After Canton experienced a decline in the heavy manufacturing sector, education, healthcare and finance took leading roles in the economy. Canton's economy also includes agriculture, dairy farming and poultry production. Diebold, a manufacturer of electronic voting devices, bank vaults and ATMs and Belden Brick Company, a brick and masonry producer, are situated in the Greater Canton area. The region also includes notable food producers such as Park Farms (poultry), Nickles Bakery (baked goods) and Shearers (snack foods).
Canton's leading job providing sectors are healthcare, educational services, metal and metal products, construction, accommodation and food services, finance and insurance and manufacturing. Sales and office occupations (23% of the workforce). Service occupations (19% of the labor force). Management, professional and related occupations (18% of the workforce).
Notable facts regarding Canton, Ohio: In 2008 the cost of living index in the city was at 77.0 which is low when compared to the country's average of 100. In 2009, the average salary in Canton was $30,000. In Canton, 11% of the adult population has earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
In Canton, Ohio some of the most common jobs mostly filled by those with college degrees include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, mechanical engineers, human resources, training and labor relations specialists; medical and health services managers; industrial engineers and computer systems analysts.
A list of the top companies located in Canton Ohio is provided below:
- Timken Company
- Aultman Health Foundation
- General Electric Capital Corp
- Kitchenaid, Inc
- Aultcare Corp
- Diebold, Incorporated
- Fresh Mark, Inc
- GBS Corp
- Fisher Foods Marketing
- Fred Olivieri Construction Company
Organizations offering assistance to local companies include:
- Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Ohio Economic Development Association
- The Ohio Small Business Association
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