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AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER ANNOUNCES MOVE TO CLEVELAND; STEERS $1 MILLION IN INVESTMENT AND 92 NEW JOBS TO COLLINWOOD

 AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER ANNOUNCES MOVE TO CLEVELAND;
 STEERS $1 MILLION IN INVESTMENT AND 92 NEW JOBS TO COLLINWOOD
 CLEVELAND, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Michael R. White and economic development director Joseph A. Marinucci joined Wayne Embry Sr. and Richard Hejduk of the minority-owned Michael, Alan, Lewis Company (M.A.L.CO.), Charlie Ross of Ford Motor Co., Dominic Visconsi, building owner and Ward 10 councilman Roosevelt Coats today to announce that M.A.L.CO., a 14-year-old auto parts supplier, is moving to Collinwood's former Eaton Axle Plant, 765 E. 140th St.
 "With the Los Angeles riots still fresh in our minds, it's important that we learn our lesson and address the issue of job training and employment opportunities for our inner-city residents. I believe Wayne Embry and Richard Hejduk's decision to expand in Collinwood is a definite move in the right direction and I hope more companies follow their lead and see what Cleveland has to offer," said White.
 M.A.L.CO., an automotive parts supplier based in Union, Ill., with general offices in Milwaukee, is investing more than $1 million in the project which includes a $41,000 grant from the city to assist the company in relocating equipment to Cleveland from the Illinois plant. The agreement prepared by the City's Economic Development Department and approved by City Council, also includes a 10-year abatement for 75 percent of the personal property taxes which will be levied on the equipment. The project will create 92 jobs for city residents over the next three years.
 Eric Sadler, along with Wayne Embry Jr., will play a major role in the day-to-day operation of the Cleveland plant. Wayne Embry Jr. stated, "When we saw the need to expand, we researched city and suburban sites, locally and nationally. Keeping in mind, my dad's commitment to putting something back into the community and with the expert help of the City's Economic Development staff we were able to negotiate a business deal that made sense. The deal includes local Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA) participation. When you consider the city's labor force and the direct freeway access to the new plant, Cleveland was the right choice for M.A.L.CO."
 The first 10 JTPA participants have already completed an extensive, company-sponsored, eight-week training program, and are now employed by M.A.L.CO. on a full-time basis under the supervision of long-time Cleveland resident and plant production manager, Mo Hatcher. Nine of the employees were trained in positions as assemblers with one receiving training as a machine maintenance worker. The training programs were held at the M.A.L.CO. plant in Hampshire, Ill.
 "M.A.L.CO., who holds the distinction of being a Ford Motor Company 'Q-1 Supplier,' manufactures vinyl floor coverings for Ford's new VN-58 Econoline Utility Vans that are also manufactured locally at Ford's Lorain plant. We also produce spare tire covers, door insulators and trim supplies," said Hejduk, who will direct the Cleveland operations. Local Ford dealer, Marshall Ford, provided a '92 Econoline Van to display the vinyl floor covering.
 Ford Motor Company executive, Charlie Ross commented, "Consistent quality suppliers like M.A.L.CO. don't come along often, so we are proud to support this expansion project in Cleveland that geographically situates M.A.L.CO. closer to our Lorain plant and enhances the economic stability of the Collinwood neighborhood."
 "This is a fantastic opportunity because we're taking an underutilized building in one of Cleveland's industrial neighborhoods, giving it a new lease on life and creating new jobs for city residents," said Marinucci.
 M.A.L.CO. is leasing about 50,000 square feet of the 108,000 square feet in the former Eaton Axle Plant that is currently owned by Visconsi Management, Inc. and has made extensive renovations to the plant's interior. M.A.L.CO.'s plans also include exterior facade renovation and landscaping along East 140th Street.
 In addition to his responsibilities as the CEO of M.A.L.CO., Wayne Embry Sr. also is general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and co- chairs White's Minority Development Task Force with co-chair Russ Gifford.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Seifullah, 216-664-2238, or Joe Skrabec, 216-664-4529, both with the city of Cleveland, or Paul Jones, 216-391-4300/ CO: The City of Cleveland ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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