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OLBC meets with Sherwin Williams executives to discuss minority business inclusion

November 16, 2021
Thomas West News

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement after a recent meeting with Sherwin Williams executives, at which the company renewed its commitment to contracting with local minority-owned and women-owned businesses, including in its Building Our Future (BOF) Project:

“I am encouraged that Sherwin Williams is being intentional about including minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the beginning phase of its expansion plans.  This is clear in their decision to already include multiple local minority firms as partners, with more to come.  We know that when minority-owned and women-owned businesses get an opportunity to thrive, we all thrive,” said President West. “OLBC also recognizes the company’s ongoing commitment to the Greater Cleveland area and the state of Ohio.”

“We look forward to the company continuing this community engagement with minority stakeholders, and we will continue to monitor this project – and future projects – to ensure meaningful inclusion. To that end, we plan to convene a future meeting between Sherwin Williams and the National Association of Minority Contractors Northern Ohio Chapter to help further engage minority-owned contractors who are interested in learning about contract opportunities. While these initial steps are a good starting point, we look forward to seeing the company meet their business inclusion and workforce requirements associated with minority-owned businesses and the concrete outcomes of the project for our communities.”