HARDIN COUNTY: The Hub of the Global Supply Chain

Hardin County is strategically located at the center of the global supply chain. With its hub and spoke of rail and multiple major highways, and close proximity to Interstate 75, our location provides access to over one million people within a 30 to 60 minute drive time and at the center of 60% of the U.S. population within a one-day truck delivery.

These are some of the reasons why Graphic Packaging International, Sekesui Plastics USA, Ada Technologies, Wilson Football Factory and many others have expanded or located their domestic and international manufacturing and distribution facilities in Hardin County.


The county is easily accessible by US Highway 68, a major north/south route for trade and transportation and State Routes 31, 53, 67, 81, 117, 195, 235, 273, 292, and 309.

Hardin County also has close proximity (within one mile) from US Route 30, a major east/west transportation route throughout the Midwest.  In addition, Interstate 75 is about 15 minutes from the county line on State Route 309 west.


30 Minutes to:
Lima, OH
Findlay, OH
Upper Sandusky, OH
Marion, OH
Marysville, OH
Bellefontaine, OH
Wapakoneta, OH
60 Minutes to:
Columbus, OH
Toledo, OH
120+ Minutes to:
Cleveland, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Detroit, MI
Fort Wayne, IN


Hardin County is steeped deeply into railroad history dating back as far as 1846 when the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad was the first of four railroads entering Hardin County, serving as a steel connection for commerce into our newly mitted country. 

Today, the trains have grown with tonnages and speeds increasing dramatically, but the railroad mission continues with the same passion.  Hardin County is connected by CSX railroad, a 21,000 mile railroad with access to 70 Ports and nationwide transloading and warehousing services, moving our goods throughout the world. 

Kenton is located on CSX’s Toledo Division Mainline, affording Hardin County the best rail access to the four quadrants.

  • Kenton/Hardin County (northbound) connects directly with Detroit, Toledo and Canadian manufacturing markets. 
  • Kenton/Hardin County (eastbound) is afforded via Cleveland, Buffalo, Syracuse, Schenectady, Boston and New York. 
  • Kenton/Hardin County (westbound) continues directly to St. Louis where the railroad connects with Union Pacific and BNSF railways.  
  • Kenton/Hardin County (southbound) delivers via Columbus to the Carolina’s, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida all on CSX rails.


Hardin County/Kenton Airport (FAA LID: I95) is the largest paved facility and is located 3 miles south of Kenton, Ohio on CR 135. The runway is 4,803 feet long at an elevation of 1,030 feet. Maintenance, fuel and storage are available.

Ada Airport (FAA LID: 0D7) is a privately owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of the Village of Ada in the northwest part of the county.

Mt. Victory Airport (FAA LID: 074), known as Elliotts Landing, is a privately owned, public-use 2900 feet tiled, grass sod air landing strip, just South of Mt. Victory and adjacent to the Plaza Inn Casual Family Restaurant.  Parking available for those dinning at the restaurant.


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