Ground was broken for the new Ohio Health Benefits office building at 125 West Ave. Sept. 16.

The new building is owned by OHB Properties, which is owned by Steve and Cathie Clark of Tallmadge.

The planned two-story 10,751-square-foot office building is being constructed on a 1-acre site at 125 West Ave. for the offices of Ohio Health Benefits LLC. The OHB Professional Building will be a multi-tenant with additional space available for lease. Lease space will be open to a home and auto insurance agency, accountant, attorney, financial planner, and more.

The building is expected to be completed by summer of 2017.

Ohio Health Benefits LLC was founded in 2004 by the Clarks and Dave Auble of Hiram. Ohio Health Benefits specializes in finding and enrolling clients in health insurance, Medicare and small group health insurance plans. Ohio Health Benefits' customer base is over 7,000 clients mostly in Northeast Ohio. Some of the major carriers represented by Ohio Health Benefits are Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medical Mutual of Ohio, SummaCare, AARP/United HealthCare, Aetna, Humana and more. The new office building will allow for continuous growth and will be large enough to double the current staff within the next few years. The current office located on Northwest Ave. in Tallmadge is home to 19 employees with an additional seven employees in the Hiram office.

The current project started back in 2013 when Ohio Health Benefits contacted the city of Tallmadge in the interest of finding or building a suitable building to be able to accommodate the increasing office space demands for the rapidly growing agency. The new building will have a conference room plus three additional meeting rooms to meet with clients. The conference room will be large enough to hold Medicare Education meetings for baby boomers as well as meetings with small group employers and their employees to assist with the quickly changing group health insurance market.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by over 90 people representing customers, family, friends, employees, insurance carriers, city officials as well as the architect and the bank. The project is being financed by Portage Community Bank.