The Columbus Region represents the future of new manufacturing. Alongside traditional industry giants, the next generation of visionary leaders is emerging with new goods for the modern consumer. Altogether, more than 1,700 manufacturers employ nearly 87,000 people.
Located in the center of Ohio—one of 10 states with lowest effective tax rates for both new capital-intensive and new labor-intensive manufacturing facilities, as ranked by Tax Foundation and KPMG—the Columbus Region offers the greatest access to the U.S. market, world-class resources and a competitive workforce with a private sector unionization rate of 4.6 percent, below peer metros and the national average.
Rogue Fitness, headquartered in Columbus, is committed to building the best workout gear in the world in the USA.
But an industry advocacy organization says manufacturing remains a central driver of Ohio’s economy. Matthew Fieldman is the vice president of external affairs for the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) and says the sector is thriving here.
Local school students enjoyed a firsthand look at what Marion County businesses are manufacturing and exporting across the globe.
Two manufacturing facilities accounting for over 1/3 of Honda's North America light vehicle production
Region-based division of Abbott Laboratories producing Similac, Ensure, PediaSure and Pedialyte
World's largest manufacturer of branded consumer lawn and garden products headquartered in Region
One of 12 Anheuser-Busch U.S. breweries, producing 20 million kegs annually for Midwest market
Global metals manufacturer headquartered in Region and largest purchaser of steel in the U.S. behind automakers
Second largest of nine labs for leading eyeglass maker producing 2,000 sets of lenses a day
One of the lowest private sector unionization rates in the country, at 4.6 percent. —Unionstats, 2018, 3 year average
Manufacturers can reach more of the U.S. and Canada within a day’s drive from the Columbus Region than from any other major metro. —ESRI, 2017
Over 30 universities, colleges and career & technical schools offer industrial-related educational and training programs.