Union County Advantage

WHY UNION COUNTY?

Why Union County? The answer is simple: Union County offers something for everyone. Our community can accommodate any company or individual and is an excellent and affordable location to live and conduct business. With strong emphasis on economic diversification and vitality, grassroots entrepreneurship, building an outstanding quality of life, and easy access to local and regional amenities and attractions, Union County has emerged as the center of growth and development in the Columbus Region. There is no wonder why Union County is the fastest growing county in Ohio.

Less than a half hour from downtown Columbus, Union County residents have easy access to an exciting and lively urban environment while living in the serenity of a safe, charming community. This amenity assists companies with attracting and retaining talent.

If you want to take the next step toward locating your business in Union County, contact us. We will be more than happy to share additional reasons why Union County is your partner in success.

ACCESSIBILITY & LOCATION

Union County is centrally located in the Columbus metropolitan area. Located just 40 minutes northwest of downtown Columbus, Union County offers businesses and residents easy access to Central Ohio and multiple markets throughout the Midwest, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast.

HIGHWAY

Nearby Interstate highways 70, 71, and 75 reach nearly half the population and manufacturing capacity of the U.S. and Canada in one day’s drive. Highways US 33 and US 23 also connect travelers and freight to Midwestern destinations.

FREIGHT RAIL & PORT ACCESS

The Heartland Corridor allows double-stacked freight trains to travel directly from the Port of Virginia (Norfolk International Terminals) to a state-of-the-art intermodal facility located at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus.

CSX and Norfolk Southern serves Union County as part of the National Gateway Corridor. The NGC provides the region with additional port connections in Baltimore and Wilmington.

The Toledo Seaport, located less than two hours from Union County, is  equipped with on dock rail, truck scales, shore cranes, ship loading conveyor systems and ample indoor and outdoor warehouse storage all within Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #8.

PASSENGER AIR SERVICE

John Glenn Columbus International Airport serves as the region’s premier international airport, offering 160 daily departures to 32 airports, making it one of the nation’s top “90-Minute Air Markets.” In 2015, Port Columbus carriers added non-stop air service to San Francisco (Oakland), Boston, Dallas, and Washington, DC.

The Dayton International Airport is also within an hour of Union County and offers flights to points throughout the United States.

CARGO AIR SERVICE/INTERMODAL

Rickenbacker International Airport is a high-speed international, multi-modal logistics hub and strategically planned cargo complex serving several key business segments, including: international airfreight, cargo airlines, freight forwarders, and logistics firms. Located just south of Columbus, Rickenbacker contains two 12,000-foot runways capable of handling any aircraft in the world.


MILES TO CENTRAL OHIO COMMUNITIES

Delaware 16
Dublin 17
London 26
Marion 27
Westerville 30
Downtown Columbus 32
Grove City 33
Reynoldsburg 43
Newark 58
Lancaster 63

MILES TO MAJOR REGIONAL CITIES

Charleston 241
Chicago 362
Cincinnati 141
Cleveland 142
Columbus 30
Dayton 60
Detroit 195
Indianapolis 160
Lexington 223
Louisville 244
Pittsburgh 218
Toledo 114

FLIGHT TIME FROM JOHN GLENN COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL

Atlanta 1.5
Boston 2.0
Chicago 1.0
Dallas 2.0
Denver 3.0
Los Angeles 4.5
Miami 3.0
Minneapolis 2.0
New York 1.5
Philadelphia 1.25
Seattle 5.5
Washington DC 1.0

LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Union County is home to a diverse business community with a unique mix of large, world-class corporations and small, independently-owned businesses. Our economic diversity has lead to incredible strength and stability which has enabled Union County to weather economic downturns and changes in the global economy.

HONDA MARYSVILLE AUTO PLANT MARYSVILLE 5,000
HONDA R&D MARYSVILLE 1,300
MEMORIAL HEALTH MARYSVILLE 868
MARYSVILLE EXEMPTED VILLAGE SCHOOLS MARYSVILLE 746
OHIO REFORMATORY FOR WOMEN MARYSVILLE 504
UNION COUNTY MARYSVILLE 475
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER EAST LIBERTY 450
CONTINENTAL MARYSVILLE 400
HONDA ENGINEERING RAYMOND 350
WALMART MARYSVILLE 310
SCIOTO SERVICES MARYSVILLE 300
CITY OF MARYSVILLE MARYSVILLE 265
NESTLE PTC MARYSVILLE 250
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAIN CITY 245
MADE FROM SCRATCH PLAIN CITY 216
NORTH UNION LOCAL SCHOOLS RICHWOOD 200
DUBLIN HEATING & COOLING PLAIN CITY 200
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY MARYSVILLE 200
HONDA OF AMERICA MFG., INC. MARYSVILLE 200
SELECT SIRES PLAIN CITY 184
PARKER HANNIFIN HYDRAULICS MARYSVILLE 170
HONDA TRADING CORP MARYSVILLE 160
HONDA MARYSVILLE MARYSVILLE 154
LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT MARYSVILLE 150
SUMITOMO ELECTRIC WIRING SYSTEMS MARYSVILLE 138
KROGER MARYSVILLE 126
FAIRBANKS LOCAL SCHOOLS MILFORD CENTER 126
BEST BUY MARYSVILLE 125
SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO MARYSVILLE 110
HOME DEPOT MARYSVILLE 105
A2Z FIELD SERVICES PLAIN CITY 102
HONDA LOCK MARYSVILLE 100

Honda of America Mfg., Inc., the third largest employer in Central Ohio with 9,344 employed across the region, maintains major manufacturing, headquarters, and R&D operations in Union County. As a result, our community is also home to a number of automotive suppliers, including many Japanese-owned firms.

Honda celebrated its 34th year of domestic automobile production in 2016 and recently exported its 1-millionth vehicle. The company has recently completed several major projects including the construction of the Honda Heritage Center, and expansion to construct the Acura NSX Supercar and a hybrid version of the Honda Accord.

Honda Operations in Union County:
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Honda Marysville Auto Plant – Marysville
•  Honda Performance Manufacturing Center – Marysville
•  Honda North America, Inc. – Marysville
•  Honda North America Services, LLC – Marysville
•  Honda Engineering North America, Inc. – Marysville
•  Honda Lock Research & Development – Marysville
•  Honda Trading America Corp. – Marysville
•  Honda R&D Americas, Inc. – Raymond
•  Honda Access America, Inc. – Raymond

Marysville Auto Plant
Marysville is where it all started. In November 1982, the very first Honda Accord rolled off the line. Over the next 30 years, the plant and its iconic flagship vehicle, the Accord, would lay the foundation for an unprecedented success story. Today, the 3.9 million square feet Marysville plant represents the largest of our Ohio operations, producing the Honda Accord Sedan & Coupe, the Accord Hybrid and the Acura TL for customers in more than 100 countries around the world.

Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC)
The Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville is the exclusive global production facility for the all-new Acura NSX supercar. The PMC utilizes new approaches to vehicle construction, paint, assembly and quality confirmation.

Honda Heritage Center
The Honda Heritage Center highlights the company’s successes in North America over the last half century with an array of historical, current and future products – each with its own story. For more information about the HHC, including tour availability, please click here.

Honda North America, Inc.
Honda NA provides the leadership function of Honda’s North American regional operations and is the coordinating entity for such operations. They are also responsible for overseeing Honda’s North American sales, manufacturing and R&D for the company’s product lines.

Honda North America Services, LLC
Honda North America Services provides many of Honda’s common support functions in North America. They streamline coordination of Honda’s R&D, manufacturing, purchasing and sales functions related to the introduction of new products.

Honda Engineering North America​
Established in 1988, this facility designs, develops and manufactures stamping dies, specialized production equipment and technologies for Honda plants across North America.

Honda Lock Research & Development
Honda Lock R&D conducts research and market analysis on key cylinders, door mirrors, glove boxes and door handles.

Honda R & D Americas, Inc.
More than 1,300 associates at this expansive facility perform engineering design, prototype fabrication and testing, local parts procurement and support for the start of mass production. Engineers also create cutting edge technologies that support the company in developing fuel efficiency and product safety.

