A Day in the Life: NEO Manufacturing President

Living and working in Northeast Ohio has been a pleasure and I look forward to what the future holds for our region.

Many Northeast Ohioans have heard about the resurgence of our manufacturing industry over the last several years. Manufacturing accounts for 14% of NEO’s total employment and provides 19% of the region’s gross national product (Source: GCP Blog). As a resident of NEO and the President of a local, family-owned manufacturing organization, I’m proud to be part of the growth and momentum that our region is experiencing.

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What a lot of people might not have heard about is my company, Ferriot. We’ve been in business for over 140 years and our rich past has seen everything from the Court of England’s Queen Victoria, the early tires of B.F. Goodrich, the rubber dolls of Walt Disney, all the way to the Apple Macintosh of Steve Jobs. Through all of these exciting accomplishments, Northeast Ohio has been our home since the late 1800s.

Living and working in Northeast Ohio has been a pleasure and I look forward to what the future holds for our region.

What makes Northeast Ohio a good place for doing business?

Back in the late 1990’s, when Ferriot was deciding where to build a new facility, it was going through a very comprehensive evaluation process of where in the country it should relocate and why.  It didn’t take long to realize what Northeast Ohio had to offer a company servicing the plastics industry.  The region was already well known for its rich history in polymers and advanced materials, but it was also supported by its world-class academic and technical institutions capable of turning out a highly skilled workforce.  In addition, it possessed a broad range of industry specific suppliers that add to the value of the goods and services we had to offer.  In essence, the region offered everything a plastics company needed to be successful.  So it begged the question, why move out of Akron when we have everything we need in our own backyard?


What do you see as NEO’s greatest selling points when it comes to recruiting/retaining talent to/in the region?

This region offers leading universities and technical centers for personal advancement, world-class health care and affordable housing. It also possesses a strong sense of community pride and is rich in diversity and culture.

Numerous recreational opportunities abound from college and professional sporting events, to arts and sciences, to beautiful metro parks, bike & hike trails, to unique shopping districts, eateries, wineries and microbreweries.

If you had a client coming for a visit to the region, where would you take them and why?

I would probably start by visiting downtown Cleveland and taking in either a sporting event or several of the local museums.  Next, I would stop by one of the many local eateries before ending the evening at Playhouse Square for a Broadway show.  In my mind, the best way to appreciate the area is by experiencing what that area has to offer.

Describe NEO in 3 words.

Diverse, friendly and innovative.



Craig Ferriot

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