Church & Dwight to invest $38 million in Seneca County

Adding up to 60 jobs at Old Fort plant

OLD FORT, Ohio – February 11, 2020 – Church & Dwight Co., Inc., has announced that it will invest $38 million at its facility in the village of Old Fort, Ohio, for expansion of consumer products manufacturing and construction of a new warehouse. Final approval for the project is contingent upon the receipt of state and local incentives; if approved, construction is expected to be completed in 2020, and the company would be hiring up to 60 new employees.

Plant Manager David Johnston said: “I’m very pleased that Church & Dwight chose the Old Fort facility as the site of this expansion and continues to invest in our workers and our community. Old Fort was in consideration with plants in Missouri and Pennsylvania. The state and local incentives along with an available workforce helped to push us ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped us win the investment in Seneca County.”

The $4.3 billion consumer goods and specialty products giant established their Old Fort facility in 1980. Today, Church & Dwight employs 240 people locally at its plant in Old Fort and a warehouse distribution center in Fostoria, Ohio, and ranks as one of the largest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) manufacturing plants in the world. In 2016, Church & Dwight had a $2.5 million expansion of the Old Fort plant.

“That Church & Dwight chose Seneca County for this expansion just goes to show what a dedicated workforce we have here in our community,” said Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas. “Congratulations to David Johnston and everyone at the Old Fort plant for their hard work and continuing to be a great local partner.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio. Local incentives include an Enterprise Zone property tax exemption on new construction and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $380,000 in potential workforce development grants. These incentives are contingent upon approval of Old Fort Local School District, Pleasant Township Trustees and Seneca County Board of Commissioners.

At the state level, JobsOhio offered an estimated $530,000 in state incentives through RGP, including a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant, JobsOhio Workforce Grant and additional value in an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit received during a previous project. Additionally, the Ohio Rail Development Commission has committed $75,000 in grant funds to revamp rail infrastructure currently in Church and Dwight’s yard to allow access to additional unloading areas.

Dean Monske, President and CEO of RGP, commented: “We are proud to see this project take place in Northwest Ohio and are happy to have been on the team helping to make this happen.”

About Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight is a $4.3 billion company headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey, that is one of the fastest growing Consumer Packaged Goods companies in the world. Church & Dwight was added to the S&P 500 in 2016. The Company manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products, with such brands as Arm & Hammer, Trojan, First Response, Nair, Spinbrush, Oxi-Clean, Orajel, Xtra, WaterPik, Batiste, Vitafusion, Flawless and more.  Find out more at www.churchdwight.com.

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.org.

Northwest Ohio manufacturer to open Tiffin campus

MBDS to hire 29 people in first year

TIFFIN, OHIO – Feb. 3, 2020 – A manufacturer based in Northwest Ohio announced today that it plans to open a new facility in Tiffin, with operations to begin in early Spring. MBDS is to locate at the former Tiffin Insulators, 981 Tyber Road, Tiffin, and expects in its first year to hire 29 employees and invest over $100,000 in the operation.

MBDS, LLC (Manufacturing Business Development Solutions) is a multi-million dollar company that was established in 2003 and has had success in supplying products that reach both the major appliance industries and leading automotive companies, such as Honda, Nissan and Toyota. The company is headquartered in Findlay with a second campus in Upper Sandusky and employs 55 people in the region.

Local incentives for this project include City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program, which was approved by Tiffin City Council Feb. 3; the potential for workforce development grants through OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County; and a pre-exiting Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption on the Tiffin Insulators property.

“We are excited to be making Tiffin the location of our third campus and completing our Trinity Project,” said Brian Robertson, President of MBDS. “The workforce and local support helped us make the decision to open in Seneca County.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m proud that Brian Robertson has chosen Tiffin as the new campus for MBDS and that our manufacturing community continues to grow in Tiffin. This is a further result of all the great things in our community.”

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.org.

About MBDS

MBDS is a multi-million dollar company with over a decade of success in supplying products that reach both the White Goods Industries and leading automotive companies, such as Honda, Nissian, and Toyota. MBDS, LLC (Manufacturing Business Development Solutions) was established in 2003. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, MBDS strives to be a Total Solutions Provider by exceeding the demands of their customers while delivering low cost solutions for both manufacturing and facility services. For more information, visit www.mbdsna.com.

