automobile manufacturing

Automotive

Driving the future of the auto industry.

Automobiles are evolving … and Northeast Ohio is powering the shift.

Located at the center of the U.S. and Canadian automotive industries, with strength in tires, trailers, offroad, motor sports, auto electronics, and energy storage, the Northeast Ohio Region is a smart choice for automotive companies – particularly companies pivoting to electrification.

As the second-largest U.S. automotive manufacturing state, Ohio has the infrastructure and the workforce to support successful automotive manufacturing operations. More than wenty-four thousand automotive workers, 26 higher education institutions offering mechanical engineering, CNC, vehicle operation, welding technology, and more programs in the region, and an end-to-end supply chain bolster the region’s automotive businesses – and 24 existing OEM facilities prove Northeast Ohio’s strength in the industry. A top-ranked infrastructure, including rail, highways, and waterways, plus close proximity to 96% of U.S. and Canadian auto production and 50% of the U.S. population, make it easy to transport vehicles, batteries, and parts.

Northeast Ohio offers shovel-ready sites, a robust, mature utility infrastructure and an abundance of natural resources to support electric vehicle and battery production, including natural gas and water. It’s also home to top R&D and manufacturing facilities for lithium-ion battery cathode materials – a bonus for electric vehicle battery manufacturers.

An engaged community of manufacturers, organizations, and institutions, including Team NEO, foster manufacturing advancements – including momentum in the electric vehicle industry – through innovation cluster groups. Focused on smart manufacturing and additive manufacturing, these clusters connect companies, and academic and research institutions, with opportunities to collaborate around new technologies that build on the region’s industrial, organizational and workforce strengths.

Download our resource guide and learn more about the Automotive industry within the Northeast Ohio Region.

The Northeast Ohio Region drives automotive business success.

Automotive and components manufacturers have significant opportunity for growth in Northeast Ohio.

#2 State in U.S.

Ohio is the #2 state for automotive manufacturing

Workforce

24,000+

24,000+ auto workers

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205 Programs

205 educational programs that lead to automotive industry jobs

automobile

1 million +

1 million-plus automobiles delivered annually from the Northeast Ohio Region

Available Sites

Massillon Energy & Technology Park
Stark

Massillon Energy & Technology Park

Macedonia Industrial Land
Summit

Macedonia Industrial Land

401 Newell Street
Summit

401 Newell Street

Millcreek Blvd.
Cuyahoga

22000 Millcreek Blvd.

Airport West Industrial Park
Richland

Airport West Industrial Park

NASA Armstrong Site
Erie

NASA Armstrong Site

Cuyahoga County Regional Airport
Cuyahoga

Cuyahoga County Regional Airport

Akron Fulton Airport
Summit

Akron Fulton Airport

Akron Canton Regional Airport Aerial View
Summit

Akron Canton Regional Airport

Olmsted Joint Economic Development District
Cuyahoga

Olmsted Joint Economic Development District

The joint Economic Development District (Olmsted JEDD) of Olmsted Township and City of Olmsted Falls has a site of 80 acres for industrial development. Additional acreage for expansion is available. The property is zoned for light industrial/distribution and utilities are available.

Team NEO RightSites Louisville Ind Park
Stark

Louisville Industrial Park

This site was home to the former Chesapeake/Encino Energy Corp office. It has over 170 contiguous, developable acres expandable up to 261 acres.

Canton GO
Stark

Canton Ohio GO Site

172.4 Remaining Developable Acres.

Philipp Parkway Industrial Site
Portage

Philipp Parkway Industrial Site

100 Remaining Developable Acres.

Aero Site
Richland

Aero Site

410 Remaining Developable Acres.

massillon energy technology park
Stark

Massillon Energy & Technology Park

200 Remaining Developable Acres.

Wooster Innovation Park - West
Wayne

Wooster Innovation Park – West

49.5 Remaining Developable Acres.

Beacon Business Park
Lorain

Beacon Business Park

600 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region
Summit

401 Newell Street

36 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region
Summit

Riverside Rail Park

21 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region
Stark

Canton Industrial Land II

22 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region
Stark

Canton Industrial Land I

98 Remaining Developable Acres.

Rittman Industrial Park
Wayne

Rittman Industrial Park

60 Remaining Developable Acres.

Ontario Commerce Park
Richland

Ontario Commerce Park

175 Remaining Developable Acres.

Ohio Wooster Innovation Park: Wooster 140
Wayne

Ohio Wooster Innovation Park

40 Remaining Developable Acres.

Mercantile Drive
Lake

Mercantile Drive

32 Remaining Developable Acres.

Cuyahoga Valley Industrial
Cuyahoga

Cuyahoga Valley Industrial Center

The Cuyahoga Valley Industrial Center is adjacent to I-77.

bonner industrial park
Geauga

Bonner Industrial Park

84 Remaining Developable Acres.

Bluestone business park
Cuyahoga

Bluestone Business Park

29 Remaining Developable Acres.

Alliance Commerce Park
Stark

Alliance Commerce Park

106 Remaining Developable Acres.

north central ohio industrial park
Huron

North Central Ohio Industrial Park

102 Remaining Developable Acres.

newcomerstown site aerial view
Tuscarawas

Newcomerstown Ohio Industrial Park

97 remaining developable acres.

Airport West
Richland

Airport West Industrial Park

70 Remaining Developable Acres.

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Programs & partnerships advancing the EV industry 

Multimillion-dollar workforce training initiatives in areas like robotics, microelectronics, IT, and smart manufacturing demonstrate Northeast Ohio’s commitment to the future. And the region’s universities and incubators are true partners for electric vehicle and battery companies.


Youngstown State University
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Foxconn & Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University and Foxconn recently announced plans to establish a partnership to design and launch a national electric vehicle workforce training and innovation center near Foxconn’s Lordstown electric vehicle manufacturing facility. The center will help build a sustainable workforce for advanced manufacturing, energy storage, and integrated technology solutions like artificial intelligence, 5G, and cybersecurity.

Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College partnered with 70-plus unique Northeast Ohio microelectronics companies to develop a mechatronics program to train entry-level workers in the electronics manufacturing, microelectronic development, or PCB repair industry. The program offers short-term certificates, an associate degree, and Ohio’s first bachelor’s degree in MEMS.

BRITE Energy Innovators

BRITE Energy Innovators

Located in Warren, BRITE Energy Innovators is the only energy technology incubator and accelerator in Ohio, with a primary focus on electric mobility, energy storage and grid resilience. BRITE provides startups the support and connections they need to start and scale their energy technology solutions.

Automotive Workforce Data

Top 10 Automotive Employers in Northeast Ohio

CompanyEmployed in Industry
Ford Motor Co.3,490
Ganley Auto Group2,201
Schaeffler Group USA Inc.1,700
General Motors Co.1,083
Mac Manufacturing700
Newman Technology700
Stoneridge Inc.550
East Manufacturing Corp.435
Artiflex Manufacturing, LLC428
Faurecia Emissions Control Systems NA, LLC400
Source: D&B Hoovers 

Top 10 Automotive Occupations in Northeast Ohio

OccupationEmployed in Industry
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators5,859
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1,106
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers1,104
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic977
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers823
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers795
Machinists640
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers630
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand553
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic519
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9.3K+

Certificates

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12.3K+

Associate’s Degrees

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21K+

Bachelor’s Degrees

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9.3K+

Graduate Degrees

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Case Study

Ultium Cells LLC

GM and LG Chem announced the creation of their 50/50 JV, Ultium Cells LLC, to mass produce batteries for future EVs.

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Mindy McLaughlin

Mindy McLaughlin

Managing Director, Global Business Development, Team NEO 

Let’s talk automotive in Northeast Ohio.

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