Miceli’s Dairy Commits to Large Expansion and to Cleveland
Miceli’s Dairy, family owned since 1923, is a leader in Italian cheese production specializing in ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Since 1949, Miceli’s has been located at 2721 E. 90th Street in Cleveland Ohio in what is called the Forgotten Triangle. For decades, the Miceli’s family has invested in this neighborhood creating jobs, employee advancement and overall being a “good neighbor” to other local businesses and residents.
During a 2011 Plain Dealer interview, CEO Joe Miceli described his experience living within the same neighborhood that founder and father John Miceli created his business. “They call this the Forgotten Triangle” says Mr. Miceli. “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 their most recent expansion.
Their new Ricotta Cheese facility makes Miceli's Dairy the largest producer of ricotta cheese in the nation. The company 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 1/3 of their staff 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.
The City of Cleveland assisted the company with roadway redevelopment costs along East 90th Street between Buckeye Road and Holton Avenue to support the growth of their facility. Total project cost was $766,800 dollars with the City providing $200,000, and the State of Ohio Department of Transportation injecting $366,800 and Ohio Department Service Agency providing a 629 Grant for $200K.
Further expansion is underway or planned which includes the construction of a warehouse (Mid 2015), a bio digester (2016) and a mozzarella/provolone factory (2017). 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.