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Email sent to all corporate employees at about 8 a.m. Feb. 6. It was not edited in any way...

 

Dear Fellow Employees,

 

I am writing to share an exciting update with you regarding the planned locations for our new global headquarters and new R&D center.  

 

After many months exploring multiple sites nationally, I’m pleased to share with you that we are finalizing plans to build a new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and a new R&D center in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville. The plans are contingent upon completion of standard due diligence, approvals of incentives and other matters at state, county and city levels, and resolution of business and legal matters that accompany such major real estate investment projects.

 

The planned new global headquarters would be in downtown Cleveland just west of Public Square between Saint Clair Avenue and Superior Avenue and is expected to be approximately 1,000,000 square-feet in size. The planned new R&D center would be located in Brecksville, just off I-77 at Miller Road and Brecksville Road. The R&D center would serve as the corporate anchor for a new mixed-use development project and is expected to be approximately 500,000-square-feet in size.   

 

With these new facilities, we plan to create a next generation workplace environment that attracts and retains top talent and further ignites the creativity, collaboration and industry-leading innovation that our customers have relied on throughout our long history. The plan to stay in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio builds on the 154-year legacy of Sherwin-Williams as one of the region’s top employers and drivers of economic activity. This major planned investment in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio reflects our confidence in the continued strength of the region and its people and our project partners’ ability to deliver on their commitments.

 

Preliminary plans call for Sherwin-Williams to invest a minimum of $600 million to build both facilities. Combined, the two facilities would house more than 3,500 employees with room to accommodate significant future growth. We estimate adding a minimum of 400 jobs at these facilities over time, an increase of 11 percent to the Company’s current local workforce. Many of these jobs will be professional staff, engineers and chemists. 

 

Current plans will have R&D roles transfer from the Breen Technology Center and Warrensville Heights, Ohio locations to the planned new R&D center in Brecksville. Employees located at Landmark Office Towers and Skylight Office Tower in Cleveland will transfer to the planned new global headquarters along with non-R&D professional roles currently located at Breen Technology Center and Warrensville Heights. The Company has no plans to move other facilities to the new R&D center or the new global headquarters at this time.

 

I want to emphasize that this process will extend over several years. As previously announced, any transition to the new facilities is not expected to occur until 2023 at the earliest. During this time we will continue to update employees as new information becomes available.

 

Later today we will issue a press release announcing our plans. This release and additional materials will be available on buildingourfuture.com. Please visit mySherwin to view additional employee-specific materials, including FAQs. 

 

Today’s press release will likely generate considerable media coverage on a wide variety of channels, including social media. Only the Sherwin-Williams Corporate Communications Department is authorized to speak publicly or communicate externally on behalf of the Company. If you receive any inquiries from the media or other third parties, please politely explain that you are not able to comment on behalf of the Company, gather their contact information and let them know a Company representative will get back to them. It’s also important to remember that any mention of Sherwin-Williams on social media could be quoted by the press. Please be thoughtful if you engage in social media, express only your personal opinions and do not identify yourself as a representative of the Company.

 

Forward all media and public inquiries as well as any media activity outside of a Sherwin-Williams store, office or facility to:

 

Julie Young, Vice President, Global Corporate Communications

corporatemedia@sherwin.com

216-515-8849 

 

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and patience as we work through this important process. This is exciting news that will shape our Company’s future success. In the meantime, let’s continue to focus our efforts on the service, quality and innovations that fuel our commitment to help customers around the world succeed.

 

Sincerely,

 

John G. Morikis

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

The Sherwin-Williams Company

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12 minutes ago, PittsburgoDelendaEst said:

A strong and prosperous Brecksville does little to raise the tide of urban Cleveland. Don't we just love that infrastructure spend by ODOT on making freaking Miller Road a Destination.

Exactly!  They can't wait to spend that gas tax money on new infrastructure.  And a struggling inner ring suburb takes a huge financial hit.  

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Note that SHW says in its company e-mail that it doesn't plan to move the Hinckley flex space (about 250 jobs and 130,000 sf) to downtown nor any Minneapolis staff to downtown or the R&D. I find that very curious...

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2 hours ago, E Rocc said:

 

Ridiculous.   They are going to look out for their own community, and should.

 

Who was the "villain" when the VA jobs went to Wade Park?

The main Cleveland VA facility has been on Wade Park for many decades.  Brecksville was more of a satellite facility.

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2 minutes ago, KJP said:

Note that SHW says in its company e-mail that it doesn't plan to move the Hinckley flex space (about 250 jobs and 130,000 sf) to downtown nor any Minneapolis staff to downtown or the R&D. I find that very curious...

