The diverse companies around the state of Ohio manufacture a wide range of products, from detergent to glassware, chocolates, and hand-crafted baskets. If you're an Ohio resident, buying Ohio-made products saves on shipping costs and helps to support the state's economy. Here are just a few of the things that are made in Ohio.
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The Bob Evans Company started in 1948 as a 24-hour, 12-seat diner near Evans' ranch in Rio Grande, Ohio, not far from Gallipolis. The company has expanded and now owns more than 500 restaurants in more than 20 states. In addition, Bob Evans produces a line of sausage products and frozen breakfast entrees that they market via grocery stores in 49 states and parts of Canada. The original Evans farm is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.
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The Hall China Company, located in East Liverpool, has been making ceramic ware since 1903. The company is best known for its whimsical shapes, such as the nautical teapot and the donut jug. Hall China has a large factory outlet store and welcomes visitors.
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Toledo-based Libbey Glass was created in 1892 from the New England Glass Company when the company relocated to Ohio. Originally an art glass company, Libbey Glass refocused on affordable, consumer glassware during World War II. Today it is a division of Owens-Illinois Corporation and the world's second-largest producer of home and commercial glassware. Libbey Glass has a spacious outlet store in downtown Toledo. It's a must for anyone in the market for glassware, gifts, or glass serving platters.
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The Longaberger Basket Company, located in Newark, Ohio, east of Columbus, is known for its high-quality, hand-crafted, maple wood baskets. The family-run company was founded in 1976 by Dave Longaberger using the same patterns and technique his father did in the early 20th century at the Dresden Basket Company. Longaberger baskets are sold via home parties and at fairs and similar events. Its distinctive basket-shaped headquarters building is a tourist attraction in itself.
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Malley's Chocolates, established in 1935, is a Northeast Ohio favorite. Malley's luscious chocolate delicacies, such as hand-dipped strawberries and chocolate-covered pretzels, are a must for Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day, and other special occasions. Malley's Chocolates offers a full variety of candy as well as ice cream.
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Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, founded in 1837, is one of the leading manufacturers of consumer goods in the United States. Its vast array of products includes Cheer and Tide laundry detergent, IAMS pet food, Ivory and Zest soap, Bounty paper towels, Pringle potato chips, and Pantene and Wella hair care products.
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The A.I. Root Company, based in Medina, is a private company that began in 1869 as a manufacturer of beeswax candles, which was a tie-in to the family's Root honey business. Still located in the building where the company was founded, Root Candles today produces a wide variety of decorative and liturgical candles. The company has a large, retail showroom adjacent to their factory and offices.