Ohio Attorney General to present on cybersecurity

Press release provided by Hylant and Centracomm

FINDLAY, OHIO — Join top industry leaders and special guest Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, to hear real-world cyber war stories from the State of Ohio with Hylant and Centracomm Present “Cybersecurity: It’s Time to Take Action.” The event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019, at Hilton Garden Inn–Findlay, 1050 Interstate Drive West, Findlay.

Yost is to give the keynote speech. Other presenters include Dr. Loren Wagner, senior executive, Risk and Business Development, CentraComm; Tyson Kindler, engineering technologies supervisor, CentraComm; and Jeff Gillmor, Client Executive, Insurance and Risk Management, Hylant.

The presenters are to come together to discuss time-sensitive issues, relevant to manufacturing industries, and strategies to help protect you against cyberbreaches and recovery solutions should a cyberattack occur.

Learn more about:

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 mandates for automotive, defense and aerospace, and the steps to tackle risk mitigation and compliance
  • How cybersecurity will directly impact your business
  • Senate Bill 220 and other legislation and the impact on many industries
  • Equipping yourself for an event with calm and informed decisions that mitigate liability and financial hardship

You’ll leave with a better understanding and awareness of the proactive actions to take to avoid the unexpected pitfalls associated with network intrusion, and how to safeguard your confidential and personal information.

For questions, contact Julie Diener at (419) 259-2713 or email julie.diener@hylant.com.

Gem Yoga moving within Downtown Tiffin

New location is 2 Sycamore St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Gem Yoga and Life Enrichment is expanding services and changing locations, moving to 2 Sycamore St. in the gateway to Downtown Tiffin. The company has been in business in Tiffin since 2014, offering group and individual yoga classes, yoga therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, energy psychology and reiki.

The new space gives Gem Yoga a window to Downtown Tiffin as well the ability to operate on one floor. The new space also allows for a reception area, multipurpose room and private rooms for therapists to work with clients.

Expanded services in the near future will include foot detox, full body detox and some retail services for high end yoga supplies. The company has six employees, one of which is a new addition as Gem Yoga increases its offerings.

Gem Yoga had been in the Laird Building since it started in 2014, expanding from one studio on the first floor to two more spaces on the second floor.

“The Laird has been our home for so long, but this new space will provide us with the opportunity to grow and expand our services,” owner Gemma Marschke said. “I’m excited for all the possibilities, things we’ve been wanting to do but never had the ability to in our old space.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see one of our existing businesses make the decision to stay in the downtown and expand their offerings.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

TU Welcomes 512 New Students to Campus

Press release provided by Tiffin University

TIFFIN, OH —Tiffin University welcomed 512 new students to its campus this fall.  This number includes freshmen, international as well as transfer students.

New students hail from 27 states and 19 countries (new countries this year include Austria and Zambia). 

“The cultural exchange between domestic and international students is critical to Tiffin University; it moves our initiative of Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness (CCU) to a commitment that prepares our students for success in a diverse world,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “This commitment strengthens understanding and acceptance of each other while sharpening the student’s competitive edge. TU’s commitment is to ensure that every student, regardless of the major field of study, graduates with a set of relevant, globally diverse competencies that allow them to hit the ground running. That is what sets TU apart from many other institutions.”

With over 50 degree-granting programs that are focused on linking knowledge to professional practice, TU provides a transformative education both in and out of the classroom. Students prepare for the real-world with internships and experiential learning, on-campus work and special class projects. TU’s faculty carry advanced degrees, but their on-the-job perspective and experience make them subject matter experts.

“Tiffin University’s integrated enrollment process has increased the recruitment footprint, including an added emphasis on international student recruitment,” said Dr. Amy Wood, Vice President of Enrollment Management.

About Tiffin University

Founded in 1888, TU has become a premier university for challenging students to enhance their global competencies for success in a diverse world. The University enrolls students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Tiffin, Ohio, at several locations in Ohio, online, and in several foreign countries. The campus at Tiffin is a blend of traditional historic and modern buildings, creating a vibrant and warm home for a culturally diverse educational community. Throughout its history, TU has maintained its dedication to providing a professionally focused, learning-centered education to prepare students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership, and service. Tiffin University’s faculty offers a unique combination of practical application with scholarly knowledge. The TU approach to learning and skill set development insists on connecting students to the workplace as soon, and as often, as possible during their college experience through internships.

Agrati announces $4 million investment for 2019

Second year of multi-million investment at Tiffin plant

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, September 9, 2019 – The Agrati Group, a global manufacturer of fasteners for automotive companies, has announced completing its investment of $4 million in industrial machinery and equipment at the Airport Industrial Park facility in Tiffin. The project took place throughout calendar year 2019, and the company looks to consider possible additional investment next year. Agrati employs 66 people locally.

In 2019, Agrati worked closely with National Machinery in Tiffin, purchasing a new Formax cold former to expand capacity. The company also worked with Arnold Machine Inc. from Tiffin purchasing multiple custom assembly machinery.

