Did you know...

  • The Husky Lima Refinery is the oldest continuous operating refinery in the United States and produces approximately 25% of all gasoline consumed in Ohio.
  • The Lima P&G plant is the largest liquid detergent bottling plant in the world.
  • The General Dynamics Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima is the only U. S. Army Main Battle Tank production facility in the U. S.
  • The funeral hearse that carried President Ronald Reagan to his grave was made in Lima, Ohio.
  • Lima was known across the county for building the Berkshire locomotive and one of these fine monsters in the Smithsonian Institute.
  • The oldest concrete street in America is in Bellefontaine, Ohio. It was built in 1891 by George Bartholomew who is celebrated as the man who brought cement and concrete to the Midwest.
  • The Wright Brothers, from Dayton, Ohio, developed and flew the first airplane in 1903.
  • Thomas A. Edison, from Milan, Ohio, developed the incandescent light bulb, phonograph, and early motion picture camera.
  • John Lambert of Ohio City made America’s first automobile in 1891.
  • Charles Kettering of Loundonville invented the automobile self-starter in 1911. Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.
  • Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
  • W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum in 1869.
  • Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879 and boasts America’s first traffic light. It was first lit on Aug. 5, 1914.

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