Ohio’s Strength is in the Numbers

Jonathan Bridges

Director of Automotive

A good year for the U.S. auto industry is great news for Ohio, and that’s exactly what we got in 2015. 

Ohio produced more than 1,568,311 cars and trucks last year at six different assembly plants across the state. In addition to passenger vehicles, Ohio is home to significant production of medium and heavy-duty trucks from multiple original equipment manufacturers. Automotive companies have invested more than $5.8 billion over the last five years, sparking the creation of more than 20,000 direct jobs across the state.  

Honda North America Inc. set an all-time record for single-year North American auto production, with total production of almost 1.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles – an increase of more than 3 percent from the previous record set in 2014. Honda’s eight auto plants in North America produced more than 99 percent of the Honda and Acura cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. in 2015. The Honda assembly plants in Ohio produced 241,193 units at its East Liberty facility and 460,626 units at its Marysville facility. 

Another win for the state included a historic partnership formed by General Motors Co. and Navistar to develop and assemble medium-duty commercial vehicles in Ohio. This long-term agreement allows Navistar to strengthen its product lineup and enables GM to expand its Chevrolet commercial truck portfolio.  

DMAX, Ltd. announced it would invest $82 million at the Moraine facility for future Duramax diesel engine-related productivity improvements. The facility, which is a joint venture between General Motors and Isuzu vehicles, builds engines for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. 

Ohio’s automotive production plants also had an outstanding year:

  • In 2015 Jeep produced 242,983 units of the Wrangler and 295,722 units of the Cherokee. Both models had record years.
  • Full production of the new Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks began at the company's Ohio assembly plant in Avon Lake – production that was imported from a plant in Mexico to Ohio.
  • Meanwhile, Honda will add a second U.S. production location for the Acura MDX, investing $85 million into its East Liberty, Ohio, assembly plant.

In 2015, the automotive industry led employment growth in Ohio. Last year’s industry growth, combined with a steadily growing U.S. economy, is a positive indicator of future auto sales. Ohio will continue to be an automotive powerhouse making it easier for companies from around the world to succeed. If you are looking to expand your automotive operations, welcome to where the world is going. Welcome to Ohio.


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