Ole! – World Cup event to be held Sunday in downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin pubs, taverns and eateries celebrated Team USA’s victory against Ghana last Monday at the 2014 FIFA World Cup event. For the next game against Portugal, we’re kicking it up a notch. We will be showing the game on a big outdoor 400 square foot screen on the Courthouse Green (117 E. Market St.) in downtown Tiffin. The event will be free, and will be shown at 6 pm on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

To ensure a great experience in case of bad weather, there will be a tent with chairs to accommodate up to 100 people. Water will be free and available. Free parking available on street or in several city lots, including one directly across from the green.

Sponsors of the event include National Machinery, Time Warner Cable, and arrangers and promoters of the event include the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce. Event flyer can be obtained here.

Ole, ole, ole, ole…go Team USA. See you there!

Downtown Family Movie Night launches this Saturday

Looking for a free, fun, safe event for the family? Look no farther than Downtown Tiffin’s new family movie night. As the 2014 Tiffin Art & Music Festival continues for adults after 6 pm, an evening activity for families and kids will now also be available.

This Saturday (June 21, 2014), a number of partners have joined together to show The Lego Movie for free on the Courthouse Green (117 E. Market St.) in downtown Tiffin. The movie will be shown at 7:30 pm and has a running time of 100 minutes. It is rated PG (official trailer is below,) and will be shown on a 20′ x 17′ screen outside. Parking is available on street or in several free, city lots.

You are free to bring blankets, chairs, food and drink (but no alcohol please – it is not allowed.) We will have free water and popcorn at the event.

National Machinery is the event sponsor, and the movie is being brought to you and promoted by the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and the Seneca Regional Chamber. We hope this is the first of more such events. An event flyer can be downloaded here.

National Machinery’s next $6.5M expansion

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Click here to watch video – WTOL 11 in Toledo

National Machinery, a global leader in cold forming machinery and process technology headquartered in Tiffin tomorrow, continues to grow and expand its presence. The latest news involves the approval of a local tax incentive for a $6.5 million investment and the creation of at least 20 new jobs. The project involves an expansion of both manufacturing and research and development capacity.

This event follows the announcement last year of expansion plans supported by JobsOhio, the Regional Growth Partnership, and the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The unanimous passage of a New Jobs Tax Credit by Tiffin City Council this week demonstrates the community’s commitment to job creation and helping our existing companies remain competitive. We at the Seneca Industrial Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) enjoyed working with the company and Crowe Horvath to make the incentive and project a reality.

National Machinery is an NM Group Global affiliate, which is also headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio. NM Group Global owns companies with operations in OH, IN, NY and several countries worldwide. National Machinery itself was started in 1874 in Cleveland and was recruited to come to Tiffin in 1882 (economic development has been going on here for more than 130 years!) Among several other accomplishments in invented several of the world’s largest forging presses and introduced the world’s first cold nut former in 1944, which is still industry’s preferred process. Today, the company has machines in operation in 61 countries and facilities in Tiffin (HQ, manufacturing, R&D); Nuernberg, Germany; Suzhou, China; and Nagoya, Japan.

Clearly, this is a Seneca Success!

Tiffin’s new Downtown Development Coordinator is hired

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is pleased to announce that Amy Reinhart has accepted the position of Downtown Development Coordinator and will begin on June 2, 2014.
Amy received her degrees from Kent State University with honors, including one in architecture. She worked at SSOE for a couple of years and led the Young Architect’s Forum as President. She has also taught at the University of Toledo. In her most recent role, Amy took over the leadership of Leadership Seneca County, where for the past two years, she has done an amazing job managing volunteers, serving both employers and participants with the highest level of organization, professionalism, and effectiveness.
Fortunately, a number of very talented individuals applied for the position. In the end, it was a difficult decision, and Amy was the unanimous choice for everyone from the Downtown Development Committee, the Executive Committee, the Chamber, and SIEDC staff who participated. Her references gave glowing reviews, and I personally went to see her make a public presentation on LSC, where she did a great job. She has a passion for both downtown development and preservation, while approaching things with a practical “get things done” attitude. She understands the importance of the small business owner, of property owners, of events and projects in the downtown. She supports and understands the Main Street approach and is looking forward to learning more, as she works with us and you all to transform Tiffin into an Ohio Main Street Community. And she has read and understands the Downtown plan and its need to be refreshed and further implemented.


Pat Catan’s to open new retail store in Tiffin

Cleveland-based Visconsi Companies, Ltd. just announced late today that the Pat Catan’s Craft Centers will open a new 27,000 square foot store at the Westgate Shopping Center in Tiffin, Ohio. This is exciting news and is further confirmation of the retail momentum that Tiffin continues to see develop.

Here is Visconsi’s press release today – Pat Catan’s to Open Store at Westgate Shopping Center.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was thrilled by the news: “Retail is an important component of the quality of life here in Tiffin, and Pat Catan’s is a fantastic addition to our retail offerings on the west side.” Seneca Regional Chamber President & CEO John Detwiler likewise greeted the news with enthusiasm,”Our business base continues to strengthen. It’s great to see.” Seneca County Commission President Holly Stacy agreed, “We appreciate new businesses coming into our community. They bring jobs and keep retail sales and sales tax here in Seneca County.”

A slightly smaller store in Boardman, Ohio, which opened last year, is estimated by Manta to have $5 to $10 million in sales and employ 20 to 40 workers.

Started in 1954 by Cleveland-entrepreneur Pat Catan, the floral supplies store has blossomed into a full service craft retail business, offering everything from “floral decorations and wood turnings, along with art and jewelry making supplies.” Now, over 20 stores dot Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The company also announced this month that they would open a new store in Monroe, Michigan. The closest store for Seneca County residents is located in Sandusky, Ohio, so this adds a much needed component to the community’s retail options.

This project is also a great positive for retail mall developer Visconsi, who developed the Westgate Shopping Center. Visconsi is now the fifth largest developer of shopping malls in the US, and Westgate is the anchor of Tiffin’s west side retail district, with almost 250,000 square feet of retail space. Other tenants include Kroger’s, TJ Willie’s, Peebles, Sears, Shoe Sensation, Sherwin Williams, Sally Beauty Supply, and many others.

Also on the city’s west side are the Tiffin Mall and Cinemark stadium-seating movie theatre. , the Wolf Creek Shopping Center, as well as numerous stand alone retailers including Lowe’s, Rural King, WalMart, ACE Hardware, several car dealers (Reineke Family of Dealerships, Coppus Motors, Baumann Chevrolet Buick GMC), and several dining options (Bob Evans, Asian Grill Buffet, Xcaret Mexican Restaurant, TJ Willie’s, etc.) New recent openings on Tiffin’s west side include Ag Credit, Superior Auto, JEM Network Consulting.