Orrville Economic Development Opportunities Report December 2023
Every community is unique, and that is true for Orrville, Ohio. No other small city in the world is quite like it. The difference comes from a blending of geography, history, and personality. It might be a small community by population, but its foresight and industriousness are large-scale.
Welcome to Orrville!
Orrville, Ohio, is located on State Route 57 in Northeast Ohio, approximately three miles north of U.S. 30 and 16 miles south of Interstate 76. From the State Route 57/Interstate 76 intersection, Interstates 77 and 71 are within a 20-minute drive. These highways make it possible to reach such metropolitan areas as Cleveland, Youngstown, Columbus, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in two hours or less.
Just 24 miles east is easy access to the Akron/Canton Regional Airport, with Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport only 50 miles north. Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and several trucking firms provide service to the area as well.
The city’s strategic location, with easy access to major transportation routes, has attracted manufacturers looking to optimize distribution networks. Northeast Ohio’s central location reaches the largest number of consumers in a 250-mile/400-km radius compared with any other metro market in the U.S.A.
Education is of utmost importance to the community. Orrville City Schools provide excellent education for the city’s youth, but they don’t do it alone. Heartland Education Community, Inc. was formed in 1991 to involve the entire community to foster citizenship, life-long learning, and productive employment within Orrville. The city has been designated as a BEST Community (Building Excellent Schools for Today and the 21st Century). Junior and Senior High students may choose to attend The Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville to obtain technical/career training. For those desiring higher learning, the University of Akron-Wayne College is also located in Orrville. The College of Wooster and The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster are a 20-minute commute and offer Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters degrees. Sixteen colleges/universities are within an hour’s drive of Orrville.
Many recreational and leisure opportunities are available in and around the community. Orrville is home to a beautiful six-site park system, including the 40-plus-acre Orr Park at its core. The parks offer a wide range of activities including softball, baseball, basketball, tennis, playground equipment, swimming pool, and the Rehm Performing Arts Pavilion which hosts various entertainment activities.
Orrville owns, operates, and maintains electric, water, wastewater, stormwater, and telecommunications services. As a result, it has control over customer service and response times to citizen questions and potential issues. It also means the City works for you, and will provide you with the most reliable and economical services possible.
In the face of changing economic dynamics, Orrville has showcased its adaptability. The city’s entrepreneurial business community has not shied away from embracing innovation and change.
While industries have transformed, manufacturing continues to be a cornerstone of Orrville’s economy. Local companies have harnessed advanced technologies to streamline production processes and ensure the highest quality products. With initiatives like business incubators, mentorship programs, and networking events, Orrville provides a nurturing ecosystem for businesses to thrive.
For more than 100 years, Orrville has built a reputation as a flourishing community with a supportive business climate where major corporations, family businesses, and entrepreneurs can start and grow. This long-standing focus on successful enterprises includes several nationally prominent companies such as:
- The J.M. Smucker Company, Inc.
- The Smith Dairy Company
- Schantz Organ Company
- The Will-Burt Company
- The Quality Castings Company, Inc.
Approximately 20 industries have operated in Orrville since 1970 or earlier, demonstrating a well-established foundation for successful businesses. Today, new industries continue to call Orrville home, and the city’s companies currently employ more than 4,000 people, who live primarily in Orrville and the surrounding Wayne County area.
Northeast Ohio remains an attractive business location and continues to experience steady growth. Orrville is proud of its partnerships with state and regional organizations which foster business growth and development. Of particular significance is the support provided by Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO). TeamNEO is one of Ohio’s most dynamic and innovative economic development partnerships, representing the 18 counties that comprise Northeast Ohio. The region boasts:
- A workforce of more than 2 million and is home to 40% of Ohio’s Fortune 1000 companies (the most Fortune 1000 companies of any region in Ohio)
- More than 200 global companies
- Approximately 800 world business headquarters
Orrville is a prosperous center for commerce and offers companies a number of competitive advantages including a high-skilled workforce. In an effort to increase manufacturing, warehouse, research, and distribution development in the city, Orrville has designated an enterprise zone pursuant to Ohio law. Within this zone, special tax incentives may be offered by contract to entities who agree to make capital investments and create and/or retain jobs.
The economic stability of Orrville, anchored by diverse local industries, contributes to a favorable business climate. With a robust transportation infrastructure and lower operational costs, businesses in Orrville can optimize logistics and enhance their overall competitiveness. The quality of life in Orrville, marked by excellent educational institutions and a range of amenities, makes it an attractive location for both business owners and employees, ensuring a well-rounded and thriving business ecosystem.
The city has proven to be a successful mix for many and is open for businesses and people looking for the right location. It welcomes you and is ready to assist with your business expansion or relocation needs. You too may find that Orrville is the right move for your future.
Site opportunities include:
- 12,080 square feet of industrial space
- 20,000square feet of industrial space
- 56,000 square feet of industrial, warehouse space
- 24,000 square feet of office, industrial space
- 22,271 square feet of office space
- 7 acres of vacant land
- 3 acres of vacant land
Public Power and AMP
Public power utilities are not-for-profit, community-owned electric systems that work to provide the highest quality, most reliable power to residents and businesses. They are a part of the communities and focus on what is best for the people and businesses they serve.
American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 132 members in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; as well as the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a joint action agency in Smyrna, Delaware. On behalf of our members, AMP deploys a diverse renewable generation portfolio along with environmentally responsible programs and services as part of a corporate commitment to sustainability.