Third TechCred application period opens March 2

Information via Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced today that the next application period of the TechCred program will open March 2nd and run through March 31st.

“Momentum for TechCred is growing with Ohio businesses as our job creators are seeking to upskill their employees,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “We are on our way to the goal of helping 10,000 Ohioans earn an in-demand, tech credential that will create jobs and opportunity for people in every part of the state.”

Applications were approved for 234 employers in the October funding round, resulting in 1,576 credentials that will upskill Ohio workers. Awards from the January funding round will be available later this month, once the application scoring has been completed.

“These credentials will ensure Ohio has the workforce and talent to continue driving innovation and technology across the state,” said Development Services Agency (DSA) Director Lydia Mihalik. “They will help Ohio businesses grow and put workers on a path to higher-paying jobs.”

The credential list includes those in the following areas 

  • Business Technology
  • Healthcare Technology
  • IoT and Cybersecurity
  • Military and Smart Transportation
  • Construction Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Robotics/Automation

TechCred asks employers to identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. Then, in partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.gov and the state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

“Technology is constantly evolving, and the TechCred program allows Ohio’s workers and their employers to evolve and grow with it, which benefits our workforce, our businesses, and our state,” said Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.Gov.

Renaissance adds food truck to its business

The Pink Lady to be open on weekends

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 20, 2020 – The Renaissance of Tiffin has announced that it will be adding a second business venture for Historic Downtown Tiffin. Owner Dave Spridgeon recently purchased a food truck, fondly named “The Pink Lady.” The pink GMC truck will be found on the weekends at or near The Renaissance of Tiffin as a supplement to the business.

“Tiffin and Seneca County have been great to The Renaissance and I wish to continue bringing unique experiences to our community. As the Historic Downtown continues to grow, we as business owners must do the same,” Spridgeon said

The Pink Lady will allow guests the ability to purchase food and take it into the bar. As spring and summer unfold, the desire is to have the truck at local events, near the East Green Concert Series, The Downtown Farmers Markets and for other businesses that would like the truck to be in their lot. The truck is equipped with two fryers, a flat top grill, soup and chili holding, bun warmers and commercial crock pots. The truck also can be requested for private parties, bridal and groom showers or other events. The menu is to be revealed soon.

The Renaissance of Tiffin opened in 2017. It invokes the feel of the Roarin’ 20s, with its copper bar tops, high-top tables, 1920s-style furniture, couches and Persian rugs. The theme is carried through to the staff members, who dress in period clothes and play 1920s jazz while patrons sip on bourbon, whisky, beer and wine.

For more information or to inquire about parties, contact Spridgeon at tiffinrenaissancedave@gmail.com or (419) 722-3394.

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.

Hempy Water receives façade grants

Architectural board OKs $20,000 in funds

Top, an artist’s rendering of the Hempy Water office building (left) and storage facility. Below, a picture of the current office building, 227 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 19, 2020 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Hempy Water’s office building and storage facility, 227 S. Washington St. and 235 S. Washington St., respectively.

At the meeting, the ABR approved two Downtown Façade Enhancement Grants for Hempy Water — a $10,000 grant to replace the mansard roof for the office building, 227 S. Washington St. and a $10,000 grant to redesign the roof on the storage facility, 235 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $44,534 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of Kahler Apartments, 210 S. Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. Combined, the projects total a $47,107.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see two great businesses in Downtown Tiffin able to take advantage of this program to improve their buildings and better the look of our city.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 86 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.5 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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 www.tiffinseneca.com.

Church & Dwight to invest $38 million in Seneca County

Adding up to 60 jobs at Old Fort plant

OLD FORT, Ohio – February 11, 2020 – Church & Dwight Co., Inc., has announced that it will invest $38 million at its facility in the village of Old Fort, Ohio, for expansion of consumer products manufacturing and construction of a new warehouse. Final approval for the project is contingent upon the receipt of state and local incentives; if approved, construction is expected to be completed in 2020, and the company would be hiring up to 60 new employees.

Plant Manager David Johnston said: “I’m very pleased that Church & Dwight chose the Old Fort facility as the site of this expansion and continues to invest in our workers and our community. Old Fort was in consideration with plants in Missouri and Pennsylvania. The state and local incentives along with an available workforce helped to push us ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped us win the investment in Seneca County.”

The $4.3 billion consumer goods and specialty products giant established their Old Fort facility in 1980. Today, Church & Dwight employs 240 people locally at its plant in Old Fort and a warehouse distribution center in Fostoria, Ohio, and ranks as one of the largest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) manufacturing plants in the world. In 2016, Church & Dwight had a $2.5 million expansion of the Old Fort plant.

“That Church & Dwight chose Seneca County for this expansion just goes to show what a dedicated workforce we have here in our community,” said Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas. “Congratulations to David Johnston and everyone at the Old Fort plant for their hard work and continuing to be a great local partner.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio. Local incentives include an Enterprise Zone property tax exemption on new construction and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $380,000 in potential workforce development grants. These incentives are contingent upon approval of Old Fort Local School District, Pleasant Township Trustees and Seneca County Board of Commissioners.

At the state level, JobsOhio offered an estimated $530,000 in state incentives through RGP, including a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant, JobsOhio Workforce Grant and additional value in an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit received during a previous project. Additionally, the Ohio Rail Development Commission has committed $75,000 in grant funds to revamp rail infrastructure currently in Church and Dwight’s yard to allow access to additional unloading areas.

Dean Monske, President and CEO of RGP, commented: “We are proud to see this project take place in Northwest Ohio and are happy to have been on the team helping to make this happen.”

About Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight is a $4.3 billion company headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey, that is one of the fastest growing Consumer Packaged Goods companies in the world. Church & Dwight was added to the S&P 500 in 2016. The Company manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products, with such brands as Arm & Hammer, Trojan, First Response, Nair, Spinbrush, Oxi-Clean, Orajel, Xtra, WaterPik, Batiste, Vitafusion, Flawless and more.  Find out more at www.churchdwight.com.

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

Northwest Ohio manufacturer to open Tiffin campus

MBDS to hire 29 people in first year

TIFFIN, OHIO – Feb. 3, 2020 – A manufacturer based in Northwest Ohio announced today that it plans to open a new facility in Tiffin, with operations to begin in early Spring. MBDS is to locate at the former Tiffin Insulators, 981 Tyber Road, Tiffin, and expects in its first year to hire 29 employees and invest over $100,000 in the operation.

MBDS, LLC (Manufacturing Business Development Solutions) is a multi-million dollar company that was established in 2003 and has had success in supplying products that reach both the major appliance industries and leading automotive companies, such as Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The company is headquartered in Findlay with a second campus in Upper Sandusky and employs 55 people in the region.

Local incentives for this project include City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program, which was approved by Tiffin City Council Feb. 3; the potential for workforce development grants through OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County; and a pre-exiting Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption on the Tiffin Insulators property.

“We are excited to be making Tiffin the location of our third campus and completing our Trinity Project,” said Brian Robertson, President of MBDS. “The workforce and local support helped us make the decision to open in Seneca County.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m proud that Brian Robertson has chosen Tiffin as the new campus for MBDS and that our manufacturing community continues to grow in Tiffin. This is a further result of all the great things in 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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

About MBDS

MBDS is a multi-million dollar company with over a decade of success in supplying products that reach both the White Goods Industries and leading automotive companies, such as Honda, Nissian, and Toyota. MBDS, LLC (Manufacturing Business Development Solutions) was established in 2003. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, MBDS strives to be a Total Solutions Provider by exceeding the demands of their customers while delivering low cost solutions for both manufacturing and facility services. For more information, visit www.mbdsna.com.

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fourth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 28, 2020 – For the fourth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re -recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions, and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2016-2019.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 43 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and more than $29 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards and an honorable mention by Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony. The Ritz Theatre won the Historic Theater of the Year Award; Tiffin Capital Investments LLC won the Best Upper Floor Residential Rehabilitation Award for Court Street Lofts, 33 Court St.; and Reclaim It 127 won honorable mention for the Main Street Business of the Year Award. Downtown Tiffin also received three awards in 2018 and one in 2017.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin again has been recognized by Heritage Ohio. I want to thank and congratulate Amy Reinhart and the hard work of business and building owners and members of the downtown development committees.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

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

About Heritage Ohio

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org.

Opportunity Zones – Information

We’ve had some requests for information on Opportunity Zones (OZs). We wanted to provide some of online resources for local investors and others interested in this program. Investors should consult their financial advisor for their specific situation.

Seneca County has an Opportunity Zone in Census Tract 39147963200 (Tiffin, Hopewell Township, Seneca Township) – a map tool is available at the excellent Novgradac Opportunity Zone Resource Center).

