Grow Your Business in Geauga County
Why Geauga County?
Geauga County is where you will find thriving industry, service businesses and innovative partnerships in a setting of abundant open space and healthy lifestyle amenities. Geauga has exceptional schools, clean air, low crime, and a culture rich in history, arts, outdoor adventure and exploration. These are just some of the reasons that Forbes Magazine ranked Geauga County the fourth best place to raise a family in America.
Great Lakes Cheese, the largest cheese packaging company in the United States, made the decision to expand existing manufacturing operations and build a new Corporate Headquarters in Geauga County, Ohio.
The plant expansion includes an additional 290,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, and 400 new jobs.
Dan Zagzebski, Great Lakes Cheese President and CEO, said, “Our company has called Ohio home since the beginning. It is only fitting that we make these significant investments in our infrastructure here. Our legacy of excellence is innately tied to this community and our many Ohio employee-owners.”
Connection to Economic Development Support
You can have access to economic development support, whether you are looking into moving into the community or you have an established business here. Local economic developers work closely together to meet the needs of your business. For more information, call 440-564-1060 or to schedule an appointment, click here.
The most recent census data is available through the U.S. Census Bureau.
Major Industry Segments
The County is a diverse blend of tradition and economic innovation. Centuries-old agri-businesses and Amish companies thrive alongside national and international industry leaders. Key industries include:
Plastics & Polymers: Montville Plastics, HC / Dillen, Hexpol GoldKey & Burton Rubber
Automotive: MVP plastics
Food Processing: Great Lakes Cheese, Great Lakes Growers
Chemicals: Intellipak, Troy Chemical
Wood Products: Shawnee, Sheoga, Burton Station Fixtures, Marsh Valley
Healthcare: Geauga County convenient access to healthcare providers from Cleveland’s major health systems, including University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and LakeHealth. University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center is located in the heart of the county, with a full range of physicians and services.
Access & Transportation
Geauga County is located 18 miles east of downtown Cleveland and is 48 miles from the Pennsylvania line.
Major State & US Routes
US Rte 6
US Rte 322
US Rte 422
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport 42 Miles
Akron- Canton Airport 54 Miles
Lost Nation Airport 25 Miles
Geauga County Airport 8 Miles
Port of Cleveland
110 West 9th Street
Cleveland OH 44113
Rail Terminal & Transload Facility
CSX- Collinwood 29 Miles
601 East 152nd Streett
Cleveland, OH 44110
Norfolk Southern – Maple Heights 17 Miles
5300 Greenhurst Drive
Maple Heights, OH 44137
Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad – transload facility 35 miles
122 East Walnut Street
Jefferson, OH 44047
See the following resources to meet your infrastructure needs.
Quality of Life
The Geauga County region is rich in natural resources and open spaces with opportunities to build businesses and appreciate the environment. The county is a diverse blend of tradition and economic innovation. Centuries-old agribusinesses and Amish businesses thrive alongside top performing industries in aerospace, food processing, oil and gas, polymers and materials, production and fabrication. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation ranked Geauga County the 2nd overall healthiest county in Ohio in 2018.
Geauga County Communities
Learn more about the communities that shape the Geauga County quality of life.
Cultural & Recreational
Geauga County has a rich historical and cultural climate that attracts tourism and artisans in every medium. The arts are supported by Geauga Council for Arts & Culture, Geauga Lyric Theater, Fairmount Center for the Arts and galleries across the county.
Geauga County Historical Society, a popular stopping point for Ohio Chautauqua, hosts events throughout the year, such the annual Apple Butter Festival and Raccoon County Music Festival. Burton Ohio is home of The Great Geauga County Fair – Ohio’s oldest fair.
Geauga is home to 10 golf courses, public and private serving the county such as Mayfield Sand Ridge, Fowler’s Mill, Tanglewood, Legend Lake, Punderson, St. Denis, and others. Geauga YMCA, The Pond Ice Rink, yoga and fitness studios lend to the county’s healthy lifestyle ranking.
The Geauga County Park District manages 22 open parks and preserves with over 60 miles of trails on more than 10,000 acres. These parks support a wide variety of outdoor activities including biking, kayaking, cross country skiing, hunting, horseback riding, snow shoeing and more. Observatory Park, one of only 39 certified Dark Sky Parks in the U.S, features the recently renovated Nassau Astronomical Station, a large publicly accessible research-grade telescope for stargazing.
Punderson State Park is a 741-acre scenic area with a 150-acre natural lake, resort accommodations, golf course, campgrounds, and numerous outdoor recreation activities including stand up paddle board (SUP), yoga, boating, snowmobiling, disc golf, archery, and fishing.