Swagelok Company Celebrates 75th Anniversary Company Marks Milestone by Growing Workforce on Cleveland’s West Side

Swagelok Company, a leading solutions provider of fluid system products, assemblies, and related services, is marking its 75th year in business by expanding its workforce on Cleveland’s west side through the addition of positions in its existing Strongsville facility and the purchase of an existing, 135,000-square-foot building in Valley City, Ohio.

Swagelok’s new facility, located at 5370 Wegman Drive in Valley City, Ohio, will become the company’s second location on Cleveland’s west side and its twenty-first facility in Northeast Ohio.

When operational in 2023, the Valley City facility plans to welcome more than 125 permanent employees working in support of fitting service and high-purity products. According to Swagelok’s Vice President of Global Human Resources Hannah Delis,

Over the next 18 months, Swagelok is hiring up to 75 associates at its Strongsville facility, many of which are new positions. The 154,000-square-foot facility has the capacity for 360 employees and manufactures more than 2,000 different products in support of the oil, gas, chemical, semiconductor, and clean energy industries. Swagelok’s commitment to the Strongsville community began with the purchase of the facility in 2007.

Swagelok currently has employment opportunities throughout the company, including entry level and experienced manufacturing roles. Experienced machine operators on select shifts currently qualify for a signing bonus of up to $5,000. All employees receive benefits on their first day of employment. An open interview day will be held at the Strongsville City Commons (18688 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 23, 2022. In the event of inclement weather, the interview day will be held nearby at the Strongsville Recreation & Senior Center (18100 Royalton Rd in Strongsville, Ohio 44136). All available positions are listed at jobs.swagelok.com.

A local company with a global reach, the company was first established in Cleveland in 1947 and celebrates its official anniversary on July 14.

Over the years, Swagelok Company products have been down to the bottom of the ocean and out into space. In 1969, Astronaut Russell L. “Rusty” Schweikart stepped out of the Apollo IX lunar module orbiting 119 miles above the Earth, wearing a breathing pack that contained Swagelok valves and fittings. In 1975, Swagelok parts were used in space during NASA’s Viking I mission. In 1970, Swagelok products were included in Alvin, the world’s most advanced submersible that was capable of operating at depths of more than 6,000 feet.

In the 21st century, Swagelok continues to innovate with the launch of new products that support the evolving semiconductor, oil, gas, and alternative fuels industries – building on the 2007 event when a Volkswagen Caddy fueled by compressed natural gas circumnavigated the globe. The vehicle’s fuel system relied on Swagelok valves, hose, and tubing to demonstrate the possibilities of fuels other than gasoline for transportation. Additionally, Swagelok parts are used today in the SpaceX and Blue Origin aerospace programs.

Swagelok has been repeatedly recognized as a quality workplace. In 2018, Swagelok ranked #49 on the Forbes list of best midsize employers. Additionally, the company is an 11-time recipient of Northeast Ohio’s Employer’s Resource Council’s North Coast 99 Award and was recognized by IndustryWeek magazine for efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. 

Courtesy of Swagelok.

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