Lewis and Upton open in new Tiffin office

Local Thrivent Financial representatives open new office to better serve their clients

Release provided by Thrivent Financial.

Tiffin, OH (August 7, 2019) – Thrivent Financial representatives Chris Lewis, Financial Associate and Michele Upton, Financial Associate, recently announced they are opening a new office to better serve their members. 

The new office is located at 120 ½ S. Washington Street, Suite 210, on the second floor of the historical Laird Building.

The financial representatives believe the new space will contribute to the quality of the service they can provide. “We believe the new office will enhance our ability to work together so we can provide the best level of service possible,” said Lewis. Added Upton, “The space will help us tap our combined knowledge, experience and expertise to support our clients and help ensure they achieve their financial goals.” 

The financial representatives offer a broad range of financial products and services and assist individuals with education funding options, business continuation plans, retirement strategies, charitable giving options and estate strategies, among others.

Lewis says the group’s first priority is to help clients achieve their financial objectives by giving them the professional and personal support they need to make more informed decisions about their financial future. 

An open house and ribbon cutting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

Lewis and Upton are financial representatives with Thrivent Financials’ Mid-Atlantic Regional Financial Office in Cleveland. 

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent is a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. It offers its more than 2 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

Sandco Industries opening Tiffin office

New office to be located in Laird Building

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 5, 2019 – Sandco Industries, a local life and work opportunity enhancement organization based in Clyde, has announced the opening of a new office in the historic Laird Arcade Building to better serve the Tiffin community. The office will have a variety of staff who are to be set up by Aug. 15, but Sandco is seeking referrals now. Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership aided with the search for a new office.

Sandco Industries is a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited, private non-profit company that offers services to individuals with disabilities by providing volunteer opportunities, access to club memberships and planning outings such as: sporting events and various community activities. Sandco also provides placement for hourly and piece-rate jobs. Established in 1963, Sandco focuses on its mission “to provide meaningful, integrated life and work opportunities while also providing high quality and cost competitive products for our customers.”

“We already have a presence in the Tiffin market, and we look forward to continuing to grow that and provide opportunities for employers and our clients in Seneca County,” said Megan Craun, CEO of Sandco Industries.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz thanked Craun for making the decision to expand into the Tiffin market. “I’m happy to see an organization like Sandco choosing to make its place in Tiffin and in the Downtown.”  

Ty Shuff of Shuff Consulting assisted Sandco in finding their new home in Downtown Tiffin. “I’m excited to have them be part of the community and hope they find success in the Tiffin market.”

For more information, call program coordinator Brittany Stiltner at (419) 547-3273 x104 or visit www.sandcoind.com.

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. In 2014, the downtown organization became part of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development, now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Development. In 2015, Downtown Tiffin became an accredited Main Street Community through Heritage Ohio and achieved national accreditation in 2017. For more information, click here.

Erin Cremean joins Terra State in workforce success

Press release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, Aug. 2, 2019 – Erin Cremean, current resident of Port Clinton, accepted the Interim Director of Workforce Success position at Terra State Community College. She will be assisting students in their journey to their dream career.

President Ronald Schumacher is looking forward to the progress Cremean will make in this new position. “Erin will be a great asset to the College,” he said. “Her relationships with area businesses will provide a convenient stepping stone for our students when beginning their careers.”

“I love to keep learning, growing and challenging myself,” Cremean said. “So, this has been a neat journey for me to be here and I’m excited to see the things we’ll get to do!”

Some of what Cremean wants to accomplish in this new position is to, first and foremost, build Terra State’s partnerships with surrounding businesses. “I want to really connect with them, find out what they want and need and how Terra can help them grow their workforce,” she said. “I want to build close enough relationships with these companies that they can just call me and say ‘hey Erin, I need this’ and I can send them somebody.”

Cremean also wants to learn more about Fremont and its surrounding area and to be more integrated with the instructors at the College.

Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation Cory Stine is to collaborate with Cremean. “We’re looking forward to the workforce and community education unit, under Erin’s leadership, collaborating with colleagues from across the College,” he said.

