Butler and Warren counties are truly their own communities. No longer do people say that they’re from north of Cincinnati; they proudly declare themselves to be from Hamilton, West Chester, Mason or wherever they call home. This dedication to the communities and the region is reflected in the businesses located here, too. Manufacturers, IT companies, warehouses and more call these counties home, and have brought success and growth with them.

To measure the economic impact in Butler and Warren counties, Best of the North Magazine compiled this list of the 150 largest employers in these counties, two of the fastest growing counties in Ohio. The data was compiled from information provided by the counties, the lists of largest employers from local chambers of commerce and local communities,and the magazine’s research. We welcome your comments and feedback. Please address questions to President and Publisher Eric Harmon at 513-297-6205 or eharmon@cincymagazine.com.

75/71 Company Profiles:

Assurex Health, Mason

A simple cheek swab holds the key to finding the right medication for treating depression, ADHD or pain thanks to technology developed by Assurex Health in Mason.

The nine-year-old company uses proprietary GeneSight technology to analyze DNA from patients sent from around the United States and, within 36 hours, the company responds to the physicians through a secure portal with its medication recommendations based on the patient’s DNA makeup.

Assurex’s technology, licensed from Mayo Clinic and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is on the leading edge of the trend toward personalized medicine that means fewer unwanted side effects, lower costs and better patient outcomes.

Along the way, Assurex, which employs 240 including about 145 in Mason, has become one of the biggest successes in the region’s start-up economy and the foundation for what Mason officials hope will become a growing bio-tech industry in the city.

The company, which started with just a handful of employees working out of a garage near Kings Island, has since 2011 occupied space in the Mason Community Center and the Mason Municipal Center. In need of more room to accommodate its growth, the company earlier this year said it would remain in Mason and more than double its space with an expanded headquarters and lab.

“The access to top talent, strong science partnerships with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and regional universities, and the cost structure—including the affordable lifestyle and incentives that Mason and Ohio offer—could not be matched,” says Virginia Drosos, Assurex president and CEO.

Butler Tech, Fairfield Township

Butler Technology and Career School’s new $13 million bioscience training center overlooking the highway at Cincinnati-Dayton Road is slated to open in August, including both labs and classrooms to train several hundred students in several different medical programs. The new facility is seen as critical to training the workers needed to staff the growing number of hospitals, related medical offices and biotech businesses drawn to the corridor.

Now in its 40th year, Butler Tech, begun in 1975 with a single building, has trained thousands of youths and adults for new careers. One of the largest career-technical school districts in Ohio, Butler Tech provides educational services to more than 27,000 high school and adult students. The district, which now offers more than 190 satellite programs in 10 associate school districts, has 331 full-time and 364 part-time employees.

The new bioscience center is just the first element of what Bill Miller, Butler Tech superintendent, envisions as a multi-faceted business-education campus where students can complete their secondary education at Butler Tech, then move on to certifications in adult career fields, pursue associate’s degree or even a bachelor’s degree from other institutions on one site.

Butler Tech hopes to attract other business and educational partners to the site, which can grow to 130 acres on adjoining farmland and include up to five inter-connected buildings. The West Chester • Liberty Chamber Alliance is the first to agree to move its offices to the site.

Intelligrated Inc., Mason, West Chester

The explosion in online retailing over the last decade has been nothing but good news for Mason-based Intelligrated Inc., a leading manufacturer of automated material handling equipment.

Intelligrated designs and manufactures a variety of automated storage and retrieval systems that both online and bricks-and-mortar retailers, distributors and fulfillment houses rely on to move goods from the warehouse to the shipping docket.

Launched just 14 years ago by Chris Cole and Jim McCarthy with private equity financing and a handful of employees in the midst of a recession (and just a week before the 9/11 attacks), Intelligrated’s growth has been as fast as some of its sorting equipment.

Last year, revenues topped $600 million. The company employs more than 2,600 worldwide, including 1,004 at its headquarters and plant in Mason and a second plant and distribution facility in West Chester. The company also has plants in London, Ohio; St. Louis and Danville, Ky.

One of the things that makes the company unique is that it is a single-source supplier, providing everything from the software to run the system to the conveyors, racks, bins and palletizers needed to automate and track the process of picking, sorting and packing items of various sizes. It also designs and installs its systems in customers’ facilities.

Last year, the company opened a sales and engineering office in Shanghai, China. It has also expanded operations in Brazil and Canada.

The company’s been growing so fast it’s outgrowing its corporate offices in Mason, which opened in 2002. Cole has said the company will be looking for more administrative and engineering office space this year.