Japanese steak house slated for Tiffin Mall

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-YKiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House to open this summer

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 20, 2018 – Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House has announced plans to open a location in the Tiffin Mall this summer. The restaurant is to focus on dine-in and take-out sushi and hibachi Japanese cuisine.

Owner John Zhu chose Tiffin to expand his existing business due to the growing market. “The town is expanding, there are a lot of college students and young people. It’s a good time to have a business in Tiffin,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the new restaurant. “We are excited that Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House chose Tiffin to locate their business. This is another step forward for the Tiffin Mall site, and we are eager to announce additional development on the site in the near future.”

Zhu’s restaurant Kiku Sushi and Hibachi is a cornerstone in the Monroe, MI community and has been recognized for its outstanding cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. The Tiffin store will be the third restaurant for the owners.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

 

ABR approves Façade Enhancement Grant

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Second United Church of Christ

Second United Church of Christ awarded $10,000 for roof project

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 17, 2018 – The Architectural Board of Review has approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Second United Church of Christ, located at 156 Jefferson St., leaving $584 remaining in the city Façade Enhancement Grant fund for 2018.

The church was approved for a $10,000 grant for an estimated $60,000 roofing project. With the two Façade Enhancement Grant approvals at the previous ABR meeting, this leaves just $584 available for the remainder of 2018.

Last meeting, the building at 172 E. Market St. was awarded a $10,000 grant for door replacements, and tuck pointing. The project is part of a larger building renovation estimated at $36,900. Additionally, a residential property at 19 Coe St. received a grant of $4,250 for a $8,500 roof replacement project. It was the first residential project to receive a grant since the program was amended to include single and two-family dwellings in 2015.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the success of the program. “With the next project, the fund will likely be depleted for the year,” he said. “As always, I am pleased with the progress we have made in downtown revitalization through this program.”

These three grants bring the total number of project approvals year-to-date to 12 and the total investment in downtown building improvements related to the Façade Enhancement Grant for 2018 to more than $570,000.

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 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Stover Veterinary Services opens mobile veterinary clinic

Stover Mobile Vet.jpgFull-service clinic to hold regular hours, continue house calls

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 16, 2018 – Stover Veterinary Services is expanding its practice with a new full-service mobile veterinary clinic. The clinic will hold regular office hours in Tiffin and at two other locations in Seneca County, in addition to house calls.

Dr. Amber Stover has been in business for 11 years, dealing mostly in house calls requiring mild to moderate care. The new clinic will enable her to treat a wider range of issues without sacrificing convenience to her clients.

“Many of the pets I treat, or their owners have mobility issues or their schedule won’t allow for an office visit, making a house call much more convenient. Now, I am able to perform even more services while maintaining that convenience factor,” she said. “We are also making veterinary services more accessible to residents of Seneca County by bringing a clinic closer to them.”

The mobile unit includes a surgery suite and lift table, as well as capability for bloodwork, X-rays and dental services. “Basically, anything that does not require an overnight stay,” Stover said.

The clinic will hold regular hours weekly at the corner of Riverside Dr. and N. Washington St. in Tiffin, at Riehm Produce Farm and the lot adjacent to The Corner Restaurant in Bloomville. Appointments can be made online at www.stoverhousecall.com or via phone call at 419-455-9572. Walk ups are also welcome.

 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Tiffin’s historic drive-in theater open for 2018 season

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Rendering of the proposed restoration of the original neon sign at the Tiffin Drive-In.

Created in the 1920’s, drive-in movie theaters were once a staple of rural communities, counting more than 4,000 theaters nationwide at the height of their popularity in the 1960’s and 70’s. Today, less than 10% of those theaters still exist, and we are fortunate to have one right here in Tiffin, Ohio.

The Tiffin Drive-In Theater opened in 1949 and will celebrate its 70th year in continuous operation next summer. Current owners Rod and Donna Saunders purchased the theater in 2011, when the previous owners decided to retire from the business. The Saunders’ got their start in the drive-in theater business with the original Field of Dreams Drive-In, which they built in the backyard of their family home in Liberty Center as a way to provide an inclusive family entertainment experience, and they were excited at the prospect of expanding this venture.

