These firms characterize a few of Northeast Ohio’s profitable family-owned companies which might be rising for the subsequent technology.
Listed here are the 2020 honorees:
Brennan Industries, a producer and distributor of hydraulics, has an extended and wealthy household historical past.
Because the first day of enterprise in 1953 in the home of founder Michael Brennan, it has maintained the optimistic points of a household firm, whereas constantly rising. Even with $90 million in worldwide gross sales in 2019, President and CEO David M. Carr continues to see new hires as helpful additions to the household.
The sturdy development of Brennan Industries by means of its 67 years may also be attributed to its push to remain on the trade’s vanguard of revolutionary enterprise practices.
Carr turned president in 2008, together with his father, David D. Carr, transitioning to CEO. David M. continued to push Brennan Industries to better heights as he and his father expanded the corporate worldwide. They’ve opened buildings throughout the U.S. and in China, the UK and Canada, and have introduced within the subsequent technology, with Joseph Carr working within the Atlanta workplace and Justin and Michael Carr making frequent visits.
In the present day, Brennan Industries has over 15 places and greater than 500 staff. And whereas a lot of these staff aren’t associated to the household — all government managers are nonfamily members — the side of a household firm continues attributable to shut worker relationships with the household.
Champion Personnel System Inc. was based in 1964 by Ralph A. Schepens CPC — the daddy of at this time’s CEO, Robert A. Schepens — after spending a few years with a Chicago firm earlier than shifting to Cleveland to begin his personal enterprise.
Beneath his steerage, the corporate grew and have become identified for everlasting placement, primarily in workplace/administrative features. On account of his success, he turned president of the Nationwide Affiliation of Personnel Companies, representing over 10,000 employment companies within the U.S. He wrote its code of ethics and acquired each one in every of its Nationwide Awards for his service.
His son, Robert, joined the corporate within the 1970s, left within the 1980s and took over in 1995 when Ralph turned in poor health. On the time, there was one workplace with 5 staff. Robert started rebuilding the corporate, including workers and altering the make-up/market of the enterprise.
In the present day, Champion has 5 Northeast Ohio places of work, 30 skilled workers members averaging seven years with the group and 4 classes of employment companies, together with consulting. It has served over 20,000 hiring shoppers and positioned greater than 1 million candidates. It has additionally earned quite a few awards, together with Weatherhead 100, NorthCoast 99 and The Midwest’s Most Steady Employment Agency, together with SBN’s Longevity Award.
Delta Methods Inc. was based in 1972 in a small storage in Twinsburg, Ohio, by James A. Barry. With simply eight staff, Barry and his keen group started designing and constructing switches for area of interest markets, primarily for the out of doors energy gear trade.
These humble beginnings by no means dulled the shine from grander ambitions. Inside just some years, Barry and his growing variety of ardent associates steadily grew the corporate’s buyer base and diversified its merchandise. On account of this development, Delta Methods wanted more room, and in 1995, it launched a brand new constructing mission that doubled the scale of its plant on Frost Highway. That area quickly proved too small; as the corporate continued its speedy development, just some years later, it once more doubled the scale of its manufacturing footprint.
In 2017, the founder’s son, Dean Barry, assumed the Delta helm. Together with Dean’s spouse — and Delta President and CEO Elizabeth Barry — the corporate continues to put money into its expertise and know-how and to place itself for strong development nicely into the longer term.
Delta and its management are pleased with the corporate’s continued dedication to development, and of the truth that this dedication helps to create new jobs and financial alternatives inside the neighborhood.
When Elmer F. Boyd moved to Cleveland on the flip of the 20th century, there have been few professions open to African-People. He determined enterprise supplied promise to somebody pushed to be a pacesetter in a career.
He based E. F. Boyd Funeral Parlor in 1905, and at this time, E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral House and Crematory is run by a fourth technology of Boyds. The oldest African-American enterprise in Cuyahoga County continues to construct on its repute for respect, integrity and belief. Its house owners consider the mortuary enterprise is about celebrating life, honoring every deceased particular person’s distinctive path and starting therapeutic for individuals who have misplaced their beloved one.
