1. Brooklyn American Greetings will move its headquarters along with 1,600 jobs to Westlake's Crocker Park from Brooklyn in 2016. But Industrial Commercial Properties bought the Brooklyn office complex — and 33 acres of vacant land — in 2014 and could add 20 businesses to the park. "It will be a multi-tenant park, which is good for Brooklyn," says Fran Migliorino, the city's economic development director.
2. Oakwood Village Geis Cos. spent $12.5 million in the last 18 months on the Broad Oak Business Park in Oakwood Village, including $750,000 that allowed biomed manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific to expand its molecular biology division, which builds new radiation and explosion detection tools. "Attracting a turnkey developer like them has been an essential part in our transformation," says Mayor Gary Gottschalk, whose village is moving from attracting industrial businesses to high-tech ones.
FedEx's new package distribution center at Twinsburg's Cornerstone Business Park — a $20 million project built on the former site of the Chrysler stamping plant on Darrow Road — will bring 50 full-time and 200 part-time workers when
it opens in September. "They were looking for something convenient with good roadway connections," says Larry Finch, director of community planning and development for the city.