On our June 6 blog, we ran some “before” photos of the interior construction underway at HGR for new offices, conference rooms, kitchen and restrooms. In less than one month, look at the progress Turner Construction, Special Projects Division has made.
According to Josh Stein, Turner’s project manager, they are on target to finish 99 percent of the work by the end of July. They will need to leave one bay door open to fit air handling unit through that currently is on order to be delivered in August. In mid-August, they will install the air handler and frame in the door for use as a people door for access to the offices. At that time, the construction will be complete, and HGR will be able to put in office furniture and appliances for a September relocation of its executives and administrative staff. Sales and marketing will remain in the front offices to greet customers.
(Courtesy of Guest Blogger Brian Krueger, CEO, HGR Industrial Surplus)
Nope, HGR Industrial Surplus is not getting into the used car business, but DriveTime, a new national automotive tenant, will be joining HGR Industrial Surplus and NEO Sports Complex at Nickel Plate Station, 20001 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, Ohio, in September.
The company is based out of Arizona and sells used cars. It currently has 139 dealerships throughout the country and is planning to open 10 more by the end of the year. Its geographic region started in the west and is expanding to the East Coast. It employees more than 1,000 people. The company’s largest competitor in the area is CarMax.
The facility in Euclid will be used as an inspection and distribution center. DriveTime will buy used cars and ship them into Euclid for service and detailing. From there, they will be sent to one of its retail locations for sale. The inspection center will have more than 20 car lifts, mechanics area, spray booths, wash stations, and other car service features. The center will be its largest in the country, eventually feeding at least 11 retail locations. The retail locations will stretch from Detroit to Erie, Pennsylvania.
The inspection center will process approximately 56 vehicles per day. It will utilize the large parking lot for unfinished and finished cars. The center will employee between 85 to 100 people. The company will be conducting a fit out for new offices and bathrooms within the facility and will be investing more than $2 million into its operation.
Rob Marrott, a photographer and owner of RPM Images, contacted me to see about using HGR’s showroom in a photo shoot for safety products manufacturer Brass Knuckle.
He said they wanted to simulate a manufacturing facility and show models working around industrial equipment. This was a pretty cool opportunity for both Marrott and HGR. He has been here before conducting shoots for other industrial clients. So, on June 15, Marrott and his assistant, two reps from Brass Knuckle’s advertising agency and four models came in to shoot some photos.
Not only do our customers need used industrial surplus to keep their businesses running, but other types of businesses in the community, such as schools, bloggers and photographers, value what we do and can make use of our showroom.
In die hart van die buurt Collinwood in Cleveland, Ohio, het ek sit op 'n bank in Twaalf Literêre en Performance Arts Inkubator gesels met digter Daniel Gray-Kontar oor die vervaardiging en gedigte. In ons gesprek, ek het die poëtiese woorde van Erin O'Brien, redakteur van Fresh Water Cleveland, uit haar blog post "Trane en staal:"
Ek het getreur oor die masjiene Bridgeport maal as hulle uitgekap 'n kronkelende skyline oor hierdie pragtig gebied van yster en staal. Ek het getreur oor die draaibanke wag deur geduldig. Ek het getreur oor die Stoïsynse druk, soveel stille soldate. Kliënte op grinders en messe oë my vreemd, dan kyk weg toe ek my kamera gestel op die bed van 'n 20,000-pond pers rem, verwyder my bril en vee my oë met my mou. Ek het getreur oor alles, maar meestal ek rou oor die manne wat swaar stewels gedra en in 'n bruin papier sak gedra hul middag ete. Hulle drink Carling se Black Label by Joe's Bar na 'n dag spandeer bewerking dinge om een duizendste of beter.
