Formerly known as the "Rubber Capital of the World", the Akron economy has diversified and includes various industries including the liquid crystal and polymer industry. Due to over 400 local firms being involved with polymers the area is known as "The Polymer Valley." The University of Akron adds support to the industry. Akron also includes motor vehicle production and aeronautics. Other industries which contribute to the economy are chemicals, plastics, biomedical products and metals.
Some of the notable companies in Akron include Newell Rubber Maid, L'Oreal Cosmetics, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, First Energy, Lockheed-Martin, Spectrum Brands, Includis Manufacturing Software and RJS Manufacturing.
Notable details about Akron, Ohio: The cost of living index in 2008 was at 80.6. For the population 25 years of age and older, 18% have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. The estimated median household income in Akron in 2007 was $33,000.
The top employers located in the city are:
- Akron Public Schools
- City of Akron
- Akron General Medical Center
- Fred Albrecht Grocery Co
- Children's Hospital Medical Center
- Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
- FirstMerit Corp
- Roadway Express
- Sterling Inc
- First Energy
- Georgia Pacific
- InfoCision Management
- Summa Health System
- Myers Industries
- Old Republic National Title Ins Co
- Bekaert Corporation
- A Schulman, Inc
- Advanced Elastomer Systems
- Acme Fresh Market
In Akron, there are numerous popular occupations that are primarily filled by those with college degrees including registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, management analysts, computer applications software engineers, mechanical engineers, financial managers, network and computer systems administrators and industrial engineers.
Akron's leading job providing sectors:
- Trade, transportation and utilities
- Professional and business services
- Educational and health services
- Leisure and hospitality
Akron companies have access to helpful business organizations such as:
- Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
- Akron Economic Development
- Ohio Economic Development Association
- The Ohio Small Business Association
The Akron Beacon Journal provides readers with up-to-date information about the local business community.