Partnership for Innovation
Weston, Inc., the DiGeronimo Cos., and Scannell Properties have partnered to create Northeast Ohio’s newest business hubs: Forward Innovation Center East and West. Combined, the once-in-a-generation redevelopment projects at former Ford Motor Company properties in Brook Park and Walton Hills will transform the region, creating jobs and innovative opportunities for businesses.
The Ford stamping plant in Walton Hills opened in 1954 and was once the largest employer in town. It fabricated parts for vehicles including the Ford Ranger, Crown Victoria, and Econoline, before the 2.1-million-square-foot facility was shuttered in 2014. The Brook Park site, formerly known as Ford Cleveland Engine Plant No 2, opened in 1955 and made engines for Thunderbirds, Mustangs and a range of pick-up trucks. The 1.7-million-square-foot facility closed in 2012. The partnership to purchase and develop these historically significant sites began in June 2021.
Weston Inc. is a privately held national real estate company with 22 million square feet of property across the Midwest and Southeastern United States. The company has a 50-year history as a commercial real estate owner, developer and manager.
The DiGeronimo Companies is a privately held national real estate company bringing a “one-stop-shop” philosophy to real estate development through a diverse portfolio of development, construction and environmental services. For 65 years, the company has been a leader in providing solutions for challenging projects.
Founded 30 years ago, Scannell Properties is a nationally recognized development and investment company working throughout the United States and globally. The company specializes in development, architecture, engineering, construction management, finance and legal.
Two locations. Endless opportunities.
FIC East, Walton Hills, OH
This game-changing opportunity offers for spec, build to suit and existing options, all with access to multiple interstates and with close proximity to several major cities. The user-driven site offers flexible design options, modern facilities, new utility services with heavy power, and more.
FIC West, Brook Park, OH
This ground-up construction will feature sustainable, clean energy and technology in every aspect. These modern facilities will provide high-clearance ceiling heights, access to heavy power and the most up-to-date safety systems. Its prime location offers access to land, water and air transport.
READY TO MOVE FORWARD?
Businesses looking to expand, relocate or take root in this industrial and manufacturing heartland, should look no further than the Forward Innovation Center.