What is Manufacturing?

The manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Establishments in the manufacturing sector are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment. However, establishments that transform materials or substances into new products by hand or in the worker's home and those engaged in selling to the general public products made on the same premises from which they are sold, such as bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors, may also be included in this sector. Manufacturing establishments may process materials or may contract with other establishments to process their materials for them. Both types of establishments are included in manufacturing.

By The Numbers

  • 12.3 percent employment growth for motor vehicle manufacturing from 2012 to 2022 (Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Bureau of Labor Market Information)
  • Honda of America Mfg. Inc. is the largest manufacturer in the region with 10,701 full-time employees (Columbus 2020)
  • Central Ohio employs more than 85,000 workers in 1,704 manufacturing companies (EMSI, 2015). The sector contributed $11.6 billion to regional output in 2014.

Regional Programs

Columbus State Community College
Ohio State University
Tolles Career & Technical Center
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
C-TEC - Robotics and Automated Manufacturing/RAM
C-TEC - Architectural and Engineering Design (AED)

View Occupation Profiles

Or Explore More Manufacturing Careers Below
Computer-controlled machine tool operators
Industrial machinery mechanics
Mechanical engineers

Additional Resources

Manufacturing is Cool
An interactive portal to information about the industry created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Features online educational resources including Manufacturing Technician, a math game for students in grades 5-8 to learn what happens on the manufacturing line and troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing equipment.