Habitat for Humanity

CEA Habitat for Humanity House Groundbreaking Ceremony

On a cheerful, rainy Monday, April 18, CEA and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity celebrated an exciting groundbreaking. More than 50 Construction Employers Association (CEA) members and fellow union contractors are donating their time, talent, funds and materials to build a Cleveland Habitat house in the Greater Buckeye neighborhood. This fully-funded all-union construction build - a first for Cleveland Habitat - will be their 14th house on Grandview Ave. and the 83rd in the Greater Buckeye area since 2016.  

Tony DiGeronimo, president of Precision Environmental Company and vice chair of CEA, brought the concept of building a Cleveland Habitat house to CEA and when Tony asks, everyone happily says “yes!” ”This Habitat house is a result of collaboration - construction unions working together to revitalize Cleveland and help a family,” remarked Congresswoman Shontel Brown. ”CEA and Habitat for Humanity are making this a reality.” CEA board members in attendance included Chairman Dominic Ozanne, David Giorgi (Giorgi Interior Systems), Joe Michael (Norris Brothers), and Chris Halapy (Shook Construction). 

CEA is grateful to the sponsors who are making this Cleveland Habitat house a reality: Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, ABC Supply Co. Inc., Best Supply Inc., Montgomery Truss and Panel, Bolton Pratt Company, Cleveland Cement Contractors, Donley's, Inc., Giorgi Interior Systems, The Great Lakes Construction Co., Independence Excavating, Inc., Interior Supply, Inc., Lallo Masonry, Lumber One, OCP Contractors, Inc., Precision Environmental, Shook Construction, USA Roofing and Warren Roofing & Insulating Co.

The AKA Team, The Albert M. Higley Co., Chieftain Trucking and Excavating, Dependable Painting, Hatzel & Buehler, John G. Johnson Construction Company, Messina Floor Covering, Norris Brothers Company Inc., Ozanne Construction Company, Rayhaven Group, Inc., Regency Construction Services, Inc., Ritenour Group, Tech Ready Mix, Inc., The Ruhlin Company and Zenith Electrical.

Architectural Floors of Cleveland, Architectural Siding, Trim and Roofing, Bedford Cabinets, Cleveland Building Restoration, Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co, Cook Paving & Construction Co., Inc., Corcoran Tile & Marble Inc., Custom Millwork, Dumpsters.com, Forest City Erectors Inc, G&B Electrical, Infinity Construction Co., Inc., The John F. Gallagher Co, Building Laborers Local 310, Luxury Heating and Cooling, Marous Brothers Construction, Next Generation Construction, Reliable Onsite Services, Royal Landscaping, Season Contractors, The Shelly Company, Ullman Electric, Vocon, Ecoseal, Ballast Fence, J&S Garage Doors, Lawler Construction, Whitecap Supply and Carter Lumber.

On March 29, 2022 CEA held their first onsite meeting for the Cleveland Habitat for Humanity house.

On Monday, April 18, CEA and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity celebrated an exciting groundbreaking with more than seventy-five people, including union contractors, Building Trades officials, CEA members and dignitaries.

April 27, 2022 - Onsite working are Chieftain Trucking & Excavating and Independence Excavating.​​​

April 27, 2022 - Cook Paving doing excavation work.

May 9, 2022 - Shook Construction and Tech Ready Mix pouring the footers.

May 23, 2022 - Lallo Masonry installed the foundation.

June 1, 2022 - Cook Paving doing excavation work to tie in the water line. 

June 13, 2022 - Donley's pouring the concrete slab for the basement.

June 20, 2022 - Independence Excavation backfilling the foundation walls.
June 20, 2022 - Season Contractors installed the basement walls and first floor deck to solidify structure.

July 11, 2022 - The first union-built Habitat for Humanity house is a definite reality now that construction is really underway.

September 6, 2022 - USA Roofing completed siding installation and gutters installation began.

October 25, 2022 - CJI Inc. installed dry wall throughout the house, mudding and taping is complete and texture being applied to ceilings.