Friends of local Bark Park host Howl-A-Palooza

barkparklogo1Come enjoy an evening of fun, good music, and help a good cause at the same time!

The Friends of the Tiffin Bark Park are hosting a Howl-A-Palooza this Saturday, February 6, from 8 to 11 p.m., in the Meadowbrook Ballroom, Bascom, to help maintain one of the largest off-leash dog parks in Ohio – located right here in Tiffin.

The evening features live music by The Together Band, a horn-featured band that brings the sounds from the 70s and 80s, as well as beyond, for your enjoyment. Everyone will also have the opportunity to participate in 50/50 drawings, try their chances for great gift baskets, and more.

Food will not be provided, but all are welcome to bring their own beverages and snacks to enjoy throughout the evening.

Tickets are being sold for $20 per person up until Saturday, and $25 per person the day of the show. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Bodyworks (behind Tiffin Hardware), Edenwood Veterinary Clinic, and the WTSC-Seneca County Radio station.

The Tiffin Bark Park is a city owned and operated park with guidance and financial assistance from the Friends of the Tiffin Bark Park 501c3.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

Heidelberg to host Fifth Annual Harry Potter Fest

potter-palsHave you ever wished you could attend Hogwarts and enjoy the great feasts? So have the students attending Heidelberg University, and they have done something about it!

For the past five years, the students and faculty of Heidelberg have created their own Potter world, one night a year, transforming the Wickham Great Hall into a Potter fan’s dream. The head table is full of familiar faces, and the Sorting Hat graces the audience with a song and a sorting ceremony for lucky individuals. All participants are encouraged to show their Potter spirit.

Dinner is provided, as well as souvenirs, games, and a chance to win prizes.

Open to the community, the Fifth Annual Harry Potter Fest is being held this Friday, February 5th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Individual tickets are available for $5, and family tickets for $10. Special edition Order of the Phoenix shirts are also available for $10.

To register, email If you have any questions, contact Lindsay Kagy at 419.448.2207.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern

David Zak takes position as SIEDC President & CEO

Zak resumes leadership of Seneca County development office

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 20, 2016 – After a four-month engagement at Tiffin University, David Zak will return to the helm of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation tomorrow. Interviews for finalists were conducted in early January, and Zak’s appointment was approved by a majority vote of the SIEDC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

SIEDC Chair and Heidelberg President Rob Huntington made the official announcement. “On behalf of the SIEDC Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, I am very pleased that David Zak is returning SIEDC to serve as our President and CEO. He did an excellent job previously and I am sure that he will contribute significantly to our community’s economic growth and well-being going forward again. I am especially excited knowing that David is rejoining our strong SIEDC staff team of Karen Bowers, Amy Reinhart, Katie Lang and Bryce Riggs who have been doing a great job over the past five months. We have tremendous momentum!”

Incoming Chair and President and CEO of Webster Industries Andrew Felter shared Huntington’s enthusiasm. “The leadership of David Zak along with an exceptional staff is absolutely the right team to continue the trajectory of success at SIEDC and develop bold improvement for our community. I am now even more optimistic about the positive transformational impact SIEDC can have for our future.”

Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, a SIEDC Executive Committee member and owner of Laminate Technologies, also expressed his approval. “I am extremely pleased that the Executive Board of SIEDC unanimously approved bringing the vote for David’s reemployment to the full board. This is a great day for the residents of Tiffin and Seneca County, to have David doing what he does best to move the county forward.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, also a member of the Executive Committee, praised the success of the SIEDC team’s recent work and voiced his expectations moving forward. “Just in the past year downtown Tiffin has achieved Main Street status through Heritage Ohio, 11 new businesses have opened downtown, more than 15 buildings have been approved for façade enhancement, Buffalo Wild Wings broke ground, Taiho announced a large expansion and AFS and Webster Industries completed theirs. The list goes on and on, and there’s even more in the pipeline,” Montz said. “I am very confident that David is the right leader to continue this pattern of success.”

