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115 vehicle production and supply chain companies; 95,000 local employees

View the Cincinnati USA Partnership's automotive industry profile

From the design studio to the production line, Cincinnati USA has become a driving force at all levels of automotive manufacturing. The three-state region surrounding Cincinnati is a leader in power train and components production, with Ohio ranked second nationally (1.9 million vehicles annually), while Kentucky ranked fourth and Indiana fifth, in 2004.
Extensive Auto Investment

  • 80% of North-American, light-vehicle production takes place in Ohio or within 500 miles of its borders
  • In addition to being a major force in vehicle production, Ohio is also a leader in the number of tier-1, auto-parts suppliers. The state ranks second in the nation with 221 suppliers. Combined with 102 tier-1 suppliers in Indiana and 51 in Kentucky, the tri-state area surrounding Cincinnati USA accounts for more than 25% of the tier-1 suppliers in the United States
  • Cincinnati USA is integral to the supply chain of many auto-related firms, with more than 108 out of 614 of Ohio's motor-vehicle-industry companies located in the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor

An Experienced Workforce

  • A stable, productive workforce of 1.5 million within 50 miles
  • 95,000 skilled workers are employed in Cincinnati USA's motor vehicle, metalworking and industrial machinery, and chemical and plastics industry clusters

Local Expertise

  • TechSolve Inc., a manufacturing-consulting firm that has worked with General Motors, Ford and Honda of America, has become one of the driving forces behind the Smart Machine Platform Initiative (SMPI) , working toward developing an "intelligent" machine tool that can know its own capabilities and design appropriate steps toward solving process problems in real time.
  • The University of Cincinnati's Leather Research Laboratory serves the auto industry with research and testing services designed to reduce cracking, fading and stress wear of leather.
  • Cincinnati USA is home to Gardner Publications' Automotive Design and Production, the only magazine covering the interrelationships between automotive product development and manufacturing processes.
  • The ChemQuest Group Inc., an international strategic business management consulting firm headquartered in Cincinnati, is considered "best in its class" by a number of its strategic partners. They have significant expertise in the automotive industry, as well as the paints, coatings, resins, polymers, adhesives and sealants industries.

Education: Future of Industry

Engineering, research and workforce development is provided by the region's 25 universities and colleges, community colleges, and vocational schools.

For more information about the region's automotive cluster, please contact the Cincinnati USA Partnership at 513.579.3157 or the City of Cincinnati Economic Development Division at 513.352.2499 or



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