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fourth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 28, 2020 – For the fourth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re -recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions, and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2016-2019.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 43 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and more than $29 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards and an honorable mention by Heritage Ohio at its Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony. The Ritz Theatre won the Historic Theater of the Year Award; Tiffin Capital Investments LLC won the Best Upper Floor Residential Rehabilitation Award for Court Street Lofts, 33 Court St.; and Reclaim It 127 won honorable mention for the Main Street Business of the Year Award. Downtown Tiffin also received three awards in 2018 and one in 2017.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin again has been recognized by Heritage Ohio. I want to thank and congratulate Amy Reinhart and the hard work of business and building owners and members of the downtown development committees.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. TSEP consistently ranks among the top communities statewide and nationally for economic and downtown development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

About Heritage Ohio

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org.

Opportunity Zones – Information

We’ve had some requests for information on Opportunity Zones (OZs). We wanted to provide some of online resources for local investors and others interested in this program. Investors should consult their financial advisor for their specific situation.

Seneca County has an Opportunity Zone in Census Tract 39147963200 (Tiffin, Hopewell Township, Seneca Township) – a map tool is available at the excellent Novgradac Opportunity Zone Resource Center).

This first 7-minute video provides a quick summary of the program:

  • How it can benefit investors by (1) deferring and reducing capital gains taxes for gains invested in OZs, (2) allowing tax-free gains on money invested in OZs and held for 10 years, and (3) allowing investments that are not like (e.g., stock sale can be invested real estate).
  • Requirements include (1) money has to be invested into one of the 8,700 designated OZ census tracts, (2) money has to be invested through a qualified opportunity zone fund, and (3) there has to be new and/or significant (double the value) improvement into the property.

Here is another video going over the same material in a little bit more depth (18 minutes), with a focus on investor questions. More details, how you could create your own OZ fund, comparison with 1031 exchange, more investor Q&A.

Seneca County native Ashlie Depinet (Tiffin Columbian) provided this brochure from her firm (SquirePattonBoggs) overviewing the program, as well as a current update on legislation.

4CG opens third wage survey

Information provided by 4CG

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 24, 2019 – Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties representing the partnership of the 4CG initiative have announced the opening of a third survey to gather information on wages and benefits for the region’s workforce. These are the first wage surveys of Seneca County employers since at least 2005.

This last survey to be released by 4CG focuses on the wages and benefits provided by employers in the region, information that Seneca County employers have been frequently requesting. In order to provide employers with the most comprehensive results, the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs Seneca County are requesting local employers take the time to complete the online survey (https://tinyurl.com/4CGHRSurvey).

In December, 4CG opened two other surveys with the goal of improving local industries’ competitiveness for skilled labor. The surveys are focused on citizens/employees (https://tinyurl.com/4CGCitizenSurvey) and industry/business owners/plant managers (https://tinyurl.com/4CGOwnerSurvey). Employers should encourage their employees to fill out the survey.

At this time, seven owners/plant managers and 92 citizens in the four county region have completed their respective survey. These surveys will remain open until the end of February.

4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth. The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges. To date, the group has completed a SWOT analysis and industry specific focus groups on manufacturing, healthcare, tourism/service/travel, transportation/logistics, Davis Besse, agriculture and education

Following the survey, the plan calls for the identification and recommendation of partnerships with potential training partners. Final analysis and strategies based on the SWOT analysis, focus groups and surveys are to be provided to 4CG by May 2020 and will then be released to the public.

GM awards Taiho with supplier honor for fourth year

Information provided by Taiho Corporation of America

Richard Miyajima (from left), general manager-Taiho; Jacqueline Taylor, supplier quality engineer-General Motors; Akihiko (Ace) Yokoi, president-Taiho; and Dan Ganger, supplier quality manager-General Motors; pose for a photo with the Supplier Quality Excellence Award.

Representatives from General Motors visited Taiho Corporation of America, in Tiffin, Jan. 22, 2020, to present a Supplier Quality Excellence Award in recognition of the resilient effort to deliver quality products every day. This is the fourth consecutive award for Taiho.

GM said they were very pleased with Taiho’s performance and they wish to continue growing with the company.

About Taiho Corporation of America

Taiho Corporation of America is a global bearing manufacturer which started production in Tiffin OH in 1996 and specializes in engine bearings, bushings, compressor shoe bearings, and vacuum pumps for automotive.

Seneca County companies receive funding through TechCred

Information provided by Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

COLUMBUS — Two Seneca County companies that applied for the first application period of the TechCred program have been fully funded for their requests. Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced Dec. 6, 2019 that awards are being distributed to qualifying employers.

 “TechCred gives Ohio employers the chance to help mold their future workforce and develop the talent they need in order to grow in the community,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Today’s announcement means that over 1,500 Ohioans will soon be better prepared for the next step in their career.”