A lot has modified since E. F. Boyd opened his first mortuary, however one fixed has remained: E. F. Boyd & Son, led by President and CEO William F. Boyd II, continues to serve the Better Cleveland neighborhood with the identical graciousness, sincerity, heat and respect by which the corporate was established in 1905. Working to proceed that path of success with Boyd are Marcella Boyd Cox, vp, chief of neighborhood engagement; Marina Grant, treasurer; Lisa Hamilton, Emery facility supervisor, preneed supervisor; and Victoria “Tori” A. Boyd, 89th Road facility supervisor.
Fireplace-Dex is a family-owned, world producer of head-to-toe private protecting gear (PPE) for first responders and an impartial service supplier of PPE care and upkeep.
Led by proprietor and CEO Invoice Burke, Fireplace-Dex has constructed a powerful model with a assured group that’s obsessed with doing a job that protects first responders. With a powerful emphasis on well being and security, and a mission to serve those that serve, the devoted group has paved the trail of innovation for head-to-toe merchandise together with turnout gear, rescue and wildland PPE, boots, hoods, gloves, helmets and isolation PPE.
Fireplace-Dex prolonged its skill to serve and assist the hearth neighborhood with the acquisition of three main manufacturers — Chieftain, TECGEN and Gear Wash. Along with its Medina headquarters, it has amenities in Wisconsin, Georgia and Mexico, and to proceed its development and construct the corporate into the subsequent technology, Burke’s daughters, Taylor and Lauren, joined the corporate in 2019.
Fireplace-Dex is dedicated to having enjoyable by celebrating staff’ accomplishments and milestones, holding contests and internet hosting vacation celebrations, each as breaks through the workday and as full-blown events. Because the enterprise grows, evolves and adjustments, it strives to enhance its setting by implementing suggestions from staff and sustaining the sturdy core values that Fireplace-Dex was based on in 1983.
Fleet Response constantly evolves to fulfill the wants of its valued prospects, however its values by no means change.
Ron Mawaka Sr. based Fleet Response in 1986 in Cleveland as Rental Ideas Inc., and the unique idea was to handle momentary enterprise leases. In 2003, the corporate mixed with IVS to create Fleet Response, which affords complete customized fleet companies.
Since then, the corporate has constantly added capabilities and outlined trade requirements by making use of the founding rules of innovation, professionalism, accountability and effectiveness. Fleet Response — whose shoppers embody Fortune 500 companies with fleets starting from 50 to 25,000 autos — not solely strives to fulfill the wants of its prospects, however these of its 180-plus staff, as nicely.
Because it grows, Fleet Response, led by President and CEO Scott Mawaka, maintains a family-like tradition with beliefs specializing in worker and buyer satisfaction. The mix of its individuals and tradition provides it essentially the most highly effective supply of aggressive benefit.
The mission of Fleet Response is to supply revolutionary and efficient service and keep a excessive normal of professionalism and partnership in an setting that fosters alternative, integrity and excellence. A key part in creating this family-like construction is guaranteeing that every one of its staff really feel their voices are being heard, which suggests creating alternatives to handle points that matter to staff.
In 1960, Jack Slattery began Lake Enterprise Merchandise within the storage of his Mentor residence to promote and repair workplace copiers and provides. He expanded in 1974 into microfilming companies to provide shoppers a instrument to handle their paperwork.
In 2008, President and CEO Terri Cain took over the enterprise upon her father Jack’s passing.
In the present day, Lake Enterprise Merchandise affords leasing companies, and it carried out a brand new course of known as Netshield, providing better community safety, stability and steady community optimization for its shoppers. And what began with Jack Slattery and a number of other staff has grown right into a multimillion-dollar firm with greater than 120 staff.
Persevering with the household custom, Cain’s son — the third technology — has begun to get entangled within the firm as a school scholar. LBP prides itself on being household oriented and affords its workers flexibility to maintain household a precedence.
