Bustling with life and diversity, Cleveland is an industry powerhouse seated along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. The city is a preferred site for multi-billion dollar corporations, research facilities, and state-of-the-art educational institutions. Together with its rich culture, bright entertainment life, and affordable cost of living, Cleveland is an ideal place for young professionals and start-up entrepreneurs. Rental prices are also relatively low, making the city a top-of-mind selection among international migrants and locals alike.

The list below contains five of the best industrial contractors in Cleveland, Ohio. They were chosen for their awards, experience, and portfolios.

Geis Companies

2017 E 9th Street, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115

Geis Companies is an industrial contractor specializing in modern design and construction. The business has fifty-six fruitful years of providing premier building design and construction experience across North America. Since its first operation, the firm has grown to become one of the largest industrial contractors in Ohio. It has successfully constructed over 12,000 acres and built over 1,155 projects with construction projects sizes ranging from 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 square feet every year. Currently, the firm handles 5% of Cleveland’s industrial projects and is licensed to service over six states in 14 cities.  

The company is now under the ownership of Mr. Greg Geis who took over from his father Erwin Geis—he founded the firm in 1967. Born with outstanding entrepreneurial skills, Greg continuously seeks innovative opportunities for his customers and the community. Helping Greg continue the business’ success is its President, Jeff Martin. Together, this dynamic team has helped the firm win numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2019 Award of Excellence from the Cleveland Engineering Society. The firm’s work has also been featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Panzica Construction Company

739 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village, OH 44143

Considered a top household brand in construction management and design-build in Northeast Ohio, Panzica Construction Company has more than 60 years of experience providing commercial, industrial, and residential construction services.

The firm is an all-around constructor of comprehensive buildings for commercial and institutional uses. The firm has also taken on several projects for the education, healthcare, corporate offices, hotels, cultural, municipal, sports and recreation, mixed-use, and religious sectors across Northeast Ohio. As a result, its yearly sales volume has exceeded $130 million. Its exemplary performance and quality output drive loyalty and repeat business with its clients. 

President and CEO Tony Panzica, a Procore certified Project Manager, heads Panzica Construction Company. The firm has committed itself to unparalleled construction service, client support, and accurate budgeting. With Tony’s guidance and leadership, the firm has been affiliated with many reputable organizations such as the Associated General Contractors of America, the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Cleveland Construction, Inc.

8620 Tyler Boulevard, Mentor, OH 44060

Cleveland Construction is a family-owned construction firm delivering a wide array of general contracting, design-build, construction management, and walls and ceilings construction solutions. Since its birth in 1980, the company has performed its best in constructing projects of high value and quality. The firm’s staff also concentrates on guiding clients from conceptualization up to the design and construction stages of each project.

After years of excellent and dedicated service, the business expanded: it went from being a family-owned firm to a large-scale construction management contractor servicing cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Charlotte, Jessup, Naples, and Orlando. 

The firm takes pride in its recent project milestones, including the historic renovation of 75 Square Public in Cleveland and the installation of its first-ever point-supported glass façade in Charlotte, North Carolina. These large-scale project accomplishments are not surprising as the firm was awarded the 2019 Excellence in Restoration and Rehabilitation Award. The company empowers its workforce and the community through intensive training, development workshops, and internship programs.

Greater Cleveland Construction

1148 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Established in 1994, Greater Cleveland Construction is a professional industrial contractor whose service offerings include design-build materials, techniques, and services to commercial, industrial, and non-profit customers. Their award-winning projects cost from $5,000 to $5,000,000,  and they are complemented with an exclusive building study for clients searching for industrial or commercial properties to purchase. The firm has a strong record of adaptive reuse, with expertise in bringing new life and energy to historic buildings.

One notable project of the firm is the rehabilitation and redevelopment of an 1889 hotel building in the Historic Gateway District. Purchased by the firm in 2003, this historic building has been transformed: it now stands as the company’s headquarters situated in downtown Cleveland. Greater Cleveland Construction is also a member of the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce. The firm is currently led by its President, Mark C. Mazzone.


Cold Harbor Building Company

115 Industrial Parkway, Chardon, OH 44024

Cold Harbor Building Company is a general contractor providing competitive commercial construction and construction management across Northern Ohio. The firm started its operations in 2000 and has gained the loyalty and trust of both public and private clients.

Unlike the usual design-build services, integrating a green building construction process to its outputs sets Cold Harbor Building Company apart from the competition: construction projects can be completed to the client’s exact desired environmental certification. The firm’s project gallery also includes a wide range of projects that includes wastewater treatment facilities, public highways, fitness centers, and many more.

The company was established by founder Dale W. Griffis II, who has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. Dale has been part of several large-scale projects at Albert M. Higley Company before establishing Cold Harbor Building Company. A few of the remarkable projects he helped work on include the Cleveland Brown Stadium, the Cleveland Hopkins Airport Continental Hub, and the Key Tower. To add to this fantastic feat, Dale was a part of The Builders Exchange, Inc., Board of Directors in 2009 and served as its President from 2011 to 2012. Through his leadership, the firm now offers its services to Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and western New York. 


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management