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Four-county group collaborates on workforce challenges

Press released provided through partnership with 4CG

June 24, 2019 — Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties are partnering together under the 4CG initiative. 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.

Initially, 4CG focused its efforts on Manufacturing Month (October) with manufacturing bus tours for educators, speaker events, and manufacturing/career showcases.  These showcase events provide the opportunity for 9th grade students and school leaders to experience today’s work environment and skill sets through interactive stations designed by local manufacturers, businesses, and skilled trade organizations. 

Recently, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca Counties came together to support Ottawa County in the development of a Rapid Response Plan to address the potential closure of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Out of this plan, the counties will begin a comprehensive workforce analysis, with wage and benefit information and strategic priorities developed to assist potential impacted employees and local employers within this labor shed. 

This analysis and plan project has received support from the Area 7 Workforce Development Board and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.  Phase I of the project (the workforce analysis and wage and benefit survey) is fully funded and was awarded to consulting firm, Poggemeyer Design Group with subcontracted services through Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development.    4CG’s consultant, Poggemeyer, will provide assistance in obtaining funding for Phase II of the project implementation, thereby minimizing the need for financial assistance from the economic development organizations, counties, communities, and businesses.

City of Tiffin receives OSS grant for box planters

25 recycled-material planters placed in downtown

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 20, 2019 – The City of Tiffin recently was the recipient of an Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District grant for 25 self-watering, recycled, black box planters. The planters were recently placed in the downtown, replacing the decades-old planters that previously were there.

The total order for the planters was $11,527, of which $5,388 was funded by the OSS Competitive Funding Grant program and the City of Tiffin Shade Tree Commission supplied the remainder. The grant is used to educate the public on the benefits of recycling. The planters were made of 70 percent recycle material.

Tiffin Public Works installed the new planters in the early spring and volunteers have signed up to maintain the flowers, which are supplied by the city.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is pleased to have received the grant: “We are grateful that OSS has helped us replace our old, deteriorated planters with these new models that allow us to continue to invest in the beatification of downtown Tiffin.”

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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Ballreich Snack Food Company rejoins leading trade industry association

Board of directors also expands

Press release provided by Ballreich Snack Food Company

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 22, 2019 – Ballreich Snack Food Company, recently acquired by a Northwest Ohio-based investor group, today announced it has rejoined SNAC International – the leading international trade Industry association of the snack food industry.

Founded in 1937, SNAC International is the leading international trade association of the global snack industry, representing snack producers and suppliers, with more than 400 member companies worldwide. “SNAC” stands for snacking, nutrition, and convenience–three key elements research shows reflect the habits of today’s consumer.

In addition, Don Mount, former vice president of Contract Manufacturing at Marion, Ohio-based Wyandot Snacks, joins the company’s Board of Directors as its first independent director.

Mount is an accomplished snack industry executive. He has worked in or managed in nearly every key function at Wyandot including quality assurance, product development, tech services, production, plant management and operations. He currently serves as senior advisor to Wyandot’s President & CEO Rob Sarlls, and has contributed significantly to the Company’s rise as a leading contract manufacturer in the better-for-you segment of the snacks food industry.

Ballreich CEO & President Steve Dandurand praised Mount’s leadership and hands-on experience. “Don is a widely respected industry expert. His knowledgeable and independent voice will help strengthen our understanding of changing industry dynamics as well as contribute to enhanced manufacturing and financial performance.”

Dandurand reaffirmed the company’s intent to maintain its status as Northwest Ohio’s leading potato chip brand. “In addition to upgrading manufacturing capabilities and expertise, the Company intends to pursue additional business opportunities in the private label snack food space,” he said. “Don Mount’s guidance, a reenergized workforce team, and access to SNAC International’s global resources will help drive the brand’s resurgence and future success.”

Ballreich Snack Food Company expects to make additional board and leadership announcements in the weeks ahead.