Daniel en ek was 'n dinkskrum die idee van aanbieding van 'n poësie-geleentheid by sy plek dat die geskiedenis Cleveland se showcase, oud en nuut. In sy woorde, "Cleveland geskiedenis is almal maar verby. Daar is die ou Cleveland en die nuwe Cleveland. Daar is 'n nuwe tydsgees. Kom ons die gesprek tussen die post-industriële digters en die post-moderne digters van stapel te stuur. "
Die volgende uitdaging: Hoe om die post-industriële blouboordjiewerkers wat nie eens as digters kan identifiseer vind? Daar is 'n aantal plaaslike digters wat bekend is op die toneel dood en wat skryf oor die vervaardiging en bedryf in die Rust Belt, insluitend Larry Smith, Ray McNiece, Michael Salinger, Dave Snodgrass, Milenko Budimir, Mark Kuhar en maj Ragain.
Maar, ek het genoem dat jare gelede het ek 'n paar staal-meul digters lees by The James Wright Poësie fees by die Martin se Ferry Openbare Biblioteek op die grens van Ohio en West Virginia gesien. Dit was nie goed bekend, gepubliseer digters. Dit was sout-van-die-aarde ouens wat in die staalfabrieke gewerk, of wat gebruik word om te werk in die ontbinde staalfabrieke. Hulle het gedigte van gruis en roet, harde werk, familie, lojaliteit, hul wortels, hul spanne, en die vroue wat sorg neem van hulle.
Dit is in skrille kontras met Generations Y en Z wat self-uitvinders, oop vir die moontlikheid, voortdurend herskep hulself, tegnologies-gedrewe en het 'n dwang vir verandering en behendigheid, en dikwels word daarvan beskuldig dat 'n houding van self-geregtigheid.
Ons het gepraat oor hoe om 'n poëtiese gesprek te begin in Cleveland tussen hierdie groepe en oor wat verenig beide post-industriële en post-moderne skrywers, waar hulle sny en kruis-bestuif, wat hul gemeenskaplikhede is. Dit is twee verskillende mense in die gesig staar dieselfde uitdagings met soortgelyke doelwitte.
Daniël genoem 'n groot musikale illustrasie: hip hop. Volgens hom is "Dit is die musiek van herwinde klanke." Jy neem musiek wat reeds daar en repurpose dit om 'n verenigde klank vind. Wat verenig hierdie digters? Hul stemme. Die belangrikheid van wat hulle doen. Hulle deel is in die geskiedenis Cleveland se. Die kwessie van onsekerheid.
Dan, 'n gloeilamp het afgegaan. Wat is Collinwood? Wat is die Waterloo Arts District? 'N ou, residensiële gebied wat fabriekswerkers gehuisves en is in die proses van self weer uit te vind as 'n moderne kuns distrik vol makers.
Ons is op soek na die masjiniste, sweisers, ingenieurs en tegnici wat gaan elke dag werk toe te kom huis toe te skryf nie. Ons weet dat jy daar buite. As jy belangstel in 'n deel van 'n digkuns gebeurtenis in Euclides waar ons 'n intieme voorlesing dan 'n paneelbespreking is, gee 'n geroep uit. As jy nie in staat is om dit te maak, is skaam of nie in die gebied, voel vry om jou gedig hier te deel. Hou dit skoon, want dit is 'n maatskappy blog!
Starting in July, HGR Industrial Surplus will be open only one Saturday per month instead of on every Saturday as in the past to give employees more time to spend with their families. Store hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
We still will be open Saturday, June 25. Our only open Saturday in July will be July 9; so, mark your calendar!
From chatting with him a few times, it is clear that Dennis Althar, president and CEO of Althar Audio (www.altharaudio.com), is one part Renaissance Man, one part self-professed Maker, one part technology fiend with a dash of philosopher thrown in. He is a people person and storyteller extraordinaire with a variety of interests and passions that revolve around technology and electronics.
You have been involved with FIRST Robotics for 13 years. Tell us about your work with them.
I had a friend who was a mentor to one of the schools involved. I found out that they needed someone to inspect the robots to make sure they met specifications. As an inspector, you need experience in electronics or technology. Then, in the last two years, I have worked as a judge. It’s not as technical because you are judging professionalism, interaction, how the team helps other teams, community involvement, the team’s Web page, the safety of its booth, documentation, and its video presentation.
