The 2011 Inc. 5000: Top Ten States

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9. Ohio, 186 companies

Ohio is working hard to improve the strength of its workforce through programs like Energizing Careers, as well as doing everything it can to ensure that those workers stayed in state and employed. The state’s Early Warning Network works to avert layoffs by identifying companies that are considering downsizing and then giving them the resources they need to retain jobs. Non-governmental parties are taking notice, and the Ohio Department of Development reported $20 billion in private investment between 2007 and 2009. Ohio’s top-ranked company on the Inc. 5000 this year is Product Movers, a designer and manufacturer of reusable packaging that is based in Holland, in the northwest of the state.