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Three indicators of a region’s vitality are its businesses and industries, its health care systems, and its educational institutions.

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, with its four divisions: Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Community Development and Tourism, is one of the largest, member-driven and business-focused organizations in Hardin County. With more than 300 local and regional members, the alliance serves the community to promote, cultivate and advocate for a prosperous business, educational and agricultural climate, strengthen the local economy and improve the quality of life.

International Paper, Robinson Fin Machines, Sekisui Plastics and McCullough Industries are top business and economic leaders in the Kenton area.

Marathon Petroleum (Findlay), Honda of America Manufacturing (Marysville), and Crown Equipment Corporation (Lima) are just a few of the thriving large corporations in the area that hire ONU interns and graduates. The region also boasts many entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses.

Citizens enjoy excellent health care provided by four health care systems: OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital (Kenton), Blanchard Valley Health System (Findlay and Bluffton), Mercy Health Partners (Lima) and Lima Memorial Health System (Lima). And just a few hours from Ada are some of the nation’s most highly rated hospitals – The Cleveland Clinic and the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University.

Ohio Northern is joined in the region by several institutions of higher education: Bluffton University, the University of Findlay, Rhodes State College, Ohio State University at Lima and Owens Community College. The close proximity of these institutions enables collaborative efforts and additional cultural opportunities for citizens.