About Ballreich Snack Food Company
Ballreich Snacks manufactures the most popular local brand of potato chips and related snacks in Northwest Ohio and parts of Indiana and Michigan. Based in Tiffin, Ohio, the Company employs 55 people. In April 2019 a group of local investors purchased the nearly 100 year-old company. They intend to keep the business in Tiffin, investing in operational and marketing improvements as well as developing new products. The potato chip brand has gained local and national fame. In 2006, Ballreich’s became official chip of the Toledo Mud Hens and in 2009 was named the official chip of the Toledo Walleye. The company has been featured on the big screen in the movie “Street Kings” as well as on the “Rachael Ray Show” and ABC’s “The View.” www.ballreich.com

About SNAC International
SNAC International is the leading international trade association of the global snack industry, representing snack producers and suppliers. “SNAC” stands for snacking, nutrition, and convenience–three key elements research shows reflect the habits of today’s consumer. Founded in 1937, SNAC has over 400 member companies worldwide. www.snacinternational.com

About Wyandot Snacks
Wyandot Snacks is the nation’s foremost contract manufacturer of healthier, plant-based snacks – one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry. We make innovative, premier-quality products ranging from baby snacks to the leading chickpea snack in the world. Wyandot supports the continued growth and commercial success of our partners, providing turnkey support to brands from conception and development all the way to the shelf or doorstep. Our success derives from strong manufacturing support and the expert guidance of six food scientists. Based in Marion, Ohio, privately owned Wyandot is within one day’s drive of 60% of America’s snack consumers. www.wyandotsnacks.com

Board approves façade grant for Simply Susan’s

Funds all used for 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 21, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for work to 70 S. Washington St., Simply Susan’s. This work closes out the available façade program funds for the year.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a $6,376.05 Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant to replace the door and window on the storefront of the building and restore the balcony on the second floor, for a total investment of $17,218.96.

Susan Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s, said: “I’m very appreciative that this program exists for business owners in the downtown.”

The City of Tiffin set aside $100,000 for the program, which has now been completely spent for 2019, resulting in a total investment of $239,764.85. The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of 13 buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I again am pleased to see our downtown business owners take advantage of this program, and thank them and Tiffin City Council for making this program a success.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 70 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.

Board approves five façade grants for downtown businesses

Less than $7,000 available for 2019 program

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 7, 2019 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for work to five buildings, including updating storefronts and replacing windows for businesses in Downtown Tiffin. The City of Tiffin has set aside $100,000 for projects this year.

At the meeting, the ABR is to review a Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant applications for balcony railing, windows and doors for Tiffin Elks Lodge No. 94, 106 E. Perry St.; a partial demolition and storefront windows for JVC Properties Ltd/Bennett Paulus, 65 E. Market St.; windows, doors and exterior lighting for Pimadiz Properties, LLC/Jessica Tribolet, 174 S. Washington St.; window glass replacement and vitrolite repair/replacement for Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group LLC/Ann Gase, 114 S. Washington St.; and roof repair/replacement for Jin Li and Dai Tuo Zheng/Jay Zheng, 257 S. Washington St.

With these projects, the total amount spent for 2019 is $93,108.95 of the available $100,000 for a total investment of $220,955.89. The ABR previously approved grants for the owners of eight buildings in Downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m glad to see so many building owners have taken interest in this program and the amount of investment happening in our community.”

To apply for a Façade Enhancement Grant, the building owner should meet with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. Once the application is submitted, reviewed and deemed complete and without issues, the Architectural Board of Review will consider it before approval. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 68 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 million.

About the Façade Enhancement ProgramThis 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.

May Third Thursday has gone to the dogs

Monthly event to feature first Barking Lot Party

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 6, 2019 – Barking Lot Party, the May Third Thursday event, is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, with events planned in the Croghan Bank & Laird Arcade parking lots and almost 30 businesses offering specials. Participants can register for door prizes at participating businesses. The event is free and family- and pet-friendly.

Participants are encouraged to enjoy a day downtown with their pup. Start at the barking lot for music, giveaways and fun with participating businesses. Then, take a walk through downtown for pet-friendly specials at local businesses. The event benefits the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin.