It costs about $25,000 to do a robot. The students have to find mentors and sponsors. Each robot is built from the same basic kit and software but the students write their own code; so, there is opportunity for innovation in the traction system and performance of the robot, and the uniqueness of the idea.
“For inspiration and recognition of science and technology” is what FIRST stands for. Our country graduates about 70,000 engineers per year as compared with 350,000 in India and 600,000 in China (Cse.msu.edu). We need to close that gap.
What is your opinion of STEM versus STEAM programs?
Art is integral to design. Some things may work and do the same job but the artistry is important and what distinguishes one product from another. For example, there is a difference between one website and another. How does it look and interact with the user? Some design elements to think about that could use improvement:
Elevators have the button on the wrong side. Now, there are kiosks with smart technology so that you push the floor button before you get on the elevator. The technology brings the correct elevator that is going up and to that floor.
If you turn on the windshield wipers, your car’s headlights should go on.
If you only have one printer, it should print immediately when you click “print” instead of having you click to print on the right printer.
When you put a CD in the CD player, it should start playing without having to hit “play.”
Why are the controls for a shower under the spray head where you need to reach through the freezing or scalding water instead of on the other wall or the side of the shower?
User experience is the art part.
What other student-mentoring opportunities are you involved with?
I speak at Cuyahoga Community College, Case Western Reserve University and Youth for Christ about careers and electronics since I’ve been doing technology since Apple II’s in the late 70s and electronics since I was five.
Tell us about when your love for technology started.
At age 5, I read books on electronics and science fiction at the library to get away from my home life. I started repairing stereos at about age 6 but never just repaired them; I modified them and improved them. The tubes took time to warm up; so, I would put a solid-state diode across the power switch to make them instant on.
Record players used to have 30 watts with one channel driven and only 20 with both driven. I would take the cartridge and flip one channel’s wires so that one was positive and one negative to change the polarity then flip the wires on one speaker. That way, I was able to get 30 watts per channel with both channels driven rather than 20 basically increasing the power by flipping two wires on each end, one pushing and both pulling back. Technology is about understanding what things do.
Then, I drove a car as a teenager with a knocking rod. This usually blows up within an hour. I pulled the spark plug wire so it wasn’t firing, took off the valve cover, removed the push rods from the intake valves and took the spark plug out so it didn’t suck fuel. The car ran on seven cylinders instead of eight and missed a little on the freeway but I drove it like this for months. I had a broken tie rod end and drove the car backward to get home to get it off the road. You can’t push it forward. Again, it’s knowing how things operate. Going back to the previous question, that’s what STEAM and STEM are: understanding the basic principles of how things work. To design, a person has to have a basic understanding of servicing things and the ability to look at the product as a complete system during its whole lifetime. They have to be able to service it, whether a robot or a TV, to see how things integrate.
How did you get involved in your current line of work, and what did you do in the past?
I left home when I was 14. A high school guidance counselor turned me onto Upward Bound where I went to college in the summer to be away from my bad home conditions. II was paid a $7 per week stipend and got to live in the dorms in the summertime. I just kept on going from there. I stayed with friends the rest of the time and was emancipated when I was 17. I slept in cars and anywhere I could, and I finished high school.
I also was in a foster home at 8 for about a year. There, I saw a different kind of life and could see possibilities. I was told I would never amount to anything or drive a nice car. I have owned Jaguars, Porsches and a limo. What doesn’t kill you motivates you; it gave me a heart for mentoring and foster programs. Although I knew electronics, I joined the Air Force so others would believe it, and I went through 2.5 years of training in eight weeks.
Out of the Air Force, I got involved with medical equipment and large-system computer equipment repair. Then I started my own business doing graphics systems for Bobbie Brooks; laser equipment for Richmond Brothers; research equipment for General Tire, BFGoodrich and all the rubber companies; and medical electronics repair and sales, Including the first ultrasound machines and heart stress testing. We then went into manufacturing.
I beefed up VCRs to work in cardiac cath labs to take in non-standard video and play it back on the monitors. After working with that ultrasound technology for years, I used it to apply to sound systems.
Tell us how that came about. How are they being used and where?
I had a separate business selling high-end home theater and laser discs in the 1990s. After 911, I let the medical stuff go as it went to big network PAC systems moving away from film. I went full time into sound system technology based upon medical technology. I basically retired after 911 and hung out and did fun stuff until three to four years ago.
But I would still repair the things I built and support my customer base. I never want satisfied customers. Satisfied customers go to McDonalds, pay the buck, get a hamburger and are satisfied. They also would buy from Burger King. Loyal customers go to Rally’s, not anywhere else, because they are excited and are evangelists.
Our current markets are churches, gyms, warehouses, factories, football fields and auditoriums. The systems are being used by St. Edwards, Central Catholic, Independence High School, Notre Dame, Gilmour Academy, Beachwood, Warrensville, Ursuline, St. Thomas Aquinas, Western Reserve Academy, Toledo, Riverside High School, Lear Romec Crane, AkzoNobel, Musicians Alex Bevan and Dan Bode, and on mobile billboards as the trucks drive around sporting and political events.
Communications are about getting what’s from my mind to your mind with as little destruction as possible, which you know well if you are married. You need a universal translator from Star Trek so that what goes out of someone’s mouth and into the other person’s ears is in synch. Our mission is to make intelligibility in communications, whether visual or aural. Your brain tries to make things fit to its experience. You can seldom have lossless transfer of ideas.
As an HGR customer, how did you hear about HGR? What do you come here to purchase and why?
For the deals and because it’s a one-stop shop. If you’re building a maker’s space like Dan Moore at Team Wendy and need a drill press, lathe, vacuum, etc., you can get it all in one place, save money, and keep items from going to landfills and scrapyards. HGR is full of more than just metal; they’ve made it so people can compete who couldn’t afford to buy a $200,000 spray booth. Companies may go out of business but something is still left in the ashes.
I was a customer of HGR’s founder’s prior company. I did work with Reliance Electric. One of its locations was across from that company, and I saw sign about surplus, which is my middle name. This was before the Web, and I wouldn’t have known it existed. It was serendipity, then I found out about HGR from word of mouth. We have bought electronics, lighting, lockers, carts, power supplies boxes, containers, a wire stripper, test equipment for our engineering lab, and material handling equipment. The place is full of too many cool things. For instance, I bought three skids of hardcover foam-lined cases made for ultrasound probes and found a use for them. I bought an ultrasound machine and donated it to The Cleveland Pregnancy Center. Sometimes, I buy an item because it looks cool then find a use for it later on. I seldom buy things that don’t work but if they don’t you can return them. What you guys get is eclectic; it’s like you say, you do sell everything.
In the United States, education reform has been underway since the 1990s to prepare our youth to be more globally competitive in their careers by integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject areas in the curriculum. It was felt that the U.S. has fallen behind its global counterparts in the classroom and that fewer students had been focusing on careers in these fields. As a result, the National Science Foundation coined the STEM acronym and began encouraging an implementation program in the schools, and in 2009 President Obama’s administration announced the “Educate to Innovate” campaign to inspire students to excel in STEM subjects and teachers to educate in these subjects in order to move American students from the middle of the pack to the top of the international arena. (1)
There also is an effort to attract women and minorities to STEM careers. This webwerf has audio files of women who work in President Obama’s administration talking about their personal female heroes from STEM fields in order to encourage young women to pursue a career in the sciences.
(1) Horn, Elaine. “What is STEM education?” Livescience.com. Web. 19 April, 2016.
(Courtesy van Guest Blogger Allison Lukacsy, gemeenskapsprojekte, Stad van Euclides)
Op 'n pragtige laat lente middag Junie 9, 2016, die Stad van Euclides en die Euclid Belangrike Kommissie opgedra 'n Ohio Historiese Marker by die Euclid Polisie Mini-stasie op HGR Industrial Surplus 'eiendom op 20001 Euclides Laan, Euclides, Ohio, formeel erken die terrein in die middel van die geval VSA Hooggeregshof Die dorp van Euclid teen Ambler Realty Co (1926).
Euclides v Ambler Realty is nasionaal bekend vir die stigting van die grondwetlikheid van sonering en grondgebruik regulasies oor die hele land. Die eiendom bestaan uit ongeveer 68 akker grond geleë tussen Euclides Laan en die Nickel Plate Rail Line. Die webwerf uiteindelik ontwikkel vir industriële doeleindes tydens die Tweede Wêreldoorlog.
Vandag, is die historiese eiendom wat besit word deur HGR Industrial surplus, wat 'n industriële aanbod vertoonlokaal en verspreiding sentrum op die terrein bedryf. Die Cuyahoga County Landbank gehelp aankoop van die eiendom HGR se vergemaklik deur negatief, en nou het die site het 'n blink toekoms, met HGR belê miljoene en lok groot nuwe huurders. Die webwerf is ook die tuiste van die Neo Sports Plant en die Euclid Polisie Mini-stasie.
Die toewyding gekenmerk deur 'n toespraak deur Paul Oyaski, voormalige burgemeester van die Stad van Euclides, en kommentaar deur Ohio Huis Distrik 8 verteenwoordiger Kent Smith en Ohio Senaat Distrik 25 Senator Kenny Yuko. In sy toespraak het Oyaski geverf 'n foto van Noordoos Ohio omstreeks 1926 en fassinerende die besonderhede van beide die plaaslike en Hooggeregshof gevalle gemaak.
In haar welkom adres, burgemeester Kirsten Holzheimer Gail geprys die Euclid Beplanningskommissie vir die voortsetting van die nalatenskap van deurdagte beplanning in Euclides asook die landmerke Kommissie wat gehelp berei die merker aansoek.
'N Verteenwoordiger van die Ohio Geskiedenis Connection het 'n proklamasie te skop af die lint sny deur die stad amptenare, raad en komiteelede, en verteenwoordigers van die Amerikaanse Beplanning Vereniging.
Die merker aankoop en toewyding geval is moontlik gemaak deur die ruim ondersteuning van die Ohio hoofstuk van die Amerikaanse Beplanning Vereniging, die Cleveland-afdeling van die Amerikaanse Beplanning Vereniging, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP en 'n toekenning van die Ohio Geskiedenis Connection - Historiese Merkers Program .
Die Euclides Historiese Vereniging en Museum, 21129 Noord Street, Euclides, Ohio, is 'n groot plek om te besoek en leer meer oor die Euclides v Ambler Realty geval en die ryk geskiedenis van die stad van Euclides.
Deur 1922, die Ambler Realty Company van Cleveland besit hierdie webwerf saam met 68 akker grond tussen Euclides Laan en die Nickel Plate spoorlyn. By die leer van die maatskappy se planne vir nywerheidsontwikkeling, die Euclid Village Raad vasgestel om 'n sonering wetboek saamgestel gegrond op boubeperkings New York Stad se. Verteenwoordig deur Newton D. Baker, die voormalige Cleveland burgemeester en die Amerikaanse minister van Oorlog onder Woodrow Wilson, Ambler gedagvaar die dorp beweer 'n verlies van eiendom se waarde. In 1926, die Amerikaanse Hooggeregshof beslis ten gunste van Euclides en gehandhaaf die grondwetlikheid van sonering en grondgebruik regulasies deur plaaslike regerings. Die federale regering het uiteindelik het die Ambler webwerf tydens die Tweede Wêreldoorlog 'n fabriek te vliegtuigenjins en landingsgestel maak bou. Van 1948 om 1992, is die terrein gebruik word as 'n produksie-eenheid deur die Liggaam afdeling Fisher van General Motors.