In 2018, Agrati invested $1.6 million in industrial machinery, equipment, and renovations to its facility, in addition to adding 10 jobs, brining its workforce to 66 at the end of the year. Last year, the company produced 177,355,326 fasteners and shipped 10,001 orders globally. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and General Motors are Agrati Tiffin’s top two customers.  

The Tiffin plant was previously Jacobson Manufacturing, and was acquired by the Agrati Group in 2016. It is now one of 12 Agrati production facilities worldwide and two in Ohio. The facility primarily focuses on cold forming, tapping and thread rolling auto and truck wheel nuts, as well as a variety of tubular products and highly engineered safety restraint components, produced through fully automated welding and assembly. The facility was last expanded in 2013 with the addition of a 40,000 square foot building.

“Agrati is very committed to its operations in Tiffin and plan to continue to grow and invest here in the coming years,” said Agrati Plant Manager Casey Poignon.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Shayne Thomas commented: “I appreciate Agrati’s continued investment in Seneca County and we value their contribution to our local economy.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “It is great to see the Agrati Group investing locally for the second year. Thank you to Casey and the staff at Agrati Tiffin for continuing to be a great local partner.”

About The Agrati Group
The Agrati Group, which was established in 1939, is currently one of the leading global manufacturers of fastening systems in the automotive component sector. With over 2,600 employees worldwide, the Agrati Group has 12 production sites, 12 sales and application offices and five logistics centers located in Europe, the US and China. Each year, the Group acquires about 160,000 tons of steel and manufactures about eight billion pieces (bolts, special screws, nuts and advanced form parts). Headquartered in Veduggio, Italy, the Group is controlled by the family holding company whose major shareholder is Cesare Agrati.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Dedication of Tiffin’s spectacular urban park as ‘National Corner’

Press Release submitted by National Machinery LLC

Downtown Tiffin, Ohio, has made a major splash in its continuing renaissance.  Thanks to the philanthropy and community activism of National Machinery LLC, its foundation, and its founding family, a stunning downtown park with a creative splash pad area has opened to the public. Located just one block from the main intersection of downtown Tiffin, the 2.5 acre East Green complex is the vision of Andrew Kalnow, the CEO and major owner of National Machinery, a 145-year old manufacturing firm that is a global leader in cold forming equipment and technology.

Last year saw the completion of the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green, a uniquely designed outdoor performance venue that sports curvilinear tiers, perimeter walls, and open green space.  A summer concert series has been organized to stage at the amphitheater top quality music performances by musicians from the greater region.  (See the website for more information and photos of the amphitheater: www.eastgreenconcerts.com.)

On August 19 the companion urban park to the amphitheater was dedicated as “National Corner.”  The park boasts the same curvilinear architectural style as the amphitheater, as well as a smaller pavilion for public restrooms that matches the large stage pavilion at the adjacent amphitheater.  A high tech splash pad is the main feature of the park with a repertoire of several programs and a colored light fountain display at night. The splash pad area even has its own mini amphitheater hugging the aquatic area. The park is richly landscaped with various flower beds spread along the curvilinear perimeter wall, as well as a secluded garden with waterfall to be discovered and enjoyed.

Throughout the day over 1200 people visited the East Green to partake in the ongoing events including the “National Corner” dedication and celebration, and music fest at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater.  The East Green complex that includes both the new National Corner urban park and the amphitheater is owned and overseen by the East Green Foundation.

For further information, contact:

Nichole Schalk-Tiell

Senior Marketing Specialist

National Machinery LLC



Planet Fitness to open by Oct. 17

Presale office to open in Tiffin Mall Monday

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2019 – Planet Fitness announced today that its new location in the Tiffin Mall, 870 W. Market St., Tiffin, is to open by Oct. 17, 2019. The presale office inside the Tiffin Mall is to open Monday, Sept. 9. Presale hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday- Sunday.

Customers can sign up for $1 down and $10 a month with no commitment or purchase the PF Black Card for $1 down and $22.99 a month with no commitment. The Black Card gives members access to tanning, hydro massage, free guest pass, reciprocal use of all Planet Fitness locations nationwide, Total Body Enhancement and half price cooler drinks. These offers are good through Sept. 27, 2019.

For more information about Planet Fitness and its services, visit www.planetfitness.com/gyms/tiffin-oh.

About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2017, Planet Fitness had approximately 10.6 million members and more than 1,500 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Panama. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Awards given out at Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit

Event highlighted new businesses, investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership hosted 2019 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St. The program included award presentations, celebrated the success of 2018 and 2019 and gave a look forward to the next year.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced two new businesses, fitness studio Releve Barre Studio to open at 131 S. Washington St., and 22 MRKT, a new record and collectibles store at 22 E. Market St., and talked about projects including the recent dedication of the splash pad at National Corner. In 2019, 12 new business opened in Downtown Tiffin, with 23 new jobs being created and private investment of more than $2 million. In addition, the City of Tiffin Façade Program for 2019 included 14 projects for an investment of $285,000.


Reinhart showed three videos during her presentation.

