SIEDC seeks property management

Bradley

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) owns its current building and is seeking property management and tenant recruitment services. Accordingly, it is issuing the following Request for Proposals (RFP) today:

Basic Information

  • Proposal Due Date: August 26, 2015 (30 days from date of posting)
  • Eligibility: Established companies, consultants, brokers or agents
  • Issuer: Seneca Industrial Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC)
  • Property: Bradley Building, located at 19 W. Market St., Tiffin, OH
  • Services Desired: Property maintenance, tenant relations, tenant recruitment, lease negotiations
  • Available: Contact SIEDC for a tour and to discuss current lease agreements and arrangements with tenants

Background

The Bradley Building, located at 19 W. Market St., is a 13,860 square foot office building built in the middle of the last century, originally as a grocery store. It was purchased by the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) in 2010 and has had significant renovations since purchased. Additional concrete work and parking lot repair and resurfacing are slated for this year.

The building is divided into five suites (A through E), with Dr. James C. Wilson occupying Suite A (near the street), SIEDC and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce occupying Suite C (two combined suites), Findlay Ear Nose & Throat (Dr. Erik Nielsen et al) occupying Suite D, and Suite E currently vacant (former home of Tender Touch Pediatrics until February 2015).

Updates last year included fence repair, building and fence painting, concrete sidewalk replacement, landscaping as well as several interior repairs. Updates currently scheduled or underway this year include repair and repaving of the parking lots as well as some additional concrete work in front of the offices.

Request for Proposal

SIEDC is seeking a professional to assist with property maintenance and management, as well as tenant relations and recruitment. Please submit a proposal that addresses these services. SIEDC hopes to evaluate the proposals, follow-up with additional information, and interview final candidates at the end of August, with selection by early September.

Please address the following areas:

  1. Name of company, individuals to be providing services, and contact information
  2. Experience and track record with property maintenance and management
  3. Experience and track record with tenant relations and recruitment
  4. Experience and track record with lease negotiations and contracts
  5. Knowledge of and experience with the Tiffin market
  6. Assessment of property and evaluation with respect to market opportunities
  7. Marketing strategy, including promotion and pricing
  8. Description of services to be provided
  9. Terms

Please submit proposals to Katie Lang at lang@senecacounty.org. For additional information or for a tour of the property, please contact Katie by phone at 419.618.2658.

Bo Reid Memorial Baseball Tournament set for this weekend

The 11th Annual Bo Reid Memorial Baseball Tournament will take place this weekend with free events planned Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26. This year also features 24 youth baseball teams from Northwest Ohio and special guest, actor and author Dwier Brown.

The weekend kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with Dwier Brown speaking at the Ritz Theatre, followed by a free screening of Field of Dreams, the award-winning baseball film in which Brown plays Kevin Costner’s father. On Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park, the tournament will begin when Dwier Brown throws out the first pitch at 8:45 a.m. There will also be activities for children and a screening of the film, Mom and Dad Save the World. The tournament resumes Sunday with the championship games and a trophy ceremony.

Dwier Brown will be also be signing copies of his critically acclaimed memoir, “If You Build It… A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams,” on Friday and Saturday.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday – Ritz Theatre

  • 7 p.m. – Dwier Brown
  • 7:30 p.m. – Field of Dreams showing
  • 9 p.m. – Q&A with Dwier Brown

Saturday – Hedges-Boyer Park

  • 8:45 a.m. – First pitch – Dwier Brown
  • 9 a.m. – Tournament begins
  • 10 a.m. – Bouncing inflatables, slides, play area
  • 12 p.m. – Dwier Brown speaks
  • 12:30 p.m. – Mom and Dad Save the World screening

Sunday – Hedges-Boyer Park

  • 9 a.m. – Championship games
  • 7 p.m. – Trophy ceremony

All proceeds from the tournament are to be donated to the Robert ‘Bo’ Reid Memorial Fund, managed by the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, to benefit Tiffin Park and Recreation.

$2.1 million invested in Kroger remodel

The Kroger store at 126 West High Street in Fostoria held a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting this morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.1 million remodel.

The renovations began in January and the project was completed in late June. Upgrades include new contemporary décor, an enhanced produce department with a fresh market concept and an expanded natural foods selection. The store also now features a sushi island and six self-checkout lanes.

“Along with its diverse product offerings, the Fostoria Kroger associates will continue their tradition of exemplary customer service, community involvement and commitment to providing the highest quality fresh food products,” Kroger Media Relations Manager Jennifer Jarrell said.

This is the first time the store has been remodeled since its opening in 2006.

Pizza Palooza and family movie night this weekend

Pizza Palooza flyer 2015Downtown Tiffin’s annual Pizza Palooza will be held this Saturday, July 25, on the courthouse green space. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. followed by a family movie at 9:15 p.m. The Farmers Market will take place earlier in the day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Several pizza restaurants, including Napoli’s, Marco’s, AJ’s and Reino’s, will have booths at the event where they will sell slices of pizza for just $1 each in order to keep the cost family friendly and equal across the board. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite pizza during the event. Tiffin Columbian Band Boosters will be selling beverages. In previous years, 500-900 people have attended the event.

This year, the palooza will be followed by a free family movie night on the green. Despicable Me 2 is slated to being playing at 9:15 p.m.

Another Man’s Treasure opens in downtown Tiffin

Amt outsidePartners Dave Underwood and Tony Weiner have announced the opening of their new second-hand shop, Another Man’s Treasure, at 20 East Market Street. The building is a mixed-use development featuring a retail store as well as three renovated apartments.

Underwood choose the Tiffin location because of his positive impression about the town. “Tiffin is a nice city, with nice people. It’s clean and people care about the community,” he said. The original concept was to be a second Splinter’s Cafe restaurant, modeled after the original Carey location. A few months ago, Underwood decided it made better business sense to redevelop the property for retail use.

Another Man’s Treasure features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques. There are items for everyone from antique collectors to college students, and Underwood and Weiner source their items at estate sales and auctions, finding bargains and fixing up items. “This is what I love to do,” Weiner said, “It’s like a treasure hunt.”

The pair also plans to expand the store in the future. In addition to the current store space, another room is being prepared as a show room, and there are plans to open up a boarded off garage door as a display window. There are also two warehouses in the back with a patio that they plan to use as an outdoor display space. Updates, including new paint, have already been made to the storefront, and further landscaping is planned.

The store is open from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the store can be contacted at 419.455.3146.

South Korean company to create 150 new jobs in Fostoria

NoxThe South Korea-based vinyl tile manufacturer Nox Corporation is locating its first US factory in Fostoria. Nox will be renovating the former Atlas Crankshaft building, and plans to create more than 150 within three years in Seneca County.

The company will invest millions in machinery, equipment and building renovations, including a $2 million, 16,820 square foot addition to the existing building. Nox will initially hire 50 new employees, with plans of hiring an additional 50 workers next year and a total of 150 in the next two to three years. The company is currently interviewing for 10 management and administrative position, and will begin the hiring process for 40 skilled production, quality control and maintenance jobs next month, with production slated to start in mid- to late fall. Wages will start at $12 per hour, with an increase to $16 after a year.

Kudos to the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation for their work on the project and to Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio for their support.

Nox Corp. manufactures vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices. The tile is sold in 50 different countries, but the Fostoria plant will primarily serve US customers. Nox looked into locating in Fostoria due to recommendations within the flooring industry. Rubber and vinyl flooring manufacturer Roppe has been headquartered in Fostoria for more than 50 years.

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Domino’s coming to Tiffin

National chain to open new location in October

Domino'sTIFFIN, OHIO – July 15, 2015 – Regional Domino’s franchise owners Brian and Jennifer Edler announced today that they are bringing the second largest pizza chain in the world back to Tiffin. The store is set to open in October at 240 West Market Street.

Jennifer said they chose to open a Tiffin location because they often visit the town and believe it has great potential. “We go through Tiffin a lot visiting family in Willard, and Brian managed a Domino’s store in Tiffin about 20 years ago. We know the town pretty well,” she said.

“I am happy to welcome a new restaurant to Tiffin and have a strong national brand alongside our locally owned businesses, creating more options for the community,” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said.

Though the opening is weeks away, they are currently hiring employees for the Tiffin location to be trained at other locations, in order to be ready for the opening. Jennifer said a store of this size usually requires about 20 employees.

Brian Edler is a notable Domino’s franchise owner, with 12 other stores. In 2012 Domino’s began selling the Parmesan Bread Bites he invented nationwide, and he was featured in a national ad campaign to promote the new item. He is the Midwest chapter representative of the Domino’s Franchise Association and in May of 2015 he won the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

He broke the world record for most pizzas made, cooked and boxed in an hour, as part of an event that raised over $37,000 for local and national charities. “We are big believers in supporting all the communities in which we own and operate stores, and will do so when we open in Tiffin,” Brian said.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s is the second largest pizza chain in the United States and the largest worldwide, with 11,000 franchise and corporate stores in 70 countries.

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.

60+ businesses in local HR association

SCHRASeneca County Human Resource Association (SCHRA) was formed to provide professional development workshops, hear knowledgeable speakers, receive legislative updates, and networking opportunities to those professionals working in a variety of human resource capacities.

Past speakers include:

Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, generally in the Tiffin area, on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. You can fill out the 2015 SCHRA membership form here.  For more information contact Beth Hannam at bhannam@terra.edu.

Participating businesses include:

Relive the drama of 1913 historic flood

Calamity CourageLisa Swickard, local historian and author of award-winning book “Calamity and Courage: Tiffin’s Battle During Ohio’s Deadly 1913 Flood,” is offering tours of areas affected by Tiffin’s devastating 1913 flood that left 19 dead and 500 homeless.

The tour is informal and interactive, with Lisa drawing on personal accounts she has collected over decades. Throughout the tour, Lisa tells stories of the homes and businesses that were affected, some of which were completely destroyed or washed away, and rescue efforts for trapped residents. She draws attention to various landmarks that survived the flood, houses that were moved after the flood in order to widen the river, and the locations of homes and businesses that were completely destroyed.

The Downtown Tour traces the path of flood destruction in the area surrounding the Sandusky river. The tour circles around Frost Parkway, Market Street, Monroe Street, a bit of Perry Street, and South Washington Street. Key places include the bridges, the flood marker located on the wall of the police station, the Knights of Columbus building area, the Tiffin Eagles building and Frost Parkway.

There are three different tours available by appointment:

  • Downtown Tour – An hour to hour and a half tour of the flood zone. $5 adults / $3 children 15+
  • Extended Downtown Tour – Downtown Tour plus East Davis Street. $7 adults / $4 children 15+;
  • Entire Flood Zone Tour – A day-long tour that encompasses the entire flood district. $15 adults / $9 children 15+

To contact Lisa for any of the flood tours listed above, email her or call 567.525.9317. For more information about Lisa and other tours, visit www.virginalleypress.com/.

National employment agency opening downtown Tiffin office

Grand opening set for July 13

20150708_144334 (2)TIFFIN, OHIO – July 9, 2015 Surge Staffing, an employee recruitment service with more than 60 locations nationwide, announces today that they will be opening an office at 2 Sycamore Street in downtown Tiffin. The grand opening for job seekers to come in, submit resumes and fill out applications is set for Monday, July 13, and potential clients will be invited to a luncheon to check out the office on Monday, August 3.

The company recently decided to join the Tiffin market. “We saw a need for our services in Tiffin, and we believe people want the opportunities and options we can offer,” Business Marketing Development Supervisor Yolanda Trevino said.

Surge will not only be taking applications for light industrial, general labor, warehousing, skilled labor and clerical positions, but they will accept resumes for any position. Positions will be temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire or payroll placement. They also have a dedicated nationwide professional division. There is an extensive application process which can be customized to suit client needs.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see another business connecting Tiffin residents with jobs. “As businesses are opening and expanding, this is a much-needed service for our city,” Montz said.

Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1968, Surge Staffing has a national network of branches and resources that have connected more than 40,000 people with thousands of clients. In addition to hiring services, the company also offers human resources services, employee training, payroll management services, vendor management, safety training, skillsmith and work force on-site management.

There are currently two employees at the Tiffin office, but there are plans to hire three or four additional employees as needed.

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.