Polymers & Materials

Polymers & Materials

Shape the future of polymers in an industry-leading location.

In the Northeast Ohio Region, we’re obsessed with material things.

A century ago, Akron was dubbed “the rubber capital of the world.” Today, with 1,200 polymer and materials companies and 42,000+polymer workers – plus cutting-edge academic and research programs – that success has expanded to materials operations throughout the entire Northeast Ohio Region.

The steady growth of Northeast Ohio’s polymer, chemical and plastics products cluster is taking on positive new momentum as companies discover the advantages of establishing their operations near the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays, where high concentrations of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) provide an abundant supply of low-cost feedstock.

The region is strong across the entire polymers and materials value chain – from extraction to distribution. Polymers and materials companies benefit from access to markets, innovation, education, a skilled workforce, and a region that’s focused on the future of sustainable, smart materials.

Download our resource guide and learn more about the Polymers & Materials industry within the Northeast Ohio Region.

Into polymers? We’ll have great chemistry.

The region’s assets span from natural resources to education and talent, providing the total package for successful polymers and materials companies.

Learn how your business can shape the future of materials in this industry-leading location.

Polymers & Materials Ecosystem in Northeast Ohio

1,200

1,200 polymer and materials companies

Workforce

42,000+

42,000+ polymer workers

Ohio

#1

#1 state for employment in plastic and rubber product manufacturing

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#1

#1 university in the world for polymer science and plastics engineering

(University of Akron)

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#1

#1 best school in the U.S for polymers engineering (bachelor’s and doctor’s degree)

(Case Western Reserve University)

Available Sites

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

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 North Jackson - McCluggag
Mahoning

North Jackson – McCluggage

A rectangle-shaped 92-acre site on three parcels for sale by a private owner, this property is half wooded and half farm land. Currently zoned as agricultural, the site sits along a divided access road between two industrial areas.

Team NEO RightSites Nelson Sand & Gravel
Ashtabula

Nelson Sand & Gravel

The Nelson Sand & Gravel site, located halfway between Cleveland, OH and Erie, PA, is approximately 94 acres that can be subdivided as needed and is owned by a single owner.

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.

Team NEO RightSites JAB
Ashtabula

JAB Property, Ashtabula

The JAB property, located on just over 80 acres of publicly owned land in Ashtabula, is a prime site for industrial development.

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.

CASTLO Industrial Park
Mahoning

CASTLO Industrial Park

47.5 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.

Warren BDM Brownfield
Trumbull

Warren BDM Brownfield

236 Remaining Developable Acres.

Trade Park
Columbiana

Trade Park

32 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.

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Tuscarawas

Newcomerstown Ohio Industrial Park

97 remaining developable acres.

Airport West
Richland

Airport West Industrial Park

70 Remaining Developable Acres.

Colleges, universities, and education providers offering polymers & materials related areas of study.

The University of Akron
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Cleveland State University Logo

Polymers & Materials Workforce Data

Top 10 Polymers & Materials Employers in Northeast Ohio

CompanyEmployees
Associated Materials Holdings, LLC3,365
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company3,000
Avery Dennison1,760
PPG1,346
Lubrizol Corporation1,300
RPM International Inc.1,027
Step2 Discovery866
Molded Fiber Glass Companies685
Synthomer341
Myers Industries Inc.314
Source: D&B Hoovers, Crain’s

Top 10 Polymers & Materials Occupations in Northeast Ohio

OccupationEmployed in Industry
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders2,092
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1,593
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders1,327
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1,090
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers1,045
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators928
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers784
Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks649
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand633
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products630
Source: D&B Hoovers 
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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

Edge Plastics
Case Study

Edge Plastics

The manufacturer of industrial injection molding products for the retail space, recently expanded its Mansfield, Ohio workforce.

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Alyssa Carpenter

Alyssa Carpenter

Director of Business Development, Team NEO

Let’s talk polymers & materials in Northeast Ohio.