Projects

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

Plans for Tiffin spec building announced

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TIFFIN, OHIO – December 19, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) has announced plans for a speculative industrial building for the 11.3-acre site at the corner of Shawhan Ave. and Tyber Rd., in the Eagle Rock Business Park. Private investors have acquired the site and will be building the structure, which is to be 50,000 square feet, will be expandable to 200,000, and will include office space. The shell for the building should be up by the summer of next year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the building will allow Tiffin to be more open to new opportunities. “A spec building will give Tiffin a competitive edge when we are courting manufacturers seeking to locate or expand in our area,” he said. “Having the space available and customizable is attractive to a company looking to locate quickly and begin production.”

SIEDC Economic Development Committee Chair and owner of the previous spec building Denny Kerschner agreed. “When I was looking for a place to locate my business in 2007 Tiffin was an easy choice because of the available building. It is critical to have a building like this in order to compete for new projects,” he said.

The building that houses Tiffin Insulators was a speculative building built by SIEDC in 2006, and the Quick Tab II facility, located in the Airport Industrial Park, was also a spec building built by SIEDC in 1994.

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.

Council approves downtown sign program

Grant provides up to 50% reimbursement for sign costs

Renaissance Sign 2TIFFIN, OHIO – December 4, 2017 – Tiffin City Council approved a new Sign Enhancement Program in a meeting Monday night and set aside $10,000 to fund the program in 2018. The program is designed to assist business owners in downtown Tiffin in displaying effective and consistent signage.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the program is a natural companion to the Façade Enhancement Program introduced in 2014. “Through the Façade Enhancement Program, downtown building and business owners have been able to make drastic changes to the look of their building. To date, the city has invested $350,000 in the program, resulting in $1.4 million in renovations,” he said. “With the sign program, we are able to take the transformation one step further.”

The grant is a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000.  This grant is available on a first come, first served basis from application approval.  Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2018. For the first 30 days, preference will be given to owners who have successfully completed Façade Enhancement Program projects.

Signage was laid out in the Downtown Strategic Plan adopted by Council in 2010. The plan called for consistent standards for downtown signage to improve community character along with the Façade Enhancement Program. Similar programs have been adopted by other Ohio Main Street communities, including the Gateway District in Cleveland, Cambridge Main Street, and Main Street Wooster, to great success. A study of one Gateway District business showed a 20 percent increase in foot traffic after a sign enhancement project.

For more information about the program, contact Downtown Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

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.

City receives funding for alley enhancement

Local foundations award $70,000 to pedestrian project

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Conceptual drawing, subject to change.

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 20, 2017 – Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz announced at a Tiffin City Council meeting tonight that the city has secured funding to move forward with a pedestrian alley enhancement project in downtown Tiffin.

The city received two grants, $40,087 from the Meshech Frost Charitable Trust and $30,000 from the National Machinery Foundation, which will cover nearly all costs associated with the project.

“Thanks to the support of our local charitable foundations, we are able to move forward with a project that will transform one of the most used alleys in our downtown into a beautiful, inviting, pedestrian-friendly walkway,” Montz said. “The project will create a safe, well-lit connection between parking and downtown amenities, for both residents and visitors.”

The alley to be enhanced is located across from the Ritz Theatre between City Parking Lot #3 and South Washington Street, adjacent to 33 and 45 South Washington Street. The alley will be closed to vehicular traffic, with removable bollards to allow utility vehicle access.

Improvements will include installation of six decorative poles to support overhead string lighting running the length of the alley, a decorative stamped asphalt surface, and benches, trash cans, planters, and bike racks. Detailed design items will be finalized this winter and construction beginning as early as this winter or early spring, with a target completion date before September 2018. Gas and electric utility work has already been completed.

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp.’s Downtown Design Committee chose the project from the Downtown Tiffin Strategic Growth & Development Plan, adopted by council in 2016, and has been working closely with the City Engineer’s department to plan and fund the project. The plan pinpoints several alleys for enhancement, which will be considered upon completion of the current project.

