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Sherwin-Williams pushes back move to Public Square headquarters, R&D Center; will likely be in 2024

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 11:24:02-04

CLEVELAND — Sherwin-Williams announced Tuesday that the move to the new headquarters in Cleveland and the R&D center in Brecksville is now scheduled to occur sometime in 2024, compared to the previously-announced date of late 2023.

In February, the global leader in the paint industry announced it would keep its world headquarters in Cleveland by building a new facility just west of Public Square while also building a new R&D center in Brecksville.

Sherwin-Williams said some of the project activities were paused in April, but didn’t elaborate as to why they were paused.

No decision has yet been made about the disposition of the company’s current headquarters and R&D center, located in Cleveland at West Prospect Avenue and Canal Road, respectively, or its facility on Warrensville Center Road.

The company also announced key project partners to include the following groups and organizations:

  • Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc. – Design architect for the global headquarters
  • HGA Architects and Engineers, LLC (HGA) – Base building architect for the global headquarters; Design, base building and interior architect for the R&D Center
  • Vocon Partners, LLC – Interior architect for the global headquarters
  • Welty Gilbane, a Joint Venture – Construction manager
  • Mark G. Anderson Consultants, Inc. (MGAC) – Project manager, project controls and owner’s representative
  • CBRE Inc. – Real estate and economic development advisor
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP – Legal and economic development counsel
  • Hanson Bridgett LLP – Legal counsel
  • inSITE Advisory Group – Economic development advisor

“The key partners we have selected are aligned with our vision of creating a next generation workplace that supports serving our customers at the highest level, retaining and attracting top talent, and igniting creativity, collaboration and industry-leading innovation,” said John G. Morikis, Sherwin-Williams chairman and CEO in a statement. "As we move forward with the next phase of this critical project, my deepest appreciation goes to our employees who have adapted quickly and safely throughout the pandemic to meet our customers' needs in new and unique ways. At the same time, we recognize that the development, engagement and sense of community our employees share has been essential to our success for more than 150 years and would be difficult to sustain over the long-term with a remote-based workforce.”

The company is expected to invest a minimum of $600 million to build both facilities. The two facilities will house more than 3,500 employees with room to accommodate future growth. Over time, Sherwin-Williams will add a minimum of 400 jobs at these facilities over time.

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