The Defiance County Difference - Access, Atmosphere, Attitude
Area Development Research Desk (Automotive Site Guide 2008)
Access: Logistics of Defiance County
Defiance is the commercial and industrial hub of the six-county Northwest Ohio area. It is conveniently located within a one-hour drive of both Toledo and Fort Wayne. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, Detroit, and Chicago are all within a half-day's drive of Defiance County.
An excellent system of state and U.S. highways serve the transportation needs of the county. Intersecting in the City of Defiance are State Routes 18, 15, 66, 111, 281, and 424. U.S. Route 24, a major route between Fort Wayne and Toledo, passes the city to the North. State Routes 127 and 18 intersect in the Village of Sherwood, and State Routes 18, 49, and 2 pass through the Village of Hicksville.
The Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90) spans the state from east to west and is less than 20 miles from the City of Defiance and the Village of Hicksville.
Toledo Express and Fort Wayne International Airports, served by several national and international airlines, are located within an hour's drive of Defiance County. The Defiance County Memorial Airport features a 4,200-foot PLASI lighted runway with instrument approach, and provides facilities for corporate and private aircraft.
Maumee and Western Railroad and CSX Railroad serve Defiance County's rail needs. Eleven truck lines provide intrastate and interstate shipping. The Port of Toledo, located on Lake Erie, is less than 50 miles away from the City of Defiance.
Today, Defiance County offers a variety of cultural opportunities - from its large, enclosed shopping and strip malls to the many quaint family-owned specialty shops. People come from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy the pleasant rural rolling farmland setting. From the rivers and waterways to the many church and community festivals, Defiance County offers a great family environment for residents and visitors alike.
An aggressive pro-business attitude has attracted many businesses and industries to our community. We are sensitive to your needs: site preparation, infrastructure, work force training. We provide what you need to succeed.
Defiance County is a proactive environment that prides itself on offering various incentive programs to assist a company in its expansion or relocation process. Defiance's location at the heart of the Midwest provides excellent market access and positioning within 500 miles of nearly half of the North American industrial base. Resources are plentiful in our spacious industrial parks, with an ample water supply, reliable electricity, and multiple natural gas lines crossing the county. The superb quality-of-life standards in our community include highest quality medical services, excellent educational facilities, and a strong local economy.
Defiance's assertive development strategies provide consistent, proven results by successfully attracting and maintaining large corporations and industries. Our strong commitment to growth and development, along with continual support, assures the long-standing success of our community and all it has to offer.Please visit our website for additional information.
Jerry Hayes, Executive Director
Defiance County Economic Development
1300 East Second St., Suite 201
Defiance, OH 43512