$2.3M investment announced at Tiffin Mall

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TIFFIN, OHIO – September 22, 2017 – Developers have announced intentions to build a Goo Goo 3 Minute Express Wash car wash franchise on an outlot of the Tiffin Mall property. The real estate purchase, construction and equipment costs represent a $2.3 million investment and the creation of up to 15 new jobs.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the project is just the first in a series of development initiatives being planned for the site. “It is exciting to see development moving forward in our West Market Street commercial corridor,” he said. “These large-scale projects take time to plan and bring to fruition; this is the first step of many to come for the mall site.”

Started in 1945 in Anniston, Alabama, Goo Goo Car Wash is an express car wash company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia with 39 outlets in five states. The company, in turn, is owned by private British IMO Car Wash Group, the largest car wash company in the world. IMO operates a network of 800 sites across 12 European countries and Australia, washing over 30 million cars every year.

The Goo Goo car wash is the first project announced for the property since the Tiffin Mall was purchased by Toledo-based Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM) last September. KHPM continues to negotiate development opportunities for the property.

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.

Investors purchase retail center

Building to house new yoga studio business

napoliTIFFIN, OHIO – September 13, 2017 – Investors have purchased the four-unit commercial building at 378-384 W. Market St. with plans to locate a yoga studio, Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness Studio, in one of the units. The projected opening date for the studio is in January of 2018.

Yoga instructor Chuck Burmeister plans to open Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness Studio early next year. “I have been teaching yoga in various settings since 2009, so I am excited to have my own dedicated space, and bring additional services to my clients,” he said.

Burmeister is a registered yoga and therapeutic yoga teacher, an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy practitioner and a Reiki Master. He will also offer treatments using a vibrating Power Plate and BioMat combination, neither of which is currently available in the Tiffin market.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to another entrepreneur making an investment and opening a storefront for their business. “It is great to see another underused building being renovated, and a small business owner finding a space to practice health and wellness in Tiffin.”

The building has three additional units. One is occupied by Napoli Pizza, and the other two are available for lease. The available units are 1,400 and 1,700 square feet, respectively. The investors will be making improvements to the building over the coming months.

About Chuck Burmeister
Chuck Burmeister, affectionately known as Yoga Chuck, began practicing yoga in 2005 to relieve his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms. He began teaching others in 2009 and has been active at the Tiffin Developmental Center, Tiffin Community YMCA, the Allen Eiry Center, Seneca Co Employees, and various local assisted living and nursing home facilities. He currently offers private Yoga lessons, UZIT Treatments, Reiki Treatments and Raindrop Treatments, and speaks about his MS story, all things related to Yoga, and more. He also has three instructional DVDs for seniors and those with MS, available on Amazon.

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.

American Fine Sinter to make $20M investment

Major expansion to create 25 new jobs

AFS 2017TIFFIN, OHIO – August 22, 2017 American Fine Sinter (AFS) announced today that it will be moving forward with the addition of two production lines at its North American headquarters in Tiffin, Ohio, investing $20 million in equipment and creating 25 new jobs. Tennessee was also a possible site.

AFS President Masayuki Yamamoto attributed the company’s continued growth to its customers, employees and the community: “Our business base is expanding, and we are thankful to have dedicated employees and the backing of the Tiffin community, which allow us to continue to advance.”

This company’s last expansion was announced in 2014, when the company invested $25 million and committed to add 24 new jobs. Since then, they have added 106 jobs and now have 246 employees. This project will fill the remaining space in that expansion with equipment to produce mid and high torque carriers for the Toyota Highlander, RAV4, and Camry, using new technology developed by Toyota. The Tiffin plant is one of three worldwide to use the process.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded AFS’s commitment to the community: “AFS has been a great employer for Tiffin for the past 16 years, and it is wonderful that they continue to choose to invest and grow here.”

With the previous expansion, real property tax exemptions played a significant role due to the cost of building construction. With this expansion, workforce has been the focus, as the company continues to hire at a rapid rate. Initiatives like the Seneca County Workforce Development Strategic Plan, Manufacturing Showcase, and the Student Job Fair are important for long-term success and have helped make the company comfortable with growing here.

