Tendon Manufacturing thrives by making employees feel like family: Top Workplaces 2022


CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Warrensville Heights metal fabricator believes in investing in their employees personally and professionally.

In 2021, as the pandemic continued to ravage, Tendon Manufacturing offered their employees stability by time off, unlimited overtime, and face masks and hand sanitizer for families.

This year, the offerings have continued. To help keep up morale, sales manager Michael Gordon Jr. says the company focused on tuning out the negativity and getting back to “normal” as much as possible, with monthly meetings and lunch gatherings for employees.

Tendon ranked No. 1 workplace among small companies in Greater Cleveland for 2022, the sixth consecutive year it has made the list, and the third consecutive year it has taken top honors.

For the 2022 Top Workplaces list, cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer have compiled 220 stand-out Northeast Ohio employers based on employee surveys. This year we’ve focused on employee retention. Find the full list and stories on the top three winners in each category at cleveland.com/top-workplaces.

“A top workplace shouldn’t be a place that feels like a job,” Gordon Jr. said.

Gordon Jr. said what makes Tendon different from other companies is how they listen, observe and take action when it comes to the needs of employees.

The business was co-founded in 1988 by Michael Gordon Sr., the company president and CEO, and Gary Tench, vice president and COO. The name Tendon is derived from their last names. The manufacturing company specializes in sheet metal manufacturing and coatings, laser cutting parts, welding, machining, and assembling to prototype designing and 3D printing.

“Our employees know what will help make their jobs easier and more efficient, so we listen and implement changes. Changes shouldn’t come from the top-down. They should come from the people who know best, the frontline employees,” he said.

He noted that Tendon employees take real pride in their work and have continued to drive the company to new heights, leading the manufacturing company to expand, to three locations and over 100 employees, in only seven years.

“By investing in our people, we have seen exponential growth! People are a company’s greatest asset,” he said. “We have tremendous employees who care about their work and take pride in what they’re doing. The men and women of Tendon have continued to drive the company to new heights, and everything we’ve done is directly attributed to their efforts.”

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