From lifesaving nanotechnology startups to iconic global manufacturers, Ohio is home to a remarkable diverse and robust polymer and advanced composites industry. #1 in rubber products and #2 in plastic products, the state has a competitive petro-chemical industry.

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The perfect base of operations

Seven of the Fortune 1,000 have polymer operations and world headquarters in Ohio: Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Cooper Tire and Rubber, PolyOne, A. Schulman, Eaton, Parker Hannifin and Owens Corning.

7 world headquarters


Attract and retain the talent you need

More than 8% of all U.S. polymer industry jobs are located here, double the number of workers per state capita in the country.

Ohio employees more than 80,000 at more than 1100 companies


Extraordinary Levels of Output

$5 billion in polymer resins, plastics and rubber product were made in Ohio in 2010

A growing polymer manufacturing base

Ohio has steadily drawn in new industry assets: Between 2004 and 2010, polymer companies announced 235 major projects with intentions to invest $2.70 billion.

Ohio leads U.S. polymer industry employment in:

20% of rubber products for mechanical use


The Assets You Need Are Here

Rubber Production Was Just The Beginning

Ohio’s early roots in Akron’s massive tire production has evolved into a broad and stable foundation of polymer-based sub industries, including:

  • Plastics and Rubber
  • Paints, Sealants and Adhesives
  • Advanced Composites
  • Bioproducts
  • Flexible Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer Processing

Over 250 new or expanded polymer plants and operations in Ohio since 2006


Aligned with the demands of modern business

Ohio’s universities produce world-class advanced materials specialists. Akron is home to the world’s largest concentration of materials and polymer research and development expertise—The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is renowned globally and ranked in the top-five U.S. graduate programs. Other programs include:

R & D

Collaboration within Ohio is the key.

Collaboration is everywhere you look. Here are just a few of our major research leaders:

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Maximize your marketability

Ohio’s polymer industry is supported by a world-class supply chain of academic and technical institutions, designers and materials suppliers, mold builders, resin suppliers and compounders, plastic and polymer processors, industry associations and economic development groups.

These are just a few of the leading polymer corporations with significant operations in Ohio.


Kettering, Ohio near Dayton is home to the National Composite Center (NCC), an industry leader in developing technologies that help advanced materials makers bring products to market more quickly. As a quick commercialization agent, manufacturing accelerator and business incubator, NCC assists companies in product conceptualization, prototyping, testing, troubleshooting, state-sponsored scale-up and personnel training.

With abundant natural resources and polymers and agriculture as its two largest industries, Ohio is already a prime location for bioproduct innovation: 676 bioscience-related companies located here generate more than $5 billion in economic output. Business-academia partnerships, including the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, help companies reduce time to market by ensuring the technology is economically viable.

The application of liquid crystal displays onto flexible plastics was pioneered in Kent, Ohio, which has become a national hub for development of the technology. Kent Displays and research at the Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University are pursuing the next generation of LCD applications such as electronic eyewear, advanced photonics and sensors, medical molecular devices and smart materials.

With more than 2,800 polymer-related companies, an annual technology summit and tens of millions of dollars in investment from the Third Frontier Project, Ohio’s community of nanotechnology research and development is flourishing. The Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterial and Devices at The Ohio State University is creating lightweight, high-strength polymeric foams using innovative nanomaterials and supercritical fluids technology. And a broad swath of companies and universities in Ohio are collaborating with the Center to decrease manufacturing costs and integrate advanced materials with advanced energy solutions.

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David Mustine
Managing Director
Phone: 614-224-6446