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.

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.

City Council dedicates new roads

$1M investment provides access to development site

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TIFFIN, OHIO – August 21, 2017 – Tiffin City Council approved Monday night the dedication of two new roads to provide access to a 60-acre future development site located along U.S 224 between South Shaffer Park Drive and Township Road 18. The roads are part of a larger project intended to span the site.

224Fair Lane will enter the site as a continuation of TR 18, contingent upon the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) approval of shifting the access point created by an abandoned railroad bed. The second road, to be called Progress Parkway, will extend to the west from the end of Fair Lane, and eventually be expanded to connect to West Market Street.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz “This is a huge step forward in preparing this site for future development,” he said.

The project is part of an overall improvement to the road infrastructure for the 60-acre site. The two new roads represent a $1 million investment, in conjunction with the nearly $1 million improvements to U.S. 224 announced last month.  The Seneca County Transportation Improvement District committee won a $220,000 grant for SR 224, and continues to identify grant opportunities to offset costs in road improvements county-wide.

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.

Local investors announce OCECO acquisition and expansion

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President & CEO Mike Ruhe and Manufacturing & Marketing Manager Keith Ricker

Total investment to exceed $2.5 million

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 10, 2017 – Investors announced this week the purchase of OCECO Inc., located in the Airport Industrial Park in Tiffin, as well as plans to expand the business. The new owners have purchased the business, and are in the process to purchase the real estate, as well as invest in new equipment. They also plan on adding six new employees to the existing workforce.

President and CEO Mike Ruhe sees room for growth in the business: “We have identified opportunities to expand sales, and we are very impressed with the employees; they know we need to grow and they are ready.”

Founded in 1921, OCECO is a fabricator of high quality safety equipment for flammable liquid storage and wastewater gas disposal systems. They supply airports and energy companies like Marathon and Exxon Mobile and also do a large amount of business with municipalities, food production, and factory farms. Key products include fittings, flame arrestors and gas purification systems. They operate out of a 38,000 square foot facility in the Airport Industrial Park and have nine employees.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner is pleased to see the company grow: “OCECO has been a presence in the community for many years. It’s great to see new investment breathing new life into an existing company.”

The purchase of OCECO has been in development for more than a year, and the new owners are working with several banks, SIEDC, and other partners to obtain funding and receive assistance with export promotion and energy efficiency incentives. Previous owner Dick Borer, who purchased the company from Pettibone, worked diligently in finding new leadership to keep the business in Tiffin, and will be assisting with the transition.

About OCECO
OCECO – originally an abbreviation of Oil Conservation Engineering Company – was started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921, and was the first supplier of a complete line of venting and tank fitting equipment.

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 and Seneca County win $220,000 for road improvement

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TIFFIN, OHIO – July 5, 2017 – The City of Tiffin has been granted $220,000 through the Ohio Department of Transportation Jobs and Commerce for an improvement project on US 224; a 25 percent match with the city for a project totaling $1 million. It will provide access to a 60-acre site for potential commercial development annexed by the city earlier this year.

The grant is the first received by the Seneca County Transportation Improvement District (TID) created by Seneca County Commissioners in September 2015. “The district was put in place with the future of the county in mind,” Commissioner Shayne Thomas, head of the county’s transportation sub-committee, said. “This project is the first of many for which we plan to secure TID funding.”

Last year, Tiffin, Fostoria and Seneca County representatives collaborated to update and reprioritize the county’s Transportation Improvement Plan. Originally created in 2001, the plan was revised with a clear focus on key projects throughout the county. The revision was approved by all groups, as well as the TID Committee, composed of engineers, elected officials, and economic development organizations from each jurisdiction.

Charlene Watkins, Executive Director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director commended the partnership between Seneca County organizations in securing the grant. “The foundation is in place and all parties are working to implement the plan,” she said. “We appreciate SIEDC’s work with different entities to gather information and submit the application, as well as the involvement of State Representative Bill Reineke and State Senator Dave Burke, and everyone else who had a hand in the process.”

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.