Talented workers give your company a competitive edge

Manufacturing companies can access 117,000 industry workers within 50 miles of Cincinnati's city center. Our talent pool is one of our manufacturing company’s most valued assets.

Our workforce has skills and expertise that spans several industry sectors, including:

  • Aerospace  – Greater Cincinnati is home to one of the highest concentrations of aerospace talent in the U.S. Five of the nation’s Top 50 aerospace and engineering universities are within 200 miles of the region.
  • Automotive – The region is located within 600 miles of 58 automotive assembly plants. 
  • Chemicals and plastics  – More than 280 companies and 3,200 industry workers are located in Greater Cincinnati. Industry workers include chemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, chemical plant and system operators, and chemical equipment operators and tenders. 
  • Industrial machinery and metalworking – More than 27,000 skilled workers are employed at close to 750 companies throughout the region.  

Workforce development programs

Several institutions offer programs to help companies develop their workforces’ skills, including:

Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center - Offers workforce education and training that meets manufacturing companies’ specific content, timetable and location requirements. Through a $2.75 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, Cincinnati State established the Greater Cincinnati Manufacturing Careers Accelerator to give manufacturers a pool of skilled employees trained in welding and Computerized Numerical Control operations.

Gateway Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions – Serves more than 350 companies through customized workforce training on-site or in the classroom, including lean manufacturing.

Partners for a Competitive Workforce – Focuses on meeting employer demand by growing the skills of our current and future workforce in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Tri-State Tooling and Manufacturing Association – Partners with Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, Butler Tech, Gateway Community and Technical College, Miami University, and Partners for a Competitive Workforce to develop skilled workers in Greater Cincinnati.

Workforce One – Sets the vision, policy direction and performance expectations for the regional workforce development system. The Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio made up of leaders from business, education, labor and government.

Kentucky FAME - KY FAME (The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) is a company-sponsored partnership of regional employers who share the goal of creating a pipeline of highly skilled workers. Employers start training students while they are still in school. Students receive hands-on and classroom training that gives them access to high-paying advanced manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturing sectors


  • Branding & Marketing  
  • Distribution & Logistics  
  • Finance & Insurance  
  • IT, Big Data & Analytics  
  • Research & Development
  • Startup   

REDI Cincinnati is your first point-of-contact to locate or expand your manufacturing company in our region. To learn more, contact REDI at (513) 562-8474 or