Report: Ohio, and Dayton area, are manufacturing powerhouses

Manufacturing remains a very big deal in Ohio — and here in the Miami Valley.

That’s one upshot from the new Ohio Manufacturers’ Association report, “Ohio Manufacturing Counts.”

Some takeaways from the report:

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Manufacturing is the largest of 20 economic sectors in the state, contributing 17 percent of Ohio’s overall gross domestic product (GDP).

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Manufacturers in Ohio boast a GDP of $106 billion, ranking it third among the 50 states, behind only Texas and California.

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The sector employs 700,000 Ohioans. More than one in 10 Ohioans work in a manufacturing job.

The sector has an annual payroll of $40 billion, with “the highest total annual wages of any Ohio industry sector.”

The average annual earnings for Ohio workers in manufacturing: $58,800.

The report counts 685 manufacturing “establishments” in Montgomery County, 378 such establishments in Butler County, 214 in Warren County and 154 in Clark County.

In fact, of Ohio’s 14,000 manufacturing entities, 40 percent are in just six Ohio counties, including Montgomery County, the report said.

The report puts Montgomery County’s 2016 manufacturing employment at 28,434 workers, exceeding Butler County’s employment of 22,962 and Clark’s 6,993 workers.

The biggest Ohio manufacturer, by number of employees: Honda, according to this report, with 15,000 Ohio workers, followed by General Electric, with 14,100.

AK Steel Corp., based in Butler County, ranks at 15 on the list of Ohio’s leading manufacturers by number of employees, with 3,460 workers.

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