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The economy of Licking County is quite diversified, with everything from retail and service to government, education and healthcare represented. Agriculture was once the area’s main economic driver and still remains a force in the Licking County economy. With approximately 232,000 acres of farmland and more than 1,400 farms, Licking County stands as the fourth-largest agricultural producing area in the state. Manufacturing is also a large component of the economic vitality of the county. In fact, Licking County is home to more than 100 manufacturing, research and development businesses.

Fifty-plus Fortune 500 companies have established operations in Licking County, including Bayer, State Farm Insurance, Boeing, Owens Corning and Dow Chemical—with several standing among the area’s largest employers. Other major employers here include Anomatic Corp., ArvinMeritor, Inc., Denison University, Kroger Co., Licking Memorial Health Systems and the Newark City Board of Education.

Licking County’s centralized location in Ohio makes it quite appealing to businesses and industries of all kinds, and its workforce is equally as attractive. The dedicated and highly skilled pool of employees is a direct product of the county’s superior school systems and excellent higher learning and technical institutions. Plus, businesses interested in relocation are afforded plenty of outstanding opportunities, as Licking County hosts five of the top 25 industrial parks in the region, according to Business First – The List. The Newark Ohio Industrial Park, Central Ohio Aerospace & Technology Center, Etna Corporate Park, ProLogis Park and Mid-Ohio Industrial Park are all exceptional places for business relocation and expansion.

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