Brewster, Ohio

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Brewster is a village in Stark County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,324 at the 2000 census. It is part of the CantonMassillon Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Brewster is located at 40°42′43″N 81°35′51″W / 40.71194°N 81.5975°W / 40.71194; -81.5975 (40.712008, -81.597452),[3] along Sugar Creek.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.49% is water.


Brewster is the location of the corporate headquarters and shops of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, both the historic company and the current regional railroad. The WLE began producing locomotives at its Brewster shops in 1910, and boasted one of the finest steam locomotive producing facilities in the country. Over the years, the WLE built and rolled boilers and erected fifty of their own steam engines, a feat never tried by many larger and more famous railroads. The Wheeling and Lake Erie Brewster Shops continue to perform contract repairs, upgrades and fabrication of locomotives and freight cars to this day.


Brewster is the headquarters for Shearer's Foods, makers of Shearer’s potato chips and snacks, and Brewster Dairy, the largest Swiss cheese plant in the US.[5] Brewster is often considered one of the most progressive villages in Stark County due to these companies and their recent expansion projects.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,324 people, 855 households, and 630 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,146.5 people per square mile (442.0/km²). There were 904 housing units at an average density of 446.0/sq mi (171.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.97% White, 0.04% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.

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