on 200 years, Medina! s n o i t a l u t a r g Con By Don Simmons, CEO
Our company, Simmons
Construction is proud to celebrate with
Medina during its bicentennial. While we don’t go back 200 years, we do mark the last one-third of that time. Our predecessor, Gay Simmons and Sons, built the Medina County Jail in the 1950’s (now a parking lot behind the courthouse), the Northern Ohio Telephone Company (Miss Molly’s Tea Room), the Congregational Church activities hall, Hale’s Restaurant (now Amuse Euro Bistro), the Farm Bureau Mill on State St. (now Free Enterprises) and a little Baptist church on N. Broadway St. (now the Veterans Memorial Hall), among others. When Dad retired we formed Simmons Brothers Construction just in time for the west side industrial boom, lead by Amos Mears. We were his general trades contractor and built 60-some industrial buildings from 1959-1971, when Mears retired (again) to Florida. Forming our own development company after Mears left, Indelser of Medina built two industrial parks in the city. One at W. Smith Rd. 711 to 777 and the other at Progress Industrial Park off N. State Rd.
Working with some of the Giants of Medina History For Medina’s oldest industry, A.I. Root Company which began in 1859, we built new factory, warehouse, retail sales areas and completely remodeled their offices.
Washington, N. Court St., Stonegate (now Malley’s Chocolates), remodeled S. Court St., and built or remodeled all thirteen Medina County locations. Since 1902, five generations of the Waite family have served the needs of the people of Medina County with special care through the Waite & Son Funeral Home. We added a second memorial chapel and remodeled the existing building on N. Court St. In 1944, a small wing was built on a house on State Rt. 18, and Medina Community Hospital was born. Over the years it grew to become Medina General Hospital and today stands as Medina Hospital Cleveland Clinic - Medina’s largest employer. SBC created its first intensive care area, added a radiology area, built its LST Building, both North and South Medical Buildings, and remodeled every department in the hospital from 1996-2008. For Medina’s oldest church, St. Paul’s Episcopal, we built two additions and several renovations. Remember Ziegler’s on the square? We built a full basement under the original seven buildings while they sold clothes upstairs.
For Old Phoenix National Bank (now Huntington), we added and remodeled their main office, built W.
A few highlights, scores of other jobs, our mark is scattered throughout the most recent 70 years of Medina’s history. We’ll enjoy the celebration and prepare for the next 200 years!
A.I. Root Company
Waite & Son Funeral Home
the old Phoenix National Bank
Medina Hospital Cleveland Clinic
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