Discover How Easy it is to do business in the dayton region

JobsOhio West, an initiative of the Dayton Development Coalition, provides targeted assistance to businesses of all sizes that want to benefit from the region’s many assets. We help you tap into the incentives and advantages that make Ohio one of the Top 5 business-friendly states in the nation—and the Dayton region one of the best places to start, relocate, or expand a business.

Learn how the Dayton region’s reduced operating costs, competitive wages, access to markets, and talented workforce can work to your benefit—and how we can partner with you to get results.


Driving Forward

The automotive industry will always be a staple in America’s cloth. It has thrived in Ohio and become a driving force in our economy. The Dayton Region is home to one of Honda’s several manufacturing plants in Ohio, which at large employs 13,000 in Ohio.

Whether it’s parts manufacturing, assembly, or research and development, the automotive industry is alive and well in Ohio.

Charles F. Kettering revolutionized the automobile industry with his invention of the electric car starter in Dayton, Ohio – ever since, the Dayton Region has maintained a strong presence in the automotive industry. DMAX, Ltd., a joint venture between GM and Isuzu Motors, Ltd., manufactures automobile engines, and has helped shape the Region’s footprint in the automotive industry.

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Company Highlight

DMAX, Ltd. is a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Isuzu Motors, Ltd. DMAX is a manufacturer of high quality diesel engines. The first diesel engine, jointly designed by the companies, was produced at the plant in July 2000. The 584,000-square foot DMAX plant is located in Dayton, Ohio.

Green Tokai Company, Ltd. is a world-class supplier of rubber extruded, plastic extruded and injection molded parts for the automotive industry.

Faurecia Exhaust Systems is a global player in the motor industry. The company operates as a leading supplier, delivering innovation, engineering and production solutions to the world's automakers. Its core businesses include: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. Faurecia’s Troy, Ohio production plant assists with the development of emission control technologies.

Beijing West Industries Group Co. Ltd (BWIGroup) is a joint venture between Shougang Corporation and Beijing Fangshan State-Owned Asset Management Co, Ltd. In 2009, BWI acquired the brake and suspension business from Delphi, a former division of General Motors headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. The company’s most recent plans are to consolidate its operations in the Dayton and Michigan area at a new site at the Miami Valley Research Park, located in Kettering, Ohio. The consolidation project will create 130 new full-time positions paying an average of $40 per hour and retain 225 full-time jobs, according to an application filed with the State Controlling Board.

International Truck is a leading producer of medium trucks, heavy trucks, and severe service vehicles. The company’s products are sold through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico and more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world.

Honda of America is a leading manufacturer of technologies in automobiles, motorcycles, power products, parts and other fields of mobility. Honda’s Anna Engine Plant, located in Anna, Ohio opened in 1985 and occupies 1.8 million square-feet. The plant has annual capacity to supply more than 1.18 million V-6 and four-cylindar engines for eleven of Honda’s product lines. Since 2008, the plant has also supplied the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant.

American Showa, Inc. is a joint venture between SHOWA Corporation, located in Japan, and American Honda Motor Company, Inc. The company’s Blanchester, Ohio location manufactures power steering pumps and power steering gear boxes for the transportation industry. Its operations include aluminum casting, machining aluminum and steel, assembling gear boxes and pumps and in-line testing for performance, leaks and noise. Products are developed and manufactured for Honda, Subaru, and Mazda.

F&P America is an international automotive system supplier with QS 9000 and ISO 14001 certifications.

Higher Education

The Dayton Region is full of talent and skilled workers in the automotive industry. Explore the various regional colleges and universities below that have concentrated automotive programs: