SIEDC to host Downtown Summit

2014_04_15-town-center-signEvent features updates on downtown development and a panel discussion

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) will hold its Downtown Summit on Wednesday, May 6, from 4:30-8:15 p.m. at Heidelberg University’s Great Hall. The event will begin with a meet and greet, followed by a project review and updates by SIEDC and the Planning Team. Distinguished speakers will also present on topics relevant to downtown Tiffin, followed by a panel discussion.

The topics covered will include town and gown, placemaking and transportation.

Tiffin’s downtown is anchored by two universities that play a dynamic role in the local economy. Town and Gown describes economic strategies for partnerships that foster local development as well as community relationships through college and city collaboration. Examples of how educational institutions have boosted downtown development will provide inspiration for Tiffin, The Education Community.

Placemaking is the driving concept behind current best practices in downtown planning. It is an approach based on connecting people to place by creating inviting, dynamic spaces. Great placemaking is the result of coordinated planning, urban design, visioning, implementation and management efforts that capitalize on a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential and market opportunities. Simply put, placemaking is creating environments that promote peoples’ health, happiness and well-being.

Complete transportation systems integrate parking, bike lanes, sidewalks, and traffic calming concept elements into roadways to create safe, vibrant corridors. Converting one-way streets into two-ways may also enhance pedestrian safety and revitalize downtown economic vitality by reducing traffic speeds and providing more direct access to destinations. Methods to enhance transportation systems will be discussed in the context of downtown Tiffin.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. To RSVP for the event click here, or contact Bryce Riggs at 419.889.3932 or riggs@senecacounty.org no later than April 29, 2015.

 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.

21 manufacturers hiring at job fair

Last Friday, the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) and Ohio Means Jobs – Seneca  hosted a Manufacturing Job Event on Friday at their offices. Resumes were collected for 50+ types of open positions, ranging from ranged from physical labor and press or machine operation to office management. Mike McLane, JFS Workforce Development Administrator, and Carol Owen-Kern, JFS Business Services Consultant, were pleased with the event and will start delivering those sorted resumes to the various companies today. The economy is booming here, and we are putting in place resources to help companies continue their growth. Area manufacturers who are growing and looking to hire include:

  1. Alpha Coatings (Fostoria)
  2. American Fine Sinter (Tiffin)
  3. Ameriwood (Tiffin)
  4. Arnold Vending (Tiffin)
  5. Ballreich Bros. (Tiffin)
  6. Callie’s Performance (Fostoria)
  7. Church & Dwight (Old Fort, Fostoria)
  8. Green Bay Packaging (Fremont)
  9. Laminate Technologies (Tiffin)
  10. Machine Tool and Fab (Fostoria)
  11. Mennel Milling (Fostoria)
  12. Morgan AM & T (Fostoria)
  13. National Machinery (Tiffin)
  14. NSI Crankshaft (Fostoria)
  15. Owens Corning (Tiffin)
  16. Roppe Corporation (Fostoria)
  17. Sonoco Products (Tiffin)
  18. Taiho Corporation of America (Tiffin)
  19. Tiffin Metal Products (Tiffin)
  20. Toledo Molding & Die (Tiffin)
  21. Webster Industries (Tiffin)

For additional information about the open positions, please contact the Ohio Means Jobs – Seneca office. For information about the companies or resources for companies to assist with recruiting, please contact Carol Owen-Kern, Business Services Consultant, at 419.447.5011 x322 or by email at Carol.Owen@jfs.ohio.gov.

 

 

Oriana House is the newest healthcare expansion

Company expands to 12 jobs, will occupy vacant facilityBetty Jane 2 (3)

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 8, 2015 – Tiffin-based 3EC Development and Oriana House, Inc., are pleased to announce a new partnership which would allow Oriana House to relocate and establish a new expanded, multi-service treatment facility in Tiffin at the currently vacant Betty Jane Memorial Center, located at 65 Saint Francis Avenue. A five-year lease has been signed, and the new facility will employ 12, representing a 20 percent increase in employment. The total investment by 3EC to prepare it for development will be near or exceed $700,000.

This latest project extends the trend in Tiffin and Seneca County for positive growth and development across all sectors including healthcare, which now employs more than 2,200 workers in Seneca County and is a $200+ million business. This small project follows the $9M Sojourn at Seneca facility being constructed on the Mercy Tiffin Hospital campus and the $1M ProMedica dialysis center expansion in Fostoria.

3EC Development co-founder Chris Huffman welcomed the deal. “This is the kind of project we envisioned when we purchased the facility, and we are glad to see more jobs coming as a result.” Oriana House Vice President Jason Varney was also pleased with the arrangement. “We appreciate 3EC, the city of Tiffin, and the positive reception we have received. We are committed to making the communities we operate in stronger and healthier, and we have done that successfully for 35 years. Oriana House has been a part of Tiffin and the greater Seneca County region for many years now and this partnership allows for an expansion of much needed services.”

Oriana House is a nationally renowned private, nonprofit healthcare and social service provider with 800 employees and 28 facilities in Summit, Cuyahoga, Seneca, Sandusky and Erie counties focusing on addiction treatment. 3EC Development is a local investor and developer group which purchased the Betty Jane Center in 2006, a year after it closed. It has been vacant since 2012, when the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center relocated to their current West Market St. location.

Built in 1962 and named after Betty Jane Friedman, the Betty Jane Center sought to become a Mayo Clinic of sorts for northwest Ohio and sought to help people attain their fullest physical, mental, social and vocational independence. In 1968, the vocational/industrial division was developed to help individuals 14 years of age and older develop the skills required for employment. The Center was closed in 2005.

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.

Fourth downtown business awarded façade grant

Reino’s Pizza and Pasta to update exteriorReino's Exterior

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 7, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the fourth Façade Enhancement Grant of 2015 for Reino’s Pizza and Pasta. With an investment of nearly $6,000, the planned improvements for the building at 73 East Market Street include tuckpointing brick, replacing third floor windows, painting trim and repairing the roof.

Owner John Reino appreciated the 50 percent match to his investment. “Maintaining a nearly 150 year old building can be expensive; the Façade Enhancement Grant really helps alleviate repair costs and keep businesses in downtown Tiffin looking good.”

According to John Huss, local historian and Architectural Board of Review Chair, ground was broken on the 73 East Market Street building in May of 1867. The first restaurant to occupy the space was Frederick’s Saloon in the 1880’s and many businesses have occupied the space since, most notably, the Royal Theater from 1909 to 1915. The building was also home to Brazley Meat Market in the 1930’s and the Tiffin Jewelry Store in the 1950’s.

Reino’s was founded in 1950 by Frank Reino and was the first pizza establishment in Tiffin. Purchased by his son, John Reino, in 1983 and relocated to the 73 East Market Street building in May of 1990, Reino’s continues today as a cornerstone of the community, serving fine Italian cuisine.

This is the fourth Façade Enhancement Grant approved in 2015, bringing the total investment by downtown businesses to nearly $60,000 and the amount of grant money spent to about $20,000. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is thrilled by the success of the program. “It’s great to see downtown business owners so enthusiastic about revitalizing the community and making Tiffin a beautiful place to live and work.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and covers 50 percent of eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible up to $10,000 per calendar year. Last year, $50,000 in available funds supported 11 projects, resulting in a total investment of more than $150,000. Learn more at senecasuccess.com (search Façade Enhancement.)

 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.

THIRD FAÇADE ENHANCEMENT GRANT APPROVED

Graphics company contributing to downtown revitalization

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TIFFIN, OHIO – March 31, 2015 – This week, Tiffin’s Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for Rush Graphix. The company’s proposed renovation and contribution to downtown revitalization involves the replacement of siding fasteners, exterior painting and the addition of a new corner-wrap awning.

Bill Franklin, owner of Rush Graphix, appreciates the grant program and announced they will proceed with the investment.  “The cost of improving a downtown building is significant, a 50 percent reimbursement is a welcome incentive.”

Rush Graphix, located at 30 Riverside Drive, has been in Tiffin for nearly nine years.  Prior to 2006, there were multiple businesses at this location.  In 1931, the Riverside Drive portion of the building, was part of the Frank Shire Filling Station.  It was subsequently owned by several automotive businesses, including Rose Motor Sales, Oldsmobile and Cadillac from 1955 to 1964.  Later, the property was purchased by Riverside Engines (JL Riedle Enterprises) who remained the owner until November of 2005 when the building was purchased by Bill Franklin.  (Source – John Huss, Architectural Board of Review Chair)

This is the third Façade Enhancement Grant for 2015. The previous 2015 approvals were awarded to the Knights of Columbus located at 49 E. Perry St. and Lange, DeVine & Claus located at 27 Court St.  Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz continues to be encouraged by the revitalization taking place downtown.  “Every building owner is an asset to the downtown and each project affirms their commitment to our great City.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and covers 50 percent of eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible up to $10,000 per calendar year.  Last year, $50,000 in available funds supported 11 projects, resulting in a total investment of more than $150,000. Learn more at www.senecasuccess.com (search Façade Enhancement.)

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. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of almost 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

TIFFIN METAL PRODUCTS TO EXPAND LOCALLY

Expansion project approved today for Ohio Tax Credit AuthorityTMP-Exterior-e1415287680364

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 30, 2015 – Tiffin Metal Products announces today its intention to select Tiffin as its location for its next three-year expansion, including an investment of $750,000 in machinery and equipment. It will retain its current 91 existing employees and add 18 new jobs. The company was considering multiple location options, and the decision is contingent upon the finalization of state and local incentives.

Assisted by JobsOhio, Tiffin Metal Products received approval today for a 35 percent, five year Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit in Columbus and intends to apply for a local municipal income tax credit as well. The current project is motivated primarily by the demand for the SST Gravity Chute, a revolutionary solution for large logistics centers here and abroad.

Tiffin Metal Products owner Will Heddles attributes the decision to expand in Tiffin to the workforce and business climate: “Tiffin Metal Products is a strong company with an even brighter future. We truly do appreciate the talented team we have here and look forward to growing it even more, and we appreciate the support from local and state officials to make the decision an easy one.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the news. “Tiffin Metal Products has been a great corporate citizen for more than one hundred years, and I could not be happier to see them continuing to grow and invest in Tiffin. It’s just one more sign of our continued momentum.” Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership, “We are pleased to serve as the JobsOhio regional partner and work with Tiffin Metal Products to make this deal happen. Tiffin and Seneca County continue to be a northwest Ohio success story.”

About Tiffin Metal Products
Established in 1903, Tiffin Metal Products is a custom solutions provider serving the outdoor advertising, material handling and storage product industries. It operates out of a 110,000 square foot facility in the heart of Tiffin’s Wall Street industrial district, and is well-known for its Sentinel law enforcement wardrobe, weapons, and evidence lockers as well as its Tiffin Outdoor billboard frame systems, which are used in almost half of the billboards in the US. Learn more at .

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.

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio, developing and implementing the state’s economic development strategy and crafting incentive and support packages to spur economic development in key targeted industries. In 2013 alone, JobsOhio reported projects involving 18,000 new jobs and $3.6 billion in capital investment. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

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.

Tiffin welcomes a new Days Inn

It was announced at the end of last week that corporate approval was granted to establish the newest Days Inn in Tiffin, Ohio. The 72-room, 23,000 square foot hotel has been undergoing significant updating since Sanghavi Enterprise purchased it last year, and it now includes a business center, seasonal outdoor pool and meeting and banquet room. The company is looking to further expand and is currently searching for a business partner to develop a restaurant on property. Investment to purchase, renovate and upgrade the property is currently estimated at $1.2 million.

The decision to allow the upgrade from a Travelodge to a Days Inn will allow the hotel to join the $5 billion Wyndham Hotel Group‘s leading global brand in the economy segment, with over 1,820 properties worldwide and more guest rooms than any other economy brand in the world. Under its “Best Value under the Sun” market positioning, Days Inn hotels offer value conscious consumers free high speed internet and most hotels offer free Daybreak® breakfast.

Owners Niraj Sanghavi and Resha Acharya have moved to Tiffin from New York and love how welcoming the community has been, the two growing and diverse universities with students from around the world, the robust economic growth, and progressive leadership. We are thrilled to have them here in Seneca County and are pleased to call them the latest “Seneca Success.”

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Top 10% for economic development

Seneca County in top 10% for economic development

Large projects contribute 120 new jobs and $30 million in new investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 3, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Tiffin and Seneca County have placed in the top ten percent nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects. The rankings, which were made public today, place the community 42nd on the list of 576 micropolitans, or counties with a central city between 10,000 and 50,000 in population. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited by the news: “We are pleased that our efforts continually get national recognition and that we are one of the best communities for economic development in the country. We celebrate with our industry, the investment they make, and the people they employ. They truly deserve our thanks.” Seneca County Commission President Holly Stacy was pleased, “I am happy to see Seneca County continuing to move forward in a positive way. We have a great business climate, workforce, and infrastructure, and we work every day to make them better.”

This is the fourth year in a row that Tiffin and Seneca County have ranked in the top 100 nationally. This year’s ranking included consideration of the 2014 expansions of National Machinery, Webster Industries, American Fine Sinter, and Irving Equipment. These projects involve the creation of 124 new jobs and $31 million in new investment. Eligible economic development projects must involve at least one of the following: the creation of 50 or more jobs, the construction of 20,000 square feet, and/or the investment of at least $1 million. The new or expanded facilities must also be in manufacturing, distribution, office, R&D, headquarters, or call centers.

