(Westlake) - Groundbreaking for American Greetings Corporation new world headquarters was held this evening at the Crocker Park development in Westlake.
The project is expected to be completed in 2 years, with the firm moving from its current Brooklyn, Ohio location.
The $2 billion greeting card company's HQ will contain 600,000 square feet of office space, 60,000 square feet of retail on the first floor. The project will include a five-story parking structure linked to offices by a glass enclosed bridge.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough says the move will keep American Greetings from leaving Ohio, and keeps hundreds of jobs in northeast Ohio. He tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, the new headquarters will provide a major economic boost to Westlake and neighboring communities.
Founded in 1906 by Polish immigrant Jacob Sapirstein (1885-1987), who sold cards from a horse-drawn cart, American Greetings has been run by members of the family since its inception.
In 2010 American Greetings announced plans to move their headquarters out of Brooklyn, Ohio to a new facility at Crocker Park within the nearby city of Westlake.
Construction had been scheduled to start in early 2013, and American Greetings said it was only delaying the $150 to $200 million project.
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