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Economic Development

The Engine of Economic Growth Major projects in progress in the city’s business parks

Viccarone HVAC constructed a new

in 2020 included:

corporate headquarters. Union Home Mortgage

Wayfair, an e-commerce furniture and

continued to expand and

home goods seller, established a new

redevelop its national

distribution center.

headquarters in the Dow Circle Research & Development Park, creating as many as 450 new jobs.

MedWaste Ohio purchased a former

Infinium Wall Systems

Foundation Software facility in the

began construction of a

Strongsville Business & Technology Park

new, expanded corporate headquarters with

to process and clean medical devices and equipment.

manufacturing and distribution operations, creating The retail and service sector continued to

about 60 new jobs.

expand, particularly changing the landscape The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO),

of the northern portion of Route 42. Along with the redevelopment of

purchased the former Sumitomo Demag manufacturing

the old La Siesta motel site into a Starbucks

facility to relocate its corporate headquarters to

and a Burger King, and the replacement of the old Jennifer’s restaurant with

Strongsville, bringing about 100 jobs.

a Culver’s casual family restaurant, Shanghai Oriental Magnetic Card

Discount Drug Mart purchased a

Engineering Co. (OMEC) relocated

parcel of land in front

its manufacturing operation in Strongsville, creating about 200 jobs. Great Lakes Brewery established a new

of the Lowe’s home improvement store to build its second Strongsville location. “The north end of town has generated a lot of interest

canning operation and distribution

over the last couple years, which we’re thrilled about, and

center in Park 82.

we expect that to continue,” Painter says. “It was nice to see Jennifer’s Restaurant relocate and stay in the city.”

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Cleveland Metroparks - help to ensure that the city is a desirable community for talented people to settle into.” Painter says the city government and local businesses were resilient during the pandemic. Many Strongsville businesses benefited from the help of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relief program. In 2020, more than 700 Strongsville businesses received PPP assistance. The bulk of them – more than 625 – received $150,000 or less, while six companies


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each received between $2 million and $5 million. The city government, Painter says, helped to facilitate some of that assistance. “Once we identified that this was going to be a tough economic climate, we couldn’t be the direct source of funding, but we tried to serve as a middleman to help connect businesses to the funding organizations,” he says. “In a lot of cases the banks that disbursed the PPP were overwhelmed, and we were able to get businesses to the right people who could expedite their applications.”

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