Wooster is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Wayne County. The municipality is located in north-eastern Ohio 30 mi (48 km) W of Canton. The city is the largest in Wayne County, and the centre of the Wooster Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau). Wooster has the main branch and administrative offices of the Wayne County Public Library. The College of Wooster is located in Wooster. fDi magazine ranked Wooster among North America's top 10 micro cities for business friendliness and strategy.
Wooster is the headquarters of several industrial entities. Buehler Food Markets Inc., Wooster Brush, Seaman Corp., Tricor Industrial, CRW Inc, and Certified Angus Beef have corporate headquarters located in Wooster. LuK, the German maker of dual-clutch transmissions has its North America headquarters in Wooster where mainly torque converters are produced. Other large commercial operations in Wooster are Frito-Lay, Akron Brass, United Titanium, Western Reserve Group Insurance Company, Daisy Brands, and Bogner Construction Company.
Wooster is also the world headquarters of the Prentke Romich Company (PRC) which is a member of a consortium of companies that produce assistive technology and augmentative communication devices.
For its size, Wooster is also dedicated to the "industry of education". It has The College of Wooster, and two subsidiaries of The Ohio State University: the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI); and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), a teaching and research facility dedicated to agricultural science.
In addition to these industries, Wooster remains an agricultural centre for Ohio. The OARDC enriches the local farms with knowledge and expertise, which is proudly displayed at the annual Wayne County Fair, held each September (see also Fair). Students in Wooster and surrounding rural communities continue to enroll in youth farming programs such as 4-H and National FFA Organization. Many Amish farmers come to Wooster by horse-and-buggy for commerce as well.
In June 2013, the city of Wooster announced that Daisy Brand, a sour cream producer, plans to open a new Midwest manufacturing plant in Wooster. Daisy Brand promised to create at least 89 full-time positions and is slated to begin production sometime in 2016.
The overlap of strong education and advanced manufacturing has led to number of small innovative firms being founded in Wooster in recent years including Quasar Energy Group, ExpenseWire, ABS Materials, 3i-ingredients, and Cureo.
Wooster also has a local food community including Local Roots, a collective year round farmer's market for locally produced goods. At present, there are over 150 local farmers and producers. Local Roots has garnered national attention for its innovative efforts.
The Wayne County Airport (BJJ) serves as an air access point for many of the businesses throughout the city.
Wooster has a population of over 26,119 people. Wooster also forms part of the wider Wooster metropolitan area which has a population of over 115,824 people.
Wooster is Sister City to the town of Collepietro in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzi region of Italy.