Zak was excited about the vote and the opportunity to get back to his old position. “A unanimous vote means the world to me, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Tiffin and Seneca County are the place my family and I call home, and I can’t wait to rejoin the SIEDC team and help this great community develop for years to come. I also feel that my time at Tiffin University gives me a better understanding of how a university works, and I look forward to using that experience to help TU, Heidelberg and the community grow together. I can’t wait to get started.”


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at

First Façade Enhancement Grants of 2016 awarded

More than $41,000 to be investedEmpire at 138

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 19, 2016 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the first two Façade Enhancement Grants of 2016 for 136 and 138 S. Washington St., which will eventually be combined to form new restaurant The Empire at 138.

Work on the project began in September and continues to move along, partner Rick Reser said. “A lot of work has already been done to the inside of the building, but now we are ready to transform the outside as well.”

Construction of the new restaurant is focused not only on 138 Facade Drawingupdating the buildings, but preserving as much historical integrity as possible. “The buildings date back to the 1890’s-1920’s,” Reser said. “We would like to restore the façade to replicate that historical look.”

Grants were awarded for both buildings, amounting to $20,000 in grant funds and more than $41,000 in total investment. Improvements will include: new windows, decorative trim, steel columns, aluminum window frames and doors.

With these two approvals, $80,000 of the original $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin is still available for Façade Enhancement Grants.


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at

How to renovate a commercial building in Tiffin, OH

Guide ContactsThis is a general guide and there may be variations in each project. Contact the Downtown Development Coordinator for guidance throughout the process (see Contacts).

1. Obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness

  • Request a Preliminary Review from the City Engineer at the next ABR meeting. There are no formal submission requirements for a preliminary review.
  • Fill out a one-page “Certificate of Appropriateness” application and submit to the Downtown Development Coordinator.
  • Present your Project at the scheduled ABR meeting and answer questions from the board to obtain a decision.

2. Determine What Approvals or Permits Are Required to Occupy a Building Prior to Beginning Work

  • Contact Tiffin’s Downtown Development Coordinator for all incentives and coordination.
  •  Contact Richland County Building Regulations to speak with a Plans Examiner or Building Official for planning assistance.Note: Richland County can advise whether building approvals or permits are required for any work or changes in occupancy of the building or structure. They can assist you with a building walk-through, phone conferences and a review of preliminary sketches to advise what drawings or permits may be necessary. They can also advise whether or not plans need to be prepared by an Ohio Registered Architect or Engineer.
  •  Refer to Richland County’s Existing Structures Occupancy Packet to determine if your project will ONLY require a Certificate of Occupancy.There are 5 situations outlined starting on p.1 of the packet, which is is available on Richland County’s website under ‘Commercial Plans.’
  • Contact Tiffin Fire Department to  determine what fire code requirements may apply to the existing structure, any changes in use/occupancy, or any alterations that are proposed to the building.
  •  Contact the City Engineer’s Office regarding zoning, building, and sign regulations. The zoning permit, along with other documents listed in Step 4, will need to be submitted to Richland County to obtain approval and permits.Note: Richland County is willing to walk through buildings with the Owner, Designer, and/or Contractor to discuss required documents for potential projects.

3. Develop Building Plans

  • For Normal Building Maintenance such as painting or carpeting, no plans are necessary.
  • For Alterations Where the Building Footprint Does NOT Change, construction documents are required. Depending on the scope of work, plans and construction documents may need to be prepared and sealed by an Ohio Registered Design Professional (Architect or Engineer).
  • If you need a Food Service Permit, fill out and submit plans and application to  the Seneca County Health Department. See “How to Start a Food BusinessNote: All electrical, HVAC, hydronics, plumbing or refrigeration work must be must be performed by a contractor licensed by the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board. All automatic sprinkler, fire alarm, and fire suppression work (including repairs and maintenance) must be performed by an individual licensed by the Ohio State Fire Marshall.

