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It is the principal city of and is included in the Lima, Ohio metropolitan statistical area, which is included in the Lima–Van Wert–Wapakoneta, OH, combined statistical area. The Lima Army Tank Plant, built in 1941, is the sole producer of the M1 Abrams.
Since 1831, Lima has been the center of government for Allen County, the first of its three courthouses erected in the city's first year. Countywide problems caused by the contaminated water supply were not solved until 1886 when Lima started a municipal water system.
His was not the only crime outfit to plague Lima during the decade.
In 1936, the notorious Brady Gang robbed a local jewelry store twice.
The Lima area was not safe from the increased crime rate of the 1930s.
In 1933, gangster John Dillinger was in the Allen County Jail, arrested for robbing the Citizens National Bank in nearby Bluffton.
The Locomotive Works also created a new division, the Ohio Power Shovel Company. Despite the hardships of the decade, Lima residents supported the construction of a hospital to serve the area.
Lima Memorial Hospital, named in honor of World War I veterans, opened on Memorial Day, 1933.In 1831 the Shawnee were forced to surrender all their land in the area to the United States and relocated to Kansas, opening all of Allen County to settlement.The Ohio legislature mandated that a county seat be established and "Lima" was the result. In 1854, the first train appeared in Lima, a harbinger of later economic success.In 1921, Lima voters approved a change in the structure of Lima city government.Voters now elected five commissioners, with the commission chair serving as mayor.Stimulated by the economic boom in nearby Findlay, in 1885 Lima businessman Benjamin C. Economic development brought money for arts and entertainment. Gramm and his close friend Max Bernstein formed the Gramm-Bernstein Company, which became a pioneer in the motor truck industry.