Op Junie 8, 36 bofbal (en Euclides Kamer van Koophandel) ondersteuners bygewoon middagete die kamer se Classic Park, 35300 Vine Street, Eastlake, Ohio, te roei op die Lake County Captains. 'N Goeie tyd gehad deur al as ons kyk na hulle huis toe te bring 'n oorwinning in 14-12 teen die Lancing Lugnuts. Die kapteins het 'n minderjarige-liga Klas A filiaal van die Cleveland Indiërs as deel van die Weste League sedert 2009 was.
Op Mei 9, Turner Konstruksie, Spesiale Projekte Afdeling, gebreek grond op 'n binne pas uit 13,000 vierkante voet in die agterkant van HGR Industrial Surplus 'vertoonlokaal vir toekomstige gebruik as uitvoerende en administratiewe kantore, konferensie kamers, 'n kombuis en toilette met kleedkamer kamer en stortgeriewe. Ingesluit in die buildout is 'n nuwe besproeiingstelsel, HVAC stelsel, binneland afwerkings, gang om met die vertoonlokaal, en 'n agterste ingang vir besigheid gaste. Die argitektoniese tekeninge is ontwerp deur VoCon; en konstruksie is geteiken vir voltooiing in Augustus.
Volgens Jason Spieth, superintendent met Turner SPD, "Die grootste uitdaging tot dusver was die koördinering van die lug hanteerder in die mezzanine, want die lead time want dit is 10-12 weke, wat byna dieselfde duur as die projek. Ook, dit is geleë in die middel van die gebou; so, sou ons 'n massiewe hyskraan om dit te stel deur die dak, wat 'n aansienlike bedrag sou kos het nodig. Ons verkies om dit te bestuur in die gebou en slaan dit in plek is, in plaas. Die nadeel is dat totdat dit stel, kan ons nie voltooi sommige van die afwerking in die kombuis area. Anders as dit, het ons nie gehad het te veel moeite. "
Die gebied gehuisves voor huurder, paintball City. As gevolg van 'n stut wat in duie te stort, is 'n nuwe staal balk geïnstalleer in die dak. Voor HGR aankoop van die gebou, is die stad praat oor die sluiting van die gebou as gevolg van 'n bekommernis dat die stut n gas lyn sal vermorsel. HGR gekoop die gebou in 2014, geschraagd die stut en het dit vervang, soos gesien kan word in die onderstaande foto.
Wanneer dit klaar is, sal ons seker wees om jou te wys die "na" foto's!
In 2015 het HGR se Austin-kantoor twee spanne ingeskryf wat vyfde in die Fittest Companies Micro-kategorie gesit het wat kwalifiseer vir die Muur van Kampioene, en het tweede in die Fittest Professionals, Course 3, Level 1. Daar was 400 deelnemers van 30 maatskappye. Elke span bestaan uit drie tot vier lede wat deelneem aan 'n drie-kursus fiksheidsuitdaging.
Die Austin-kantoor is weer besig met die uitdaging en ses mense het twee keer per week groepsopleiding begin, met die huidige fokus op sterkte-opleiding. Die Sept. 10-geleentheid vind plaas in Zilker Park (Barton Jaycee Complex). Die sterkte-opleiding bestaan uit die maak van borssels, situps, pushups en bergklimmers elk vir een minuut, wat nie vir 20 minute draai nie. Elke deelnemer word ook aangemoedig om vier of ses myl per week op sy of haar eie tyd te loop. Die aantal reps en tyd per opleiding sal elke vier weke styg. Dis toewyding!
As jy van plan is om te wees in Austin, asseblief roei hulle op! Ons sal julle op hoogte hou van die resultate.
Jy word uitgenooi om die Stad van Euclides se historiese merker Ohio toewyding Junie 9 van 4 uur tot 6 pm by HGR Industrial surplus, 20001 Euclides Ave., Euclides, Ohio. Hierdie gebeurtenis herdenk die 90th herdenking van die besluit van die VSA Hooggeregshof in die landmerk geval van die dorp van Euclides teen Ambler Realty Co
Volgens 'n artikel op Wikipedia: "Dit was die eerste belangrike saak met betrekking tot die relatief nuwe praktyk van sonering en bedien aansienlik versterk sonering verordeninge in dorpe landwyd in die Verenigde State van Amerika en in ander lande."