If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, children or strangers, please do not bring them to the event. All dogs must be kept on a leash.

Also, Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin will start at 7 p.m. at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

In addition to the door prizes, participants are reminded to fill out an entry form every time they make a purchase at a participating business for a chance to win $1,000. A winner will be chosen after December’s Third Thursday. (No limit to the number of entries per person. Employees are eligible but cannot enter at their place of employment.)

Participating businesses include:

  • Allstate Insurance, 72 E. Market St. – Free rope toys and pet insurance quotes
  • Stover Veterinary Service – Vet-Mobile unit offering discounted nail trims and tours.
  • Simply Susan’s, 70 S. Washington St. – personalized dog tags for $10.
  • Clover Club, 266 S. Washington St. – Doggy Patio will be open.
  • Jolly’s, 66 E. Market St. – $1 hot dogs for your hot dog.
  • Phat Cakes, 45 S. Washington St. – homemade dog treats.
  • Ralphs Joy of Living, 33 N. Washington St. – $10 wine tasting (Limited spots RSVP).
  • Laird Arcade Brewery, 114 S. Washington St., Suite D – free live music.
  • Viaduct, 84 N. Washington St. – back patio will be open; 50 cent wings and $1 drafts.
  • GEM Yoga, 114 S. Washington St. – yoga with your dog.
  • FroZone, 114 S. Washington St. – $1 pup cups.
  • Renaissance, 129 S. Washington St. – 25% off of all Bird Dog Whiskeys.
  • SSG Ink, 107 E. Perry St. – doggy bandannas.
  • Melissa Perry Photography, 70 E. Market St. – $25 pet portraits.
  • Jen Burns Flair 37 – paw painting.
  • Divine Style Boutique, 116 S. Washington St., Suite C – 20% off purchase of $50.
  • Croghan Bank, 796 W. Market St. – hosting event in their parking lot and handing out free frisbees.
  • Michelle’s K9 Style and Smiles, 239 W Market St. – $10 nail trim.
  • Reino’s, 73 E Market St. – $2 Pizza by the slice.
  • Washington Street Outfitters, 186 S. Washington St. – selling dog merchandise.
  • Put N Pita, 116 S. Washington St. – free dog treats.
  • Tiffin Pedal Company – Pedal Car downtown.
  • Empire at 138, 138 S. Washington St. – Doggy Beauty Contest, costumes encouraged. Winner receives painting of their dog by local artist Jon Adams.
  • Airbrush Beauty, 120 ½ S. Washington St. – Make-Up your Mutt, hair conditioning, brushing, and bandanna.
  • Taylor Elchert Photography, 186 S. Washington St. – 10% off a photo session with a donation to the Humane Society of Seneca County.
  • Mix 96.7 WBVI – broadcasting live music and interviews in the parking lot.
  • REMAX, 108 S. Washington St. – raffling an interior dog house, proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Reclaim It, 127 S. Washington St. – silent auction for a dog crate/end table and 10% off all dog dishes.
  • Threads, 2451 W. Market St. – selling pet-themed bracelets.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DowntownTiffinOh or www.DowntownTiffinEvents.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin is an award-winning and state and nationally accredited Main Street program managed by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and driven by volunteer business and community leaders and stakeholders passionate to make downtown Tiffin a destination. More than 50 volunteers participate in various committees. Since 2014, more than 40 new businesses have opened, and more than 65 downtown building facades have been improved. Since 2016, more than $25 million has been invested.

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.

About Shuff Consulting LLC.

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

Youth Program to Explore Agricultural Careers 

Press Release submitted by Seneca County Commissioners/
Hallie Williams – OSU Extension Seneca County

Tiffin, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension is pleased to announce the launch of the first Agriculture Exploring Post in the nation. This program will focus on agricultural careers that are “In Demands Jobs.”

More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “in demand,” based on labor market information, job postings on OhioMeansJobs.com, Jobs Ohio regional forecasts and employer forecasts. Many of these jobs are based in agriculture or rely on agriculture.

