Increase your output with skills and capacity
A thriving industry continues to invest
Keep more of your revenue
In the last five years, Ohio has lowered business tax burdens by more than half, eliminating taxes on inventory, corporate income and investments in equipment.
Effective tax rate on new investment in Ohio, ranking Ohio 3rd in the U.S. based on recent analysis by Ernst & Young.
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Highly skilled employees in your industry
Ohio offers an abundance of skilled, educated employees —from seasoned executives and high-achieving college graduates to generations of skilled trade professionals.
Learn more about the many ways Ohio offers access to talent.
Cheaper, Easier Engagement with the World
Get access to serious capital
Fund your business. Enhance your manufacturing processes. Commercialize your research. Ohio offers dozens of ways to quickly access capital and collaboration. Here are just a few.
Job Creation Tax Credit
A refundable tax credit to companies generally creating at least 10 new jobs (within three years) with a minimum annual payroll of $660,000. The tax credit applied toward the company’s commercial activity tax liability.
Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund
Provides revenue bond financing through an S&P rated fund. Proceeds from the sale of bonds are loaned to companies for fixed-rate, long-term capital asset financing. Up to $10 million in financing is available through the program.
166 Direct Loan
Provides loans for land and building acquisition, construction, expansion, or renovation and equipment purchases for eligible businesses. The program provides low-interest loans up to $1.5 million.
Work where discoveries are happening
Leading research centers
Move your ideas to market faster and benefit from applied research by partnering with Ohio’s triad of innovation in agribusiness and agbiosciences.
Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)
Works to make sector more competitive by developing emerging technologies, novel business approaches, and industry best practices.
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
Conducts relevant research on sustainable food and agricultural products, safe and healthy food, natural resources and the environment, and more.
Assists with business development, marketing, and commercialization, including helping new companies by providing lab space and doing sponsored research.
Aligned with the demands of modern business
Ohio’s public and private universities supply well-prepared employees to our workforce. And robust academic/industry collaboration helps commercialize technology and spur innovation. You’ll find food sciences programs at several institutions, including:
World-class logistics that help your business thrive
Get to market faster. Ohio is recognized globally for its fast, effective routing of goods and services worldwide. Multi modal and centrally located, Ohio’s logistical infrastructure is designed to move parts and products in and out remarkably fast.
Narrow your building and location choices
Discover why Site Selection magazine picked Ohio as the top state to locate a business four years in a row. JobsOhio Consultants will quickly provide the economic, geographic and other data you need to make an informed decision, and connect you with the industry, funding and political partners you need to move fast.
Maximize your marketability
The spirit of cooperation and collaboration within Ohio’s food processing community – both in business and in higher education – is central to our industry leading position.
These and other major corporations have significant operations in Ohio.
We feed supermarkets around the country. Notable food production companies in Ohio include Archer-Daniels-Midland, Bob Evans Farms, Campbell Soup, ConAgra, Dannon, General Mills, HJ Heinz, JM Smucker, Kroger, Lancaster Colony, Land O’Lakes, Nestle and Pierre Foods, among others.
Industry-leading beverage companies with operations in Ohio include Anheuser-Busch-InBev, Coca-Cola, Miller-Coors and PepsiCo. A highly efficient network of highways and other transportation modes provides logistical advantages that move products fast.
Ohio ranks second in the nation for fruit and vegetable processing and the production of specialty foods. We rank 3rd in bakery output, 4th in production of animal foods and dairy products and 5th in manufacturing other food products, including teas, coffees, seasonings, sauces, dressings, syrups, snacks and roasted nuts.