Food processing is big business in Ohio. After looking at a few of the projects that have come to this thriving Midwest state, there’s every reason to believe that it is only going to keep getting bigger.
Nestlé USA is a great example of this success with its continued investments in Ohio. Since 2012, the international company has committed to creating more than 270 Ohio jobs and capital investments, totaling $55.5 million. In 2014, Meijer announced that it would invest $100 million in its first Ohio dairy production facility and create more than 100 jobs. Daisy Brand began construction that same year on a $116 million sour cream plant – its first east of the Mississippi – that will bring nearly 90 jobs to Wooster.
The best news: Ohio should see continued growth in this industry, especially with its proximity to products and people.
“Food processing is a low-growth industry, which means it grows with overall food consumption and evolves based upon consumer preferences for food types,” says Aaron Pitts, JobsOhio’s managing director for Food Processing and Agribusiness.
The food-processing sector in the state generates $9.5 billion annually in gross product. More than 950 manufacturers employ in excess of 60,000 people.
Ohio is uniquely positioned among other states, offering companies the combination of quality livestock and produce along with a dedicated workforce, cutting-edge technology and a robust infrastructure that helps get product to customers fast. The Buckeye State is within a one-day drive of 60 percent of all U.S. and Canadian manufacturing and populations. Quality road, rail and water infrastructure moves product efficiently and effectively, while a favorable tax and regulatory environment proves good for business.
JobsOhio, a private non-profit designed to drive job creation and new capital investment, says food processors worldwide continue to choose the state.
He says these business factors attract more companies and prompt expansion.
“Agriculture and food processing is Ohio’s largest industry,” Pitts says. “We’re proud to help feed the world.”