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Food Processing and Manufacturing


The Youngstown-Warren metro area provides a full range of services to companies in the food processing industry. We have an abundance of raw materials, to more than 150 grain and 130 dairy cattle and milk production farms, award-winning container manufacturers, innovative food production lines and a well-connected transportation network that quickly transfers products from warehouse to consumer.

In the last three years, food-related industries have invested nearly $50 million in the Mahoning Valley, and they now make up 7.5% of all manufacturing jobs here.  There are 41 food-related companies whose employees have an average salary of $16.25 per hour.

Recent highlights and investments of food processors, supply manufacturers and distributors in the area include:

  • Exal Corporation is highly regarded as an innovator in aluminum cans and bottles and has received awards for its bottling design. The company produces more than 470 million containers annually for major companies like Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Summer Garden Food Manufacturing recently built a 50,000 square foot, LEED-certified production plant in Boardman, Ohio. The 10-acre campus also includes a research and development center, quality assurance laboratories, corporate offices and a culinary arts center. The company produces Gia Russa products, as well as private-label sauces by renowned chefs Guy Fieri and Mario Batali.
  • In 2012, Anderson-DuBose, Kellogg's Snack Foods and PurFoods Inc. opened distribution centers in the region.  Anderson DuBose supplies to McDonalds, Chipotle and other restaurants within a four-state region from its new $30 million headquarters in Lordstown, Ohio.  Kellogg's occupies 174,000 square feet of space in a distribution facility in Warren, Ohio. And Iowa-based PurFoods expanded its market to the east coast by purchasing a facility in North Jackson, Ohio.   
  • Valley Foods and AVI Foods, headquartered in Youngstown and Warren, respectively, provide prepackaged foods to educational, military, government and commercial markets throughout the nation.  AVI Foods recently acquired Youngstown-based Serex Vending.
Ohio Farm Bureau

The Regional Chamber and the Ohio Farm Bureau have partnered to focus on the growing agricultural sector that involves more than 7,000 northeast Ohio farms, including many in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. This partnership and strategy will better service the agriculture industry, including farming, food manufacturing, processing and distribution. The partnership offers business development assistance and connections within the industry.

For more information, please visit our Economic Development Data and Reports Library.

Industry News

10.15.2016 - Chill-Can Plant, 250 Jobs Coming to City
A high-tech, $20 million plant that will produce self-chilling beverage cans and employ 250 people is earmarked for property on the East Side, says the CEO of a company who has roots in the city.  more