Metal Production & Fabrication

An invigorated metal production & fabrication industry is boosted by an unmatched energy supply.

Cleveland & Northeast Ohio rock more than one type of heavy metal.

Ohio is a leading state for metal production and fabrication. Its manufacturing efficiency is boosted by the large shale and natural gas energy supply located in the northeastern part of the state.

Additionally, the Northeast Ohio Region offers an exceptional distribution infrastructure, a relatively low cost of doing business and a talented workforce of more than 106,000 individuals trained in metal production and fabrication. With more than 2,300 establishments – including AK Steel, Diebold, Parker Hannifin, Swagelok, and Timken – representing every link in the supply chain, Northeast Ohio offers limitless opportunities to create partnerships to help your business thrive.

Download our resource guide and learn more about the metal production & fabrication industry within the Northeast Ohio Region.

Our primary & fabricated metals success is anything but fabricated.

A strong workforce + strong GDP + projected growth = a strong metals industry in Northeast Ohio.


106,000 trained metal production and fabrication workers

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2,300 metal production & fabrication establishments

54% growth

54% growth expected for Northeast Ohio’s primary metals sector from 2018 – 2025

$11.5 billion

$11.5 billion GDP input for primary metals and fabricated metals combined


top 3

Top 3 state for primary metal and fabricated metal product manufacturing employment

Success Story: Superior Roll Forming

Superior Roll Forming, a Welser Profile company, is currently expanding in Valley City, Ohio. A leading supplier for the automotive, aerospace, construction, and solar industries, Superior is adding 150 new jobs, while retaining more than 220 current positions. The company is renovating a building to house its new workforce near its current facility.

Logistics and the availability of talent are among the reasons decision-makers say they chose Valley City for further expansion.

Superior Roll Forming builds components for customers including Honda, Volkswagen, Ford, and Nissan.

Top 10 Metal Production & Fabrication Employers in Northeast Ohio

Cleveland-Cliffs Steel Corporation4,227
TimkenSteel Corporation1,878
Real Alloy Specialty Products, LLC1,841
Shiloh Industries, Inc.799
Vallourec Star, LP570
Park-Ohio Industries, Inc.493
Rmi Titanium Company, LLC470
General Aluminum Mfg. Company450
PCC Airfoils LLC400
Aleris Rolled Products, LLC375
Source: D&B Hoovers

Top 10 Metal Production & Fabrication Occupations in Northeast Ohio

OccupationEmployed in Industry
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators3,840
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic3,314
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers2,692
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers2,442
Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators2,419
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers2,194
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2,101
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1,859
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1,838
Source: D&B Hoovers 
Mindy McLaughlin

Mindy McLaughlin

Managing Director, Global Business Development, Team NEO 

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