The Exploring program offers students aged 14-20 the chance to learn life and career skills through immersive career experiences and mentorship, facilitated through Ohio State University Extension. The Exploring Agriculture post, based in Seneca County, but accepting all interested students, is designed to introduce youth to careers in agriculture throughout our community. Students can expect to “explore” agricultural careers via a series of monthly hands-on meetings from September 2019- April 2020. Each meeting will include visiting an area business and/or farm that serves the agricultural community and allowing students to learn not only about what they do/produce but also about the jobs needed for that business to thrive.

Students can expect to participate in hand-on activities and tours of businesses like Ag Credit and POET, as well as presentations about career paths in agriculture. High school students in and around Seneca County are encouraged to participate.

Hallie Williams, OSU Extension Agriculture Educator says, “Seneca County is a very strong agricultural county and as our Ag businesses grow, we need to make sure we have individuals ready to fill those positions. Our hope is that Exploring Agriculture will not only encourage our local youth to identify a career path that allows them to work in agriculture, but more importantly to keep them in the community.”

Exploring has existed for 70 years and enables students the opportunity to “Discover Their Future” through hands-on experiences. In the Black Swamp Area Council’s 13-county coverage area, there are 18 Exploring Posts focusing on a multitude of career fields, and serving 443 students. Exploring Executive, Matt Kibler, believes that a focus on Agriculture is needed. “This is a career field that is becoming more and more tech-based, and we need to make sure that we are keeping the pipeline full of future employees for our local businesses for years to come.”

The Seneca County 4-H Program within Ohio State University Extension is strong with nearly 1,000 youth participating. Katie Cole, 4-H Educator states, “We see the passion and commitment to the agriculture industry with many of these youth. With that being said, career development within the agriculture industry is definitely a topic that our youth have been inquiring about. This is our chance to make that happen right here in Seneca County.” 

Exploring Agriculture will host their kickoff event on September 24th, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Seneca Conservation District’s Miller Farm and will continue monthly in and around Seneca County.

To learn more about how your student, your business, or you can participate in Exploring Agriculture, please contact the Seneca County Extension office at 419-447-9722 or email cole.537@osu.edu or Williams.6386@osu.edu.

Start or finance your business the SBA Way

Press Release provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office

U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office is to give a free briefing on starting or financing a business 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson St., Tiffin.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been guaranteeing bank loans to small businesses since its creation by Congress in 1953. The guarantees enable entrepreneurs to obtain long-term credit that otherwise would not be available on reasonable terms and conditions. The SBA guarantee loan program is an invaluable tool for people in business and those looking to start a business. Officials from other government agencies will be in attendance to answer questions and present about a variety of programs.

Registration is required at tiffin-senecasbaevent.eventbrite.com.

Chamber ambassadors host ribbon cutting for State Farm

Press release provided by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

TIFFIN, Ohio – Join the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club as they hold a Ribbon Cutting for the State Farm – Nicole Miller, 2495 W. Market St., Ste. B, at 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m.

See the newest State Farm office in Tiffin. Nicole Miller is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit tiffinchamber.com.

Double ribbon cutting planned for the Chandelier, Tiffin Pedal Company

Press release provided by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services

TIFFIN, Ohio –Join the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce as they hold a double ribbon cutting for the Chandelier Community Event Center and Tiffin Pedal Company at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The Chandelier is located at 151 S. Washington St. and Tiffin Pedal Company will be starting their events on Madison Street.

There will be a Kick-Off Party on Madison Street starting at noon with a live band, Dave & Glenn, raffles and a chance to meet the owners, Tom Fretz, The Chandelier, and Danny Perry, Tiffin Pedal Company.  The Chandelier is to be open so participants can see the renovations. MST Pub & Grub, 92 Madison St., will be showing their Party Room above the bar.

As part of the event, Madison Street is to be closed until 4 p.m.

For more information, visit tiffinchamber.com.