Fall marketing video produced by Dead Shark Productions.

Promotional video put together by the Tiffin University Marketing and Advertising class for Hempy Water.

WTOL News 11 Story about the splash pad and National Corner dedication.


2019 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

  • Downtown Development Award was presented to Tiffin Capital Investments LLC/33 Court Street — Andy Faber, Kip Keiffer, Jeremy Marinis and Ron Schumacher.
  • Downtown Entrepreneurial Award was presented to the Laird Arcade Brewery — Andy Flechtner, Eric Keubler and Rob Weaver.
  • Business Legacy Award was presented to Burns Electric — Linda and LeVerne Burns.
  • 2019 Anne Gase Downtown Achievement Award was presented to Brian Bilger.

The night also featured:

  • Ray Boylston, senior associate of RLS & Associates Inc., gave a presentation on a proposed deviated fixed bus route for Tiffin and took time to answer questions from the audience.
  • The Seneca County Young Professionals donated $3,695 for downtown planters and hanging baskets.
  • A live performance by The Dave & Glenn Duo accompanied by a slideshow of projects and events that took place over the past five years.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Tiffin ranked in top 100 Safest Cities in Ohio

Ranked No. 16 in the state

Press Release Provided by The City of Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 4, 2018 – Backgroundchecks.org recently released its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in Ohio. Tiffin again ranked on the list, coming in at No. 16. Tiffin’s Safety Index score was 0.54, which is based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employment numbers per 1,000 residents to judge the safety of a community.

Chief Fred Stevens of the Tiffin Police Department said crimes in most categories are extremely low for a city the size of Tiffin.

“I am very proud of our officers who keep the City of Tiffin safe each and every day,” Stevens said.

Stevens said the majority of crimes for Tiffin according to FBI statistics are property crime, specifically larceny and thefts. There were 404 thefts reported in 2018 and 331 reported in 2017.

Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Stevens on the rank and said he is proud that Tiffin continues to be among the safest cities in the state and county: “The men and women who serve in the Tiffin Police Department continue to make Tiffin a great place to live, and I congratulate Chief Stevens and his department for helping Tiffin to again rank on this list.

According to Backgroundchecks.org, Ohio has the 25th lowest property crime rate and 18th lowest violent crime rate in the United States. In all, 50 Ohio cities earned a Safety Index score of 0.3 or above, meaning they are very safe communities to live in, while 13 recorded a 0.6 or above, placing them in the upper echelon of U.S. cities in terms of safety.

Backgroundchecks.org based its rankings on 2,929 cities in Ohio with populations above 10,000. The website calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. It also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The safety index score was the result of that metric, and the higher the number, the more safe the city is.

For the complete results, visit https://backgroundchecks.org/safest-cities-in-ohio.html.

Relevè raising the barre in Downtown Tiffin

Heidelberg graduate returns to community with new business

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2019 – Relevè Barre Studio is planning a late fall opening in Tiffin’s historic downtown, the first new business in a planned shared commercial space at 131 S. Washington St., called the “131 Arcade.”

Relevè is a fitness studio offering a workout technique designed to improve and enhance balance, posture, long and lean muscle tone, flexibility and core strength. Workouts utilize a ballet barre, floor mat, hand weights and resistance bands.

Owner Donna Gross is a graduate of Heidelberg University and is moving back to the area to open the studio. She has been in business in Birmingham, Michigan, for seven years, teaching barre and other dance classes. While in Tiffin, Gross taught ballet at Dance Unlimited.

“I’m very excited to come back to the area and be part of everything that is happening in the community – I think Tiffin is going to love barre,” Gross said.

In addition to barre classes, Gross would like to add yoga, pilates, Zumba ballroom dancing lessons and personal fitness training. Gross will be hiring 6-8 instructors soon for classes. She also plans to begin offering barre pop-up classes soon at local Tiffin businesses until the studio is ready to open.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see that Donna has decided to return to Tiffin and bring her unique business to our community.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Numbers are up this year at Terra State

2,322 students enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester

Press Release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, August 28, 2019 – Terra State Community College has kicked off the Fall 2019 semester with increased enrollment and residents living at the residence hall, The Landings at Terra Village.

Move-in Day was held at The Landings Sunday, August 18, and Welcome Week events have taken place all over campus. Some activities include free massages from Orion Institute, Canine Bliss pet therapy, a student involvement fair and much more.

The first day of classes were on Wednesday, August 21 and enrollment as of today sits at 2,322 and a full-time equivalency (FTE) headcount of 655.97—an increase from the Fall 2018 semester FTE headcount, which was 635.35.

In addition to increased FTE and enrollment, Terra State also has an increase in residents living at The Landings. Today, there are 161 residents and during the Fall 2018 semester, there were 57 residents.

All hands are on deck at Terra State to help create the future. Parking lots, the Titan Shop (college bookstore), computer labs, equipment and more have been renovated and updated. The Titan Volleyball team has had their first game of the season and all athletic teams, including men and women’s basketball, are full.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, residential college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.