Before working at Terra State, Cremean was the Global Internship Director for Sandusky City Schools at Sandusky High School where she helped high school seniors figure out what they wanted to do and then connected them to professionals in the areas they’re interested in. “They got to test drive their dream profession in an internship the second semester of their senior year,” she said. In this role, Cremean worked with 246 companies.

Cremean helped bring 96 juniors and seniors from Sandusky interested in trades to tour Terra State. “When I saw what was going on here at Terra, I got really excited because it’s such a good fit for a lot of the students at Sandusky because we had a comprehensive high school with college classes and trades along with Gen. Eds. So, this was a neat transition,” she said.

Before her career with Sandusky City Schools, she worked at EHOVE Career Center as a Success for Youth Career Advisor for at-risk youth of Erie, Huron and Sandusky Counties. She also taught personal interest courses, was the Media Director at Perkins local schools and has a background in the fine arts.

“I’ve had a variety in my background, but everything has been a step in this direction and now it’s all coming together and it’s exciting,” Cremean explained. “I always tell people, your success is a journey. It’s not just one degree or diploma. It’s a journey in your life to get where you want to be.”

Stine is happy to have Cremean on board. “The College is thrilled to have someone like Erin with such an extensive employer relationship and networking background and understanding of workforce development issues,” he said.

Cremean holds a Bachelor in Education from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and has taken graduate courses in workforce and career advising. Before attending BGSU, she went to Edison State Community College and transferred her credits. “I really relate to the students at Terra State,” she said. “I know what it’s like to go to a community college and then continue my education. I also get how it is to work and go to school.”

In addition to her work in career education, Cremean also is involved in the community. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club in Sandusky and is looking to transfer her membership to the Fremont Kiwanis Club, she is in the Erie County Chamber of Commerce and plans to get involved in the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce and she does a lot of conservation and clean-up efforts around the Great Lakes. “It’s a blessing to be involved in the community,” she said.

In her free time, Cremean enjoys sailing, traveling, riding motorcycles, parasailing and so much more. “I have an adventurous spirit,” she said.

“I like to get people to try new things and believe in themselves,” Cremean said. “I get so excited when students get that ah-ha moment of ‘I know what I want to do’ or ‘I know what I want to be’ or they get that job where they feel that sense of satisfaction. That always makes my day.”          

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.

Annual Summit to celebrate Downtown Tiffin

Live music and presentation featured at event

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 18, 2019 – Join with community and business leaders in commemorating a year of success for Downtown Tiffin with the 2019 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin. The event features live music, a presentation and awards ceremony.

The night will include a chance for attendees to network, and live music is to be provided by Dave & Glenn and the Xpando Band. Ray Boylston, Senior Associate of RLS & Associates Inc., is to give the first local presentation on the proposed deviated fixed bus route for Tiffin, with time for community input. The event also includes the 2019 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

Tickets are $5. There is cash bar available and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.tiffinsummit.com. Tickets also are to be available at Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

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.com.

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. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Sweet Summertime in Downtown Tiffin

Third Thursday event features live music

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 16, 2019 – Channel Kenny Chesney with Sweet Summertime, the July Third Thursday event planned for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, with events planned in Downtown Tiffin and almost 20 businesses offering specials. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family-friendly and benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

As a special treat for the event, Tiffin Community Foundation has sponsored a free concert by the Cherry Bombs 7-9 p.m. in Cherry Alley and UIS will have free cherry pie and ice cream.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at the Laird Arcade Brewery, 114 S. Washington St., Suite D, Tiffin.


In addition to the door prizes, participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

“Perfect song on the radio. Sing along ’cause it’s one we know. It’s a smile, it’s a kiss. It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime… Sweet Summertime”

Participating businesses include:

