A. Schulman opens new corporate and U.S. headquarters

Rachel Abbey McCafferty
CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS

Published: May 9, 2013 11:49 am ET
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:52 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations A. Schulman Inc.

FAIRLAWN, OHIO — The new corporate and U.S. headquarters of A. Schulman Inc. in Fairlawn is designed to encourage informal meetings and collaboration at the plastics compounder and resin distributor.

(Check out a photo gallery of the building here.)

The cubicles lend themselves to creating shared work space, with rounded tables connecting desks and small filing cabinets that double as impromptu seats. There are informal gathering spaces scattered around the offices and 14 conference rooms, many equipped with video and audio capability to aid in global collaboration across the company's international offices. Administrators' offices surround the rooms, keeping them accessible, rather than tucked away in a separate hallway.

At 44,000 square feet, the old building technically had more room, but less usable space, said president and CEO Joseph Gingo. The basement couldn't be used, and the building needed lots of maintenance and technological updates.

The new building, at 34,000 square feet, better suits the company's needs. It was designed to separate the U.S. and corporate staffs, to lessen distractions for the corporate staff and to consolidate the U.S. employees in one location, Gingo said. There are about 100 U.S. employees at the new headquarters and 40 on the corporate side. The company employs about 3,300 people total.

The corporate side of A. Schulman has grown since Gingo became president on Jan. 1, 2008. He added a central staff to consolidate tasks such as purchasing for the company's dozens of plants.

The company also has grown through acquisitions and joint ventures in that time, and plans to continue that growth. One such attempt has been in the public eye recently, as A. Schulman made a hostile bid to buy specialty chemical maker Ferro Corp. earlier this year. Gingo said that offer is still on the table.

The company, which reported about $2.2 billion in revenue last year, held an open house for its new headquarters on May 7. The building, which A. Schulman is leasing, is located in Fairlawn and took less than 10 months to build.


Comments

A. Schulman opens new corporate and U.S. headquarters

Rachel Abbey McCafferty
CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS

Published: May 9, 2013 11:49 am ET
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:52 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

EPA fines RI polymer company

August 29, 2014 1:20 pm ET

A Rhode Island polymer manufacturer has reached a $60,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating federal clean...    More

Image

Chinese compounders seek market shares, often at the expense of margins

August 29, 2014 10:02 am ET

China's largest compounder, Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co. Ltd., as well as its more automotive-focused counterparts Shanghai Pret Composites Co. Ltd. and...    More

Image

PP prices rise 5 cents

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm ET

After a one-month break, volatility has returned to the North American polypropylene resin market, with prices increasing by an average of 5 cents...    More

Image

DuPont fined for 2010 chemicals release

August 28, 2014 1:37 pm ET

DuPont Co. has been fined almost $1.3 million for the release of several chemicals — including plastics feedstock phosgene — at its plant ...    More

Image

LyondellBasell to build feedstock plant on Gulf Coast

August 28, 2014 11:05 am ET

LyondellBasell Industries will build a world scale propylene oxide plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast with a capacity of 900,000 metric tons per year.    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events