As one of Ohio’s largest counties, Lorain County is the ideal place to locate your business. Major U.S. interstates, such as I-80/90 and I-480, offer easy access to the entire region. The county also utilizes full service CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, and a fully functioning deep-water port in Lorain.
Many companies are currently thriving in Lorain County. The world headquarters for Invacare Corporation – the leading manufacturer of medical equipment, is located in the Lorain County seat of Elyria. Other large businesses which call Lorain County home include Parker-Hannifin Corp., Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Nordson Corp, PolyOne Corp., Community Health Partners, EMH Regional Medical Center, Republic Engineered Products, Emerson, and Ford Motor Company.
Lorain County continues to train and educate its workforce at Lorain County Community College – the fastest growing college in the state. Its University Partnership brings 40 bachelors and masters degrees from 8 different universities to the main college campus. The county also trains athletes through Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy, the first full-scholarship youth soccer academy in the United States.
The county also provides the best resources available to nurture new business ideas. Business development organizations like the Lorain County Community Development Department, Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers of Ohio, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, Lorain County Growth Partnership, Team Lorain County, GLIDE, Team NEO, NEOinc, JumpStart, Braintree, and Cleveland Plus have successfully launched and mentored businesses that continue to fuel economic growth in Lorain County.