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Business Profile: G&L Oil Company

G&L 1G&L Oil Company, located at 2011 W. County Road 54 in Tiffin, has been in the Seneca County community, providing excellent customer service to their diverse range of clients since 1938. Purchased by Kim Walton in 1989 and moved to its current location in 2007, the business includes G&L Oil, Brobst Trucking Inc., as well as  the G&L Shell and G&L Car Wash at the corner of SR 100 and US 224.

G&L Oil sells motor oils, greases, transmission fluids and liquids including motor oils, hydraulics oils, greases, solvents, antifreeze, and other products to their walk in, farmer, industrial, and commercial customers. They are also a distributor of gasoline and diesel fuel to commercial, farmers, industrial, and heating oil customers. Product comes in bulk totes, drums, kegs, and cases, and are all available in their warehouse on County Road 54.

G&L sells 30K gallons of oil per month (Mobil, Idemitsu, Shell, Pennzoil, Wolfs Head and Duramax) in totes (250-300 gallon plastic containers, drums, etc.). One of their customers, Expercon (Toledo), is helping clear out harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.  Local industrial customers also include Webster, AFS and Taiho.

G&L is part of the State of Ohio’s Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program, designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in obtaining state government contracts in the following areas: construction, architecture and engineering; professional services; goods and services; and information technology services. They have also utilized the GrowNow program through the Ohio Treasurer of State, which enables small business owners to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing loans for two years, with the opportunity for renewal for another two year period, with the creation or retention of at least one full-time job or two part-time jobs in the State of Ohio for every $50,000 borrowed, up to $400,000. Additionally, G&L has worked with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on potential Safety Grants.

The company has 23 employees, including 11 at the Shell service station, and two of Kim’s daughters, Kristen Hill and Marissa Walton. Last October, they also brought on a new salesperson to help grow the business. Plans to expand also include the recent purchase of a $250k tanker truck, driven by Kim’s son-in-law, Mark Hill.

Reclaim It holds open house

IMG_20180618_114753_2.jpgA new establishment opening in downtown Tiffin later this year is holding an open house to highlight major renovations to the interior and exterior of 127 S. Washington St. Reclaim It is a charitable organization partnering with a wide variety of community businesses and organizations to uniquely refurbish household items for resale to benefit and empower local youth.

Karen Klepper is spearheading the initiative along with a board of 11 comprising community educators and leaders, as well as a youth advisory board made up of 11 college and high school students. “The greatest tool we have here is the youth board,” Klepper said. “They are the ones that will actually make the changes.”

Building trades instructor with Sentinel Career Center Aaron Thompson, who, along with his students, assisted in the renovation of the building added, “The kids act as mentors, but they still need mentors. Everyone gets something.”

Through furniture, creativity, story, community interaction, and group meals, Klepper hopes to create a safe and supportive environment for youth in our community to gather and learn both soft and hard skills, with the assistance of mentors.

“I am absolutely amazed by the community I live in,” Klepper said. “For all of the painful stories, there are more positive ones, and people who want to roll up their sleeves and make a difference and doing it for the right reasons. If we (in Seneca County) can’t change things, no one can. We are small enough to be manageable, but big enough to reflect others’ issues.”

Harbor Freight Tools to open store at Westgate Shopping Center

Visconsi.jpgPress release by Visconsi Companies, Ltd.

Tiffin, OH – June 8, 2018 – Visconsi Companies, Ltd. announced today that Harbor Freight Tools plans to open a store at Westgate Shopping Center on West Market Street. The new 15,000 square foot Harbor Freight location will join Peebles, Kroger, Pat Catan’s, Dollar Tree, and 14 other merchants at Westgate. A Grand Opening is planned for this summer.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our 34th Harbor Freight Tools store in Ohio and very pleased by the warm welcome we’ve received in Tiffin” said Eric Smidt, President of Harbor Freight Tools.  “At Harbor Freight, we’re all about delivering high quality tools at ridiculously low prices.  We do it by manufacturing our tools at the same factories as the expensive brands, but we cut out the middle man and pass the savings on to our customers.  We’ve also invested millions of dollars to build and operate our own state-of-the-art quality test labs to ensure that we’re constantly driving quality at the lowest possible price.  We invite everyone in the Tiffin area to visit our new store at 682 W Market Street and see why if you buy tools anywhere else, you’re throwing your money away.”

About Harbor Freight Tools
Founded in North Hollywood, CA in 1977 and now based in Calabasas, Harbor Freight Tools is the leading discount tool retailer in the U.S. selling in its over 900 stores nationwide and on its website. Harbor Freight Tools stocks over 7,000 items in categories including automotive, air and power tools, shop equipment and hand tools. With a commitment to quality and a lifetime guarantee on all hand tools, Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite of automotive and truck repair shops, government agencies, schools, manufacturers, contractors and tool enthusiasts who want top-quality and great selection and value. The results speak for themselves – with over thirty million customers nationwide and thousands of people switching to Harbor Freight Tools every day. Additional information about Harbor Freight Tools and online sales can be found at http://harborfreight.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/harbor.f.tools and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/harborfreight.

