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Topping-Off Ceremony at Sherwin-Williams New Global R&D Center Marks Major Milestone

Download photos and video from the event, held in Brecksville, Ohio on July 26, 2023

Alongside our fantastic construction workers, we celebrated a ‘topping-off’ ceremony on July 26 with the placement of the final steel beam on our new Global Research and Development Center located in Brecksville, OH. This milestone marks the completion of the construction project’s structural work, a project that began with a groundbreaking ceremony in October of 2021. Check out the photos and video of this major event.

Watch the New Global Research & Development Topping-Off Ceremony Highlight Video

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Heidi Petz, Sherwin-Williams President & COO, addresses the crowd at the Global Research & Development Center's Topping Off Ceremony.

John Morikis, Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO, delivers remarks to those in attendance.

Ron Meinhart, Superintendant of Forest City Erectors – a female-owned firm providing project structural steel – thanked the crew for their work thus far.

The Topping Off Ceremony was well attended.

The crowd, including construction crews from the project, enjoyed the Global R&D Center's Topping Off Ceremony.

Construction workers got to see the fruits of their labor as they witnessed the Global R&D Center's topping off.

A member of the construction crew signs the final beam placed at the Global R&D Center.

The final beam placed at the Global R&D Center was adorned with signatures from Sherwin-Williams representatives, Building Our Future construction workers and other dignitaries.

Sherwin-Williams executives and elected government officials signed the final structural beam placed at the Global R&D Center.

After remarks from key leaders on the project, the structural beam was lifted into position using a crane.

The beam is placed into its final position with the help of construction crew members.

Iron workers celebrate the completion of the structural steel installation for the Global R&D Center.

The audience looks on as the beam is hoisted into place.

Sherwin-Williams representatives and elected government dignitaries commemorate this project milestone.


From left to right: Matt Dolan, Ohio State Senator; Mary Garceau, Sherwin-Williams Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary; John Morikis, Sherwin-Williams Chairman & CEO; Heidi Petz, Sherwin-Williams President & COO; Al Mistysyn, Sherwin-Williams Senior Executive Vice President – Finance and CFO; Beth Bigham, Northeast Ohio District Representative for the Office of U.S. Senator J.D. Vance; Kayla Atchison, District Director for the Office of Congressman Max Miller; Phil Robinson, Ohio State Representative; Chris Ronayne, Cuyahoga County Executive; Ramola Musante, Sherwin-Williams Vice President, Government Affairs

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