The Village of Middlefield’s slogan, “Where Industry Meets Agriculture,” captures the essence of this community as well as its landscape.
While Middlefield epitomizes rural charm, it is also one of the most prosperous Villages of its size in Northeastern Ohio and home to several global industries and manufacturers including:
- Chem Technologies, Ltd. – a chemical dispersion and blend manufacturer with specialized experience in cure systems, resins, antidegradant/stabilizer systems, fillers and polymers
- Flambeau – manufacturing plastic products for professional hobbyists and enthusiasts
- HEXPOL’s Gold Key Processing – a custom rubber compounding company, that sits on 20 acres of land in a 160,000 sq. ft. facility, with the opportunity to expand in the future
- KraftMaid – the leading manufacturer of “semi-custom” cabinets in the United States
- The HC Companies: Dillen Products – the leading U.S. manufacturer of horticultural growing containers
- Neff Perkins – manufacturing rubber and plastic products
- Tarkett’s Johnsonite – engaging in the design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of flooring products with $200 million in annual sales across North America and the globe
Middlefield and the whole of Geauga County are rich in natural resources. Sand, shale, natural gas, fresh water, lumber — enabling major manufacturers of rubber, plastics, glass, wood products and just-in-time supply systems, saving money due to proximity of suppliers.
Technological advances in polymer research has resulted in this region being a world-wide leader in the field. Company clusters — rubber, plastics, polymers — benefit from intellectual cross pollination and an experienced, educated employees.
Downtown development includes a host of unique shops, family owned businesses, national retail chains such as Wal-Mart, and a vast array of dining options. Citizens of our community make Middlefield what it is — from the residents to the business owners, to the industrialists, dairymen, Amish craftsmen, farmers and businessmen.
In 2009, Forbes Magazine ranked Geauga County as the fourth-best place in America to raise a family.
In 2015 a study by SmartAsset, a financial advice website, revealed the happiest places in America, and Geauga County took the number 10 spot.
Middlefield Village government is dedicated to the physical and economic development of properties located within the Village. Among its highest priorities is to undertake public improvements that have the greatest impact to strengthen the Village and attract new investments.
Middlefield Means Business
The Cardinal School District serves its nearly 1,100 students from Middlefield, Huntsburg, and Parkman in four school buildings: Cardinal High School, Cardinal Middle School, Cardinal Intermediate School, and A.J. Jordak Elementary School. All teachers are Highly Qualified and properly certified according to the state standards of Ohio. Every member of the staff works hard to provide a quality education for our students thus allowing several of our buildings to receive consistent, Excellent Ratings from the state on the annual report card. All Cardinal schools are designed to meet the unique needs of students in an atmosphere that respects differences in learning style, interest, and personal development.
There are many exciting and innovative plans in place for the Cardinal school district including: enhanced classroom technology, website upgrades, and improved class offerings. Couple these enhancements with our all day, every day Kindergarten classes, bussing for high school students, and the reintroduction of band, music, and choir and it’s clear, positive transformation is already underway in Cardinal schools. We have 650 chromebooks district wide and starting with the 2015-16 school year, the high school will feature a 1:1 iPad rollout program, where every student will have an iPad for classroom learning. These improvements will only increase the value of a Cardinal Local Schools diploma while continuing to set our school, students, and staff apart in the years to come! What’s inside? Huskie Pride!
CHS houses grades 9-12 with an average enrollment of 450 students. Block scheduling, 30 hours of college credit plus courses from Lakeland Community College and The Ohio State University, and a state of the art distance learning classroom all help provide a quality educational experience.
CMS houses the school district’s 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, grade students and averages an enrollment of 390 students. CMS is a comprehensive model middle school program focusing on college and career readiness. Students in every classroom have access to iPads thanks to monies received through the Straight A Grant.
JES houses grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. Together the buildings have an average enrollment of 500 students. Starting with the 2014-15 school year, our Kindergarten classes moved to an all day, every day format. In addition to their classroom learning, JES students attend an enrichment class of music, art, library, or physical education throughout the week.