Ready to feed 176+ million hungry consumers
South Central Ohio has long been known as farm country, which is why the JEDISO Region plays important roles in American food production. For one thing, we’re right in the middle of a wealth of agricultural inputs including corn, soybeans, eggs, dairy products, poultry, beef cattle, swine, and poultry, so processors have easy access to plenty of fresh food. Extensive rail access brings grains, meats, oils, flours, sweeteners, sauces, dairy products, and other ingredients in large quantities right to our industrial sites.
Then add in the fact our region is within a single day’s truck drive (600 miles) of more than 176 million hungry consumers, thanks to a network of Interstate-quality divided highways in every direction, providing quick access to Interstates 64, 70, 71, and 77. Our area’s utility providers help food companies prosper, with the capacity they need (especially massive amounts of fresh water) at remarkably affordable rates.
Much of the region’s workforce came from farm families, so they’re accustomed to hard work and find value in a job well done. The JEDISO Region’s education providers keep the area’s workforce pipeline sustainable through a wide variety of education and training programs. At the K-12 and postsecondary levels, educators focus on preparing young people for success in the local economy by helping them develop and sharpen skills in food service, facilities maintenance, HVAC-R, engineering, and other in-demand areas.