This first 7-minute video provides a quick summary of the program:

  • How it can benefit investors by (1) deferring and reducing capital gains taxes for gains invested in OZs, (2) allowing tax-free gains on money invested in OZs and held for 10 years, and (3) allowing investments that are not like (e.g., stock sale can be invested real estate).
  • Requirements include (1) money has to be invested into one of the 8,700 designated OZ census tracts, (2) money has to be invested through a qualified opportunity zone fund, and (3) there has to be new and/or significant (double the value) improvement into the property.

Here is another video going over the same material in a little bit more depth (18 minutes), with a focus on investor questions. More details, how you could create your own OZ fund, comparison with 1031 exchange, more investor Q&A.

Seneca County native Ashlie Depinet (Tiffin Columbian) provided this brochure from her firm (SquirePattonBoggs) overviewing the program, as well as a current update on legislation.

4CG opens third wage survey

Information provided by 4CG

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 24, 2019 – Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties representing the partnership of the 4CG initiative have announced the opening of a third survey to gather information on wages and benefits for the region’s workforce. These are the first wage surveys of Seneca County employers since at least 2005.

This last survey to be released by 4CG focuses on the wages and benefits provided by employers in the region, information that Seneca County employers have been frequently requesting. In order to provide employers with the most comprehensive results, the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs Seneca County are requesting local employers take the time to complete the online survey (https://tinyurl.com/4CGHRSurvey).

In December, 4CG opened two other surveys with the goal of improving local industries’ competitiveness for skilled labor. The surveys are focused on citizens/employees (https://tinyurl.com/4CGCitizenSurvey) and industry/business owners/plant managers (https://tinyurl.com/4CGOwnerSurvey). Employers should encourage their employees to fill out the survey.

At this time, seven owners/plant managers and 92 citizens in the four county region have completed their respective survey. These surveys will remain open until the end of February.

4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth. The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges. To date, the group has completed a SWOT analysis and industry specific focus groups on manufacturing, healthcare, tourism/service/travel, transportation/logistics, Davis Besse, agriculture and education

Following the survey, the plan calls for the identification and recommendation of partnerships with potential training partners. Final analysis and strategies based on the SWOT analysis, focus groups and surveys are to be provided to 4CG by May 2020 and will then be released to the public.

GM awards Taiho with supplier honor for fourth year

Information provided by Taiho Corporation of America

Richard Miyajima (from left), general manager-Taiho; Jacqueline Taylor, supplier quality engineer-General Motors; Akihiko (Ace) Yokoi, president-Taiho; and Dan Ganger, supplier quality manager-General Motors; pose for a photo with the Supplier Quality Excellence Award.

Representatives from General Motors visited Taiho Corporation of America, in Tiffin, Jan. 22, 2020, to present a Supplier Quality Excellence Award in recognition of the resilient effort to deliver quality products every day. This is the fourth consecutive award for Taiho.

GM said they were very pleased with Taiho’s performance and they wish to continue growing with the company.

About Taiho Corporation of America

Taiho Corporation of America is a global bearing manufacturer which started production in Tiffin OH in 1996 and specializes in engine bearings, bushings, compressor shoe bearings, and vacuum pumps for automotive.

Seneca County companies receive funding through TechCred

Information provided by Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

COLUMBUS — Two Seneca County companies that applied for the first application period of the TechCred program have been fully funded for their requests. Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced Dec. 6, 2019 that awards are being distributed to qualifying employers.

 “TechCred gives Ohio employers the chance to help mold their future workforce and develop the talent they need in order to grow in the community,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Today’s announcement means that over 1,500 Ohioans will soon be better prepared for the next step in their career.”

Webster Industries Inc. in Tiffin received a $2,000 grant to train one employee and Omar Associates, LLC, in Attica received a $2,390 grant to train two employees.

Applications were approved for 234 Ohio employers, resulting in 1,576 credentials that will help upskill Ohio workers.

“These tech credentials will add value to the workplace, increase job security, and lead to higher wages,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the state economic development agency. “This will be a catalyst for both businesses and workers to succeed in new ways.”

The current online application period runs through Jan. 31.

Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

A pre-approved list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders. Over 200 technology-focused credentials were approved for inclusion and potential funding following the first application period.

For more information or questions, please reach out directly to Workforce@OWT.Ohio.Gov.