Edward F. Crawford (businessman)

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Edward F. Crawford
Born (1938-04-25) April 25, 1938 (age 81)
OccupationBusinessman and entrepreneur
Known forConfirmed as next U.S. Ambassador to Ireland

Edward F. Crawford (born April 25, 1938)[1] is an American businessman and entrepreneur who has been confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. In September 2018, Crawford was approved by the U.S. Cabinet to be Ambassador to Ireland.[2][3] He was subsequently approved by the Senate's foreign relations committee in May 2019. Crawford was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 2019,[4][5] making him the ambassador-designee until he is sworn into office and then presents his credentials to President Michael D. Higgins in Ireland.

Crawford is the CEO at Park-Ohio Holdings,[6] a provider for supply technologies and manufactured components.[7] He is also CEO of Beech Technology Systems, a tool manufacturer for military, aeronautics, and commercial industries.[8] He serves as Director for Joy Global Conveyors,[9] a manufacturer of conveyor systems[10] and as Director for Hickok Incorporated,[6] an electronic diagnostic tools and equipment manufacturer.[11]

Early life and education[edit]

Crawford's parents were Irish immigrants from Cork. His mother, Kate (Kay) Crawford (née Healy), originally came from Boherbue.[12]

In 1948, his father, an electrician, together with Crawford's mother and two brothers wanted to move to California. During the move, as they were traveling on Route 20 in Ohio, their car broke down. His mother found an apartment for the family in Cleveland Heights and the family stayed in Ohio, where Crawford grew up.[13]

In the early 1960s, Crawford attended night school at John Carroll University.[14] He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1960 through 1963.[15]


Apart from attending night school, Crawford also worked in sales at Inland Steel Company when he wanted to start his business career.[14] In 1962, he dropped out of university after a ​2 12 year period to launch his own business.[16] In 1963, Crawford and his business partner Christopher Page had officially launched Cleveland Steel Container, a company that produced five-gallon steel pails. He is still CEO at Cleveland Steel Container. In addition to the company, Crawford established The Crawford Group[14] a venture capital and management consulting company[17] in 1964.[16] In 1992, he sold his company Kay Home Products, which was named after his mother, Kay Crawford, to Park-Ohio Industries. As a result of the transaction, he became not only a major shareholder, but also chairman and CEO of Park-Ohio Industries. At the time, Park-Ohio was doing about $60 million in sales. Over time, the company's sales have risen to $1.3 billion.[16] From 1997 to 2003, Crawford also served as the President of Park-Ohio Holdings. He also has been involved in a number of other companies. Since 2012, he is a director at Hickok Incorporated, an electronic diagnostic tools and equipment manufacturer.[11] Since 2014, he has served as a director of Materion,[6] a producer of high performance advanced engineered materials.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Crawford and his wife Mary have a son, Matthew, who attended Marshall Law School, and is involved in the family business.[13] Crawford is a passionate basketball player. He plays on an AAU National Seniors Basketball Team out of Dallas.[16]


In 1969, the Small Business Administration selected Crawford as Ohio Small Businessman of the Year. He also was runner-up for the national award.[16] The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland named Crawford as their 2014 Person of the Year.[13]


  1. ^ "Edward Crawford Kirtland Hills, Ohio". USA Profile Pages. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Bray, Jennifer (September 13, 2018). "Cabinet approves billionaire Edward Crawford as new US ambassador to Ireland". The Times. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Walsh, Fionnuala (September 12, 2018). "Businessman Edward Crawford to be appointed US ambassador to Ireland". The Irish Sun. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Lynch, Suzanne (May 2, 2019). "US Senate committee approves next Irish ambassador". The Irish Times. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (June 13, 2019). "Senate confirms Ohio's Ed Crawford as U.S. ambassador to Ireland". Cleveland.com. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Edward F. Crawford". Equilar Atlas. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "ParkOhio at a Glance". ParkOhio. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Company Overview of Beech Technology Systems, Inc". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant". edgar-online.com. Edgar Online. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Company Overview of Joy Global Conveyors Inc". bloomberg.com. Bloomberg. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Edward F. Crawford". equilar.com. Equilar Atlas. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Herlihy, Maria (September 22, 2018). "Gerard tracks new US ambassador's roots to Gneeves, Boherbue". independent.ie. The Corkman.
  13. ^ a b c "Edward F. Crawford 2014 Person of the Year". clevelandmayosociety.org. Mayo Society. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c Scott, Mark (May 1, 2017). "ASPIRE 2017 – Edward F. Crawford". sbnonline.com. Smart Business. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)". United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. May 15, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019 – via state.gov.
  16. ^ a b c d e "IAAS Walks of Life 2012 Edward F. Crawford" (PDF). irisharchives.org. Irish American Archives Society. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Edward F. Crawford". equilar.com. Equilar Atlas. Retrieved July 25, 2017.

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