Doing Business

Large Enough to Serve, Small Enough to Care

Fostoria is a community with a strong, smart and plentiful workforce; where neighbors greet each other by name; where businesses work together for the common good; and where new industries are not simply welcomed, but encouraged and nurtured.

In fact, there are a lot of things to say about the City of Fostoria, where town and country meet in the interest of good business and good living. Where highways and railways converge at the crossroads of the Midwest. Where families and companies can put down roots. Where there is room to grow!

Ohio consistently ranks as one of the top places in the nation to live and do business. The state offers low business costs, a supportive business environment, plentiful, productive labor force and outstanding scenic and recreational attractions.

A non-metropolitan community of 14,000, Fostoria is located in a market area of 138,000 within a 30 minute commute. A wide range of resources exist to help start, locate or expand your business in Fostoria.

Excellent Location

Located in Northwest Ohio, you cannot find a more central, productive or suitable location. At the heart of the Midwest's industrial corridor, our crossroads stretch from Detroit to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh to Chicago.

Transportation

An excellent transportation network of U.S. and State Highways makes doing business in Fostoria convenient for all. We also have three major rail lines traversing the city, providing direct access to coastal and gulf ports.

Incentives

Located in the Community Reinvestment Area, incentives are possible, including workforce development, financial and technical assistance. Utility rates are competitive with surrounding areas and industrial user incentives may be available.

Available Labor

A labor force of over 185,000 drawn from five surrounding counties provides businesses with a well-trained pool of employees. Customized skills training is available through local community and technical colleges.

About the Community

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VIBRANT ECONOMY

Supported by over 379 local businesses

Quality of Life

  • Premier Medical Facility
  • Business, Civic and Professional Organizations
  • Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
  • Five City Parks encompassing 280 acres
  • Fostoria Metropolitan Airport

Per Capita Personal Income $


 

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Industry/Labor

Fostoria provides employers with a pool of skilled workers who are loyal, productive, and willing to work.  Employers are able to gain a competitive advantage in Fostoria through the benefits of reasonable salaries and hourly wages.

Manufacturers involved in plastics, printing, machinery, metals and building materials drive the local economy and job market, while retail, wholesale sales, education and government positions are also well represented in the local economy.

 Major Employers

 About the Workforce:

 

White Collar 53%
Blue Collar 46%
High School Diploma or Higher 84.89%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 8.61%
Graduate or Professional Degree 2.5%
Average Unemployment for Tri-County area 6%
  • Industrial
  • County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Heavy & Special Permit Hauling

    Employee Count: 103

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Specialty machining & crankshafts

    Employee Count: 89

    County: Wood

    Product/Service: Specialty Steel Products

    Employee Count: 75

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Spark plugs & Filters

    Employee Count: 117

    County: Hancock & Seneca

    Product/Service: Wheat flour milling & feed product

    Employee Count: 93

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Ace carbons, brushes & graphite cloth

    Employee Count: 161

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Post industrial plastic recycling

    Employee Count: 50

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Custom millwork, stairs & windows

    Employee Count: 82

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Specialty machining and crankshafts

    Employee Count: 197

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Rubber Flooring Products

    Employee Count: 318

  • Service
  • County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Government

    Employee Count: 108

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Hospital

    Employee Count: 308

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Education

    Employee Count: 297

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Health & Fitness; Youth Activities

    Employee Count: 80

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Nusring Home

    Employee Count: 207

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Nusring Home

    Employee Count: 77

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Supermarket/Pharmacy

    Employee Count: 109

    County: Seneca

    Product/Service: Nursing Home

    Employee Count: 119

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    Civilian Labor Statistics

    for the Counties of Fostoria, Ohio

    State of Ohio

    Labor Force: 5,716,400

    Employment: 5,452,000

    Unemployment: 264,400

    Rate: 4.6%

    Seneca County

    Labor Force: 27,300

    Employment: 26,100

    Unemployment: 1,200

    Rate: 4.3%

    Hancock County

    Labor Force: 41,400

    Employment: 40,000

    Unemployment: 1,400

    Rate: 3.4%

    Wood County

    Labor Force: 70,100

    Employment: 67,300

    Unemployment: 2,800

    Rate: 4.0%

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    Sites & Buildings

    Area Industrial & Commercial Developers & Contractors

    Our partnering member businesses are available and can build to suit

    ACI Alvada Construction

    Paul Craun

    Industrial/Commercial

    Alvada, OH

    419-595-4224

    Frankart Electrical Company

    Tim Frankart

    PO Box 627

    Fostoria, OH 44830

    419-435-4220

    Rudolph/Libbe

    Phil Rudolph, Jr.

    Industrial/Commercial

    Toledo, OH

    419-241-5000

    Clouse Construction

    Lenny Clouse

    4382 W. TR 90

    New Riegel, OH 44853

    419-448-1365

    Whitta Construction

    David Whitta

    Industrial/Commercial

    Fostoria, OH

    419-435-7033

    Transportation

    Centrally located, Fostoria has an excellent trasnportation network containing numerous highways and railways and is also close to The Ohio Turnpike (1-80/90) and Interstate 75.

