Garland Company Opens Renovated Training Center

Recruits at the Garland Company will be the first to go through training in Garland’s renovated training center. After nearly 100 years in the Union-Miles neighborhood on East 91st Street in Cleveland, Garland has made another investment in the community – and an investment in their team of employees.

Garland purchased a 16,000 square feet building next door to their corporate headquarters in 2015 and began rennovations. Newly named The Soliday Center — in honor of one of Garland’s first salesmen and trainers — the renovated building serves as the training center for future Garland sales representatives and employees. With the 2,000 square feet training room at the heart of the structure, the building will also offer office space for Garland corporate employees and corporate events.

In the last century, Garland has purchased one dozen adjacent properties in Cleveland totaling more than $10.3 million in investments. In 2009, Garland received the Brownfield Cleanup of the Year award for their purchase and renovation of the former Baker Steel building on East 91st Street. With the addition of the new Soliday Center property, Garland now occupies approximately 200,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space on more than seven and a half acres.

“Our people are an asset. The culture that we build with our new employees is vital to our company’s success, and this new facility is a place to build that culture. This space is a great way to show our commitment to our people and our neighborhood,” Scott Craft, VP and general manager at the Garland Company.

Garland Co. Awarded 2016 Top Workplace

For the fifth consecutive year, the Garland Co. has been awarded the 2016 Top Workplace honor by The Plain Dealer. This year, Garland placed fifth in the Small Companies category.

This year’s announcement, the seventh annual ranking from The Plain Dealer, ranked 100 companies in northeast Ohio. Garland is proud to be recognized among its peers for one of the company’s greatest priorities and most valuable assets—its people.

“Even as we have grown over the past 120 years, we have been able to maintain—and even improve—our culture of a hardworking family. I think a large part of that is our employee-ownership program, which makes each and every one of our employees an invested stakeholder in our success,” says Scott Craft, Garland’s vice president and general manager.

The Top Workplace list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees.”