And to remain forward in its trade, the corporate is consistently striving to be on the slicing fringe of know-how to higher serve its shoppers. Technicians obtain annual coaching to maintain up with know-how and greatest practices of their trade.
Past enterprise, Cain encourages staff to champion charitable causes and get entangled in the neighborhood. LBP groups of staff take part in charitable walks and different fundraising occasions, and it raises cash in assist of native and nationwide charities.
Majestic Metal USA was based in 1979 by Dennis Leebow, the third technology in a distinguished metal household.
He grew Majestic from a single service middle in Northeast Ohio to turn into a nationwide presence as a number one distributor and processor of flat-rolled metal, supplying 1000’s of shoppers in HVAC, manufacturing and building.
Leebow’s youngest son, Todd, grew up across the household enterprise and joined Majestic in 2007 to supervise provide chain administration. Since changing into president and CEO in 2012, he has led the corporate by means of a generational transition, with a imaginative and prescient for development, diversification and innovation.
Todd Leebow has remodeled Majestic right into a culture-driven firm centered on attracting expertise and creating revolutionary know-how options. Majestic has developed an information analytics group to know pricing and trade developments, launched functions to higher serve prospects and created a web based market for the metals trade. It’s dedicated to American enterprise, and Leebow advocates on Capitol Hill for the home metal trade and U.S. manufacturing and manufacturing.
Dennis Leebow stays lively as chairman, and Todd’s brother, Jonathan, is government vp, overseeing neighborhood involvement and philanthropic efforts. Todd’s sister, Joni, works as a model coordinator, and he hopes to ultimately cross the enterprise on to his youngsters.
Began as a dairy and crop farm in 1874, Mapledale Farm has expanded over time, including poultry, hogs and maple syrup.
In 1963, it closed the dairy and livestock operations, and in 1982 began a panorama division. To increase on that, in 1997, it added a provide division for topsoil, mulch, gravel and different panorama provides for retail and wholesale.
The enterprise, led by President Dave Johnson, has all the time had at the least three generations concerned at any given time. In the present day, the fifth, sixth and seventh generations reside and work on the farm, and relations with different careers assist run the operation as wanted. Every technology shares its traditions and enterprise data, teaches greatest practices and passes on the household’s wealthy historical past to the subsequent technology.
That wealthy historical past — mixed with revolutionary enterprise practices and having succession plans — has helped Mapledale Farm thrive. It has tailored to native wants and retains a eager eye on find out how to keep forward of trade developments to stay on the forefront of effectivity and know-how.
To make sure its operation is eco-friendly, Mapledale Farm recycles waste oil and heats three of its buildings with it. It additionally creates biofuel by means of recycling vegetable oil to energy its diesel gear and is the one composting facility in Geauga County registered with the EPA.
The Mazzella Corporations’ historical past has served as a basis for what it’s, what it believes and what it values at this time.
Based in 1954 by James Mazzella Sr. as Mazzella Wire Rope & Sling Co., it obtained its begin making wire rope slings braided by hand, supplying a vital instrument to blue-collar building companies, ports and industries throughout Northeast Ohio.
Since 1954, Mazzella Corporations has advanced and grown organically by increasing its product choices and shifting into new markets by means of strategic acquisitions. Its repute and longevity are credited to its dedication to buying new prospects and nurturing historic buyer relationships by instilling confidence and luxury in each interplay.
CEO Tony Mazzella — son of Mazzella Sr. — is the second-generation chief of the family-owned firm. Since he took over in 1988, he has grown it from 42 staff with two Ohio places to 800 staff and greater than 30 places throughout North America. Its companies design, manufacture and distribute services or products for 2 impartial industries — lifting and materials dealing with, and architectural metallic.
Mazzella has invested in a construction and company tradition constructed for longevity and scalability, permitting the corporate and its staff to develop, study and expertise sustained success nicely into the third technology, as Mazzella’s sons, Matt and Adam, maintain senior administration roles.
