Wells Fargo Report: Cleveland Manufacturing Jobs Regain Footing
Region’s economic picture brighter as companies expand, relocate to Northeast
CLEVELAND -- August 5, 2014
Thanks to the expansion of many area companies and the relocation of other
businesses to Northeast Ohio, Cleveland’s employment outlook is improving,
according to a new economic report released this week by Wells Fargo
(NYSE:WFC). Certain sectors, in particular, are showing promise. Manufacturing
is “regaining its footing,” and Northeast Ohio is poised to “benefit from
growth in the region’s energy exploration business,” said Mark Vitner,
managing director and senior economist for Wells Fargo.
“Employment growth remains exceptionally modest today but appears to be taking
a turn for the better,” Vitner said in his analysis of Cleveland’s economy.
“The nearly simultaneous announcements that Cleveland will host the 2016
Republican National Convention and that LeBron James will rejoin the Cleveland
Cavaliers NBA team has lifted the spirits of the area and helped focus
attention on the positive attributes of Northeast Ohio.”
To add to the good news, hiring in Cleveland factories has moderated more
recently but is still up 1.1 percent over the past year. Manufacturing
accounted for nearly half of all job gains during the first two years of the
recovery, reflecting improvements in the region’s automotive and steel
industries, Vitner said. More growth for Cleveland is on the way due to
companies expanding and relocating to the area. Statistics from Team Northeast
Ohio, a site selection consultancy group mentioned in Wells Fargo’s economic
report, show a record of 16 new or expanding operations located in Northeast
Ohio last year.
Many industries that faced serious setbacks during the recession are
rebounding, including the financial services industry. Wells Fargo avoided the
pitfalls and sizable layoffs faced recently by some in the financial industry,
and instead grew its Cleveland Commercial Banking office to 19 professionals
over the past 10 years and relocated to the Flat East Bank waterfront
development at 950 Main Ave., where its lease extends until 2026.
In the Ohio market, Wells Fargo, whose Commercial Banking office in Cleveland
recently marked its 10-year anniversary, has grown more than 60 percent in
revenue and profit over the past five years, according to Jason Sutton, who
heads Wells Fargo’s Commercial Bank office in Cleveland. That growth includes
a 115 percent increase in loans to Ohio midsized companies, making Cleveland
one of the larger Wells Fargo Commercial Banking offices in the country, he
“We’re committed to continuing to provide an array of financial services to
the middle market businesses that are powering Cleveland’s economic recovery,”
Sutton said. “This is an exciting time for Cleveland, for Wells Fargo, and for
our middle market customers.”
Wells Fargo opened its Cleveland Commercial Banking office in June 2004 with
just one banker, Don Hayes, who has since led the expansion to four additional
Northeast Ohio locations and 41 total team members.
The key to Wells Fargo’s continued growth, said Sutton, has been the
collaboration among business lines, such as Wells Fargo Equipment Finance,
Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Wells Fargo Securities, and private banking,
Strong relationships with local mid-market customers, such as Fairmount
Minerals Ltd., based in Chesterland, Ohio, illustrate the economic impact of
Wells Fargo’s expansion. Fairmount Minerals is one of the largest producers of
industrial sand in North America and was the first middle-market customer to
come aboard when Hayes opened the Cleveland Commercial Banking office. Since,
Fairmount Minerals has continued to prosper, expand, and cement its position
in the nation’s growing sand market.
“We greatly value the long-term relationship that we have established with
Wells Fargo, beginning with the opening of its Cleveland Office in 2004,” said
Jenniffer Deckard, president and chief executive officer of Fairmount
Minerals.“Wells Fargo has been a key financial partner to us in carrying out
multiple capital strategies in support of our substantial growth initiatives
over the past 10 years.As importantly, Wells Fargo has been a steadfast
partner to Fairmount Minerals in our support of our Cleveland and Geauga
County communities.We congratulate their success and thank them for the
A copy of the Wells Fargo economic outlook report for Cleveland is available
at wellsfargo.com (see Economic Commentary, State Reports) or by contacting
Sutton at (216) 344-6955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Wells Fargo Commercial Banking
With more than 140 offices in 38 states and three Canadian provinces, Wells
Fargo Commercial Banking provides local service and decision-making for
businesses with annual revenues of greater than $20 million. Asset-based
lending, traditional secured loans, and capital markets provide access to
working capital for day-to-day operations and growth. Expertise and services
are available to specialty industries, including technology, food and
agribusiness, healthcare, government, higher education, clean technology, and
environmental services. Wells Fargo has the highest market share of
middle-market company relationships in the U.S., according to the 2013 TNS
Commercial Banking Momentum Monitor.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified,
community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets.
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides
banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance
through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet
(wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who
conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team
members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.
Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of
America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our
customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.Wells Fargo
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