake Erie and the Ohio River that provide water access to destinations nationally and globally. This infrastructure, together with Ohio’s accessibility, reduce transportation costs, time and speed to market for manufacturing companies.
  • Find well-trained and dedicated workers who are equipped with the skills needed for today’s technologically advanced manufacturing positions. Dozens of trade schools, technical centers, apprentice programs, co-ops and certification courses produce thousands of qualified individuals each year, including 11,700 engineers and engineer techs, who are ready to fill manufacturing positions at all levels. Companies can partner with colleges and training programs to find employees or shape their own education and training initiatives.
  • Partner with academic institutions, industry-leading peers and manufacturing support organizations, from concept to commercialization. Ohio supports four National Networks for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes providing leadership on emerging technologies, including carbon fiber (IACMI), 3D-printing (America Makes), lightweight materials (LIFT) and flexible electronics (NextFlex). With opportunities for collaboration on R&D, product development and other activities, manufacturing companies can develop and benefit from new innovations faster and easier.
  • Benefit from the state’s plentiful and affordable natural gas, low-cost energy and deregulated power market, and pro-manufacturing tax structure and regulatory framework. Ohio has the lowest average tax rate for new, capital-intensive manufacturing facilities in the Midwest, saving manufacturing companies from additional costs that affect the bottom line.

The manufacturing sector is rapidly evolving. In Ohio, it’s easy to stay ahead of the curve. Make your future here.

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Air Cargo Equipment Company Satco, Inc. Chooses Ohio For New Operations

CVG and local air cargo growth were major factors in investment decision
November 1, 2019

Satco, Inc. wanted to establish a maintenance and assembly operation for its air cargo equipment and other products, which are used by airlines that serve FedEx, UPS, DHL and Amazon. Customer proximity and industry growth in the surrounding area impacted Satco’s decision to grow in Ohio.

Italy-Based Modula Will Invest $26.5 Million in Dayton Daily News Building

Dayton region’s location, industrial strength and economic development partnerships draw investment
June 11, 2019

Modula, an international group with a headquarters in Italy that manufactures automated storage systems, purchased the Dayton Daily News building. Modula decided to invest in Southwest Ohio for its second U.S. location to expand its manufacturing capacity and increase its access to customers across the country.

Lincoln Electric Extends Expertise into Additive Manufacturing

Global manufacturer using 3D printing technology on large-scale products
May 3, 2019

Lincoln Electric, a leading manufacturer of arc welding products and robotic arc welding systems and equipment, is set to launch a metal additive manufacturing service in Northeast Ohio later this year. The company will focus on large-scale metal products by welding layers of metal upon metal. This expansion in the 3D printing space supports Northeast Ohio’s focus on becoming a “center of excellence” for additive manufacturing.

IIoT is Transforming the Future of Manufacturing

IIoT is Transforming the Future of Manufacturing

Cutting-edge companies in Ohio leverage innovation in IIoT
Glenn Richardson, managing director of advanced manufacturing, JobsOhio
February 25, 2019

Industrial IoT (IIoT) is positioned to profoundly impact advanced manufacturing. Automation presents one of the largest opportunities for growth for manufacturers of all sizes, and Ohio companies are leveraging IIoT to change the way things are made and delivered.



Since moving to Solon in 1965, Swagelok Company, has become a top employer in Northeast Ohio and across the state. Strong partnerships with Solon city officials and JobsOhio have helped the company deepen its roots in the area with a new global headquarters and innovation center.

Pilkington North America

Pilkington North America

Pilkington North America has contributed to the Toledo area’s claim of “Glass City.” The company is expanding with a float glass plant in Ohio to support its long-term agreement with First Solar, a leader in solar energy.

Carbon Fiber Poised to Revolutionize Ohio Industries

Carbon Fiber Poised to Revolutionize Ohio Industries

Stronger and lighter materials appeal to many industries
Glenn Richardson, managing director of advanced manufacturing, JobsOhio
April 5, 2018

Carbon fiber is five times stronger than steel, but about two-thirds the weight and is heat resistant. JobsOhio has made it a priority to foster carbon fiber and carbon fiber composite advancements that are cost-effective using Ohio’s many resources.

Research & Development Center Grant

JobsOhio is committed to supporting pioneers in the state and driving industry-changing innovation. That’s why we created the JobsOhio Research & Development (R&D) Center Grant which includes up to $100 million of overall funding assistance that helps facilitate the creation of new R&D centers across Ohio in nine targeted industries.

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