Because the third technology of leaders and co-presidents at Neptune Plumbing and Heating Co., Adam and Michael Wallenstein nicely perceive the failure charges of third-generation family-owned companies. They had been decided to show the statistics unsuitable and have thrived, sustaining the moral requirements set by their grandfather, Sanford Wallenstein, who based the corporate in 1957 together with his spouse, Corine.
The enterprise began primarily as a plumbing firm however advanced to fulfill altering buyer calls for. Whereas starting largely in residential building, Neptune transitioned into industrial, industrial and institutional work within the 1980s, when the founders’ son, Scott, took over the enterprise.
Within the 2000s, it added a prefabrication and design store. And regardless of getting into their household enterprise through the Nice Recession, Adam and Michael navigated the corporate by means of it by additional diversifying Neptune’s companies, including a service division.
Traditionally, the corporate had solely carried out new building and rework work. The service division offset an absence of building work with restore and upkeep jobs, serving to the corporate survive by means of the recession. Since then, the division has grown into an integral part of the corporate’s choices.
Neptune has frequently advanced over time to remain aggressive and forward of the trade curve, and the co-presidents plan to proceed that success nicely into the longer term.
Household-owned PRADCO embraces the spirit of household with all of its staff and prospects.
Based 65 years in the past, it’s at this time led by two generations of the Owen/Tull household, with Kristin Tull, Ph.D., as president, and Terry Owen, Ph.D., as CEO. Earlier than Tull assumed the presidency, she performed a significant position in each side of the enterprise. Owen, her father, didn’t merely grant her extra authority; she needed to earn it by means of efficiency and dedication. And Owen understood that for a multigenerational enterprise to succeed, the mother or father should sooner or later grant decision-making authority to the subsequent technology, even when which means driving the enterprise otherwise.
This firm with a powerful household focus has constantly upheld its values of high quality, integrity, service, teamwork and outcomes, rising from a one-person firm in 1955 to 28 staff at this time in two places. Care can also be a important part of the corporate. The care that staff obtain from management is transferred to how they deal with prospects as they work to supply innovate options. PRADCO staff use greater than 20 proprietary assessments to assist firms choose and develop expertise, offering expertise administration options to tons of of shoppers. They’ve additionally supplied skilled steerage to 1000’s of enterprise leaders and in each motion present care and concern for the client.
The Sandridge household has been within the meals enterprise for over 50 years, and whereas it’s a family-owned enterprise, all of those that work there — whether or not named Sandridge or not — are thought of household.
Sandridge Meals Corp. is a third-generation, family-owned enterprise. Based by Vincent Sandridge in 1961, it distributed lunch meat to grocery shops within the Cleveland-Akron space. It moved into manufacturing in 1964 with the acquisition of 9 moist salad recipes and at this time has greater than 650 staff and greater than 650 recipes for contemporary refrigerated salads, soups, sides and entrees.
In 1997, Mark Sandridge — with siblings Michael (vp of Meals Service), Sharon and Toni — purchased the corporate. Within the 2000s, Mark’s sons, Jordan, COO, and Dane, vp of innovation, joined the group.
Sandridge has all the time been acknowledged as an innovator within the contemporary meals area. In 2008, it bought Excessive Stress Processing know-how, which preserves meals with out flavor-altering chemical substances. In 2013, it invested in sous vide cooking know-how, whereas a 2017 journey to Europe resulted within the largest funding within the firm’s historical past.
To make sure Sandridge continues to succeed, off-site strategic planning classes are key. Along with the third technology, it has recognized future leaders amongst nonfamily workers, creating private development plans for them to acquire coaching and training to fill future positions.
Since starting Stark Enterprises over 45 years in the past by buying his first strip middle whereas in regulation faculty, founder and CEO Bob Stark has constructed and operated his industrial actual property improvement enterprise on values of sturdy religion and household.
His ardour stays in constructing properties that enhance lives and make a distinction in the neighborhood. After constructing his first way of life facilities, Stark’s dynamic mind-set and powerful household values allowed him to create and enhance totally different suburbs and sides of Cleveland.