Honda Access America
Honda Access America researches and designs many of the accessories used on Honda and Acura vehicles produced in North America. In addition to product development and testing, they also confirm installation methods and ensure accessory parts quality after installation.

Honda Operations in Close Proximity to Union County:
•  Anna Engine Plant – Anna
•  East Liberty Auto Plant – East Liberty
•  Honda Transmission Mfg. of America – Russells Point
•  Transportation Research Center – East Liberty
•  Midwest Express – East Liberty

To learn more about Honda of America Mfg., Inc., please visit their website.

Ohio’s 33 Smart Corridor

Union County is centrally located along Ohio’s 33 Smart Corridor, a 35-mile highway corridor that crosses three counties (Franklin, Union, and Logan), and connects the cities of Marysville and Dublin to Honda’s North America Campus, the Transportation Research Center, and points beyond.

​Already home to over 50 automotive suppliers and world-renowned automotive assets,  the 33 Smart Corridor continues to attract attention from around the world. Recent investment in fiber and smart transportation infrastructure, totaling $217 million, has allowed the corridor to emerge as the Midwest’s leader in the research and deployment of smart mobility technologies, including connected transportation infrastructure, traffic management and safety systems, AV/CV testing, queue warning and pedestrian safety, and data collection and commercialization.

We invite you to learn more and discover how Ohio’s 33 Smart Corridor is the prime location for your business.

UNION COUNTY & MARYSVILLE: AN EMERGING HUB FOR R&D

Manufacturing and Research & Development (R&D) are two of Union County’s most important industry sectors. As manufacturers rely on R&D to develop the next generation of technologies, it is critical for our community to foster a productive and attractive environment for manufacturers by reversing off-shoring of technological services and supporting the co-location of manufacturing and innovation.

Many of Union County’s major manufacturers bundle innovation and production activities locally or rely on other area businesses to provide R&D services. This has led to the formation of a growing R&D cluster in Union County over the last several years. In fact, Union County, namely due to Honda of America Mfg., Inc., is now among the top producers of patents in Central Ohio. Other companies such as Nestle Product Technology Center and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., also regularly pursue R&D activities.

Union County hopes to continue to usher in a new era of advanced manufacturing by promoting entrepreneurial development and grassroots innovation, workforce development and infrastructure investment.

Companies Involved With R&D Activities
(With Employment)

Continental 258
DAT Laboratory 8
Eden Cryogenics 50
MASI Environmental Laboratories 41
Nestle Product Technology Center 222
Ohio Laser 30
Parker Hannifin Hydraulics 179
Select Sires 186
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems 232
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. 1,138
Univenture 80
Velocys/Oxford Catalysts Group 60

A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JAPAN

With 21 companies employing approximately 6,615 people, Japanese companies provide numerous jobs and opportunities to Marysville and Union County. These 6,615 jobs account for 24.4% of the total jobs (27,087) in Union County. Over the past 35 years, these companies collectively have invested nearly $5 billion dollars (Honda has invested $4.4 billion alone) into Union County.

Major Japanese Firms Operating in Union County:

  • Advanced Technology Products
  • Denyo North America
  • HL-A Company
  • Honda Engineering North America
  • Honda Marysville and Honda Marysville Motor Sports
  • Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
  • Honda North America
  • Honda R&D Americas
  • Honda Trading of America Corp.
  • KAPI-O USA
  • KNB Tools of America, Inc.
  • KTH Parts Industries
  • Midwest Express, Inc.
  • Moriroku Technology North America
  • Neaton Auto Products Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Nissin International Transport USA, Inc.
  • NKC of America, Inc.
  • Precision Tools (Toyo)
  • Sanko Gosei Technologies USA, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
  • Yaskawa Electric America, Inc.

FRIENDSHIP CITY

To solidify our special relationship with Japan, in December 2013, the City of Marysville signed a “Friendship Agreement” with the Town of Yorii, Japan. This agreement will eventually pave the way for the official declaration of a Sister City partnership.