Why Southern Ohio


Strength in Numbers, Strength of Character

The Southern Ohio region of Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto Counties is located due south of Columbus, Ohio, stretching south to the Ohio River.

The Southern Ohio region is well-suited for these target industries:

Strategically located for access to suppliers and markets

  • 110 million people live within 500 miles of the Southern Ohio region.
  • Norfolk Southern and CSX Class I railroads serve the region.
  • Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor bisects the region and includes both the Rickenbacker Inland Port, located in south Columbus, less than an hour north of Chillicothe, Ohio and the Prichard Intermodal Facility, located in Prichard, West Virginia, about an hour south of Portsmouth, Ohio.
  • US 35, US 23, and SR 32 form a triangle connecting the Southern Ohio region to major east-west and north-south Interstates 70, 71, 64 and 77.
  • The region is proximal to Lexington, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Huntington, West Virginia; and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Large inventory of available sites and buildings

  • The region has over 3 million square feet of available buildings, and over 1,400 acres of industrial sites available, most of it in shovel-ready condition.

Large work force and leading employers

  • 250,000 labor force within commuting distance (14 counties); 95,000 labor force within the four counties
  • Loyal, hardworking employees who want to work in the region
  • Home to major companies such as Kenworth Trucks, GlatFelter, Innovative Solutions, General Mills, OSCO, and Sun Coke Energy
  • Median wages below the state and US averages

And Ohio offers one of the most favorable business climates in the country:

For more information about the Southern Ohio region, please contact Jason Kester at 740.355.1265 or by email at [email protected].

"We found highly qualified, skilled workers right out of the gate."