Westgate Shopping Center is managed by Visconsi Companies, Ltd. and owned by affiliate Tiffin Westgate, Ltd. Visconsi Companies, Ltd. is a fourth generation, family-owned developer and manager of retail properties and a provider of real estate advisory services. The company is headquartered in Pepper Pike, Ohio, and manages a shopping center portfolio of over two million square feet. For more information about Visconsi Companies, visit www.visconsi.com.

2018 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Ralph’s Joy of Living

The 2018 recipient of SIEDC’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was Ralph’s Joy of Living. Ralph’s is a family owned and operated business that has been in the community since 1950 and is currently run by Ralph (the original owner’s son) and Julie Smothers. Though Ralph took over the family business started by his father, he and Julie have made many changes to the business, making them true entrepreneurs in their own right.

Ralph’s Joy of Living began as Ralph’s Maytag, an appliance store, in 1950. When Ralph took over the business he added cabinetry to their offerings and Julie began teaching cooking classes. Then came the Joy of Living. Ralph and Julie expanded into a 6,000 square foot addition and became the only appliance store in the nation with a liquor license, selling all kinds of wine and specialty beer. Finally, in 2016 they added mattresses to the store.

“We are thankful for the community,” Ralph said. “We love Tiffin, we love our customers.”

 

About the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that have exhibited the imagination, initiative, ability, and determination to mix capital and labor together to generate a business that provides employment opportunities and  new investment for the community.

2018 Outstanding Business Award – Zeis Companies

The 2018 Outstanding Business Award was presented to Zeis Companies for their business growth and exemplary community service.

Zeis Companies started in 1984, in the cabinet resurfacing business. The business grew into fire restoration services, and then sub-divisions and homes. Just this pass year, Zeis Companies was able to bring all of their operations under one roof in a new building N. SR 53. The building includes a showroom, a full shop for custom trim work and other pieces, as well as storage.

Zeis Companies is not just an asset to the community for the remodeling and restoration services they provide, but also for their community involvement and charitable works. Zeis was asked to assist in two Extreme Makeover: Home Edition builds, which inspired them to create the Extreme Build for Habitat for Humanity in 2011. Over the course of a day, volunteers are able to frame up and enclose an entire house. They have done four such builds since launching the program. They are also working with Habitat for Humanity to establish a ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Rich Zeis accepted the award on behalf of the company and all of its employees.

 

 

Outstanding Business Award criteria:
The business must be able to demonstrate leadership in their particular field. The business must be able to show the involvement of its owners, managers, or employees in community affairs. The business must be able to demonstrate generosity of time, talent, and money to local charities or non profit programs. The business must be able to show initiatives taken to improve the quality of life in the community. The business must be able to show activities that improve the community.

Tiffin Candle Co. celebrates local history

Tiffin Candle Co.jpgPortion of proceeds donated to local landmarks

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 3, 2018 – A local couple has created a new candle line to celebrate the community’s history, and donate to the upkeep of historic landmarks. The Tiffin Candle Co. combines local history with unique scents to represent local landmarks and give back to the community.

The Tiffin Candle Co. was started by Brian and Chelsea Bilger earlier this year. “We love candles and had the idea to start making them ourselves. We were brainstorming what we could do with the candles and got the idea of naming them after landmarks in Tiffin,” Brian said. “We both love Tiffin, and this seemed like the perfect way to give back.”

All of the candles are handmade and formulated to provide a strong scent with an even, long-lasting burn. The scents are created to complement the landmark they are named for, with the assistance of people with extensive knowledge of the site or organization. The Bilgers work with the Seneca County Museum to provide historical information on the back of the candle tin as well. For each candle sold, Tiffin Candle Co. donates $1 to the landmark the candle represents.

The first three scents available are Seneca County Museum, Oakley Park and Apple Jack Park. There are plans to expand the park series, and feature Tiffin streets in the future. The candles are currently available at the Seneca County Museum and Simply Susan’s in downtown Tiffin, which matches the Tiffin Candle Co.’s donation for each candle sold.

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.

Chamber expands Farmers’ Markets with the Court Street Collection

Farmers Market LogoAs the 8th season of the Seneca County Farmers’ Market begins, a new shop local option has been added: the Court Street Collection. In addition to the traditional market vendors along S. Washington St., Court St. will be closed off between Washington St. and the alley to accommodate any business interested in setting up a pop-up shop (as space allows) in this non-traditional market.

