Workforce Training Funds Available

OhioDevelopmentServicesAgencyPress release provided by Ohio Development Services Agency

Thousands of Ohio employees have received training to advance their career through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round five is rapidly approaching.

 
“It’s important that Ohio’s workforce keeps current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This training ensures employees stay ahead of the game, keeping Ohio competitive.”

 
Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive Manufacturing, Automotive Technicians, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Polymers and Chemicals, Logistics, or Research and Development. Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, the provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

 
The Ohio Development Services Agency reimburses the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a Fiscal Year is $75,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

 
Eligible businesses can begin the online application process on September 26, 2016 and will have three weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application. The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2016.

 
For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.

 

For complete guidelines for the 2017 program, click here.

Employment Law Seminar set for Oct. 7

october-7-seminar-editedThe Mercy Health Tiffin and Mercy Heath Willard Foundations are hosting a US Department of Labor live Continuing Legal Education seminar to answer employment law questions on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital McMullen Conference Center.

The seminar will answer the following questions and more:

·         Can I fire an employee for that?

·         When does the Family & Medical Leave Act apply to my company?

·         What are my obligations as an employer for hiring a teenager for summer employment?

·         Do I have to give my employees a break in the morning and/or afternoon?

·         When do I have to pay overtime?

·         Can I make an employee work a double shift?

·         What happens when an employee is deployed by the military and then comes back and wants the job back after deployment?

The target audience of this seminar is attorneys, CEOs, CFOs, HR and payroll managers. Speakers include field agents from the US Department of Labor, EEOC, VA, etc., and are top notch.

The price of the seminar is only $40. Please pre-register by contacting Bernie Steinmetz at 419.455.7049 or Bernie_Steinmetz@mercy.com. There are only 90 spaces available and pre-registration ends Friday, Sept. 30.

New Housing Ohio moves into downtown office

nho-website2New Housing Ohio, an organization offering multi-family affordable housing, congregate living facilities and recovery residences, has located an office at 68 South Washington Street in downtown Tiffin.

Regional Director Ronele Myers says the new office will help support their efforts to assist underserved populations in Seneca County. “We are here to fill gaps in community services and provide general population housing for people who would otherwise be homeless.”

Tiffin falls within the NHO region operating housing facilities in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties. They specialize in transitional housing, designed to provide a place to live while residents make a plan and gain skills for the future.

One of their most notable properties is the Morrison House in Tiffin. The Morrison House is a transitional housing development for singles and families, who may stay for up to six months. Since opening in December of 2012, close to 200 Seneca County residents have benefited from the facility, with a 62% success rate, meaning residents left with income and stable housing.

More information from their website:

New Housing Ohio is a developer, owner, and manager of specialized housing, primarily serving the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, substance use, and homeless populations.  We began in 1995, in Lebanon, Ohio, as New Housing Opportunities, Inc.  Starting in the mid-2000’s, we expanded into other communities throughout Ohio.  Eventually, we opened an office in Tiffin, Ohio, which now serves a large portion of Northwest Ohio.  Additionally, we acquired the assets of THR, Inc., an organization in Butler County, Ohio.  Today, New Housing Ohio consists of nine separate corporations and several quasi-independent programs.

Tim Hortons to open $1.4M Tiffin store

Developer receives city tax exemption to offset asbestos abatement

img_1415TIFFIN, OHIO – September 19, 2016 – Rensko Holdings, a company out of Westerville Ohio, has purchased 1630 West Market Street and is announcing today that they plan to build a Tim Hortons franchise on the property. The project will cost an estimated $1.44 million and create 35 new jobs.

Rensko owns nearly 30 Tim Hortons developments in Ohio. The company has been expanding and has identified additional growth markets for this and next year throughout the state. Tiffin is one they are targeting. Rensko is also planning to build a Tim Hortons store in Fostoria.

Jennifer Francis, Manager of New Development for Rensko Holdings, said market research and the community’s reputation has shown Tiffin to be an ideal market for a new Tim Hortons. “We are impressed with all the retail development going on in Tiffin and how the city continues to grow. We think a new Tim Hortons will be a great addition to the community,” she said.

