Located about midway between Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, Monroe had a vibrant auto supply industry. One famous brand named for the town is Monroe Shocks & Struts, which has retail locations all over the country. Its parent company, Tenneco, is still headquartered in town.
The area has not recovered all the auto industry jobs that were lost in the recession, according to Mansfield's director of Economic and Community Development, Dan Swallow.
"Looking ahead, we're expecting flat or small population growth over the next couple of decades," he said.