Northwest Ohio is also excelling as a region. Other northwest Ohio communities achieving national rankings include Findlay, Fremont, Van Wert, and the Toledo MSA. “This recognition for Northwest Ohio is a testament to the strength of our regional assets and the outstanding collaboration among economic development partners to ensure the continued growth of our region,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. Ohio also placed number two in the country, and had more micropolitans in the top 100 than any other state.

A complete list of the top 100 micropolitans and more information can be found at siteselection.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.

Reino’s offers live music on Saturdays

I was able to stop by to Reino’s Pizza and Pasta in downtown Tiffin on Saturday to listen to Free Wild, a local band led by Martin Koop. Free Wild performed mostly their own music, and it added a lot of great atmosphere to a fantastic restaurant. I love to go at lunchtime and enjoy the buffet, but this was one of my first opportunities to visit in the evenings. I really enjoyed it.

Upcoming bands include Tony Paulus (from Rusty Vinyl) unplugged and Brazin Bull. Weeks earlier Beautiful Loser played. The live music is playing from 8:30 to 11:30 pm, and in addition to the dinner menu, there is pizza available by the slice and $2 drafts. Here is some music from Saturday:

In 1950, Frankie Reino opened Reino’s Pizza in downtown Tiffin, Ohio as the very first pizza establishment in town. It continues today as a cornerstone of this community serving the finest pizza and Italian cuisine. Frankie’s Original pizza, lasagna, and the Italian buffet are favorites. John Reino started working at Reino’s in 1978, and he purchased the restaurant in 1983. In 2012, Reino’s Party Room on South Washington started, and it can seat up to 65 people.

 

SIEDC seeks Executive Assistant

PrintThe Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that it has opened up the search for a new team member, an Executive Assistant, to join one of the most dynamic and successful economic development organizations in the country.

The Organization – SIEDC was founded in 1983 as an economic development nonprofit, which added community development in 1991 and downtown development in 2014. In 2013, SIEDC ranked in the top 5% of economic development agencies in the US, and last year it placed in the top ten nationally out of almost 600.

The Team – Our passionate, experienced team consists of Karen Bowers, our Director of Development, who has led community development and helped to run operations for almost a quarter century. She is also grants guru, with a success rate above 80 percent; and she has successfully brought more than $5 million into the county from 18 different sources in the last decade. Amy Reinhart, the second member of our team and our Downtown Development Coordinator, leads Tiffin’s efforts to become a Main Street community and oversees our downtown revitalization initiatives. David Zak, the President & CEO, leads the organization and performs the day-to-day economic development functions. Zak replaced retiring executive Rich Focht in January 2014, and Reinhart joined the team in June 2014.

The Position – The Executive Assistant position is a new, permanent, full-time, salaried ($30,000 per year in the approved budget) position that has been created to support the demonstrated success, large volume of projects and initiatives, and aggressive scope of work for 2015 and beyond. The Executive Assistant will perform critical duties that will enable the organization to run efficiently and effectively and will support the rest of the group. This person will work at SIEDC’s office at 19 W. Market St. in Tiffin, Ohio. His or her duties will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Administrative
    • Working reception area, as needed
    • Answering phones
    • Scheduling meetings
    • Taking minutes
    • Various support activities for other team members
  • Operational
    • Handling bills, mail, office & kitchen supplies, filing
    • Assisting with property management
    • Planning and managing events
  • Other
    • Entering data and providing quality control
    • Various other duties as needed

The Ideal Candidate – The ideal candidate will be personable, professional, a self-starter, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects and tasks at the same time. The ideal candidate will possess at least five years experience in successfully handling and enjoying performing administrative and/or operational duties for an organization. That candidate will also be a quick learner, have good oral and written communication skills, and thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment. Familiarization and skill with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel) highly desired; familiarization with Adobe products (e.g., Acrobat, Photoshop), Constant Contact, social media and/or salesforce.com a plus. High school diploma is required, and a candidate living in Seneca County is preferred.

The Process – SIEDC will be accepting resumes until 8:00 am, Monday, March 9, 2015. Resumes should be sent electronically to David Zak at zak@senecacounty.org. Initial will be conducted up until Friday, March 13, 2015, with an offer made the following week. If an offer is made and accepted, then the candidate will be able to start right away and/or within two weeks after acceptance. Any questions, please contact David Zak at 419.912.1150.