The company tonight received final approval from the Tiffin City Council for a 50%, 10-year Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) tax abatement. Demolition is set to begin within the next 10-15 days and new construction is planned to begin in October. Developers hope to have the store completed by the end of the year. The tax savings are helping the company offset additional unanticipated development costs, including asbestos abatement.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with their decision to locate in Tiffin. “We continue to see growth in all sectors, from manufacturing to retail. We are very happy to welcome Tim Hortons as the newest national brand in our West Market Commercial Corridor.”

Tim Hortons® Overview

TIM HORTONS®, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. As of December 31, 2015, TIM HORTONS® had more than 4,400 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.

About SIEDC

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 www.senecasuccess.com.

Seminar: Doing Business in Canada

doing-bizcanada-sept-30The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Regional Growth Partnership are partnering to present the seminar “Doing Business in Canada” Friday, Sept. 30 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce. This is a free seminar, however, they are asking participants to register here.

More information from the Chamber and RGP:

In 2015 Ohio exports to Canada totaled $20.1 billion or 40% of the state export
figure. With so much opportunity for Ohio companies, join us as we welcome
Genevieve Dionne, Senior Trade Commissioner, and Rainer Kunau, Trade
Commissioner, with the Consulate General of Canada (Detroit) and Dan Ujczo,
Of Counsel, Cross Border Business Development Director, with Dickinson Wright
for a presentation on how you can start or grow your business with Canada.

CIFT offers preventive maintenance seminar

preventive-maintenance-programs-in-manufacturing_2016_09-28Would you like to control maintenance costs while optimizing performance?  Attend the Preventive Maintenance Programs in Manufacturing seminar, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CIFT, Ohio MEP, and Rockwell Automation present a one day training seminar for plant engineers, maintenance managers, operations managers, and others responsible for recommending, designing, and managing maintenance programs for manufacturing operations.

The program features presentations by professional engineers with many years of experience at some of our nation’s largest manufacturers, and by development engineers from Rockwell Automation, one of the world’s leading industrial control companies.

Cost: $399 for CIFT members, and just $499 for non-CIFT members.  Cost includes lunch and refreshments.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  (You might qualify for Professional Development Hours (PDH) for this training seminar.)

Please click here to learn more and reserve your spot!  Space is limited!

From the Center for Innovative Food Technology

Tiffin’s real estate services continue to grow

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Elaine Thomson and Judy Riley

Stepping Stone Realty was started in 2010 by Elaine Thomson, with an office in Upper Sandusky. Over the past six years, Thomson has grown her businesses with satellite offices out of realtors’ homes and in July 2016, she opened an office with two additional agents in the Tiffin Mall.

“We work in Tiffin so often anyway, it just made sense,” she said. “I brought Judy Riley and Greg Sarver on to work with me here and when you have multiple people working so hard and doing such a great job, they need an office.”

Combined, the realtors in the Tiffin office bring more than 35 years of experience to the company. They have sold more than 25 listings in the past year and pride themselves on their availability to customers at any time of day, and on weekends.

“They look out for the client first and foremost,” Thomson said. Riley added, “We work well together because we have the same work ethics and values.”

Over the past year, Tiffin has seen growth in the market of home buying and selling. Listed below are other real estate services new to town:

  • Slate Real Estate – Slate opened their office at 1660 W. Market Street, Suite C, in April of 2016 with three partners; Marcia Focht, Britny Focht and Sara Wingart. Since their opening, they have added real estate professional Mike Martin to their office. Read more.
  • Legacy Title – The newest addition is Legacy Title, a full service real estate title company which focuses on real estate title work and title insurance, and provides expertise in closing transactions and acts as closing agent for many lending institutions. They opened their office at 19 West Market Street, Suite F in August of 2016. Read more.
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty – Bill and Kelli Jones opened their real estate and auction office at 99 E. Perry Street in December 2015. The office is a full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers. Read more.

Relocation and improvements:

  • Select Realty Group – Though not new to Tiffin, this young real estate firm relocated their offices to 23 South Washington Street and renovated the interior and exterior of their new building in 2015. Read more.

