Richfield developer and general contractor Todd Tober is fed up with the hassles of construction he routinely faces in Northeast Ohio.
The labor shortages, high material costs, and delays and safety issues caused by the region’s weather have become too much to bear, he said, at least when it comes to traditional construction methods.
So he’s going into manufacturing to try to solve such problems for his own business and maybe others, too. And Northeast Ohio could get a new factory as a result.
Tober hopes two projects — One Twenty Building in West Akron and phase two of the Stoney Pointe Commons development in the city’s Lane-Wooster area — will give him a springboard to launch ToVee, a manufacturer of modular units for residential construction.
“We’re going to build these out of modular units,” Tober said of his two projects. “We’ve bet the farm it’s going to work.”