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Driverge Vehicle Innovations Expands, Adds New Headquarters in Akron

Project Brings 67 New Positions and a New Headquarters to Chapel Hill Business Park

Mon Aug 22 2022
Driverge Vehicle Innovations building photo

Company Name: Driverge Vehicle Innovations, LLC

Location: Akron

Site Region: Northeast

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

Industry Sector: Advanced Manufacturing

Company Profile: Driverge Vehicle Innovations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MobilityWorks, is a leading U.S. builder of commercial accessible vans, shuttles, transporters, work vans, and recreational vehicles. It is a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), Mercedes-Benz MasterSolutions® Upfitter, and Ram Commercial Q-Pro supplier. Driverge provides vehicle conversions to numerous industries and government agencies, including healthcare, fleet management, hospitality, wheelchair transport services, rideshare, and other vocational markets. Driverge Vehicle Innovations and MobilityWorks make up WMK, LLC, which has been recognized on the Inc. 500|5000 list of Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing privately held companies for the past fifteen years.

Company Website: https://www.driverge.com/

Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion

Jobs:

  • Jobs committed: 67
  • Jobs retained: 165

Capital Investment: $2,012,500

Company Need:

Driverge operates out of multiple buildings and parking facilities and is searching for a single facility that offers efficiency and state-of-the-art manufacturing features as well as a new headquarters. Driverge is looking to relocate its headquarters to 2000 Brittain Rd. in Akron. The new site would be dedicated to producing wheelchair-accessible vehicles and complex vehicle upfitting. The space would include manufacturing, offices, customer support areas, employee support areas, storage, and a showroom/sales area.

Testimonial:

“Driverge Vehicle Innovations had been operating out of three facilities in the Akron area and will gain efficiencies with this new, state-of-the-art facility that will streamline production space and provide additional production capacity. The new facility will also serve as the company’s headquarters.”
Chris Paczak
Chief Marketing Officer / Driverge Vehicle Innovations / MobilityWorks

Why Ohio?

Ohio has been a manufacturing powerhouse for generations. This success is a catalyst for the rise of the large, comprehensive manufacturing industry in Ohio. The numerous manufacturing resources in the state include a renowned innovation network, globally leading companies, and strong industry and academic organizations.

Ohio’s manufacturing sector employs over 600,000 skilled individuals, the third-largest manufacturing workforce in the U.S. This surplus means there are more dedicated, well-trained workers in Ohio to support manufacturing growth, supported by over 50 campuses graduate over 13,000 engineers & engineering technicians annually.

Collaborators:

JobsOhio, Team NEO, Summit County

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