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Welcome to the Findlay-Hancock County region of northwestern Ohio, where the city of Findlay is the county seat of beautiful Hancock County. We are proud of our region of more than 74,000, which boasts a rich history and heritage that span almost 200 years.

Findlay was named after Colonel James Findlay of Cincinnati, who built Fort Findlay in the War of 1812. After the war, the community was born and the first town lots were laid in 1821. Findlay was a safe stop along the Underground Railroad and later became known as a booming center for natural resources like gas and oil. For its part, Hancock County was created in 1820 and organized in 1828. It was named for American Revolution Patriot and statesman John Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Over the years, Findlay and Hancock County have become hubs for numerous corporations and innovations. Many companies still keep headquarters, distribution centers and plants here. Findlay is the headquarters of Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, Marathon Petroleum Company and MPLX LP, Blanchard Valley Health System and Whirlpool Corporation’s dishwasher manufacturing plant is notably the largest dishwasher plant in the world.

By 1968, Findlay became known as a place stoked in patriotism, thanks to the initial efforts of Findlay resident John B. Cooke, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Patriotic to the core, Cooke believed in the value of flying the American flag. He rallied neighborhood residents and businesses to display a flag on Flag Day, June 14, 1968. He also created a fund and purchased as many as 14,000 small replica flags to unify the effort in the community. The project continued until 1974 and was later adopted by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce that not only pushed for more publicly displayed flags, but also to have Findlay officially recognized. Ultimately, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring that Findlay was indeed Flag City, USA. You can see a flag display in the Hancock Historical Museum and pay homage to the all-brick Flag City monument that greets travelers at the I-75 exit and U.S. 224 Interchange.

For the third year in a row, Findlay has the distinction of being ranked the top micropolitan community in the U.S. for new and expanding facilities by Site Selection magazine, the official publication of the Global FDI Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. The magazine ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas, cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people that cover at least one county.

When you come to Findlay-Hancock County, expect to be greeted by people with big smiles and even bigger hearts. There is room to raise a family, grow a business and find your life’s passion here. The educational system is strong, offering students of all ages room to learn and grow. Nightlife is vibrant. Festival seasons are nonstop and never ending. There are numerous parks for family gatherings and youthful energy. The Blanchard River offers boating, fishing and other water sports, and there are plenty of neighborhood shops, theaters, museums and restaurants to explore.

Altogether, Hancock County is composed of 12 villages, including Arcadia, Arlington, Benton Ridge, Findlay, Jenera, McComb, Mount Blanchard, Mount Cory, North Findlay, Rawson, Van Buren and Vanlue.

The area’s Chamber of Commerce organization has played an integral role in bringing these communities together. Established in 1887, the Findlay Chamber of Commerce was formed by area business leaders. They designed it to serve as a business association and marketing arm for the Findlay and Hancock County areas. In 1988, the Chamber changed its name to the FindlayHancock County Chamber of Commerce, and today celebrates its 130th anniversary. The Chamber now boasts an organizational membership that eclipses the 700 mark.

Seeing a need for greater synergy, the FindlayHancock County Alliance was formed in 2011 encompassing the FindlayHancock County Chamber of Commerce, FindlayHancock County Economic Development and the Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau. With a strong focus on economic development, leadership programs, business building initiatives and volunteer opportunities, the Alliance partnership helps to position Findlay-Hancock County among the best micropolitan communities in the United States.

We are hopeful that when you enter the Findlay-Hancock County area, there will be no doubt that you have arrived exactly where you belong – right here, at home.

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