Two high-profile Akron area builders —  Testa Builders and Welty Building Co. — are combining forces, creating a new company, in hopes of increasing market share.

Testa Companies, parent of Testa Builders and based in Cuyahoga Falls, and Welty Building Co., headquartered in  Fairlawn, will continue to operate independently.

The new company —Welty-Testa Builders LLC — will be operate out of the Welty Building Co. headquarters on Ridgewood Road in Fairlawn.

“This strategic alliance is a match made in heaven,” said Paul Testa, founder and CEO of Testa Companies, in a news release..



Paul Testa and Testa Companies president Joel Testa will lead the business development efforts for the new Welty-Testa organization.

Among Welty Building Co.’s projects are the new Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters in East Akron.



Testa Companies  developed the new Marriott, set to open in March at the northern edge of downtown Akron. Last year, a Testa Companies entity purchased the 115-acre former West’s Mogadore Country Club, and plans to transform the property into West Village, a mix of residential housing, small retail and office space, along with gardens and a community center.

Twelve Testa Builders employees will leave Testa Companies., transferring to the new organization. Beginning Monday, they will work out of Welty Building Cos.'  Fairlawn offices.



The remaining roughly 40 Testa Companies employees will continue to work out of Testa Companies’ offices at 2335 2nd St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

Testa Companies, founded in 1967, designs, develops, constructs, sells, leases and manages residential, mixed-use (residential and commercial), medical, commercial and education-related properties in Ohio and Tennessee.

Welty Building Co. provides construction management services for clients in a variety of markets — including healthcare, commercial, education and hospitality.





"The combination of Welty’s expertise in construction management and Testa’s fantastic reputation and well-recognized brand make for an optimal, synergistic relationship,” said Don Taylor, Welty Building Co. president and CEO.



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