Key Industries in Champaign County, Ohio
Learn More About Champaign County's Local Manufacturers
World-class corporations like Honeywell, Rittal, KTH, WEIDMANN and ORBIS have found Champaign County and the city of Urbana to be a superior location for business success. Why? Location, Location, Location! Champaign County in Ohio is within a 90-minute flight of half of the U.S. population. The county is 15 miles from the I-70 & I-75 interchange, and it's within 50 miles of two major cities (Columbus & Dayton). The Grimes Field Airport in Urbana contains a 4,400 foot runway for traveling for business, pleasure and training. Below are some of the diverse businesses that call Champaign County Ohio home.
The roots of Honeywell Aerospace's Urbana operations go back to Grimes Manufacturing, founded in Urbana in 1933 by entrepreneurial inventor Warren Grimes, known as the Father of Aviation Lighting Industry. Honeywell creates the finest lighting products available for the world's fixed-wing and rotary aircraft.
Founded in 1983, Freshwater Farms of Ohio is family-owned and operated by 3 generations of the Smith family. Dr. Dave Smith and his father, Dick Smith, an electrical engineer, started the facility, a vertically integrated hatchery, grow-out, processing, marketing, and retail operation. The only producers of trout products in Ohio, the 5-acre farm is the state’s largest indoor fish hatchery, raising up to 100,000 pounds of fish yearly.
Heritage Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned cooperative founded in 2009 by the consolidation of Champaign Landmark, Inc. of Urbana and The Farmers Commission Company of Upper Sandusky. This consolidation serves the agricultural needs of farmers and residents in a 20 county area in central Ohio.
Innovation, common sense, and hard work have contributed to Michael Farms’ success in providing nutritious, top-quality, fresh vegetables throughout Ohio and surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Doug and Phyllis Michael started the operation in Urbana in 1958. Michael Farms has grown to be one of the largest vegetable farms in the state with over 2,500 acres.
Old Souls Farm
Old Souls Farms, a hydroponic produce farm in Champaign County, has been in business for since 2015. The business is preparing for an expansion after steadily adding clients at restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Columbus area, including Whole Foods.
Johnson Welded Products
Air reservoirs, or air brake tanks, for heavy vehicle air brake systems have been the core products manufactured by JWP since 1970. The 150,000 square foot facility in Urbana is conveniently located near 2 major trucking lanes, east of US 75 and north of US 70.
KTH Parts Industries
KTH is recognized as a vital partner in the development, manufacture and delivery of automotive frame components around the world for world-class vehicle manufacturers. The St. Paris facility, established in 1985, serves as KTH's Corporate Headquarters for North America.
Parker Trutec Industries Inc.
Parker Trutec was established in 1974 as a subsidiary of Nihon Parkerizing Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. Parker Trutec constructed its first North American manufacturing facility in 1988 in Urbana, Ohio. This site provides industrial based coatings, applications that benefit a wide variety of customers in the automotive and industrial markets.
Dingledine Trucking Co. Inc., based in Urbana, provides trucking and distribution services to a variety of customers across multiple industries. Dingledine Trucking is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and one of the oldest trucking companies in the US (founded in 1918). Their focus is on providing customers premium service with guaranteed delivery times at a fair price. To ensure customers receive the best service possible, Dingledine Trucking maintains a fleet of the latest equipment featuring Volvo trucks and 53-foot air-ride dry van trailers. Dingledine Trucking also operates Damewood Enterprises, which is an adjoining warehousing company.
Since 1831, NAVISTAR's history has been interwoven with some of the most defining moments in world history. Whether it was America's westward expansion or WWII, NAVISTAR was there, pushing the limits of what's possible and driving history forward. But that doesn't mean they're stuck in the past. NAVISTAR is determined to keep delivering smart, sustainable technologies - because they believe that innovation defines America's future, too.
WCA Logistics, LLC
WCA Logistics is an Urbana-based company that has been in business since 1983. Registered with the FMCSA as a freight broker pursuant to
MC-385503-B, WCA has been in business over 3 decades, offering full logistic services, including freight brokerage, freight bill audit and pay, TMS, and logistics management.
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Bundy Baking Solutions
Headquartered in Urbana, Bundy Baking Solutions has been a family-owned company since its founding by Russell T. and Elizabeth Bundy in 1967. Recognized around the world as a leader in the baking equipment industry, the company includes American Pan, Chicago Metallic, DuraShield, Pan Glo, RTB and Shaffer.
Founded in 1987 by Rick Cole, ColePak is one of the leading U.S. manufacturers of packaging partitions. ColePak custom designs develops and manufactures interior packaging partitions that meet stringent specifications to ship nearly any product. ColePak serves the automotive, cosmetic, electronics, plastic molding, precision parts, chemical, metalworking, pharmaceutical, die cast parts, medical, food service, hardware, glass and ceramic markets.
The Desmond Stephan Manufacturing Company, locally owned and family-operated for over 100 years, manufactures grinding wheel dressers, sold in 16 foreign countries.
The Hall Company
A pioneer in the human machine interface (HMI) industry, the Hall Company was founded in Urbana in 1961 by the Hall family and now is in the 3rd generation of family ownership and operation. One of the first companies to secure a membrane-switch patent, the Hall Company has brought new technologies to markets around the world.
Rittal Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG of Germany. Originally founded in Springfield, Ohio in 1982, the company is now headquartered in Urbana. The U.S. operation was based on world-class enclosures for industrial controls and electrical components.
Rosewood Machine & Tool
RMT provides the highest quality product to customers with pride, honesty and cooperation, pursuing excellence and striving to be the best in the industry. RMT is known for machining, tooling and manufacturing special equipment tractor parts.
A world-renowned maker of custom-molded tungsten carbide products with more than 50 years of expertise, including inserts, blanks, press-to-size products, wear parts, ISO and ANSI insert blanks and private labeled products.
WEIDMANN Electrical Technology
A producer of transformer board insulation materials, fabricated components and complete insulation systems for electrical transformers and industrial equipment.
The Urbana operations are part of the Menasha Corporation, the 3rd oldest family-owned business in the United States. ORBIS is the leading manufacturer of plastic returnable and reusable packaging systems, including containers, pallets and dunnage.