  • Burns Electric -Tootsie pop suckers when you stop in the store!
  • Clover Club
  • The Empire at 138 – McClain’s Bar Original Lemonade
  • Frozone – Cherry Amaretto yogurt and 10 percent off your purchase
  • Jolly’s – Small root beer floats
  • The LAB – Sweet “nectar of the gods” on tap and Christmas in July sale, all sweatshirts in stock are $25. $2 samples!
  • Old Fort Bank – Banking with us just makes scents! Free cherry-scented air fresheners when you stop in the bank!
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – Samples of sweet summer peach slush (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), and wine tasting ($10, pre-registration required).
  • Reino’s – Free order of cinnamon sticks with any order more than $5, just mention it’s Third Thursday!
  • The Renaissance of Tiffin – $6 lemonade and fruit flavored drinks
  • The Shawhan – Cherry Cokes
  • Simply Susan’s – “Sweet deal” plus a free sweet taste of Tiffin all day
  • Thrivent Financial – Passing out cookies
  • Tiffin Community Foundation – Sponsoring the “Cherry Bombs” to play live music in Cherry Alley 7 -9 p.m.
  • Tiffin Glass Shoppe – Dip of cherry ice cream with a purchase of Tiffin stemware for $5. Select items will be 10 percent off!
  • UIS Insurance and Investments – Cherry pie and ice cream in the Cherry Alley parking lot
  • Viaduct – $1 pudding shots
  • Washington Street Outfitters – Kona Ice of Lake Erie Shores and Islands Shaved Ice truck parked out front of the store.

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. For more information, click here.

Health Partners of Western Ohio investing more than $2 million in Tiffin

New Tiffin Community Health Center opens

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 19, 2019 – After four years of operating out of rented spaces in Tiffin, Tiffin Community Health Center recently completed the renovation of 1344 W. Seneca Ave. and started offering services there July 1. The facility houses primary care physicians covering pediatrics to geriatrics, a dentist office with pediatric care and counseling. An on-site pharmacy is to be open in five weeks.

Tiffin Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio. The facility underwent a $2.2 million investment in renovations and equipment purchases. It is one of 18 such facilities in Northwest Ohio, and the sixth dental clinic operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio.

The center accepts all forms of insurance, Medicaid and Medicare and works with uninsured patients to provide services on a sliding fee scale. It primarily serves people living below 200 percent of the poverty level and works with patients to ensure their medical and mental health needs are being met.

Janis Sunderhaus, CEO of Health Partners of Western Ohio said: “When it comes to a person’s health, we don’t feel like we can take care of one thing without taking care of everything. We hope to achieve that at this new facility, which is the endgame of years of looking for the right place in Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The City of Tiffin thanks Health Partners of Western Ohio for making this investment in the Tiffin community, and we hope they continue to grow and provide services to our citizens.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (419) 455-8140 or visit http://tiffin.hpwohio.org.

About Health Partners of Western Ohio

Established in 2003, Health Partners of Western Ohio, a federally qualified health center system providing medical, dental, behavioral health, dispensing pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, and chiropractic care at 18 locations in Northwest Ohio. Its mission is to eliminate gaps in health outcomes for all members of our community by providing access to quality, affordable, preventive and primary health care. In 2018, it was named a national quality leader by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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.com.

New pediatric dentistry to open in Tiffin

Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry to start taking appointments in September

TIFFIN, OHIO – JULY 11, 2019 – Seeing a need in the community for a full-time pediatric dentist, Dr. Daniela Cuadra has announced plans to open Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry in late September in Tiffin. She will start taking appointments at the beginning of September at her newly renovated office at 486 Wentz St.

Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry welcomes infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs. Services include dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, baby exams, fenectomies (lingual ties), digital x-rays, dental sealants, restorative, space maintainers, minimal sedation with nitrous oxide, general anesthesia when necessary for advanced extensive dental needs, dental emergencies and dental trauma care. The office accepts all insurances and most Medicaid plans.

Cuadra has worked in Tiffin and most recently in practices in Northwest Ohio. She and her family moved to Ohio from Alabama in 2016 and she said it has been her dream to open a practice in Tiffin: “I have loved living in Tiffin and thought it was time that the community had a dentist that specialized in pediatrics full-time.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “We’re pleased that Dr. Cuadra chose to not only make Tiffin the home for her family but also to open a business here.”

For more information, find Cuadra Pediatric Dentistry on Facebook.

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.