Household values and high quality time carry a powerful maintain all through the portfolio, together with Stark’s perception that his facilities ought to spark pure enjoyment. It’s of the utmost significance that every customer experiences one thing particular and that the go to creates reminiscences. He calls that concept the Group Core — dense, vertically built-in mixed-use neighborhoods with a mission to create totally functioning work/life platforms. That idea is obvious inside Crocker Park, Eton Chagrin Boulevard and Portage Crossing.
Stark stays with the corporate as CEO and poet developer, and leads together with his son, Ezra, COO. With an amazing understanding of the trade and household values, they lead with shared viewpoints and a tradition rooted in being sturdy and household centered, creating stability for the tradition whereas sparking the shared imaginative and prescient of what the corporate is and the place it’s going.
Headquartered in Cleveland since 1925, The Albert M. Higley Co. has accomplished over $9 billion in renovations and new building. The privately held agency — led by President and CEO Gareth Vaughan — employs achieved building managers and really aggressive lump sum common contractors.
With greater than 140 staff, The Albert M. Higley Co. is famend for the standard of tasks it delivers, its unquestioned integrity and an unmatched customer support expertise for its shoppers.
For 95 years, the corporate has served as a mission-driven building agency with a ardour for constructing Cleveland and the communities of Northeast Ohio. Because the starting, three generations of the Higley household have stood sentry over the group. AMHigley has endured by means of the Nice Despair, World Warfare II, the Chilly Warfare, the Civil Rights period, the Nice Recession and different cultural and financial challenges. Now, into the 21st century, AMHigley has laid out plans for company succession that may proceed its development and development in Ohio, in addition to its growth with regional places of work in Michigan, Pennsylvania and past.
The corporate’s values and mission manifest themselves in distinctive interactions, whether or not with an worker, design skilled, subcontractor, or shopper. These interactions foster long-term relationships based on honesty, transparency and belief, leading to success for all.
Gent Machine was based in 1927 by Richard Gent Sr., and his father, Arthur Gent, in a barn in Richmond Heights.
Throughout World Warfare II, they had been known as upon to provide grenade fuses and firing pins for the recoilless rifle. Briefly time, they constructed a manufacturing unit in South Euclid and employed greater than 50 individuals to work 24/7 through the warfare.
Following the warfare, Richard ran the corporate, joined by his brothers. Within the 1950s, he secured a contract to make 55 million brass pins a 12 months.
Within the 1960s, Richard Jr. joined Gent Machine and bought it in 1977. He set out on an aggressive modernization plan of renovating the constructing and upgrading previous gear. He gained many new prospects and centered on effectivity enhancements to make sure the corporate remained aggressive.
Within the 2000s, Richard Jr.’s sons, Wealthy and Adam, turned the fourth technology, and after virtually a decade within the enterprise, bought Gent Machine from Richard Jr.
Close to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, all automotive gross sales stopped. On the similar time, two firms known as on Gent Machine to provide ventilator elements. It ramped up rapidly to provide eight ventilator elements and bought a brand new piece of kit; by August had shipped over 1 million ventilator elements.
The origin of TruWest Corporations lies in L.D.I. Corp., a pc distributor and leasing firm co-founded by Mike Kennedy in 1972.
Earlier than promoting the enterprise in 1994, Kennedy led a administration buyout of a number of divisions of L.D.I., forming MRK Applied sciences. In the present day MRK gives info safety, storage and networking options. In 2000, Kennedy shaped MRK Leasing, an gear financing firm specializing in knowledge seize units, wi-fi networks, high-end server methods and associated merchandise.
Kennedy’s son, Matt, joined what’s now River Capital Finance and at this time is president and managing member. And his son Sean had an concept that turned TRG. The corporate affords companies referring to cell computing, POS and fee processing.
In 2015, the Kennedys and prolonged household created Sibling Revelry Brewery in Westlake, and shortly thereafter, Matt Kennedy based River SaaS Capital.