He does mention that the moves will happen over time. I suspect that they will continue to consolidate operations once the facilities are complete.

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13 minutes ago, mack34 said:

Exactly!  They can't wait to spend that gas tax money on new infrastructure.  And a struggling inner ring suburb takes a huge financial hit.  

ODOT will begin building highways to nowhere. They are so freeway/highway focused, it makes me sick to my stomach.

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One would assume that going from 150k sq ft to 500k implies that they eventually plan on consolidating the Valspar R&D. On their end it may make more sense to slowly bring them over then cause alarm by letting them all know that starting in two years they may be all moving.

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13 minutes ago, KJP said:

Note that SHW says in its company e-mail that it doesn't plan to move the Hinckley flex space (about 250 jobs and 130,000 sf) to downtown nor any Minneapolis staff to downtown or the R&D. I find that very curious...

They are probably just not ready to announce it yet. This is what corporations always say when they merge/buyout. Remember Untied said they were not closing the hub at CLE after the merger? We all know how that turned out.

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50 minutes ago, PittsburgoDelendaEst said:

A strong and prosperous Brecksville does little to raise the tide of urban Cleveland. Don't we just love that infrastructure spend by ODOT on making freaking Miller Road a Destination.

From what I know, ODOT will not be spending their "own" money to add ramps at Miller.  It needs to be funded some other way, probably locally, most likely through a TIF on the Valor Acres project....

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It's unfortunate and only time will tell, but also being along the river, the Bedrock site may have posed similar challenges to Scranton. I have to think that a century of heavy manufacturing and runoff has resulted in inorganic pollutants leaching into the soil all along the river and its banks.

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Let's hope the City of Cleveland did everything possible to keep the R&D center in Cleveland and it was just a matter of SHW not able to find a suitable location for the low-rise campus style facility they wanted.  

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13 minutes ago, skiwest said:

Let's hope the City of Cleveland did everything possible to keep the R&D center in Cleveland and it was just a matter of SHW not able to find a suitable location for the low-rise campus style facility they wanted.  

I would have thought that OC would have been a perfect alternative location, within the city limits. It may have also helped to jumpstart other development with CPD also going in there.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

An analysis of Sherwin-Williams' HQ news: it's just the beginning

 

Up in the 90-year-old Landmark Building, where Sherwin-Williams' (SHW) headquarters has been growing and expanding for the duration of that Art Deco beauty's lifetime, the employees' response to The Big News appeared to be less than big.

"There seems to be little to no reaction here today," said an employee in SHW's Performance Coatings Group (PCG). "I can tell you one thing, no one is throwing a party or jumping for joy."

And that seems to be the same reaction to SHW's HQ announcement today across social media or among the urbanistas on the forum at UrbanOhio. It was also my reaction -- at first.

To some, SHW's proposal appears timid. To me, it is intentionally incomplete.

 

MORE:

https://neo-trans.blogspot.com/2020/02/an-analysis-of-sherwin-williams-hq-news.html 

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3 hours ago, Frmr CLEder said:

The main Cleveland VA facility has been on Wade Park for many decades.  Brecksville was more of a satellite facility.

 

It employed about 1,000 people.   The same number R&D does.

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Here's hoping they find some endangered species of some sort during the Brecksville site due diligence. 

 

Where the hell is the spotted owl when you need one?

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2 hours ago, Frmr CLEder said:

I would have thought that OC would have been a perfect alternative location, within the city limits. It may have also helped to jumpstart other development with CPD also going in there.

Or maybe Highland Hills.  Even though not in the city limits, they do have a tax sharing agreement with the City of Cleveland.

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Thank you KJP for all of your efforts on keeping us informed! This is from yesterday but I do not see it posted on here.

 

Sherwin-Williams Will Reportedly Announce Cleveland HQ, Validating Local Blogger

 

WKYC Channel 3 is reporting that Sherwin-Williams intends to announce Thursday that it will build its new corporate headquarters in downtown Cleveland, "near Public Square," and that it will build a new research and development facility in Brecksville.

If true, the news follows months of speculation and anxiety from regional leaders. It also validates the reporting of local transit and infrastructure blogger Ken Prendergrast, who broke every major development on the story of Sherwin's search and has provided depth and nuance as he pieced together  evidence that Sherwin was indeed staying put.

 

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/02/05/sherwin-williams-will-reportedly-announce-cleveland-hq-validating-local-blogger

 

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Thanks. Spelled my last name wrong, though. 🤷‍♂️

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22 minutes ago, surfohio said:

Here's hoping they find some endangered species of some sort during the Brecksville site due dilligence.

Oh do you mean someone of color? Yeah cuz that's not going to happen...😁

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22 hours ago, CleveFan said:

Good thing the mayor of Brecksville had just  recently confirmed that “there were no talks going on with SW”.  Yeah okay. 

He was probably told to say nothing.

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DiGeronino Companies

 

Feb. 6, 2020

 

Media Contact: Stacey Kirth

216‐446‐3522

skirth@indexc.com

 

Media Statement

 

CLEVELAND, OHIO (February 6, 2020) – DiGeronimo Companies is aware of the recent announcement by Sherwin‐Williams and we are thrilled for the entire Northeast Ohio Community, the City of Cleveland, and our partners at the City of Brecksville. This news is the culmination of significant efforts by many and is validation of our philosophy of treating our business partners as family; and building trust with stakeholders before building the real estate. While it is far too early in the process to comment on the project specifics, we look forward to sharing our enhanced vision for Valor Acres and the surrounding area when it is appropriate to do so.  

 

About DiGeronimo Companies

 

By definition, a partner is an ally, a teammate, someone to be treated as family. We’ve been the trusted development and construction partner for hundreds of companies, offering solutions for every project from the ground up. For over 60 years, we’ve combined integrity with unrivaled standards through a diverse portfolio of services. DiGeronimo Companies is not just a choice, we’re an integrated partner for all your project needs.

 

About Valor Acres 

 

In the heart of Northeast Ohio, located off I‐77 in Brecksville, Ohio, Valor Acres is the soon‐to‐ be home of Sherwin‐Williams employees and the premier mixed‐use Live‐Work‐Play real estate development in the Cleveland‐Akron corridor.

 

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Moved from the Superior Arts District thread...

 

32 minutes ago, marty15 said:

That’s pretty much the reality of the situation down there, no?

 

There's still lots of land remaining at Valor Acres, but it's disappearing quickly according to MJ....

 

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Valor Acres sits in a prime location with a 30-minute drive time to the majority of Northeast Ohio and in between two major airports.

VA was designed to blend work, shop, live, stay and play together.

 

So apparently there's no issue having "luxury housing" and mixed-use in close proximity to SW's R&D? 

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22 minutes ago, surfohio said:

Valor Acres sits in a prime location with a 30-minute drive time to the majority of Northeast Ohio and in between two major airports.

VA was designed to blend work, shop, live, stay and play together.

 

So apparently there's no issue having "luxury housing" and mixed-use in close proximity to SW's R&D? 

A 30 minute drive to find something to do and to the airport is a prime location? I think I have a misunderstanding of prime location. 

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Again, redirecting from the Superior Arts District thread....

 

 

1 hour ago, AsDustinFoxWouldSay said:

Sorry I get bummed when the suburbs continue poaching jobs from the city. That's literally a fact in this case. 

 

Get back to me in about five years when all phases of this project are built and the spin-off elements of this are better known.

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I hope that the owner of the land on Scranton Peninsula, missed the email they sent them about developing on their land. I say this because I hope he feels like COMPLETE SH*T for missing this opportunity. YOU HAD SHERWIN FREAKIN WILLIAMS TRYING TO DEVELOP ON YOUR LAND!!! A FREAKING FORTUNE 500 COMPANY WITH DEEP POCKETS THAT IS CLIMBING TOWARDS FORTUNE 100!!! IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THAT!!

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8 minutes ago, MyPhoneDead said:

I hope that the owner of the land on Scranton Peninsula, missed the email they sent them about developing on their land. I say this because I hope he feels like COMPLETE SH*T for missing this opportunity. YOU HAD SHERWIN FREAKIN WILLIAMS TRYING TO DEVELOP ON YOUR LAND!!! A FREAKING FORTUNE 500 COMPANY WITH DEEP POCKETS THAT IS CLIMBING TOWARDS FORTUNE 100!!! IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THAT!!

 

If they found something while developing it, he has potential liability that can easily exceed the value of the land.

 

Many people underestimate the completely chilling impact CERCLA can have on brownfield development.

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Do a Judge Krenzler. Post fake eviction notices with a 30-day clear-out period and a phone number that goes to a pre-paid cell phone. If anyone calls, tell them the property sold. Then, a week after the 30 days are up, start demolishing buildings at 10 pm and see how long it takes before anyone notices.

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Seeing how low-rise-sprawly SHW intends for their R&D buildings, perhaps now something a bit more conducive to good urban design can go into that section of Scranton....someday. 

 

A silver lining? 

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