. . . One Building at a Time!
A local manufacturer of roofing materials and roofing systems converted an unused building on their campus into a world-class training facility. The facility hosts training programs for company employees from both the U.S. and around the world.
Adjacent to this beautiful new training facility (but outside the company's property line) sat a dilapidated building that was not only an eyesore, but also a fire hazard for the area. For years the company had tried unsuccessfully to get the offending building condemned and demolished.
As a manufacturer in the City of Cleveland, the company is routinely visited by an Industrial Development Manager from the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI). CIRI is a program of the City of Cleveland, managed by Manufacturing Works.
Earlier this year, the company asked their CIRI manager for help from the city with this issue. She was able to get two city officials to meet with the company and listen to their complaints. The company had threatened to move 20 of their top management out of its Cleveland location and into a suburban building if the issue was not resolved. The city officials have since addressed the issue with the building owner and progress has been made in cleaning up the site. The city's Department of Building and Housing will continue to monitor the situation to a successful conclusion—as will CIRI. The company has now recommitted their top 20 employees to remain at their Cleveland location!
If you operate a manufacturing business in the City of Cleveland, and would like to talk to a CIRI Industrial Development Manager, contact Tom Birkel, Manufacturing Works' Vice President of Manufacturing Services, at 216.920.1953.