ProMedica’s Innovations program brings more than just medical products to the market


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Fertile Ground Tools is a Sandusky County company that started a few years ago. The Woodville-based company has a product called the TOOLing Around tool holder. Getting to this point has been a team effort.

The Tool Holder is designed to make your time outdoors safer and easier. It was the brainchild of a local entrepreneur, and ProMedica helped him bring it to market.

The Toledo region was built by inventors and entrepreneurs. This spirit is alive and well today.

Tim Tressel is the founder of Fertile Ground Tools.

“When I have a problem, I think there is a way to fix it? I had a problem with the tools bouncing in my utility tractor and the wheelbarrow. I knew there had to be a good solution.

The tool holder is the end result. It allows you to secure things like a rake on a wheelbarrow or a utility tractor.

Nature’s Corner is one of the places where you can purchase the Tool Holder. Tressel says seeing his creation on store shelves is validation of all the hard work he’s done to get here.

“It’s almost like crossing the finish line like in a race. You know you’ve put in a lot of work, so bringing it to the store is a great feeling.

ProMedica Innovations helped Tressel get there.

Clint Steigerwalt is the director. “As you can see, Tim is really passionate about his product and his company. We have provided resources to help him move his business forward.

The goal of ProMedica Innovations is more than just medical products. These are products that can contribute to the economic health of the region.

“We provide business resources, various types of assistance, and support with funding applications so that we can take ideas and give them the resources they need to move forward.”

Help ensure that innovation continues to be firmly rooted in our community.

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