4. Obtain Required Permits and Approvals

  • Obtain a Zoning Permit from the City of Tiffin.
  • Obtain a Building Permit from Richland County. The permit or approval may be issued for multiple scopes of work such as building/structural, electrical, mechanical, fire alarm/suppression and exterior signs. Each project may have different scopes of work, the process is dependent upon the overall scope of work. Projects may be submitted separately, but this can extend or delay the approval and inspection process.
  • Submit two sets of plans, application fees, zoning permit and paperwork to Richland County to have on record for the building permit. It should take approximately 10 business days to review the application, the Richland will advise if any additional information is required and may be able to partially approve if the plans are missing or deficient.
  • OR call Richland County to schedule walk through plan approval. An Appointment must be requested prior to submitting the application and documents.
  • Obtain a Plumbing Permit from the Erie County Health Department. This usually takes two weeks.Note: Forms and more information can be found at under “Forms and Documents”

5. Begin Construction

6. Schedule Inspections

  • Fire and Life Safety | Tiffin Fire Department 419.448.5448
  • Structural Mechanical & Electrical Compliance | Richland County 419.774.5517
  • Plumbing Compliance | Erie County Scott Thom 419.626.5623 ext.206
  • Food Service Compliance (if needed) | Seneca County Health Department Nicki Rumschlag 419.447.3691 ext.348

7. Receive Permission to Occupy the Building

Note: In many cases in downtown Tiffin, an occupancy permit will be necessary. They are typically issued within five days after the required inspections are completed and all documents received by Richland County. The packet can be found at under “Forms and Documents.”

  • Obtain Final Life Safety Occupancy Inspection from the Tiffin Fire Department.
  • Obtain Certificate of Use and Occupancy from Richland County.Note: There are other agencies in the State that may need a copy of the Certificate of Use and Occupancy for licensing purposes. Beauty/nail/ tanning salons may be regulated by the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology. Child care occupancies may be licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Services. Healthcare related occupancies may be regulated by the Ohio Department of Health.

How to start a food business in Tiffin

Phat CakesWith the influx of new businesses in Tiffin, many of which are food related, we would like to provide information on starting that process. This is a guide describing the steps to opening your food business. This process is required for starting a new food or beverage establishment, a remodeled or altered establishment, when there is a change of ownership or when an establishment has been closed for more than a year.

1. How to Begin: In the Guide to Starting a Food Business you will find a complete description of the process, time frame, fee schedule, additional permit contacts, required equipment and a final inspection checklist.

2. The Application: The business owner must fill out a Review Application.

3. Submission: To obtain your license, you must submit a set of plans, the completed application and plan review fees to the Seneca County General Health District (SCGHD), which has 30 days to review those items. When plans are approved, the owner must contact the SCGHD to set up a pre-licensing inspection.

4. Pre-licensing Inspection: This inspection will take place after all equipment is in place, cleaning is done and all required inspections are completed by the building, plumbing, electrical and fire agencies.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all of the rules and regulations and/or contact Nicki Rumaschlag with the SCGHD at 419.447.3691 ext. 348 with any questions you may have.

Buffalo Wild Wings to break ground Jan. 12

bw newTIFFIN, OHIO – January 7, 2016 – The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, located at 100 South Shaffer Park Drive, on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.

Mike Mastro, President & CEO of The Mastro Development Group, is 20160107_134626excited to begin construction on the 6,600 square foot “Stadia” style restaurant – the newest rendition of the layout – which includes an urban look with big screen TVs and an outdoor patio accessible through garage doors. The entire project is a $3.2 million investment in the Tiffin community that will create 60-65 new jobs.

