Two companies in northeast Ohio expand operations
By Terry Troy
Stakes Manufacturing and Digital Room Inc., two print-on-demand companies, have both announced plans to expand manufacturing operations in Northeast Ohio. Stakes Manufacturing of Eastlake company has said it will create 400 jobs to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding e-commerce industry. Digital Room Inc., will create 60 new jobs over the next three years as a part of its $21 million expansion project.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to continue to grow our business in the Northeast Ohio area. The area’s talent, resources, and spirit of innovation is what continues to drive the productivity and growth of our business,” said Vincent Bartozzi, CEO of Stakes Manufacturing Stakes Manufacturing will expand in Eastlake with plans to add 80,000 square feet of space to increase production and fulfillment activities. The company credits Ohio’s talent, supply chain, and market access for the ongoing investment in the state. For its part, Digital Room, Inc. (DRI), is the largest upload web-to-print business in North America with four printing plants in the United States. The company currently has a facility in Brook Park in Northeast Ohio. DRI will expand their presence in Northeast Ohio by opening a new manufacturing facility in Solon.
DRI offers decorated apparel and soft promotional products through its Logo Sportswear website and Connecticut-based manufacturing facility. DRI was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Van Nuys, California. HIG Capital, a private equity firm based in Miami, FL purchased DRI in 2017 and has subsequently poised the company for growth through expanding their production capacity and geographic footprint. As the company looks ahead to new product lines, the company needs to establish a new manufacturing facility.
“Digital Room is eager to provide our customers with high-quality customized marketing and branding solutions,” said Michael Turner, CEO of DRI. “Together, with the Greater Cleveland Partnership and JobsOhio, we look forward to building a center for innovation, training, and quality products and solutions. This facility will benefit the local community and help the small and mid-sized businesses we serve to thrive as they grow their own businesses.”
In addition to the new hires, the company will invest over $12-million in building improvements, machinery and equipment.