Food Processing

The ingredients to grow your food processing and packaging business.

Have your cake … and eat it too. It’s possible in the Northeast Ohio Region.

Food manufacturing is a thriving cluster in Northeast Ohio, with more than 500 food processors – including big names like H.J. Heinz, Nestlé USA, J.M. Smucker and Pillsbury, as well as many smaller firms – supplying food and beverage products to consumers worldwide. The region also offers more than 200 food packaging providers, with an emerging specialty in sustainable packaging materials.

A trained talent pool of more than 23,000 food manufacturing and production workers, easy access to raw materials and suppliers, and an abundant supply of fresh water from Lake Erie make Northeast Ohio an ideal location for food processing businesses. The region gains additional strength from resources across Ohio, which is home to the complete food value chain, including industry-leading research and development, essential inputs, processing and manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and transportation. With partners throughout the state, the Northeast Ohio Region is able to bring food and beverage products to market efficiently and cost-effectively.

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

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Northeast Ohio boasts an appetizing environment for food processing and packaging companies. 

The region offers speed, low risk, and low capital and operation costs to ensure maximum return on investment. 

Food Processing Ecosystem in Northeast Ohio

Food Processing Companies

Access to Talent

Food Processing Partners

R&D Resources




23,000+ food manufacturing and production workers


85% industry GRP growth (2008 – 2017)


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Top 10 food processing regions in the U.S.


14 million

14 million acres of farmland

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330 million

330 million people reached within a day by truck

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Olmsted Joint Economic Development District

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

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

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

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

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

Canton Ohio GO Site

172.4 Remaining Developable Acres.

Philipp Parkway Industrial Site

Philipp Parkway Industrial Site

100 Remaining Developable Acres.

CASTLO Industrial Park

CASTLO Industrial Park

47.5 Remaining Developable Acres.

Aero Site

Aero Site

410 Remaining Developable Acres.

massillon energy technology park

Massillon Energy & Technology Park

200 Remaining Developable Acres.

Wooster Innovation Park - West

Wooster Innovation Park – West

49.5 Remaining Developable Acres.

Beacon Business Park

Beacon Business Park

600 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region

401 Newell Street

36 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region

Riverside Rail Park

21 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region

Canton Industrial Land II

22 Remaining Developable Acres.

The Northeast Ohio Region

Canton Industrial Land I

98 Remaining Developable Acres.

Warren BDM Brownfield

Warren BDM Brownfield

236 Remaining Developable Acres.

Trade Park

Trade Park

32 Remaining Developable Acres.

Rittman Industrial Park

Rittman Industrial Park

60 Remaining Developable Acres.

Ontario Commerce Park

Ontario Commerce Park

175 Remaining Developable Acres.

Ohio Wooster Innovation Park: Wooster 140

Ohio Wooster Innovation Park

40 Remaining Developable Acres.

Mercantile Drive

Mercantile Drive

32 Remaining Developable Acres.

Cuyahoga Valley Industrial

Cuyahoga Valley Industrial Center

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

bonner industrial park

Bonner Industrial Park

84 Remaining Developable Acres.

Bluestone business park

Bluestone Business Park

29 Remaining Developable Acres.

Alliance Commerce Park

Alliance Commerce Park

106 Remaining Developable Acres.

north central ohio industrial park

North Central Ohio Industrial Park

102 Remaining Developable Acres.

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Newcomerstown Ohio Industrial Park

97 remaining developable acres.

Airport West

Airport West Industrial Park

70 Remaining Developable Acres.

Food Processing Workforce Data

Top 10 Food Processing Employers in Northeast Ohio

Nestle USA3,184
The J.M. Smucker Co.1,822
Shearer’s Foods LLC1,171
Panera Bread1,100
Great Lakes Cheese1,020
Kraft Heinz Company700
Sandridge Food Corp.650
Fresh Mark500
Schwebel Baking Company450
Snack Alliance400
Source: Emsi Burning Glass 2021 

Additional information including occupation code, wages, and entry level education is available upon request from Team NEO.  

Top 10 Food Processing Occupations in Northeast Ohio

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders2,707
Food Batchmakers1,959
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1,101
Slaughterers and Meat Packers1,081
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers872
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers853
Packers and Packagers, Hand702
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers655
Industrial Machinery Mechanics632
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Associate’s Degrees

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Bachelor’s Degrees

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Graduate Degrees

Colleges, universities, and education providers offering food processing related areas of study.

Cuyahoga Community College
Stark State College
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Success Story

Great Lakes Cheese

Award-winning, premier manufacturer and packer of natural and processed bulk, shredded and sliced cheeses, expanded in Northeast Ohio.

Northeast Ohio Regional Events

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May 22-25 Chicago, IL

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Sylvio Mecone

Sylvio Mecone

Senior Director of Business Development, Team NEO

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