Award-Winning Mosser Construction Welcomes a Challenge

Wed February 15, 2006 - Midwest Edition
Linda J. Hutchinson

Mosser Construction Inc. of Fremont and Toledo, OH, specializes in the large, difficult and unusual projects.

It also builds the small, ordinary and routine, with a diverse client base.

The company has built churches and religious facilities, public facilities, freeways, bridges, water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as, commercial, industrial, educational, and health care facilities.

Mosser was formed in 1948 and has grown into a prosperous 100-percent employee-owned company with more than 500 workers, a zeal for excellence, and an annual volume in excess of $100 million.

When Charles Mosser founded the company, the country was recovering from the effects of World War II.

His background in masonry construction and his expertise in school construction led to contracts from area colleges and universities.

Soon, Mosser Construction was building sewage and water treatment plants, and by the 1950s it was building bridges. Charles Mosser died in 1971.

Besides the main office in Fremont and a satellite office in Toledo, the company maintains four other facilities that house the various equipment necessary to complete projects.

The company has the capability to self-perform excavation, concrete, masonry, and carpentry work, and employs its own skilled tradesmen for each project.

To build more than $3 billion in facilities in northern Ohio and southeast Michigan, the company has employed project managers, superintendents, safety personnel, estimators, administrative staff, draftsmen, secretaries, accountants, carpenters, millwrights, pile drivers, cement masons, brick and stone masons, operators, and laborers.

Executive Vice President Royce D. Kohman came to work for Mosser Construcion straight out of college in 1972.

“This is the only company I’ve ever worked for and the only job I’ve ever interviewed for,” said Kohman.

The project Kohman admitted he holds closest to being his favorite was in 1969 when 13 new dorms were built on the south green of Ohio University in Athens, OH.

He wasn’t involved in building them and he didn’t live in those dorms while he was in college, but his brother did — and both of his sons have.

Throughout the company offices at 122 South Wilson Ave. in Fremont, the walls are lined with testaments to the quality of projects completed over the years.

Framed photographs of completed projects are everywhere, including in the coffee break areas.

In the lobby, a glass case and large shelf hold the many awards Mosser has earned over the years.

Mosser is the only contractor in Ohio to receive both the national “Build America Award” and the national “Excellence in Partnering Award.”

It has been recognized for excellence by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and has received numerous awards from the Associated General Contractors of Ohio.

In the 1980s, the Associated General Contractors of America saw a need to develop strong bonds between all team members involved in large construction projects.

The “Partnering” process defined and established a climate where compromise was acceptable, and expensive and counterproductive disputes were eliminated.

By 1993, Mosser Construction changed company policy to establish a partnering process.

Teams work together to limit cost growth and review periods, avoid litigation, and minimize paperwork.

The results also have reduced loss time injuries.

Project goals are to bring the project in on time, with “zero” punch lists and perfect safety records.

Mosser’s top management has a combined 198 years of construction experience.

Management is involved early on in each project to ensure that proper resources are in place.

Key management includes: James C. Otermat, president and CEO; Royce D. Kohman, executive vice president and treasurer; Charles H. Moyer, senior vice president and secretary; John L. Hooker, vice president Design/Build; Douglas J. Shealy, vice president heavy/highway, and Connie S. Moore, vice president estimating. CEG

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