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Greater Akron’s Competitive Advantages

  • Greater Akron lies within a 500-mile radius of 42 major U.S. cities that encompass 55 percent of U.S. manufacturing plants, 57 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of its buying power.

  • Akron is a three-time winner of the All-American City Award (1980, 1996, and 2008).

  • Greater Akron is known for a high-end polymer industry equipped with a sophisticated polymer research infrastructure. This has created a new image for Akron, which is now referred to as the “Polymer Center of the Americas.”

  • Northeast Ohio has the highest concentration of plastics processors in the country and is the nation’s leading manufacturer of plastic processing equipment. Home to the largest number of polymer companies in Ohio. In Greater Akron over 200 establishments in the polymer industry employ more than 10,000 people. (Source: Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Industry Series 2013)

  • Twenty-nine companies on Fortune magazine’s U.S.-1000 or Global-500 lists have polymers industry operations in Ohio; seven of them have their world headquarters in Ohio: A. Schulman, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Eaton Corp., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Owens, Parker-Hannifin, and PolyOne. Goodyear - which has been located in Akron for more than 100 years - is the largest polymers industry employer in Ohio with almost 3,100 people. (Source: Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Industry Series 2013)

  • Akron ranked third among 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. in manufacturing job growth in the past year, according to one of the nation's biggest business publishers. The city is also ranked eighth in the country with respect to private-sector job growth. The rankings of Manufacturing Jobs by Cities were released by bizjournals.com , a publication of American City Business Journals with over 10 million readers. - August 2011

  • 13 percent of Greater Akron’s workforce is employed in manufacturing, significantly higher than the national average. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 County Business Patterns)

  • Akron’s FirstEnergy's 10 electric utility operating companies serve 6 million customers across six states, and in 2011 the company's economic development team served up over $1.7 billion in corporate facility project activity, expected to create 7,448 jobs. – September 2012

  • Ohio ranked 2nd (to Texas) in the 2010 top ten states for capital expansion by Site Selection magazine, with 376 capital expansion projects in 2010. – March 2011 http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2011/Mar/cover.cfm

  • Forbes Magazine ranked Akron No. 61 out of 100 for Best U.S. Cities for Jobs, climbing from a ranking of 74 last year. – February 2007

  • Site Selection Magazine ranked Ohio’s business climate No. 1 in the Midwest, also ranking Ohio third among the states most attractive for investment capital. – November 2006

  • Akron, Ohio, has the 90th strongest economy of 577 micropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. according to 2006 rankings by POLICOM Corporation. – August 2006

  • Expansion Management magazine ranked Akron, Ohio, with “Four Star” distinctions in its Quality of Life Quotient™ ranking of metropolitan areas where people can enjoy a career and raise a family. – June 2006

  • After a four-year consecutive claim to the Governor’s Cup, Ohio placed 2nd in the 2010 top ten states for capital expansion by Site Selection magazine, with 376 capital expansion projects in 2010. – March 2011

  • Akron General and Summa Health System were again ranked among the 50 best hospitals in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report magazine, 2005, Best Hospitals). Summa captured top 50 finishes in three categories: 28th in respiratory disorders, 48th in digestive disorders, and 49th in orthopedics; Akron General ranked in the top 50 in two categories: 35th in hearing and 45th in respiratory disorders.