Ohio Offers an Open and Secure Supply Chain Location

An Ohio location can reduce supply chain disruptions and support business growth.

The pandemic has exposed America’s overreliance on foreign nations for critical goods. Lack of manufacturing capacity, broken supply chains, and ineffective stockpiles have led to critical goods shortages when supplies were most needed.

In times when supply chain disruptions can have global implications, companies may be seeking to reshore operations and find a suitable location that provides an open, secure, and cost-effective home for their supply chain.

Why Ohio?

The citizens, businesses, and government in Ohio have proved resourceful in the ability to innovate and come together to demonstrate that the state is a resilient and attractive location for investment.

Ohio’s business environment attracts global investment and fosters growth, while the state’s simplified tax structure, central location and affordable cost of doing business are catalysts for economic diversification and prosperity. Ohio’s manufacturing legacy and expertise contributes a skilled labor pool and training programs, as well as infrastructure to support new production facilities.

With just a one-day drive from more than 60% of the U.S. and Canadian populations, Ohio is a well-established base for companies moving goods around the globe, and an attractive location for establishing or expanding U.S. operations.

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Many domestic and foreign companies are recognizing the strategic advantages of locating in the United States, such as protecting intellectual property, shortening supply chains, and shrinking wage differentials between the United States and other overseas locations.

Heartland Forward, with support from JobsOhio, has authored: Reshoring America: Can The Heartland Lead The Way? This report is a look into the advantages the U.S. Heartland has in leading reshoring initiatives.

Services and Incentives

JobsOhio and its extensive network across the state offer complementary support tailored to help fast-track company success. This includes site selection, detailed research and talent attraction services.

In addition, JobsOhio offers performance-based incentives, in the form of loans and grants, to assist companies that locate or expand their operations in the state.


Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging

Ohio isn’t just good at manufacturing, it’s a manufacturing leader with a legacy of making products that have a global reputation. Generations of manufacturing expertise have created the Ohio of today, with the state today boasting:

  • A manufacturing workforce of over 700,000 — the third largest in the U.S.
  • 240,000+ workers in 3D printing occupations at 673 establishments.
  • No. 2 ranking in rubber output and No. 3 in plastics output, and No. 2 in the nation in raw steel production in 2019.

Logistics and Distribution

With a diverse and extensive infrastructure, a central location close to customers, and a thriving tech culture, Ohio is the best place for logistics and distribution companies to excel in a highly digital age.

Ohio's strong transportation infrastructure includes the nation’s fourth largest interstate system, 10 major rail yards, 13 intermodal terminals, seven commercial airports and three inland water ports, meaning flexibility and predictability in moving goods around the globe.

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Food and Agribusiness

Ohio’s proximity to customers and suppliers offers efficient and cost-effective ways to obtain raw materials, produce goods and deliver food to market. Ohio has 1,300+ food manufacturers and 25+ cold-storage facilities.

From advanced R&D in food flavoring to 14 million acres dedicated to agriculture, Ohio offers food companies what they need to thrive.


Ohio’s healthcare industry is attracting world-class researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. The state has 14 top-ranked healthcare systems in the country. Cutting-edge medical device and health-tech companies are emerging in Ohio, while international companies choose to expand in the state to develop and commercialize healthcare solutions.