A Record Year for Business Growth in Strongsville: The Highlights

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Commercial and industrial development in Strongsville rebounded well in 2021, with a number of new businesses opening or announcing plans to operate in our community. On the retail side, Discount Drug Mart and Arby’s built new buildings, while Harbor Freight Tools, V Dessert, Hot Chicken Takeover, Restore Hyper Wellness, Pho & Beyond, Goldfish Swim School, Wine Down & Sweets Café and Parma Movers opened their doors in existing storefronts.

More are coming soon: Seafood Shake is taking over the old Rockne’s site; Crumbl Cookies opens next to Rosewood Grill; Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers renovates former Burger King on Pearl Road; Barrio has finished remodeling the old Molly McGhee’s; Dave’s Cosmic Subs takes over a Pearl Road storefront and Blue Habanero and Szechuan Gourmet come to The Greens of Strongsville. Building new outlets are Sgt. Clean car wash and 10 minute oil change from Strickland Brothers. “Strongsville’s commercial and industrial growth has remained strong throughout the pandemic, exemplifying the city’s designation as a job hub in the region,” said Economic Development Director Brent Painter. Strongsville’s business parks also saw exceptional growth in 2021, particularly for corporate headquarters. Expanding this year, Infinium Walls built a new 120,000 square foot headquarters on Prospect Rd.; Woodpecker Inc., which leased an additional 79,000 square feet of space on Prospect Rd.; CCL, which received approval to begin construction of a new 105,000 square foot North American headquarters on Foltz Parkway; Union Home Mortgage, which opened its new state-of-the-art training facility in the former ITT Tech building; Greller & Co., which moved its headquarters to property it purchased on Progress Dr.; Plidco, which moved its headquarters to a 233,000 square foot building it purchased on Alameda Dr.; Newko Polymers, which leased an additional 12,000 square feet on Alameda Dr. and NCDS Medical Billing, which purchased a 3,600 square foot office building for new headquarters. Strongsville also hosts the headquarters of Foundation Software, TestOil, Clark Reliance and National Automotive Experts. Also in 2021: Third federally leased office space in Strongsville Greens; Mechanical Rubber leased an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility; Intralot expanded its Ohio Lottery Computer Center by 26,000 square feet; NPL Home Medical has moved its medical device repair operation to Strongsville; TricorBraun leased a 30,000-person distribution center there; and Scannell Properties have presented plans to construct a new 317,000 square foot building on Royalton Rd. Economic development has a huge impact on a city, from employment opportunities for residents to rising property values. Between 2010 and 2019, 3,618 net new jobs were created in Strongsville. The businesses also generate tax revenue for municipal services and schools, and help maintain a vibrant and in-demand community.

Pepe Le Pew: Skunks are very active at this time of year. It’s mating season for skunks and other wildlife in northeast Ohio. Animal control officer Chuck McCleary is already getting many calls about sprayed pets. He advises being vigilant about the range of your property before letting your pup outside, especially at night. Make sure Pepe LePew is nowhere in sight so your dog doesn’t run into him in the yard. But if you’re unlucky enough to experience a skunk spraying incident, here’s a link to help you through the smelly situation: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/pest-control/22379715/skunk-smell-removal .

Free concert : The Strongsville Community Band will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Strongsville Middle School conducted by Ken Mehalko.

Outstanding musicians from all walks of life, including students, professionals, and retirees, come together in this community group because of their love for music. The ensemble programs a variety of musical styles, including marches, light classics, popular selections and other contemporary literature from the wind band repertoire.

Everyone is invited to take advantage of this special community group for an evening of great listening.

Composition of the library: Note that the following February 2022 events are taking place virtually over Zoom and are presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address are required for all events in order to send a Zoom invitation. To visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and see more information about library events or call 440-238-5530. The Strongsville Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is located at 18700 Westwood Dr.

· Cuyahoga Works – Need help with your resume or interview skills? A career counselor from Cuyahoga Works will be at the Strongsville branch on Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. to meet with people who need job search assistance. For more information, visit https://cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Cuyahoga-Works.aspx. To make an appointment, call 216-475-2225.

· English as a second language – in person on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aspire Greater Cleveland is again teaching in-person classes to help non-native speakers learn English and validate their skills. Students must attend an ESOL/citizenship orientation session before starting ESOL or citizenship courses. If you are interested in attending these ESOL courses, call Aspire at 833-277-4732 to register.

· Computer lessons – The Cuyahoga County Public Library offers computer classes for beginners through advanced. Classes are currently being held in person as well as some virtually which require a web browser and internet connection. There is no additional software to download. Google Chrome is the recommended browser. A valid email address is required for registration. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the class at least one hour before the start time. Registrations open 30 days before the start of the course and close before the start of the course. To see a full list of classes, descriptions, and to register, visit https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Events/Computer-Classes/2021-Virtual-and-In-Person-classes.aspx .

Strongsville Branch In-Person Classes:

o Internet Basics – Tue., March 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

o Word 1 – Wednesday March 16, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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