After purchasing the long-time Tiffin establishment, the Saunders’ immediately set about making improvements to the theater and its grounds, including the purchase of a new projector, the addition of a second screen, updates to the concession stand and its equipment, and the transition from film to digital movies in 2013. In 2018, the name was reverted to Tiffin Drive-In Theater.

Their next big project is restoring the original neon sign. When the theater opened in 1949, it featured a large neon sign affixed to the back of the screen, facing SR 53. The neon was removed in the 1970’s due to maintenance concerns. In 2017, the Saunders’ began working with local neon artist Michael Flechtner to recreate the original neon sign. To this end, the Saunders have created the Historic Drive-In Theater Revitalization Fund, a non-profit organization with IRC Section 501(c)(3) status for the sole purpose of fundraising to repair iconic symbols of operational drive-in theaters in Ohio. Find more information or make a donation here.

Trilogy Health Services to Open Senior Living Community in Tiffin, Ohio

Trilogy - MapTiffin, OH (April 5, 2018) – Tiffin seniors and their families will soon have access to compassionate, state-of-the-art senior living services, provided by a healthcare company known throughout the Midwest for its stellar customer service and remarkable company culture: Trilogy Health Services.

The project’s developer, Conficare, LLC has closed on a 7.7 acre parcel of land at the corner of US 224 and Shaffer Park Drive. The land will be the future home of a 92 bed Trilogy Senior Living Community [with a total estimated project cost of $14.5 million] which will offer assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing services.

The facility is the first development for the 60-acre commercial site annexed by the City of Tiffin in 2017. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the project has been the catalyst for major improvements in the area, which in turn will bring additional businesses to the site. “We are excited to welcome a quality company like Trilogy to Tiffin,” he said. “Their investment is also helping to develop the entire site.”

Trilogy’s Vice President of Development Peter Massey commented, “We are excited to move forward with this project in Tiffin and Seneca County. Everyone at the City of Tiffin, the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp., and Reichle | Klein has been great to work with, and we love the community.”

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin this spring, with a target completion date in 2019. The project is also contingent upon finalization and approval of local Tax Increment Financing agreements, which will help fund the infrastructure.

Trilogy Senior Living Communities offer a full continuum of senior health and hospitality services, from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing, short-term rehab, long-term care, respite care and memory care services in over 100 senior living communities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of those we serve through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Trilogy Health Services is a subsidiary of Griffin American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services, please visit our website at www.trilogyhs.com. You may also follow Trilogy Health Services on Facebook and Twitter.

SBA seeking Emerging Leaders for training program

emerging leadersThe U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking 15 applicants for its Emerging Leaders Initiative to be held in Tiffin later this year. This is the first time the program, a seven month course for entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level, is being offered in a community of this size.

The training program is provided at no cost to the participants, and the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth curriculum gives small business owners an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through a combination of executive education, practical tips based on real-life business experience, and advice from business leaders that can be readily applied.

From the SBA:

Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Participants are given the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community. The Initiative incorporates a curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable, enabling participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.

Given the success of SBA’s Emerging Leaders, the SBA has expanded the initiative to include 60 locations to help growing entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Interested candidates can apply here, or contact Tom Sangrik at (216) 522-4198 or thomas.sangrik@sba.gov.

Additional information about the program can also be found in this FAQ.

Second Tiffin Toyota supplier wins award

American Fine Sinter 2018.jpgAmerican Fine Sinter has won a supplier award from the Toyota Company of North America for excellence in value analysis achievement. AFS is the second Tiffin automotive parts manufacturer recognized by Toyota, joining Taiho Corporation of America, which received a technology and development award.

Tiffin is home to the North American headquarters of AFS, located in the Eagle Rock Business Park. The company, which manufactures parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries, has undergone several expansions in recent years to accommodate growing production.

In 2014, they announced a $16 million and the construction of 100,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, additional office and storage space, and an $8 million investment into state-of-the-art automation and manufacturing equipment, due in part to a contract with Toyota to produce transmission parts. (See article)

Yet another project was announced in 2017, filling the 2014 expansion with equipment to produce mid and high torque carriers for the Toyota Highlander, RAV4, and Camry, using new technology from Toyota only implemented in three facilities worldwide. (See article)

About American Fine Sinter
American Fine Sinter (AFS) was established in 2001 in Tiffin, Ohio and started production in 2003. Today, Fine Sinter Co. a joint venture between Tokyo Sintered Metals (TSM) and Japan Powder Metallurgy (JPM), the parent company of AFS, is a $350 million company with more than 1,000 employees worldwide. The company manufactures parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries, and American Fine Sinter most recently has focused on valve seats and variable cam units for the automotive industry.