Food Export seminar Sept. 13

food-exportODSA and Food Export is hosting Food Export Helpline Counselor Dennis Lynch as keynote speaker at their seminar, “2016 Food Export Seminar: How to Successfully Enter Foreign Markets & China Outlook” on September 13. The program is structured so that the morning session is educational but after lunch, companies will have an opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with Dennis, Food Export staff, ODSA staff, SBDC Export Assistance Advisors and other partners.

Dennis Lynch works as a consultant for Food Export by helping companies through the Food Export Helpline. He is a wealth of information when it comes to exporting food. Find more information at https://www.foodexport.org/.

The event is in Columbus and there is a registration fee of $50 per person. Please register here by Sept. 8.

 

Tiffin awarded $450,000 in community development grants

Funds to be used to improve streetscape and expand façade program

cbdgTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – The City of Tiffin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a total of $450,000 in allocation and competitive funding towards downtown revitalization. More than 69 communities across the state applied for the competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and Tiffin was one of 37 selected. A total of $11.6 million is being awarded this year statewide.

About half of the funds will be used to revitalize the streetscape on East Market Street between Jefferson Street and Rock Creek, connecting the historic downtown district with the new streetscape project between Heidelberg and Rock Creek, scheduled for 2018. The City of Tiffin was awarded $650,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for that project on both Perry and Market Streets. The improvements will include new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, and decorative trash receptacles. This project will complement the new East Commons greenspace park currently under development and fits with the new Downtown Development Plan finished this year.

The remainder of the grant funding will be used to launch an expanded Façade Enhancement Program reaching a larger area of downtown Tiffin not currently covered by the existing program. Building owners would be eligible to receive matching funds for half of exterior improvement costs, up to $15,000. Established in 2014, the original Façade Enhancement Program has been a huge success, resulting in almost $1.2 million in new investment among 38 projects. The program expansion is expected to launch yet this year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is very pleased with the state’s award. “It is great to see the City’s investment in planning and downtown revitalization continuing to pay dividends. I feel this award is a recognition of City Council’s and this administration’s continued commitment to strategic investment in our downtown. I am very excited to see both an expansion of the façade program and the finishing of the East Market Street streetscape. The momentum continues.”

About SIEDC

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.

Arnold Machine plans $2.6M expansion

Local manufacturer to add 25,000 square feet, 20 new jobs

amiTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – Arnold Machine, Inc. has announced intentions to move forward with a $2.6 million expansion to the Tiffin facility, creating 20 new skilled labor jobs. The project includes a $1.6 million, 25,000 square foot expansion to the building as well as $1 million in new equipment to support the expansion.

President and Owner Zach Arnold said the company was considering locating a satellite assembly facility in the Memphis area, but the workforce, community, and local and state support helped make the decision to stay in Tiffin. “Although much of our new business is in the south, we are very pleased to be able to expand here. It’s an exciting time in our company’s history, and we appreciate all of the support we’re receiving from the City of Tiffin, SIEDC, AEP, the Regional Growth Partnership, and JobsOhio. If everything is approved, we will be expanding here.”

The expansion is contingent on the final approval of local and state incentives, which are expected to exceed $500,000 in value over the next fifteen years. The company is intending to take advantage of a one hundred percent, 15-year Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption on the new facility as well as a five-year, fifty percent local municipal income tax credit. AEP Ohio is also considering supporting the project with a grant as well. An offer from AEP Ohio is expected in the next few weeks.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the news. “With this expansion, the North Star Industrial Park is completely full. We are excited to see our industrial sector continue to grow stronger, and we’re excited about the future. We appreciate the investment Arnold Machine is making in our community.”

Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership that helped facilitate state support for the project as part of the JobsOhio Network, said, “It’s incredible to see the growth and development in northwest Ohio, and Tiffin and Seneca County are a big part of it. This is just another example of why they are a top-ranked community.”

About Arnold Machine

Arnold Machine, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of customized automation equipment for the automotive, appliance and heavy equipment industries. The company started in 1994 as a small custom machining and fabrication shop located in the owner’s garage and has grown into a 45-person operation with a 50,000 sf facility located in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin, Ohio. The company has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC.

About Regional Growth Partnership

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) is private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in northwest Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. The RGP also serves as the JobsOhio Northwest network partner, serving as the JobsOhio point of contact and customer service for state incentives for a 17-county region. Learn more at www.rgp.org.

About SIEDC

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.