Economic Inclusion: Miceli’s Dairy

Economic Inclusion: Miceli’s DairyCity of Cleveland Department of Economic Development

"The rising tide must lift all boats," says Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Economic inclusion is a priority for the Mayor of Cleveland, as exemplified by this statement that guides many of the administration’s decisions.

Being able to support and retain businesses that give back to the community and become a neighborhood asset is important for our future development. One of the most important aspects of economic inclusion is business retention, to keep businesses that currently provide jobs to our residents and investment within our City. Our growth relies on retaining our existing companies and creating an environment where they can grow.

Responding to the needs of our local businesses is of primary concern to us; we are ready to assist businesses who are undergoing on expansion, relocation or modernization. By encouraging and promoting entrepreneurs, cooperatives, emerging and existing businesses, we can work together with other organizations to leverage resources, maximize benefits to the community and support growth.

For decades, the Miceli family has invested in their neighborhood, creating jobs and providing employee advancement for its residents -- all while being a “good neighbor” to other local businesses and residents. Since 1949, Miceli’s has been located at 2721 East 90th Street in Cleveland. Miceli’s Dairy, family-owned since 1923, is a leader in Italian cheese production, specializing in ricotta and mozzarella cheese.

During a 2011 Plain Dealer interview, CEO Joe Miceli described his experience working within the same neighborhood that his father John Miceli founded the business: “They call this the Forgotten Triangle,” Miceli said, “That is not the way we look at it. We think it’s an ideal spot.”

It is this commitment to the neighborhood that has inspired the company's most recent expansion.

Their new ricotta cheese facility makes Miceli's Dairy the largest producer of ricotta cheese in the nation. The company even received the largest loan in the history of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Prior to the $20 million Phase 1 expansion, Miceli’s had 135 employees, half of which are Cleveland residents and a third of which are minority employees. To date, they have created 25 new jobs as a result of Phase I and expect to create additional jobs in the near future.

Through a concerted effort by the City of Cleveland, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department Service Agency, the City of Cleveland assisted Miceli's with roadway redevelopment costs along East 90th Street between Buckeye Road and Holton Avenue to support the growth of their facility. With technical assistance from the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, Miceli’s acquired a brownfield site and worked with the USEPA and Ohio EPA to clean up the site for future development.

The Opportunity Corridor will be developed to the north of the Miceli’s facility and will provide improved access for their milk and distribution trucks.

Upon completion of both phases, Miceli’s will have invested more than $30 million and created an additional 45 jobs in this neighborhood.