 

 

Taiho Corporation of America receives supplier award from Toyota

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Accepting the award, Taiho president Nick Isogai and sales manager Ken Kamata.

Recognized for Technology & Development

Press release provided by Taiho Corporation of America

TIFFIN, OHIO (March 20, 2018)  – Taiho Corporation of America, a supplier of engine bearings, bushings, shoe bearings and vacuum pumps, was recognized with an Excellent award from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) at its Annual Supplier Business Meeting (ABM) on March 20.  Held at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, ABM brings together approximately 850 supplier representatives from across North America.

We are proud to receive this award from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. This award is for the Technology and Development of Taiho’s newest product, Vacuum Pump that started mass production in 2017. This award will give our team members pride and motivation for the recognition of their daily hard work that they do. – Taiho Corporation of America

Currently celebrating 22 years, ABM allows TMNA to discuss business objectives with direct and indirect suppliers in preparation for its upcoming fiscal year. Each year, TMNA recognizes suppliers who exceeded the company’s expectations in several categories.

“Toyota collaborates with each of our supplier partners in order to build vehicles with the high safety, quality and reliability standards to meet and exceed our customer’s expectation,” said Robert Young, Group Vice President, TMNA R&D Purchasing and Supplier Engineering Development and Cost Planning.  “We are pleased to recognize those in our supply base who exceed our high performance targets and allow us to build ‘ever better vehicles’ for our North American customers.  We thank them and their team members for their tremendous support, partnership and commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration.”

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Terra State to offer Mechatronics Certification at Fostoria Learning Center

Terra Logo 12.8Press release provided by Terra State Community College

Fostoria, OH, March 22, 2018 – Beginning with the Fall 2018 semester, Terra State Community College will offer Mechatronics Certification at the Fostoria Learning Center.  The certification is one of the College’s state-approved certificate programs, which also prepares students to take FANUC certification credential exams.

The Mechatronics Certificate prepares students for industrial automation in applications (engineering) positions, as well as service (maintenance) type positions. Students use robotics with programmable controllers, as well as conventional control systems, to solve problems in an industrial flexible manufacturing laboratory. The goal of the program is to produce multi-craft skilled tradesmen to maintain plant equipment to maximize uptime and address the skilled labor shortage of our partner employers.

Fostoria Learning Center Executive Director Tracey Lawton is excited about the new program.  “The Mechatronics Certification is another example of the outstanding partnership we have with Terra State,” says Lawton.  “Together, we are creating the skilled workforce needed in our area.”

Mechatronics Certification will allow students to pursue jobs in high-demand areas, such as, automation technicians, integrated manufacturing technician, field service representative and hydraulics and pneumatics specialist.

For more information or to register, interested persons can contact Terra State at 419.559.2349 or admissions@terra.edu.  The Fostoria Learning Center is also hosting an Open House on Thursday, April 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. where Terra State representatives will be available to talk about the Mechatronics Certification.  For more information on the Open House, contact the Fostoria Learning Center at 419.408.5540 or director@fostorialearningcenter.org.

ABR approves Façade Grant Enhancement Grants

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92 S. Washington St. to undergo a complete storefront remodel.

Four projects awarded grants totaling $30,00

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 20, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved four Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown projects, using $30,000 of the city fund for a total investment exceeding $80,000. This leaves $24,834 remaining in the city Façade Enhancement Grant fund for 2018.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented on the volume of projects approved today. “Even in it’s fifth year, the demand for the Façade Enhancement Program continues to build,” he said.

The projects are:

  • 29-31 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $5,128 grant to replace second and third floor windows.
  • 236 S. Washington St. (Hoffman-Gottfried Mack Funeral Home and Crematory) – Awarded a $7,425 grant to replace porch carpeting, replace handrails, and complete some exterior painting.
  • 127 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $7,482 grant to replace storefront windows, the front door, and upper windows.
  • 92 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $10,000 grant for a complete storefront remodel project.

These grants bring the total investment in downtown building improvements related to the Façade Enhancement Grant for 2018 to more than $410,000.

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 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.