Ohio Commerce Center Why NE Ohio


The greater Youngstown-Warren Area in northeast Ohio is uniquely positioned to provide efficient and cost effective movement of goods,
people and information. The area is centrally located for
easy access to
  • The National Gateway
  • The bulk of the U.S. population and major cities
  • Major modes of transportation for fast distribution of
    products and services
  • Local industries and the regional population of the
    Youngstown-Warren area in northeast Ohio

Within 75 Minutes
The greater Youngstown-Warren Area is within 75 Just In Time
minutes of
  • Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron, Canton, Erie and
    6.8 million people
  • 11,640 manufacturing plants
  • 10,750 wholesale/distribution centers
  • 34 Fortune 1000 company world headquarters
  • 2 international airports
  • 3 regional airports
  • Lake Erie shipping
  • Ohio River ports
  • 95 colleges

Within 500 Minutes
The greater Youngstown-Warren Area is one of the few metropolitan
areas that provide effective overnight ground access to New York City and Chicago. It is strategically located within 500 Just In Time minutes of
  • 60 percent of the U.S. effective buying income
  • 40 percent of the Canadian population
  • 55 percent of all U.S. manufacturing
  • 50 percent of the U.S. population
  • 10 percent of the top 25 U.S. metro markets
  • 58 percent of the top 500 U.S. industrial headquarters
  • 56 percent of the top 500 U.S. service headquarters
  • 41 percent of all U.S. households
    (Source: Northeast Ohio Transportation and Economic Consortium)

Local Industry
The Youngstown-Warren area is a five-county, northeast Ohio – western Pennsylvania region with nearly 800,000 people living and working there. The area is rated as one of the top 10 metro areas for business expansion in the U.S, by SITE Selection Magazine (2009). Entrepreneur Magazine agreed and ranked Youngstown as one of the Top 10 U.S. cities to start a new business (2009-2010). The area’s cost of living is extremely attractive, ranking well below the national average. The area’s cost of living is extremely attractive, ranking well below the national average. The cost of living national average is 100, while Youngstown Warren earned a 91.8 in 2008.

Major industries include: General Motors Lordstown Complex, Severstal Steel, V&M Star Steel, Thomas Steel Strip Corporation, RMI Titanium, AVI Food Systems, Covelli Enterprises, West Corporation, Youngstown Business Incubator and Delphi Corporation. (Click here for a list of new facilities and upgrades in the area, as well as a list of the Fortune 500

Growth industry clusters positioned in the area include: aluminum extrusions, call centers, motor vehicles and related equipment, plastic and rubber products and distribution and logistics.