Webster Industries Inc. in Tiffin received a $2,000 grant to train one employee and Omar Associates, LLC, in Attica received a $2,390 grant to train two employees.

Applications were approved for 234 Ohio employers, resulting in 1,576 credentials that will help upskill Ohio workers.

“These tech credentials will add value to the workplace, increase job security, and lead to higher wages,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the state economic development agency. “This will be a catalyst for both businesses and workers to succeed in new ways.”

The current online application period runs through Jan. 31.

Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

A pre-approved list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders. Over 200 technology-focused credentials were approved for inclusion and potential funding following the first application period.

For more information or questions, please reach out directly to Workforce@OWT.Ohio.Gov.

Board approves first façade grants for 2020

Gem Yoga, Philips Electric and Kahler Apartment buildings to be updated

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 21, 2020 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Kahler Apartments, 210 S Washington St.; Gem Yoga and 3EC Development, 2 Sycamore St.; and Phillips Electric, 176 S. Washington St. These projects are the first approvals for the program in 2020.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant, amount to be determined, for residing, porch repairs and painting at Kahler Apartments; a $8,580.97 grant for 3EC Development to replace windows on the building; and $9,544.50 to replace the roof at Philips Electric. Combined, the projects total a $49,600.94 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program in 2019. The ABR approved grants for the owners of 14 buildings in Downtown Tiffin in 2019, for a total investment of $239,764.85.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “Even in its sixth year, the façade program is still providing a benefit to downtown property owners looking to invest in the City of Tiffin. I’m proud that council is continuing to support this important program.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 80 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.4 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.

Heidelberg apartment projects underway

Story published on heidelberg.edu

There’s about to be a flurry of construction activity on campus. In fact, it’s already started.

Construction of the new Townhouse Apartments, a student housing complex on Main street, is well underway, according to Associate VP for Facilities & Engineering Rod Morrison.

The complex will feature 15 contiguous 2-1/2 story, four-bedroom apartments built between Krieg Hall and King Hall, overlooking Rock Creek. The project will create 60 new student residences in two buildings, one with nine unites and one with six units.

Rod reports that excavation of the site has been completed, the foundation for one of the buildings has been poured and with a second to be poured this week. Weather permitting, walls could start to be framed in the next couple of weeks, he added.

After extended planning and some unanticipated challenges, the France Hall restoration/renovation project also kicked off the week before Christmas with abatement of hazardous materials. Demo began late last week and construction moves into high gear this week.

When completed, France will provide about 70 beds for female students, two female faculty apartment annexes, our four female (including one mixed-gender) Greek society halls, a women’s leadership office, a restored parlor, a renovated multi-purpose event hall and a five-story elevator.

The France Hall project is being funded by generous donor gifts and our approved USDA low-interest, long-term loan.  The Main Street townhouse project is being fully funded by the USDA loan.

Targeted completion for both facilities is August for fall semester occupancy.

Additionally, planning and design meetings for the upcoming renovation of Miller Hall are also underway. “If all goes well with the scheduled completion of the town homes and France Hall, Miller renovation will begin this summer,” Rod said.

Downtown Tiffin applying to be on HGTV show

Citizens invited to nominate for “Home Town Takeover”

TIFFIN, OHIO – Friday, January 17, 2020 – Amy Reinhart, Downtown Main Street Manager for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, has submitted a nomination for Downtown Tiffin to be in HGTV’s new series “Home Town Takeover.” Ben and Erin Napier hosts of HGTV’s popular series “Home Town,” will be leading a team of renovation professionals as they takeover and makeover an entire small town in the six-episode special event slated to air on HGTV in 2021.

According to a press release from HGTV, the Napiers have experience in whole-town transformation. They’ve not only helped rescue and enhance dozens of homes in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, they’ve also played a pivotal role in helping revitalize the city’s downtown while preserving and celebrating the town’s architectural treasures, endemic charm and historic features.

The release states that HGTV is launching a nationwide call to find towns for the series. Residents may also nominate Tiffin by visiting hgtvhometowntakeover.com and filling out the form. Application deadline is Feb. 7.

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 Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, then Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Crop., to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” became the TSEP “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. Since January 2016, Tiffin has had $29 million invested in downtown, 43 new businesses opened and 119 new jobs were created. There are currently 174 businesses in downtown, including restaurants, retail, professional offices and government buildings.

For more information on the nominating process or the new series from HGTV, visit https://www.hgtv.com/shows/home-town/ben-and-erin-take-home-town-on-the-road-in-new-hgtv-series-home-town-takeover.

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. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.