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Strategic Location

Why Choose Ashtabula County?

Ashtabula County has been a center for manufacturing and industry for decades and is seeing a resurgence of activity in recent years. Many businesses have already realized the enormous potential of Ashtabula County and have begun to set roots or haveexpanded existing businesses.


Some of the top reasons for living, working, or starting a business in Ashtabula County are:

  1. Longstanding track record as a competitive manufacturing location, especially in plastics, rubber products, chemicals, metals, and machinery.

  2. Strategic location on Interstate-90 between Cleveland and Buffalo with excellent access to Canadian and Eastern Atlantic markets.

  3. Business-friendly communities that are eager to grow and supportive of businesses.

  4. A productive workforce with diverse skills in manufacturing and other industry sectors.

  5. Reasonable costs of business in terms of wages, real estate, and taxes.

  6. Abundant water supply, land, agriculture, and other natural resources.

  7. Two deepwater shipping ports in Conneaut and Ashtabula.

  8. Affordable quality of life with good schools.

  9. Attractive rural setting with small-town charm, offering a mix of small-town urban and rural community locations.

  10. An economic development team and leaders that work together to proactively support and assist economic and community development.



Workforce is often regarded as the #1 factor driving business location and investment decisions across America.

Some Ashtabula County

Workforce Statistics:

  • Ashtabula County has a working-age population of 80,000 and a labor force of 46,500.

  • Ashtabula County manufacturing workforce of 9,293.

  • The employment potential of 93,563 in a 20-mile radius of I-90 and Route 45 intersection.

  • The employment potential of 327,620 in a 35-mile radius of I-90 and Route 45 intersection.

  • The employment potential of 1,238,801 in a 50-mile radius of I-90 and Route 45 intersection.


Strategic Location of
Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County is the northeastern-most county in Ohio, bordering both Lake Erie and Pennsylvania. With ample highway access, a regional airport, local ports, and several railroads, Ashtabula County has the transportation resources and prime location for conducting business.
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