Ohio supplies the world with durable goods. These six leading export industries account for the 60% or $28B of the State’s total exports of $46B. In 2011, Ohio’s leading export was Machinery and it generated revenue of $8.5 billion. In about half of Ohio’s 88 counties, 12.6% or more of all workers are employed in manufacturing.
Industry leads the way in solid waste reduction and recycling. Reduction and recycling include source reduction activities, reuse, recycling, composting and incineration. Industry is an enormous consumer of recycled materials, such as metals, glass, paper and plastics; thus manufacturers are strong advocates for improving recycling systems in Ohio and the U.S.
Manufacturers have invested billions of dollars in environmental control technologies and more efficient processes, which has significantly reduced emissions. Ohio manufacturers have made tremendous progress in reducing toxic releases to the environment, every year.
The leading Ohio industries in terms of dollars of product shipped are: iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing ($14,557 million); petroleum refineries ($12,532 million); aircraft engine and engine parts manufacturing ($8,818 million); plastics products manufacturing (nec) ($7,977 million); soap and cleaning compound manufacturing ($6,802 million); and motor vehicle metal stamping ($6,488 million).
Ohio ships more than 20% of all U.S. production in these nine product categories:
Rubber product manufacturing (nec), structural clay product manufacturing (nec), pressed and blown glass and glassware manufacturing (nec), iron and steel pipe and tube manufacturing, custom (metal) roll forming, machine tool (metal forming types) manufacturing, rolling mill machinery and equipment manufacturing, motor vehicle metal stamping, and aircraft engine and engine parts manufacturing.