This season also includes a bonus October date.

Press Release from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

The Seneca County Farmer’s Market in Downtown Tiffin will begin its 2018 season on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This year’s calendar includes 9 total dates on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June through September, with a bonus market in October! 2018’s full calendar is as follows:

  • June 9 & 23
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 13

For all dates, the market begins at 9 am and concludes at 1 pm, rain or shine. Vendor set-up begins at 8 am.

The market is located on South Washington Street between East Perry Street and East Market Street. A variety of products will be available, including baked goods, fresh produce, plants and flowers, and more. Live entertainment, demonstrations and children’s activities are also being planned.

New this year in conjunction with the farmers’ markets is the Court Street Collection. A non-traditional market on Court Street from Washington Street to the alley, any business is welcome to have a pop-up shop, but space is limited.

The Seneca County Farmers’ Market in Downtown Tiffin is sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call 419-447-4141 for additional information.

Registration forms and information are available at tiffinchamber.com

Tiffin Ace Hardware to become Great Lakes Ace Hardware

ACEPress release provided by Great Lakes Ace Hardware

Tiffin, OH. March 4, 2018- Great Lakes Ace Hardware announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Tiffin Ace Hardware in Tiffin, OH owned and operated by the Deats family. The acquisition will be finalized in late March.

“The Tiffin Hardware family has been serving Tiffin and the surrounding communities for over 57 years. We have worked together with our team to ensure that Tiffin Hardware supports and serves those communities, and we are proud of those accomplishments” says Bryan Deats. “We are pleased to be passing ownership over to Great Lakes Ace Hardware as their excellent reputation, shared values, and focus on continuity assures us that our team and community will continue to be well served.”

While Jim and Marilyn will be retiring, Bryan has accepted a leadership position with Great Lakes Ace Hardware which includes overseeing operations in Tiffin as well as Great Lakes Ace in Fostoria, which is opening in early March of this year.

According to Mark Vandenberg, President of Great Lakes Ace, “We are committed to retaining the Tiffin Hardware associates who are familiar faces to the customers in Tiffin and the surrounding communities. There will be a transition to some new and exciting products including nationally recognized brands. However, customers should expect to experience the same exceptional service to which they have been accustomed.”

“We are thrilled to expand into the Tiffin area and look forward to continuing Tiffin Hardware’s tradition of customer service and community involvement,” says Mark. “Our company vision is to improve lives and communities and we do that by going above and beyond to serve our customers. In a time when customers have more options than ever before, this is the bedrock fueling our growth.”

Great Lakes Ace Hardware began operation in Dearborn, Michigan in 1946 and has a history steeped in the traditional American tale of hard work and reinvention. The company provides local neighborhoods with access to national brands such as Craftsman, Scotts, Valspar, Toro, Weber, and others, while providing customers with a localized product mix and a friendly neighborhood hardware store experience. It has been part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative since 2014. For more information about Great Lakes Ace Hardware visit www.greatlakesace.com

Reineke acquires local RV business

Reineke RVReineke Family Dealerships is expanding their newly minted Reineke RV business in Tiffin with the acquisition of Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care.

Press release from Reineke Family Dealerships:

Get Your RV From Reineke…In Tiffin!

Reineke RV acquires Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin, Ohio

TIFFIN, OHIO – In just a few short weeks since the announcement of a partnership with Coleman Sales & Service in Toledo, Reineke RV has announced the acquisition of Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin, Ohio.  “We’re looking forward to serving customers in and around the Tiffin community with a number of products, services, and accessories from Reineke RV and Eclipse Auto Care.  With the addition of the Tiffin location, we’ll be able to better serve the market in Northwest Ohio,” said Dan Reineke.

Reineke RV of Tiffin and Eclipse Auto Care will be located at 1950 West Market Street.  Jamie Chalfin, General Manager, will oversee Reineke RV locations in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.  Reineke RV offers both new and used folding trailers, expandable trailers, travel trailers, and fifth wheels from Starcraft and Flagstaff.  Genuine parts, installation, maintenance, and repair will be available at both Reineke RV locations in their full service facilities.  Eclipse Auto Care offers a variety of vehicle services and other accessories.

“Whether you need a fifth wheel hitch installed, a part ordered, or help picking out a new camper, Reineke RV is your full service solution,” said Jamie Chalfin, General Manager.

Reineke Family Dealerships, founded in 1960 by William F. Reineke, Sr., is a family owned organization that sold more than 7,000 cars in 2017 and employs approximately 450 full and part-time employees.  Known for strong customer loyalty and high sales and service ratings, Reineke Family Dealerships operates in Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, North Baltimore, and sells Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles, and most recently, Reineke RV in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.

A customer appreciation event/open house is planned and the date will be announced in the near future.  Visit www.ReinekeRV.com for more information.

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.