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Why OhioSE?

The Ohio southeast region makes up almost one-third of Ohio’s land mass and has a population of over 1 million people. Our small cities and towns, rolling hills, hardwood forests, and bucolic fields provide the best of small town living with easy access to major metro areas (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, & Pittsburgh). 

We are a manufacturing region. Our companies and our work force have concentrations in metals, polymers & petrochemicalshardwood products, food processing, heavy truck assembly, auto components, energy production, logistics and back office operations. Companies can be assured of a skilled work force with our region’s 20 university, college and community college campuses and 11 adult vocational training facilities. These institutions are fueling emerging tech and biotech firms. 

From our region a company can ship products via rail, barge or truck and reach most of the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast USA as well as Ontario markets within one day. We are a labor surplus region with one in four workers commuting outside the region to metro areas. Our labor surplus, favorable tax climate, low operating costs as well as abundant and affordable energy make the Ohio Southeast region an ideal location to grow a business.

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Our Best Asset: Our People

Ohio Southeast has a work force of over 440,000 people. While we have diverse local economies, the historic and continuing economic engines of our region are the traded sectors: manufacturing, energy, and agriculture. These industries require specialized skills and hard work. Companies in our region routinely report that facilities have higher productivity and lower turnover than facilities in other locations. Competition for workers is less, and a good job is valued here.

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Low Cost of Business

The math is pretty simple. It costs less to live here, and it costs less to do business here. For a resident, the cost of living is below national and regional indexes. For a business, a lower cost of living, means lower wages.

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Low Cost Natural Gas

The Ohio Southeast region is home to an abundance of low cost natural gas and natural gas liquids for energy and chemical feedstocks.

The Marcellus & Utica Shales overlap in Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia and combine to create the largest gas producing formation in the USA. By 2030, Appalachia will supply about 40% of the North American Market. Production levels are expected to be 55 Bcf/d by that time.

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Abundant Hardwood

The Ohio Southeast Region is home some of the highest quality hardwood forests in the USA. These forests supply a vibrant furniture industry in the largest Amish community in the USA. Our hardwoods also support hundreds of sawmills as well as veneer, flooring, bourbon barrels & staves, staircase and architectural woodwork manufacturers.

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Rural Is Cool

OhioSE offers the best kind of living arrangement – quaint smaller downtowns, ample outdoor activities, locally owned establishments (boutique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, tea houses, breweries, wineries and more), as well as sophisticated companies and people. And while we are rural; there are no metros in the OhioSE, we have exceptional ease of access to several bigs cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

 

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