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.

CEA members, local and federal officials including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman Shontel Brown, Mayor Justin Bibb, and Cleveland Council President, Blaine Griffin along with Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity President/CEO John Habat, Precision Environmental Co. President Tony DiGeronimo, and Construction Employers Association’s CEO Tim Linville, all passionately spoke to honor this first-of-its-kind union construction industry collaboration with Cleveland Habitat. “Having a good quality home creates stable neighborhoods and gives families hope, dignity and a shot at life,” expressed Mayor Justin Bibb.