Tickets still available for Downtown Summer Stroll

Second year for annual event in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 10, 2019 – There is still time to get tickets for the second annual Downtown Summer Stroll taking place Saturday, July 13, 2019, in historic Downtown Tiffin, Ohio. The walk is 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Like other fun walks in Tiffin, including the Chocolate Walk in the spring and Pumpkin Stroll in the fall, people are invited to walk through the shops and restaurants in the downtown collecting summer-themed treats and gifts. As in the past, 100 percent of the walk proceeds will be donated to the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Fund.

Tickets are $20 for the walk which starts at JT’s Bagel Bar, 14 Sycamore St., or SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. Tickets are available for purchase in store at Simply Susan’s, 70 S Washington St., or online at downtowntiffinevents.com. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at Simply Susan’s. For more information, find Downtown Summer Stroll 2019 on Facebook.

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. For more information, click here.

Allstate agency moving to new location

Newly-renovated space to offers more for clients, future growth

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 5, 2019 – In an effort to better serve its customers and expand its business, Tiffin’s local Allstate Insurance Agency, Stover Insurance Services, LLC, is moving its offices to 453 E. Market St., adjacent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The first day of business at the new location is Monday, July 29, 2019.

The space has been recently renovated, and includes private offices and a conference room, dedicated parking and allows the business an opportunity to refresh the visibility, look, feel and branding of its space.

The last day of operation at the current location in the Laird Arcade will be Friday, July 26. David Stover, Owner and Exclusive Agent for Stover Insurance Services, said the move will be positive for his agency: “The Laird has served us well and we love Downtown Tiffin – we just outgrew the space. This new location will allow us to grow and for our employees to operate comfortably and have private conversations with clients when needed.”

For more information, call the office at (419) 443-8301 or email davidstover@allstate.com.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America, serving more than 16 million households nationwide. Founded in 1931, Allstate has been dedicated to protecting our customers from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years.

Allstate became a publicly traded company in 1993, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ALL. As of year-end 2015, Allstate had nearly $104.7 billion in total assets. You’re In Good Hands with Allstate©.

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.com.

City of Tiffin releases results of housing study

Report finds market for up to 450 new housing units in area

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 25, 2019 – In order to determine the kind of housing needed and attract developers to the area, the City of Tiffin has released the results of a months-long housing study. The report, “Tiffin Housing Opportunities Analysis,” is based on analyses of the housing market within the Tiffin market, area demographics, and a survey to existing and potential residents. Housing site opportunities also were identified through multiple field trips to the Tiffin area to review sites and interview local stakeholders.

The study was conducted by Dublin, Ohio-based DiSalvo Development Advisors (DDA), funded by the City of Tiffin and managed by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. It is DDA’s opinion that in the next three years a market exists for 330 to 450 new housing units in the Tiffin area. Eight potential development site examples were identified.

According to DDA, the Tiffin market represents one of the most underserved housing markets in Northwest Ohio. The lack of rental and for-sale housing development has resulted in an extreme shortage of housing that prevents prospective homeowners and renters from moving into the area. Growth in the labor pool and spending power for the local businesses is constrained without available housing. Among 18 rental properties surveyed, only two units were vacant. At the time of this writing, there were just 30 homes listed for sale (above $50,000) that were not pending, and no condominiums were listed for sale.

Also as part of the study, an online housing survey was responded to by 600 people in March and April 2019. Of the 600 respondents, 496 (82.7 percent) indicated that they or a family member work in Tiffin. Eight out of 10 respondents indicated parkland was the most important amenity proximate to a residence for owners and renters. Proximity to retail and workplace were the second and third most important amenities.

The survey also showed that eight of every 10 respondents indicated they were very or extremely familiar

with the business offerings in downtown Tiffin. Respondents were asked to choose their top three businesses/venues they would like to see, which were a bakery, indoor farmer’s market and a family recreation venue (e.g. arcade, bowling, movies, etc.). It is important to note that the desire by the

respondents for certain business types in the downtown does not indicate that the market will support such businesses.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The results of this survey are clear – there is a need for new housing development in the City of Tiffin. With so many great things happening in our community, this need must be addressed if we want to see continued growth.”

To view the report, visit tiffinseneca.org and search for “Tiffin housing study” or click here.

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.com.