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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact: Alexa Gullie

                  February 6, 2020                                                                      Asst. Director of Communications

                                                                                                (216) 587.4073

                                                                                                                 agullie@cityofwarrensville.com


Sherwin-Williams Announces Intentions to Relocate R & D Facilities

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS – Warrensville Heights, OH – Today the City of Warrensville Heights was informed that The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Warrensville Heights Performance Coatings and R&D facility, a long-term partner and one of the top 10 businesses in the city, announced its intentions to relocate to a new facility in Brecksville, Ohio after more than 20 years of business in Warrensville Heights. The City of Warrensville Heights had worked with Sherwin-Williams over time to present other location alternatives for consideration. No official closing date has been announced for the facility; however, it is anticipated they will remain open through at least 2023. We are grateful to have had Sherwin-Williams in The Friendly City for such a long time and the loss will have an impact on us. “It’s tough to learn we are losing their business, but they are looking to do what is better for them as a company,” Mayor Sellers stated. During their 20+ years of business in Warrensville Heights, they have employed over 400 people and provided countless opportunities to their employees, residents, and students here in Warrensville Heights.

Statement from Sherwin-Williams:

“Sherwin-Williams Warrensville Heights Performance Coatings and R&D facility has a long-standing history with Mayor Brad Sellers and the surrounding community. We have had a strong and productive relationship with the Mayor and appreciate all he has done for the site. As part of the Company’s search for a new global headquarters and R&D center, Sherwin-Williams plans to close our operation in Warrensville Heights and relocate employees to the planned new facilities in Northeast Ohio. This was not an easy decision nor one that was taken lightly. In the end, we believe that this decision provides Sherwin-Williams with the best, most cost-effective long-term solution to enhance our ability to serve customers and retain and attract top talent. It also aligns with our goal of building on our 154-year legacy as one of the region’s top employers and drivers of economic activity.

 A transition to the new facilities is not expected to occur until 2023 at the earliest. No decisions have been made at this time on the disposition of the Warrensville Heights building. We will continue to work with the Mayor, with other public and private partners, and with the community to identify future options for the site.”

As one of over 5,000 locations across 120 countries, we are happy to have had such a prominent business here for so long and wish them the best in their next steps. The City of Warrensville Heights and Sherwin-Williams are committed to working together over the coming years to identify future economic development opportunities on the 50+ acre site.

No other details are available at this time.


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