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Sherwin-Williams holds virtual celebration to kick off construction of downtown Cleveland headquarters

Construction on Sherwin-Williams' downtown headquarters and its Brecksville R&D facility are expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

CLEVELAND — After months of anticipation, work is set to begin on Sherwin-Williams' Global Headquarters complex in downtown Cleveland. To signal the start of construction, the company held a virtual celebration event on Friday.

The new global headquarters will be approximately 1 million square feet in size and located just west of Public Square between Saint Clair Avenue and Superior Avenue. It will consist of three parts: Office tower, pavilion, and parking garage. More than 3,100 employees will be housed in the new headquarters.

“Today’s event represents a significant milestone in this transformational project,” said John G. Morikis, Sherwin-Williams Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As construction workers, equipment and materials have been arriving at our building site in the heart of the city, we could not be more excited about the investment we are making in the future of our Company and the future of Cleveland. We are creating a next-generation workplace to serve our customers, retain and attract employees, as well as offer opportunities to celebrate the Sherwin-Williams brand and act as a catalyst for future development in and around our new campus."

The 36-story Headquarters Tower is slated to become one of the tallest buildings in downtown Cleveland. The parking garage will feature approximately 920 spaces with five levels above grade and one basement level, while the pavilion will be the point of visitor entry and feature Sherwin-Williams' Center of Excellence and a place for learning and development.

The new global headquarters is one of two major projects for Sherwin-Williams in Northeast Ohio. In November, the company broke ground on the 600,000 square foot R&D center in Brecksville, which is located at 6701 Miller Road. 

Together, the two facilities will house more than 3,500 employees with room to accommodate future growth. Sherwin-Williams estimates it will add 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 include professional staff, engineers and chemists.

Both facilities are expected to be completed by the end of 2024. Sherwin-Williams plans to invest a minimum of $600 million to build both the headquarters and R&D facility.

“Attracting and retaining organizations like Sherwin-Williams is critical to the short- and longterm success of our city, region and our surrounding communities,” said Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, who was one of the guest speakers at the event. “We applaud the decision Sherwin-Williams made to further invest in Cleveland and in Northeast Ohio by building world class facilities for the workforce of the future. Their steadfast commitment to the area is an example of how the City of Cleveland will further establish itself as a destination for investment, job creation and top talent recruitment.”

You can watch Friday's event below:

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