Dit stuk grond gebly onontwikkelde vir 20 jaar tot en met die bou van 'n vliegtuig plant gedurende die Tweede Wêreldoorlog en later 'n GM Fisher Liggaam plant. Hierdie webwerf is nou die tuiste van HGR Industrial surplus.
'N onthaal met ligte verversings sal volg. Registreer asseblief by:
The 60,000-square-foot NEO Sports Plant (www.neosportsplant.com), owned by Rodger Smith, opened May 1 in the site of the former Euclid Sports Plant at 20001 Euclid Avenue in the Nickel Plate Station building behind HGR Industrial Surplus. Smith already has begun renovations, including painting and carpeting the office, cleaning the entire facility, and renovating the bathrooms and locker rooms. He will host a grand reopening in September.
In the meantime, the facility remains open during the summer for youth and adult clinics, camps, tournaments, and private or group lessons on six indoor volleyball courts and four indoor basketball courts. The courts are available for rental to organizations, for business/corporate events, and for private parties and events on a year-round basis.
Smith says that a group of friends or coworkers can form a six-person volleyball team and play for a nine-week session plus two-week playoffs for a around $200 per team plus ref fees. There will be fall, winter and spring leagues. He also plans to start a girls’ J.O. volleyball club where, he says, “Students and parents can get to meet people they never would have met and develop new friendships.” In addition, he would like to see corporate sponsorships of a youth program or individual sponsorships of an underprivileged youth.
The facility also has a weight room for athletic training and conditioning run by Mac Stephens, former NFL linebacker with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Heights head football coach. His team works out here, and college talent scouts have frequented the facility.
There are major improvements in the works. In Phase II, Smith plans to convert the existing baseball area into four indoor sand volleyball courts in time for the grand re-opening. The closest place to play indoor sand volleyball is in Columbus. NEO will be the third facility in Ohio, including Columbus and Cincinnati, but the only one to offer both indoor volleyball and sand volleyball at one facility.
Smith is seeking a grant to dress up the storefront and working to get a liquor license in order to open a bar and grill for participants.
When asked about his lifelong love of sports, he says, “My parents said I would shoot a basket in my crib, and when it would fall out I would start crying.” He played basketball in junior high and high school and football in high school. He got involved with volleyball as a senior in high school and, according to him, “It became an addiction.”
From 2003-2014 he worked in many roles with a facility in Eastlake. In the beginning it was Club Ultimate. When he started with Club Ultimate there were only four outdoor sand courts and about 60 teams. By 2009, he was able to put four indoor courts to go along with the sand courts. In 2010, One Wellness Sports and Health took over the facility. Smith started as an employee and eventually leased space from them to start his own business. From 2010-2014 indoor leagues grew from 60 to 180 teams, and they added two outdoor sand courts. In February 2014, Force Sports bought the business from One Wellness, and Smith became their employee. During the next year and a half he worked with Force to implement their programs. After building the adult volleyball program to 250 indoor teams and more than 300 sand teams, they parted ways. That’s where HGR came into play.
He knew Ron Tiedman, HGR’s chief production operations officer and co-owner, who was a member at One Wellness and whose daughter played for the J.O. volleyball club that practiced there. Smith also was a customer of HGR. Tiedman called him after HGR bought its building to see if Force wanted to expand into the area. It did not.
In April 2016, Smith decided to branch out onto his own, Tiedman put him in touch with the owner of Euclid Sports Plant. Smith bought the business, changed the name, invested in the facility and is committed to bringing volleyball and basketball to youth and adults in the region. He says, “I put people and the game before business without hurting the business.” Smith and his team plan to put in the same work ethic as he did to build the previous business and is excited and thankful for the opportunity to do it again.