In Brecksville, Senator Portman Speaks at Sherwin-Williams Global Research & Development Center Groundbreaking

October 22, 2021 | Press Releases

BRECKSVILLE, OH Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Sherwin-Williams’ Global Research and Development Center. Once built, the 600,000-square-foot campus will hold approximately 900 employees. According to Sherwin-Williams, construction on the center is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

“I was pleased to join members of the community and other elected officials to celebrate the groundbreaking of Sherwin-Williams’ Global Research and Development Center,” said Portman. “Starting in 2015, I worked extensively with Congressman Joyce and Mayor Jerry Hruby to help the City of Brecksville to acquire the site from the Department of Veterans Affairs. I’m thrilled that Sherwin-Williams is putting this site to good use as this R&D center will bring hundreds of good jobs and economic opportunity to the people of Northeast Ohio.”

“We appreciate Senator Portman’s show of support in joining us today as we celebrate this important milestone for Sherwin-Williams and the surrounding community,” said John G. Morikis, Sherwin-Williams Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Sherwin-Williams is proud to be building in Northeast Ohio, our home for more than 155 years. And, we believe all Ohioans share our goals of growth, innovation, opportunity and inclusion.”

In 2015-2016, Senator Portman and Congressman David Joyce (R-OH) were instrumental in working with the Department of Veteran Affairs to allow the City of Brecksville to acquire the 103-acre site of the former Brecksville VA Medical Center, now called Valor Acres, which will be the site for Sherwin-Williams’ Research and Development Center. Portman spoke directly with then-VA Secretaries Bob McDonald and David Shulkin on multiple occasions to assist the city of Brecksville in overcoming several hurdles and help expedite the conveyance. 

Photos from the event are below: