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P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-672-4080
or 800-793-0912
International: 001-330-672-4080

Stark County

110 Central Plaza South, Suite 240
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7371
FAX: (330) 451-7906

Original NEOTEC member county

Major Cities: Canton, Massillon, Alliance, North Canton
Population as of 2007: 378,664
County seat: Canton
Size: 576 square miles
Year organized: 1808

County Profile:  Click here

County web site:  Click here

Stark County delivers what businesses and residents look for:  big-city amenities with the advantages of small-city living, plus a central location, excellent transportation network, and diverse labor force.

Stark County is strategically located at the crossroads of the eastern and midwestern U.S. markets. The county seat is Canton, a city that is home to 85,000 people as well as the National Pro Football Hall of Fame. Stark County is the headquarters of major manufacturers such as The Timken Company and Diebold, Inc. It's also home to hundreds of smaller companies and plants that have recognized the business edge they get from the area's excellent accessibility to the U.S. market and low cost of doing business. Leading edge technology in fuel cell development is taking place at Stark State College. Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems is occupying the Fuel Cell Prototyping Center and is developing a stationary 1 megawatt solid oxide fuel cell. Contained Energy is developing a direct carbon fuel cell for military application. Besides Stark State College, Stark County is home to Malone University, Mount Union College, Walsh University, and Kent State Stark.


In 2006, the total employment for all industries in Stark County was 179,000.

Employment by industry:
Trade, Transportation, Utilities 18.9%
Manufacturing 17.8%
Education & Health Services 17.6%
Government 12.0%
Leisure & Hospitality 10.0%
Professional & Business Serv. 8.6%
Construction 5.0%
Financial 4.9%
Other services 3.8%
Information 1.3%
Other .1%

Major Employers

The Timken Company, Aultman Hospital, Diebold, Inc., Mercy Medical Center, Fisher Foods, Freshmark, Inc., GE Capital, PCC Airfoils, and Nationwide Insurance.

Quality of Life

Stark County’s general low cost of living makes it an appealing place for businesses as well as employees. Points of interest include The Pro Football Hall of Fame and annual enshrinement festivities; Glamorgan Castle; tourism along the Ohio and Erie Canal; the President McKinley Memorial; and The Ohio Society of Military History Museum. Cultural attractions abound, including the Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art and Canton Symphony. Stark County is also building a reputation as “Ohio’s Golf Capital” with 39 tournament-tested premier golf courses.


Railroads: Wheeling & Lake Erie, Norfolk Southern
Motor Freight Lines: All national truckload and LTL carriers as well as numerous regional and local carriers serve Stark County
Air: Akron-Canton Airport
Roads: East to West: U.S. routes 30 and 62
              North to South: Interstate Highway 77; State Routes 21, 43, 44, 153, 241 and 800


Natural Gas: Dominion East Ohio, Columbia Gas
Electricity: FirstEnergy, AEP
Water: Consumers Ohio and various city water
Telephone: AT&T
Cable: Time Warner and Massillon Cable

Foreign-Trade Zone 181

Includes 1,248 acres at 9 sites

For more information, contact:
Stark Development Board
Steve Paquette, President and CEO
(330) 453-5900 •