Many companies of varied industries have chosen to call our region home. Our region has shown to be a strong industry leader in Electric Power Generation, Food Processing, Manufacturing and Healthcare, just to name a few.

Gallia County Economic Development and local community leaders strongly support and encourage business development. We work with your company to eliminate obstacles that impede growth for your company.

Agribusiness & Food Processing

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Agriculture and Food Processing has remained a thriving industry region-wide. Gallia County native Bob Evans, founder of Bob Evans Restaurants, began making sausage on farm. The Bob Evans Farms company opened a total of four sausage plants, one of which was in Bidwell (Gallia County), to keep up with demand. In 2013, the original Bob Evans Sausage Plant in Bidwell, OH was closed and production was moved to other facilities. 

Large regional leaders in the Food Processing Industry include General Mills and Bellisio Foods in Jackson, OH.


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Home to major auto assembly plants including Honda, Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler, it is no surprise that Ohio is the second largest automotive state in the United States.   

The Eastern and Southern Ohio region is home to over 40 automotive related manufacturers that employ over 4,600 workers. These production facilities are directly engaged in the transportation industry, including Tier One and Tier Two auto suppliers and a major Kenworth truck assembly plant. 

Crossroads of Auto Supply Chain

With easy uncongested access, along four-lane US 35, Gallia County is situated less than 30 minutes from Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV and less than an hour from the Kenworth truck assembly plant in Chillicothe, OH.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, WV is Toyota’s only combined engine and transmission plant in North America. The $1.4 Billion facility employs over 1,500.

GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading supplier of metal power precision components. Their Gallipolis facility produces gears, clutch pressure plates and torque-converter components for a variety of customers including Chrysler, General Motors, EXEDY, LuK USA, and Allison Transmission. In 2013, the Gallipolis location completed a $10 Million expansion.


Gallia County has been powering homes and businesses for decades. Two of Gallia County’s largest employers are the Lightstone Generation Power Plant and OVEC Kyger Creek Power Plant.  The Lightstone Generation, Gavin Plant is a 2.6 Gigawatt coal-fired power station in Cheshire, OH. It is the largest coal fired power facility in Ohio, and one of the largest in the nation.  The Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) Kyger Creek Power Plant is a 1-Gigawatt coal-fired power station in Cheshire, OH. 

Health care

Holzer Health System, Gallia County’s largest employer, is a multiple discipline health care system of over 160 board certified or board eligible physicians providing care in more than 30 acres of expense, with 16 locations throughout southeastern Ohio and western West Virginia.   Specialty services include the Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, Holzer Center for Cancer Care.  Holzer Health System provides unparalleled access to leading technology, right here in Gallia County. 


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Gallia County, OH offers a skilled, experienced manufacturing workforce, developable land, and a strategic location for sourcing parts and transporting products, making this a perfect location for manufacturing companies. Regional and local industry leaders inclue Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV, GKN Sinter Metals Inc, ElectroCraft, Ohio Valley Trackwork, and Southern Cabinetry

Gallia County provides many location advantages without the high labor costs found in most other markets. Our uncongested highway system provides quick access to major interstates in both Ohio and West Virginia.

Reach 60% of the North American Market Within One Day

We know location and logistics is essential to your company’s success. Companies choose Gallia County for many strategic assets including:

  • Accessible and uncongested transportation corridors
  • Ample workforce
  • Low operating costs
  • Competitive business environment.

Our region’s manufacturing workforce is available at wage rates well below national average.

Southern Ohio’s ucongested highway system provides quick access to major interstates in both Ohio and West Virginia, providing the strategic advantage of fast deliveries and lower freight costs. Your product can reach sixty percent of the North American population within one day’s travel.

Be in Good Company

Over 1,000 manufacturing companies are thriving in our Southern and Eastern Ohio region. Here are a few of the manufacturers that call Gallia County ‘home’:

  • GKN Sinter Metals
  • ElectroCraft
  • Southern Cabinetry
  • Ohio Valley Trackwork

We Know Your Bottom Line Matters

Ohio companies enjoy a common sense regulatory climate with favorable tax rates and low-cost energy. The business environment in Ohio allows our companies to prosper.


  • Corporate profits
  • Inventory
  • Property
  • Machinery & equipment
  • Research & development

Lightstone Generation

Holzer Health System

Did You Know?

Ohio ranks first in the U.S. in the production of engines and transmissions.

Ohio ranks second nationally in car production and third in light truck production. 

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