Keene Building Products Adds to the List of Expansions on St. Clair Avenue
Driving the stretch of St. Clair Avenue between East 222nd Street and Babbitt Road, there are multiple signs that our city’s manufacturing corridor is growing. Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Center and the St. Clair Avenue streetscape - in partnership with the City of Euclid, First Energy, and AT&T - are scheduled for completion this fall. Now construction is underway at Keene Building Products on a twenty-thousand square foot addition to the existing manufacturing facility.
On Wednesday, September 27th Keene held a ground breaking for the expansion project engineered by Solid Steel Buildings of Pittsburgh. The expansion provides warehouse space for the locally based manufacturing company to continue its commitment to providing innovative, cost-effective solutions with superior product quality and reliability. Keene owns and operates multiple sites in Euclid’s industrial corridor and continuously invests in their properties through physical improvements and the placement of new tenants.
The City of Euclid’s Mayor’s Office and Department of Planning and Development was instrumental in the coordination of the project to ensure the Architectural Review Board and permitting processes met the owner’s timeline for construction.
“We are thrilled to work with Keene Building Products on this new expansion,” remarked Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail. “Since moving to Euclid, they have continued to invest in their properties, added new jobs, and helped to grow our industrial base. Keene Building Products has been a great corporate partner and we look forward to their continued growth in Euclid!”
Jim Keene, Owner, praised the history of manufacturing in Euclid, a place multiple generations of his family consider home. “I’ve lived in this general neighborhood since I was born and both my parents attended Euclid High School. There is a lot of pride bringing jobs back to the area… there is no place I’d rather make a difference than a place I can call home. My mom and dad would be very proud to hear me say those words. Now my wife, son, son-in-law can all say similar things in a similar place we all consider home.”
Construction is scheduled for completion by January 1, 2018.
Allison Lukacsy-Love is the Community Projects Manager at the City of Euclid. You can reach her at (216) 289-8160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org