Tiffin in top 10 nationally for economic development

I am very happy to be sending out this press release this morning:

Seneca County a top ten location in US for economic development

Tiffin’s seven projects with 210 new jobs ranks tenth out of 576 cities

2014_01 - Laminate Technologies Exterior - crop

Laminate Technologies is a US company headquartered in Tiffin that finished up a $2M expansion last year.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 3, 2013 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Tiffin and Seneca County have placed in the top ten nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects. The rankings, which were released today (see press release), place Tiffin 10th 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.

Although Tiffin and Seneca County consistently makes the top 100 and ranked 30th last year, this is the first time it has placed in the top 10. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who just delivered the State of the City address on Tuesday night, was excited by the news: “This is just another example of how Tiffin is on the move.  Our positive momentum in industry, retail, education, and quality of life keeps building.”

Seneca County reached the top ten by registering seven major projects in 2013, involving the creation of 210 new jobs and $27 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.

One of the projects finished last year was a $2 million expansion by Laminate Technologies, a leading manufacturer of laminates to the kitchen cabinet, store fixture and furniture industries. Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, who is also President & CEO of Laminate Technologies, said, “While I am pleased with the performance of all four of our plants around the country, with our Ohio facility and Tiffin workforce, we are able to do things that exceed the other plants.”

Joining Tiffin in the top 10 this year are Findlay and Fremont, making northwest Ohio the strongest region in the country for micropolitans. “We believe that northwest Ohio is getting some much deserved attention,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. “It’s great to see Tiffin and Seneca County rise to the top nationally.”

Projects for announced, under construction or completed last year included the following:

Jobs

Investment

American Fine Sinter

$14,000,000

Ameriwood Industries

73

$2,000,000

Arnold Machine

10

$1,700,000

Jacobson Manufacturing

21

$2,000,000

Laminate Technologies

10

$2,000,000

Tiffin Metal Products

20

$2,000,000

Webster Industries

76

$3,000,000

Totals for 2013

210

$26,700,000

About the Seneca County Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC)

Established in 1983, SIEDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of attracting, retaining, and expanding business in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. It is also a partner of the northwest JobsOhio network, led by the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo.

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