Located conveniently in the midst of northeast Ohio’s urban centers, Portage County offers excellent accessibility to a well-developed transportation network, major urban markets, a well-educated and experienced labor force and some of the finest educational, cultural and recreational opportunities available anywhere. The convenient access to Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown/Warren metropolitan areas makes Portage County an excellent business location.
Portage County’s proximity to these metropolitan areas also means that business owners and employees alike can enjoy all of the cultural, recreational, educational and social amenities these areas have to offer while enjoying the benefits that a more rural, less congested setting provides. New residents find diverse and affordable housing, quality education, excellent shopping, a multitude of recreational options and a quiet drive in the country only minutes away. Residential development continues to provide a multitude of housing options.
Once noted for the high quality of its manufactured glass and for the output of its more than 50 cheese plants, Portage County’s growing business base now hosts a range of industry producing an array of products, from companies such as Step2, L’Oreal and Parker Hannifin Corporation. New and expanding manufacturing and distribution firms invested more than $1.1 billion in Portage County in the last 15 years. These investments added almost 6,600 new jobs to Portage County’s job base and retained more than 5,800 existing jobs. New construction added more than 9.4 million square feet of new industrial space.
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