    Routes Include:

    • U.S 23 | Toledo to Columbus ( extends from Michigan through the Carolinas)
    • Ohio 12 | Connects with the Ohio Turnpike and I-75
    • Ohio 18 | Intersects in the city, providing easy multi-direction access
    • Ohio 199 | Intersects in the city, providing easy multi-direction access
    • Ohio 587 | Intersects in the city, providing easy multi-direction access
    • Ohio 613 | Intersects in the city, providing easy multi-direction access
    Within 3 hours of 80% of the country's auto assembly plants
    Within 500 miles of 67% of the nation's population

    Motor Carriers/Trucks

    Over 500 major bureau carriers have authority to provide service to and from the city of Fostoria. Services include 25 regular and 35 irregular route common carriers servicing daily, 9 carriers offering containerized service for export and import, 16 companies offering pickup and deliver service to and from the city.

    Railroads

    Main line service by 2 railroads, both with yards and interchange agreements, provides Fostoria with rail shipping facilities in all directions. Norfolk Southern & CSX Transportation connect with comprehensive intermodal transportation ports for both domestic and international shipping. Efficient service is provided to the Pacific and Atlantic seaboards and south to the Gulf Coast.

    Air Facilities

    The Fostoria Municipal Airport offers a 5005' X 100' all weather surface runway, high intensity transmitter activated runway lights and beacon, hanger space and a full time base operator. Fostoria is also less than 2 hours away from DTW and 45 miles from Toledo Express Airport and Burlington Air Express air-cargo hub. The airport has regularly scheduled flights with more than 40 daily departures and general aviation service connecting most major cities.

    Port Facilities

    Less than 50 miles from Fostoria is the only diversified cargo-handling port on the Great Lakes. The Port of Toledo is a domestic and international shipping center located along the Maumee River and has a 150 acre overseas cargo center which offers world traders the benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone operation. Total Port cargo annually averages 12 million tons.

    Financial Data

    Local Property Tax

    All real property is assessed at the local level, and tax rates are regulated by local officials and voters. The County Auditor, the chief assessing officer, lists and values the real property with the county for taxation purposes, under the direction and supervision of the County Board of Tax Appeals.

    *Fostoria does not have personal property tax.

    Current Property Tax Rates

    Tax rates by county/district can be found on the respective Auditor’s web sites.

    Hancock County Sales Tax

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    Seneca County Sales Tax

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    Wood County Sales Tax

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    City Income Tax

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    Tax Abatement

    Fostoria has a city-wide Urban Enterprise Zone program, designed to help enhance the competitive advantage of industry expanding or locating in the community. Foreign Trade Zone tax benefits can be made available on a requested basis. Ohio laws and tax structures are favorable for industrial growth. The state constitution stipulates that all tax levies exceeding 10 mills must be approved by the voters.

    Financial Assistance

    In addition to a variety of state financial assistance programs, Fostoria offers reduced interest financing through its Fostoria Revolving Loan Fund. The $2.1 million fund is available to loan -qualifying companies locating or expanding in the Fostoria area.

    Benefactor & Director Members

    Utilities

    Electric Power

    Electric energy is sold under uniform rate schedules through the service area and Fostoria’s electric power is provided by AEP Ohio, North Central Electric Cooperative and Hancock Wood Electric Cooperative. These companies serve the entire Fostoria area. Voltages available range from 69kV to 345 kV from numerous transmission lines. Certain customers are qualified to receive patronage capital refunds. North Central Electric and Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperatives purchase their power from Buckeye Power, Inc.

    Natural Gas

    Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. serves the Fostoria area with a competitively priced natural gas supply and transportation services. Columbia Gas provides access to diverse sources of supply, the majority of which originates from the southern and southwestern United States and Ohio fields – including the largest storage field capacity in the northeast. Columbia Gas offers a host of technical services, including engineering consultation, for a multitude of industrial applications.

    Water & Sewer

    Fostoria’s water is supplied by the municipal water works. Obtained from the east branch of the Portage River and impounded in six up ground reservoirs, it is purified, softened and stored in a clear well and two towers. Peak daily use is 3.673 million gallons (average use is approximately 2.89 million gallons, annual peak, 5.5 mgd) with a plant capacity of 6.0 million gallons per day. Well water also is available in most sections of Fostoria at approximately 115 feet.

    Telecommunications

    AT & T is the worldwide provider of IP-based communication services and the leading U.S. provider of high speed DSL Internet. They provide voice, internet and data service and offer support you can count on with more than 10,000 lines.  HughesNet provides satellite Internet communications, such as internet and phone service, and offers 24/7 technical support, a personalized homepage, five or more FREE email accounts, and email defense (spam and virus filtering).