“The amount of community help and support we’ve seen has been incredible. Never before have we received as much assistance as here in Tiffin,” Mastro said. “SIEDC has been extremely helpful in getting the project completed, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Montz, Hank and Associates, the City Engineer’s office and the Seneca County Commissioners.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is happy to see the project begin. “It took a bit longer than expected, but in that time, Mike has been a highly involved in the community and I am happy that I have had the pleasure of working with him through this process. This is a huge win for Tiffin and is sure to draw visitors and other retail and restaurant prospects.”

About Buffalo Wild Wings

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Buffalo Wild Wings is a $1.2 billion casual dining and sports bar franchise founded in 1982. The company has grown to more than 1,000 locations in every state in the country and in Canada as well as more than half a billion in assets. The company’s tag line is “Wings. Beer. Sports.” Learn more at

About The Mastro Development Group

The Mastro Development Group and affiliated companies began around 1972 with a Perkins in Marion, Ohio and has grown to become a diversified franchise and real estate company owning, managing or leasing space to Perkins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mexican restaurants, Hometown Urgent Care, and Davita Kidney Car, among others. The company employs more than 200 employees at their locations in Marion, and Findlay, Ohio.


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at

SIEDC to celebrate Main Street Tiffin distinction

Former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel to speak

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 2, 2016 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation would like to invite the community to celebrate Tiffin’s new status as a Heritage Ohio Main Street Community at the Knights of Columbus, 49 E. Perry St., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

“The Tiffin community began working toward this distinction many years ago, so it is very exciting to finally be able to say we are a Main Street Community,” SIEDC Downtown Development Coordinator and Executive Director of Main Street Tiffin Amy Reinhart said. “We are making great strides in downtown Tiffin with 28 Facade Enhancement Grant approvals since September 2014, 11 new downtown businesses since January 2015 and our great festivals bringing thousands downtown to see what is happening.”

The event will feature speaker Craig Krenzel, former OSU quarterback, 2002 National Championship winner and two-time Fiesta Bowl MVP. He will talk about teamwork in community development. Heritage Ohio Executive Director Joyce Barrett and Director of Revitalization Jeff Siegler will also be in attendance.

Entertainment will be provided by local classic rock band MOJO. Food and beverages will be provided by local businesses, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Jolly’s Drive-In, Reino’s, The Empire at 138, Bailiwicks and Madison Street Tavern.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Bryce Riggs at or 419.889.3932.


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at

About Main Street

Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts. Established in 1997, the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program is dedicated to empowering each community within the state to maintain, strengthen and revitalize the unique physical, economic, historical and cultural characteristics of its own Downtown, Urban Neighborhood District or Village center.


Final Façade Enhancement Grants of 2015 approved

City’s $100,000 investment spurs $700,550 investment in revitalization

186 S. WashTIFFIN, OHIO – December 16, 2015 – Yesterday, the Architectural Board of Review approved Façade Enhancement Grants for the buildings at 65 E. Market St. (formerly part of the Duck Inn) and 186 S. Washington St. These two projects will use the remainder of the $100,000 set aside by the city for Façade Grants in 2015, which has aided in $700,550 worth of downtown investment.

“This program has been a tremendous success,” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said. “It is truly amazing what downtown building owners have done in a little over a year, and I am excited to see the program continue with the support of the city.”

Since its inception in Sept. 2014, 29 Façade Enhancement Grants have been awarded, 18 of those in 2015. “We’ve seen the Façade Grant really take off over the last year, and we already have applicants lined up for 2016,” SIEDC Downtown Development Coordinator Amy Reinhart said.

Exterior renovations at 186 S. Washington St. will include window and door restoration and replacement, and the removal and replacement of wall and trim material. The total cost of the project is approximately $21,000, $10,000 of which will be covered by the Façade Grant.

Improvements at 65 E. Market St. will include repairing and painting brick, at a cost of approximately $8,000, $2,476 of which will be reimbursed through the grant. Owner Bennett Paulus has already invested $115,000 in interior renovations.


Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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 at the company’s blog at

Kreisers, MMS and Seneca Announce Merger

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Seneca Medical

TIFFIN, OHIO, December 15, 2015. Kreisers, Inc., headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; MMS-A Medical

Supply Company, headquartered in Earth City, Missouri and Seneca Medical, headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form Concordance Healthcare Solu­tions, LLC. The transaction is subject to approval by the companies’ shareholders and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

The combination will bring together three strong, growing and respected regional medical supply distributors. Concordance will have approximately 1,000 employees, 19 distribution centers and $1.1 billion in annual sales. MMS’s Executive Vice President, Tom Harris, and Seneca’s CEO, Roger Benz will serve as Co-Presidents of Concordance Healthcare Solutions. Serving on the Senior Advisory Board will be Dave Larson, CEO of Kreisers, Gary Reeve, CEO of MMS and William Schultz, Founder of Seneca.

“This is a great day, one that could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of all our employees. By mirroring the change in our industry, the combined company will now be better positioned to compete more effec­tively and profitably in the evolving healthcare market. We will be able to offer a larger array of services and prod­ucts, be more competitive in the marketplace and have a much larger national presence,” said Tom Harris, Executive Vice President of MMS.

“It is easy to see the merit of this combination by recognizing not only ‘what it is’ but also by ‘what it is not’. It is not an acquisition. It is a merger. Three equally dedicated independent distributors, possessing like cultures and business approaches, sharing and improving as a combined entity. This is not a transaction that results in a loser being canni­balized and incorporated into a winner. It is about furthering the development of a customer-focused, agile, near national, independent distributor the likes ofwhich the healthcare industry has not enjoyed for decades,” said Seneca CEO Roger Benz.

“If I was planning to merge Kreisers with a couple of established, superior regional distributors, Seneca and MMS would surely top the list. Kreisers’ dedication to servicing customers in our geographic area has taken a giant step forward. The synergy of combined operations run by an existing group of experienced employees will produce a win for the industry. A new alternative, long overdue, has now begun,” said Dave Larson, Owner/CEO of Kreisers.

Harris also added, “The word concordance, meaning in agreement, in harmony and being ofone mind could not be a more fitting name for this exciting new venture.”

About Kreisers, Inc.

In 1905, Frederick Kreiser opened a pharmacy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Since that time, Kreisers has focused on medical/surgical equipment and supplies. Today, Kreisers is a major regional distributor across the upper Midwest offering a complete line of medical equipment and supplies to hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, laboratory and home health providers. Kreisers has six distribution centers strategically located throughout the upper midwest to provide timely, efficient service. Kreisers continues to be operated as a family business, led by the founder’s grandson, David Larson. Kreisers offers their customers the strength and stability of proven past performance while leading the way into the future. To learn more, visit:

About MMS

MMS – A Medical Supply Company, founded in 1970, is one of the largest, independent, regional healthcare distributors in the U.S. The company offers products, equipment and supply chain services to healthcare providers. MMS has divisions, and experienced professionals, dedicated to nursing homes, hospitals, physician practices, government facili­ties, specialty products, home care, hospice, EMS and pharmaceuticals as well as healthcare industrial and redistribution businesses. MMS’s broad base of business across all provider segments, has established MMS as a leader in the evolving healthcare industry. MMS is headquartered in St. Louis, with a regional corporate office in New Rochelle, NY. MMS is a Regional Distributor with a National Presence with distribution facilities in Phoenix, AZ; Tamuning, GU; West Chicago, IL; Wichita, KS; Baton Rouge, LA; Earth City, MO, Secaucus, NJ; and Spartanburg SC. To learn more, visit:

About Seneca Medical

Founded in 1990, Seneca Medical is an independent, privately owned and operated medical surgical supply company with distribution locations in Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. Through a stock ownership plan launched in 1998, the company’s 550 current and past employees own 90% of Seneca Medical’s stock, contributing to the company’s culture of trust, integrity, commitment and service. Seneca serves acute care, physician and surgery centers, long term care centers and government agencies in 11 states. To learn more, visit: