Richland County has been a center of industrial production and technical innovation for more than a century. In fact, the City of Shelby is considered the birthplace of the seamless tube industry. The county is home to one of America’s most productive electric furnace steel mills, and our metal fabrication and plastic component production companies supply U.S. and foreign automakers. For decades the county has been the worldwide center for pump production. Today, Richland County holds a significant position in the sensor and plastics industry and has one of the leading developers of hydrogen fuel cells for power production. Many highly specialized manufacturers making pipeline valves and controllers for oil and gas transmission are located here.
The Gorman Rupp Company, Emerson Automation Solutions, Newman Technologies, AK Steel and Nanogate Jay Systems produce products here for a reason:
- Workforce – highly skilled and motivated workers who have a legacy of productivity going back generations.
- Workforce Training – a coordinated, employer responsive system delivers training in a timely and cost effective manner. The Kehoe Center for Advanced Manufacturing provides industry training available on site or at the plant.
- Logistics – by air, rail, or highway, Richland County has a transportation system that takes full advantage of its strategic Midwest location, including Mansfield Lahm Airport – a 24 hour, full service Fixed Base Operator, Ashland Railway and railport, and quick interstate access.
- Incentives – Richland County has a range of local incentives including an industrial park with the potential for New Market Tax Credits
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