Industry Clusters

Driving Success in Key Industries

Cincinnati USA is home to a broad range of vibrant industries and businesses. Industry cluster groups - an unusually high concentration of specific industries and their suppliers - have formed in the region and serve as the backdrop for our economic prosperity. From aerospace to automotive and chemistry to consumer goods, Cincinnati USA has globally competitive strength in these established and emerging industries.

Established industry clusters

Cincinnati USA is a region known for its manufacturing assets and its tremendous access to markets. These strengths have helped establish the region as a preferred location for companies in the automotive, aerospace, chemistry and plastics, and financial services industries. The Cincinnati USA Partnership is committed to growing these key industries and others through our Regional Business Retention Committee efforts.

Advanced Energy 
Supported by a strong commitment at the federal and state levels, our region is poised to take advantage of the fast-growing alternative and renewable energy industry. From wind and solar to fuel cells and biofuels, Ohio and the region provide outstanding access to capital and talent for this emerging industry.

The region is home to more than 220 businesses involved in the research, testing and production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, as well as agricultural products. It also supports a wide range of manufacturers, suppliers and support providers.

Consumer Products and Brand Development 
Driving Cincinnati USA's strong consumer services industry and its burgeoning creative services is a strong core of global companies such as Procter & Gamble, Kroger and Macy's. Just as importantly, smaller, fast-growing companies, such as dunnhumbyUSA and Lightborne Communications, are helping tell the story of the region's creative power. 

Food Processing and Agriculture 
Cincinnati USA is considered a hub for the over $20 billion worldwide flavor industry. Three of the top 10 flavorings companies in the world have their North American Headquarters and R&D centers here. French-owned Mane, Inc., Swiss-owned Givaudan Flavors and German-based Wild Flavors all have corporate campuses in Cincinnati USA.

Finance, Insurance and IT 
Cincinnati is a regional leader in the financial services industry. The region is home to more than 3,500 businesses employing 62,000 area residents in this important field. Cincinnati USA profits from a robust and diverse IT cluster that includes "FORTUNE®" 1000 companies, a strong network of highly-rated academic institutions, a number of global IT service providers, world-class infrastructure, and passionate, engaged IT leadership. Many notable technology companies were born in Cincinnati USA, including Cincom®, Nielsen BuzzMetrics, Bluespring™ and Hyperquake, as well as technology-enabled businesses such as Paycor® and Convergys.

Advanced Manufacturing 
The Cincinnati-Dayton corridor ranks in the top 15 areas nationally for the number of companies directly involved with aerospace products and parts manufacturing. The region is home to more than 400 aerospace and related support businesses, including aircraft and parts, aircraft engines parts, fabricated metal products, instruments and related goods.

Nearly 80 percent of North American light-vehicle production takes place in Ohio or within 500 miles of its borders. And, when combined with tier-one suppliers in Indiana and Kentucky, the tristate area accounts for more than 25 percent of the tier-one suppliers in the United States.

As a leader in chemical and plastics employment, Cincinnati USA is home to almost 300 businesses involved in the manufacturing of basic and specialty chemicals; pharmaceuticals; soaps and cleaners; flavorings; printing inks; adhesives, paints, and coatings; and plastics and rubber products.

Need Assistance? 
If you would like additional information about the region's industry clusters, please contact REDI Cincinnati at (513) 579-3182. For a complete listing of Partnership staff, please visit our Staff Directory.