With an extensive network of OEMs and suppliers, Ohio is a top automotive manufacturing state. Ohio is at the center of the motor vehicle industry with over 82 percent of total U.S. light vehicle production either within Ohio or 500 miles (805 kilometers) of its borders.

Key facts

  • Six high-volume light-vehicle plants (cars and light trucks) are located in Ohio.
  • 13 vehicle models and six medium- and heavy-duty truck models, are produced here.
  • 108,196 Ohio workers are employed in the automotive industry.
  • Ohio's automotive sector has a GSP of $15.7 billion.
  • 580 establishments directly and indirectly supply automotive assemblers, with many Tier I, II and III suppliers and specialists in tool and die, stamping, machining, injection molding and other auto processes.

National position

  • Second highest number of final assembly plants and suppliers, behind Michigan
  • Second in value-added parts production
  • Third in value-added for combined assembly, bodies, trailers and parts operations
  • First in the manufacture of engines and transmissions
  • Third largest automotive workforce

Major players

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Ford, General Motors, Honda, Kenworth and Navistar have assembly plants here. Models produced include Honda Accords and CR-Vs, Chevrolet Cruzes, and Jeep Wranglers and Cherokees.
  • Five Fortune 1000 companies that supply parts are headquartered here: Cooper Tire & Rubber, Dana, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Parker Hannifin and Worthington Industries.
  • More than 90 companies from 16 nations have subsidiaries and/or joint ventures in Ohio; 11 are on Fortune's Global 500 list.

Top employers

  • Honda - 14,500
  • General Motors - 8,800
  • Ford - 6,270
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - 6,130

Recent trends

  • Ohio is becoming a global hub for the research, testing and production of smart transportation technologies, including the $45 million, 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test (SMART) Center for automated and connected vehicles.
  • Ohio companies are innovators in lightweight materials and alternative powertrain technologies.


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