Lorain County, home to the corporate headquarters of Invacare Corporation and PolyOne Corporation, is a microcosm of rural, urban and suburban America. It is centrally located near air (Lorain County Regional Airport), rail (CSX and Norfolk Southern), water (Port of Lorain), and highway access points (Interstates 90, 71, and 80) and is within a 15 minute drive of Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
Lorain County has a workforce of 156,000, which, when combined with the workforce of Northeast Ohio, expands to two million. Manufacturing makes up the largest percentage of employment in the county, at 18%, but polymers and chemicals, bio-industry, and food packaging are beginning to play a larger role. Worker training needs are fulfilled by Lorain County Community College (LCCC), which offers 40 Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees; Oberlin College, a leading liberal arts college ranked the #1 college in Ohio by Forbes in 2013; and the Joint Vocational School, one of the largest career-technical facilities in Ohio that offers more than 30 career choices.
Lorain County continues to expand its focus on technology and innovation. It is home to both the Smart Commercialization Center for Microsystems (SMART) and the Fab Lab. The SMART center helps get MEMS and sensor designs to market. The Fab Lab allows individuals and businesses to conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test a wide variety of objects using high technology 3D printers and equipment.
For information on relocating or expanding your business, contact:
(Interim point of contact for project inquiries)
Lorain County Community Development