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The Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI) began with a focus on grass-roots retention efforts with the City of Cleveland’s manufacturing companies. Since 1994, CIRI has helped Cleveland manufacturing companies improve operations, maintain profitability, and remain competitive.
This program is an integral part of Mayor Frank Jackson’s plan to link manufacturing businesses to community resources. Over the past three years, our CIRI team has averaged over 460 unique manufacturing site visits per year.
Using a five-step process, the CIRI program provides Cleveland manufacturing companies with not only the help they need right now, but also the ongoing support they'll need in the future.
Our end goal is to help Cleveland manufacturing companies grow and prosper.
Our staff works closely with the City’s Department of Economic Development to help manufacturing companies thrive and grow. Between 2015 and 2017, just over 2,600 jobs and $162.9 million in annual payroll was affected by 47 CIRI projects.
These are just some of the ways CIRI impacted Cleveland manufacturers in 2018. Read more in our 2018 Economic Impact report.
Conducted in-plant outreach visits to 375 manufacturing and manufacturing-related firms, representing over
Reached out via email to an additional 186 companies representing
Interventions affected 227 existing direct manufacturing and manufacturing-related jobs with an estimated annual payroll of
in capital investment
in operation improvements that reduced costs allowing for the reinvestment in workforce, facility maintenance, and process improvements***
*Employment data from Manufacturing Works database of CIRI visit summaries over the past year
**Interventions are defined as services where new jobs were added, jobs were at risk, operation improvements led to cost reduction, or investment was made
**Payroll is estimated based on Chamber Model updated with OH-LMI Q1 2018 wage data
***Cost reductions include a reduction in operating costs associated with supply purchases, shipping, security, energy management, and employment & training costs
CIRI’s industrial development managers link manufacturers to resources and solutions in:
Region 1: Wards 1, 2, 4, 6, 8–10, and 12
Region 2: Wards 3, 5, and 7
216.391.5080, ext. 107
Region 3: Wards 11, 13–17
For more information on CIRI, contact Tom Birkel, Vice President of Manufacturing Services, via email or at 216.920.1953
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