Columbus Automotive Fact Sheet


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Columbus Automotive Fact Sheet

  1. 1. The Columbus Region’s automotive industry generates more than $1.4 billion in output annually.Excellent highway and rail connections facilitate the movement of motor vehicles and parts betweenmanufacturers and suppliers and to consumer markets. Universities and other research institutionsfurther enrich the automotive manufacturing ecosystem.AutomotiveSector information- The Columbus Region is hometo Honda’s North Americanheadquarters. The Region hasmore than 150 Japanese firms,many of which are in automotivemanufacturing.- With nearly 18,000 employees,the automotive sector’s share ofColumbus Region employment isfour times greater than its sharenationwide (location quotient =3.99).- The Columbus Region has anoutput per worker of $148,301in transportation equipmentmanufacturing, 15 percent higherthan the U.S. average.- From 2009 to October 2012, theColumbus Region has attractedapproximately $1 billion in capitalinvestment in the automotive sector.- Foreign Trade Zone #138 comprisessix pre-designated Magnet Sitesand can provide FTZ designation toany site located within a 25-countyservice area in Central Ohio.- Workers in production occupationsin the Columbus metro area havean average hourly wage of $15.56, 5percent lower than the U.S. average.Business advantages- Ernst Young and KPMG rank OhioNo. 3 in tax competitiveness.- Private sector workforceunionization rate of 5.9 percent,highly competitive against otherMidwest automotive manufacturinghubs in Michigan, Indiana andKentucky: Detroit (10.3 percent),Evansville (8.1), Fort Wayne (8.9),Lexington (4.7), Louisville (10.5).- More than 50,000 skilled andmotivated people in productionoccupations, supported by atleast 17 educational institutionsranging from vocational programsin welding and CNC machining tograduate engineering programsat The Ohio State University.- No state level personal property,inventory or corporate income tax.- Intermodal facilities handle acombined 800,000 containerlifts annually, with land andcapacity to grow.- Ohio is an Electric Choice state.Businesses can choose theirtransmission and generationservice from 20 different suppliers.NOTABLE EMPLOYERSCOMPANY FTEHonda of America Mfg., Inc. 10,540TS TECH Co., Ltd. 2,078Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. 1,125Cardington Yutaka Technologies, Inc. 750Jefferson Industries Corporation 750AGC Glass Company North America, Inc. 640Stanley Electric U.S., Co. 605American Showa, Inc. 550PPG Industries, Inc. 520Keihin Thermal Technology of America, Inc. 440Sutphen Corporation 380Daido Metal Co., Ltd. 375Nifco Inc. 365FT Precision Inc. 290Sanoh America, Inc. 280Meritor, Inc. 267Nissen Chemitec America 260
  2. 2. columbusregion.comone-daY marKet acceSSThe Columbus Region has the greatest reach to the U.S. and Canadian populations among all major logistics hubs.Within a 10-hour drive from Columbus are 144 million Americans.Cincinnati 107 milesCincinnati 107 milesKnox CountyLicking CountyFranklin CountyFairfield CountyPickawayCountyMadisonCountyDelawareCountyMorrowCountyMarionCountyLoganCounty UnionCountyMajor AirportIntermodal TerminalDual Rail Industrial ParkNational Gateway CorridorHeartland Rail CorridorNational Freight Rail LineMajor HighwaysFedEx HubUPS HubIndianapolis176 milesPittsburgh 183 milesCleveland 143 milesLicking CountyFranklin CountyFairfield CountyPickawayCountyMadisonCountyDelawareCountyMajor AirportIntermodal TerminalDual Rail Industrial ParkNational Gateway CorridorHeartland Rail CorridorNational Freight Rail LineMajor HighwaysFedEx HubUPS HubinStitutionaL reSourceS- Transportation Research Center is a world-leading provider of vehicular testing services located on 4,500 acres. It provides RDand compliance and certification testing for vehicles, and components for crash testing, emissions testing, dynamic testing anddurability testing.- The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, which is refining technology for electric cars, lightweight structuresand materials.- Sports Pavilion and Automotive Research Complex (SPARC), to be completed in 2014, will include a half-mile race track and aninnovation center for automotive design in partnership with The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College.Clean Fuels Ohio, a statewide nonprofit research organization, will be among the tenants.- Ohio Manufacturing Institute, a university-based resource to help solve manufacturing problems, develops new processesand champions research in new manufacturing areas.- Columbus State Community College, one of the nation’s largest community colleges, offers engineering certificate programsincluding manufacturing.- Battelle, the world’s largest contract research and development organization, provides clients with solutions for specificproduct challenges and can manage efforts across the entire product development cycle.- Edison Welding Institute, North America’s leading organization dedicated to the research and development of welding andmaterials joining technologies.04-13