Cleveland rocks. And where construction is concerned, so do Columbus and Cincinnati. That's according to Don Taylor, president and CEO of Akron, OH–based Welty Building Company, who says demand is strong in major markets across the state. Founded in Akron in 1945, the firm builds civic, educational, healthcare, corporate, sports and other projects in Ohio — most recently leading construction of the new Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, in Canton.
As business booms, however, a shortage of skilled labor is pushing Welty and other contractors statewide to take a more active role in recruiting new workers into the industry.
Construction Dive spoke with Taylor about where in Ohio construction is thriving, the emerging role of the developer there and how the company is helping alleviate the shortage of skilled labor in the state.