TruWest stays a family-owned holding firm with places within the U.S, Canada and Europe. The household prides itself on its distinctive tradition. They keep an onsite gymnasium, have rented theaters for workers to observe motion pictures and bought a trip residence at Peek’n Peak for worker use. There’s a tiki bar with beer merchandising machines, ping pong tables, therapeutic massage chairs and tickets to concert events and sporting occasions.
The Millcraft Paper Co. was based 100 years in the past as a private stationery and wedding ceremony invitation enterprise in Cleveland. On the time, the nation was experiencing a rebound interval of post-World Warfare I stability and set to usher in prosperity — an excellent time for beginning a brand new enterprise. Then got here the Nice Despair.
Millcraft not solely survived however thrived by answering the decision of the altering market and adapting its enterprise mannequin to the rising demand for industrial printing papers.
Over Millcraft’s 100 years, every of the household’s 4 generations has unwaveringly adopted the rules that President and CEO Travis Mlakar’s great-grandparents set in place in 1920. The household’s priorities are set on positively and meaningfully impacting its staff, prospects, suppliers and communities. And the corporate’s management has been prepared to adapt its enterprise technique to fulfill the altering wants of a consistently evolving market.
By the pandemic, Millcraft made a seamless shift to staff working at residence, however has additionally vowed to maintain open each one in every of its operations places and repair facilities. Because it has for 100 years, it is going to keep centered and energized by alternatives to assist one another throughout difficult instances and place itself for the longer term by means of new markets, merchandise and repair fashions.
Cortina Leathers was based as Conneaut Leather-based in 1903 in Conneaut, Ohio, by a gaggle of businessmen led by Charles L. Whitney, to tan and end leather-based for upholstering furnishings and manufacturing leather-based baggage.
In 1925, it closed its tannery to concentrate on leather-based ending and within the 1940s was supplying desktop leather-based to the residential furnishings trade.
The corporate expanded into manufacturing upholstery seating leathers for the automotive aftermarket, workplace furnishings, residential furnishings and aviation industries. And within the 1990s, it started stocking completed leather-based to make it instantly accessible to workplace furnishings producers, invested in stocked leather-based and automatic slicing machines, and expanded into the automotive aftermarket, ebook binding and marine markets.
In 2005, Austin Capital Companions LLC purchased the corporate, with President Jack Prause arriving in 2012 to assist diversify and increase into new markets. In 2014, Conneaut Leather-based acquired Cortina Leathers, increasing its normal leather-based SKUs to over 750 and opening the door to new markets.
In the present day, doing enterprise as Cortina Leathers, greater than 55 staff course of 9,000 hides per 30 days, supplying multinational prospects and leather-based for furnishings utilized by the federal authorities.
One factor that has not modified is its dedication to supporting Conneaut. It donates to native organizations and helps youngsters and training by supplying backpacks and faculty provides to these in want.
As Osborn Engineering Co. enters its 128th 12 months, CEO Gary Hribar attributes its prolonged existence and success to the shoppers and associates it has been privileged to serve since its founding by Frank C. Osborn in 1892.
Based on the top of the Industrial Revolution, it included in 1900 as a 100 % employee-owned engineering design agency. In 1902, Osborn printed the forerunner of at this time’s American Institute of Metal Development Guide, The Osborn Tables, so that every one metal shapes produced in the US, and now worldwide, might be standardized. This and different improvements developed by the corporate helped enhance the effectivity of structural and civil engineering design, making the landmark tasks of the 20th century doable.
This wealthy, revolutionary pondering is the inspiration that has pushed the corporate into the 21st century and by which its staff proceed to apply. In the present day the full-service engineering agency gives civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and know-how engineering, in addition to specialty sports activities and fireplace safety/life security, structure and commissioning.
Beneath Hribar’s management, the corporate and its staff attempt to think about potentialities and design options to fulfill shoppers’ advanced and distinctive enterprise wants. Woven all through its design course of are the rules of sustainable, accountable engineering, pushed by an angle of, “Do no matter it takes and do it proper.”