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. Twenty-six thousand automotive workers, 205 related higher education programs, 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.
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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
26,000+ auto workers
205 educational programs that lead to automotive industry jobs
1 million +
1 million-plus automobiles delivered annually from the Northeast Ohio Region
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Top 10 Automotive Employers in Northeast Ohio
|Company||Employed in Industry|
|Ford Motor Co.||3,490|
|Ganley Auto Group||2,201|
|Schaeffler Group USA Inc.||1,700|
|General Motors Co.||1,083|
|East Manufacturing Corp.||435|
|Artiflex Manufacturing, LLC||428|
|Faurecia Emissions Control Systems NA, LLC||400|
Top 10 Automotive Occupations in Northeast Ohio
|Occupation||Employed in Industry|
|Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators||5,859|
|Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||1,106|
|Engine and Other Machine Assemblers||1,104|
|Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||977|
|Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers||823|
|First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers||795|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||630|
|Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand||553|
|Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||519|
Managing Director, Global Business Development, Team NEO