American Greetings announces plans to remain in Northeast Ohio

BROOKLYN, Ohio - American Greetings Corp. announced plans to remain in Northeast Ohio during a press conference with Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday morning.

The company will stay in Ohio, CEO Zev Weiss announced, but he did not say if the headquarters will remain at the current Brooklyn location. Other potential destinations include moving to another Cleveland-area suburb, like Beachwood, Independence, Brecksville or Westlake.

"This is great news for both American Greetings, northeast Ohio and the state, and marks another step forward in Ohio's effort to create a jobs-friendly environment and overhaul how we work with companies to help them thrive and grow," Kasich said, in a release.

To entice American Greetings to stay in state, Ohio lawmakers pushed through legislation last week that offers tax breaks for the company.

American Greetings did not provide a timetable for when it will make a decision regarding the future location of its headquarters, only saying that it will be in Ohio.

"American Greetings has always been an Ohio company, and with today's announcement, the company is reaffirming its commitment to our state and to northeast Ohio in particular," U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said, in a release.

For the last year, American Greetings has discussed the possibility of leaving its Brooklyn site, potentially moving to its headquarters out of state to suburbs near Chicago. When Kasich was elected, he said one of his initiatives was to keep American Greetings in Northeast Ohio.

"The day after I was elected I came to American Greetings to personally let Zev and his leadership team know how committed I was to helping them stay in Ohio and continue a tradition that lasts more than 100 years. Working with the General Assembly we were able to make that happen," Kasich said, in a release.

The company employs about 2,000 people in Northeast Ohio. 

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