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Ohio Business

Hundreds of large businesses and corporations have started or settled their headquarters in Ohio, attracted by its diverse population, industry and economy. The unique and compressed demographics of the state offer a market where business owners can test and compare to provide the best and most desired products available. The diversity of the workforce is also a compelling attraction many companies can’t deny. The following are just a few of the many nationally-recognized businesses in Ohio.


  • Fifth Third

    Fifth Third Bank’s history can be traced back to 1858, when the Bank of Ohio Valley opened in Cincinnati. The Third National Bank was later organized and again changed names in 1908 with the merger of The Fifth National Bank and the Third National Bank before finally settling on its current name in 1969.

  • Huntington

    A $56 billion regional bank holding company, Huntington Bancshares, Inc. is headquartered in Columbus and has served its customers’ financial needs for more than 140 years. Huntington’s banking subsidiaries have more than 700 locations throughout six states.

  • Key Bank

    Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $89 billion. KeyBank employs approximately 15,400 at more than 1,000 locations spanning 14 states.


  • Grange

    Based in Columbus, Grange has grown from its humble beginnings as an auto insurer in 1935 to become a billion-dollar insurance provider offering auto, home, life, business and farm insurance protection through Grange Insurance and Integrity Insurance.

  • Nationwide

    Founded in 1926 as Farm Bureau Mutual, Nationwide has since ballooned to become one of the primary insurance and financial services companies in the world. The Nationwide family encompasses hundreds of different companies throughout the country, but remains headquartered in Columbus.

  • Progressive

    Founded in 1937 and headquartered in Mayfield Village, The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies has issued more than 10 million auto insurance policies.

  • State Auto

    In 1921, State Automobile Insurance Company was founded with three employees and a rented room in downtown Columbus. Offering only auto insurance in its early years, today State Auto Insurance Companies focuses on both personal and business insurance offered throughout 33 states.


  • Cardinal Heath

    Founded in 1971 as Cardinal Foods, a small food distributor in Columbus, Cardinal Health has morphed into a global healthcare industry services provider with a vast scope of products and services. In 2012, Fortune Magazine ranked Cardinal Health with more than $107 billion in revenue as the 19th largest corporation in the nation, and the largest corporation in Ohio.

  • Good Year

    Founded in Akron in 1898, Goodyear originally manufactured horseshoe pads, bicycle and carriage tires, fire hose, sealing rings for canning, and rubber poker chips. By 1916, Goodyear became known as the world’s largest tire company, and by 1926 became the world’s largest rubber company. Today, Goodyear has more than 70,000 associates worldwide, and sales exceeding $20 billion a year.

  • Owens Corning

    With its world headquarters in Toledo, Owens Corning has continued to grow as a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning operates in 26 countries.

  • Parker

    The Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies, providing solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. With 311 plants in 48 countries, Parker Hannifin’s annual revenue exceeds $13 billion.

  • P&G

    P&G was founded in Cincinnati in 1837 by William Procter and James Gamble. The company originally manufactured candles and soap, later expanding to produce dozens of household brands and hundreds of items. Known primarily as a soap producer in the 1930s, P&G sponsored a number of radio programs which became known as “soap operas.”

  • Sherwin Williams

    Primarily known through its paint line, Sherwin Williams is one of the largest general building materials companies in the industry. Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866, their slogans “Ask How, Ask Now” and “Cover the Earth” are among the most recognizable in the world.

  • Smuckers

    The J.M. Smucker Company was founded in Orrville in 1897 with the company’s namesake and founder selling apple butter out of a horse-drawn wagon. Today, Smucker is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of fruit spreads, peanut butter, and shortening and oils, to name a few. The Smucker Company includes brands such as Smucker’s®Jif®Crisco®Pillsbury®, and Hungry Jack®.

  • Timken

    The Canton-based Timken Company engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, transmissions, gearboxes, chain and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. With yearly sales of approximately $3.1 billion, today Timken operates in 28 countries with approximately 14,000 employees.


  • Bob Evans

    Founded in Rio Grande, Ohio, and settling its headquarters in Columbus, Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is a billion-dollar food service, processing and retail company with almost 600 locations throughout the country. The primary theme for the company remains “country living” and was family-owned until 2000.

  • Wendys

    The first fast-food chain to offer a drive-through window, Wendy’s International was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, the first restaurant was opened in Columbus and now has more than 6,500 restaurants in the United States and 27 other countries.


  • Kroger

    An American supermarket chain, The Kroger Company was founded in 1883 in Cincinnati and has since expanded to several states. Kroger manufactures a variety of general merchandise brands for bread, dairy, deli, drug, grocery and nutritional items.

  • Limited Brands

    One of the largest retail companies in the country, Limited Brands began as a family business started by Leslie Wexner. Wexner opened the business in 1963 with $5,000 he borrowed from his aunt. Since then, this Columbus-based company has grown to be one of the largest employers in Ohio with a system of support companies ranging from logistics to design to real estate. Limited Brands also owns several other popular stores including Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret and White Barn Candle Company.

  • Macys

    Macy’s, Inc. is the largest department store retailer in the country, operating more than 850 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Macy’s, Inc. is headquartered in Cincinnati, and employs a diverse workforce of nearly 190,000 nationwide.


  • AEP

    One of the largest electricity-generating utilities in the United States, AEP was founded in 1906 and calls Columbus its home. The company serves parts of 11 states.

  • First Energy

    FirstEnergy Corp., headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is the nation’s fifth largest investor-owned electric system, based on 6 million customers served within a 65,000 square-mile area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.