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June 25, 2021

Merritt Woodwork carves out innovative, high-end designs with help from CIA grads, students

By Carlo Wolff

In the summer of 2015, Keith Merritt’s daughter Amanda took a class in glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art, quickening her father’s curiosity about the school. That fall, Keith attended his first CIA career fair, walking the hallways to sound out students about their CIA experience and their ambitions. The more he heard, the more he thought hiring CIA students made sense for Merritt Woodwork, the high-end architectural installation firm he and his brother run in Mentor.

“I got to see and understand the school and some of the teachers,” Merritt says. “During that time period,...

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