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$1.6M invested in short line rail 2016-2017

 

20170918_155958Major maintenance project slated for Northern and Ohio Western Railroad

The Sandusky County – Seneca County – City of Tiffin Port Authority (SSTPA), in conjunction with Omnitrax, has slated an approximately $900,000 railroad maintenance project for the Northern and Ohio Western Railroad (NOW) this fall. This project brings the total investment in rail and crossings for the short line railroad to more than $1.6 million over the past two years.

SSTPA Board Chairman Jim Supance stressed the importance of the rail and its maintenance: “The short line railroad is a valuable asset to business in Seneca and Sandusky Counties. We are committed to continuing to invest in the rail and appreciate the partnership with Omnitrax on day-to-day operations and projects like these.”

The NOW is a short line railroad that spans 26 miles, from Tiffin to Woodville. It was purchased by the SSTPA in 1990 and is operated by Omnitrax, one of the largest short line railroad operators in North America. The NOW serves 8 shippers and carries more than 2,600 carloads each year.

This fall, Omnitrax will replace 7,000 railroad ties, and resurface 24 miles of track at a cost of approximately $900,000. This is the second large investment for the year; new gates and lights were installed at two crossings and a road crossing was rehabbed, all in Gibsonburg, at a cost of $500,000 to the State of Ohio. The two projects, combined with brush cutting, signal updates and two road crossing rehabs, bring the total investment for 2017 to over $1.5 million. In 2016, six rail crossings were rehabbed for $100,000.

 

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.

Personal services available in downtown Tiffin

 

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Meraki Salon and Barber

Looking to treat yourself or just need a quick trim? Check out these places around downtown Tiffin that will make sure you’re looking and feeling your best! Hours vary by location, and some require appointments.

Salons

Barber Shops

Massage Therapists

Tanning Salons

Cosmetics Store

All of this information and more can also be found on the Discover Tiffin! mobile app, available from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

New dance studio opens in Tiffin

On Pointe - Body Works

(left to right) Kaitlyn Boehler, Vicky Boehler, Brooklyn Boehler

Press release provided by On Pointe Performing Arts Studio

Now open for business, On Pointe Performing Arts Studio, LLC is accepting registration for Fall 2017 classes. On Pointe is a new dance studio located in Bodyworks.

On Pointe offers dance classes for ages 3 to 18. They accept dancers of all levels. Classes offered are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop.

Vicky Boehler, owner and founder, along with her two daughters, Brooklyn and Kaitlyn, are excited to see the company develop. The studio will incorporate educational learning during class for younger students, as well as add the personal touch that people are looking for in a small town.

“We’re determined to instill the arts and education into our growing community,” said Vicky Boehler. “Not only do we strive to build a strong relationship with local universities and schools, we want to connect with the Tiffin community. Our mission is to inspire passion, imagination and creativity.”

Training for fifteen years, the daughters developed a strong passion for dance and desired to own their own studio. Their mother was drawn into the business venture. She was captivated by the art and enjoyed attending every performance. As Tiffin University alumni, they believe their education, varying expertise, and experience has prepared them for this adventure.

“We’re so thankful to Larry, Diane and the rest of the Bodyworks’ family for welcoming us into their facility,” said Boehler. “We look forward to working with them.”

On Pointe will have an open house on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another open house is scheduled Saturday, August 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and potential students will have the opportunity to visit the studio, meet the teachers and owner, and register for classes.

The studio will host a summer dance camp from Monday, June 26. 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The camp is offered for ages 3 to 8; no experience required. This year’s theme, “Groove at the Zoo,” will include educational activities, crafts, and a dance performance for parents to view. The camp is $25. A registration form for the summer dance camp is available at Bodyworks.

Registration forms are available and must be returned to Bodyworks. Upon registration, everyone will have a chance to win three months free tuition for one class and have a free trial class per genre. On Pointe also offers a family discount and a multiple genre discount.

For more information, please contact On Pointe by email onpointeperformingartsstudio@gmail.com or call 419-455-4082. More information can also be found on their Facebook page.

Feasel’s invests quarter million in expansion

Feasel's 4Feasel’s Frame and Collision is adding new space and equipment to their auto-body shop on State Route 224 just West of Tiffin.

Jeff Feasel said the business needed new space, and they wanted the ability to offer more to their customers. “Over the last five years, each year has been better than the last,” he said.

20170421_134130The new, 3,600 square foot building will create seven additional bays for radiator repair and washing, house a new alignment rack, and provide additional work space. They will also use the space for spray-on truck bed liners, a service that no other Tiffin shop currently offers. The total investment in construction and equipment is roughly $250,000.

This new addition is the latest in a series of improvements to the business. Over the past four years they have installed a new, environmentally friendly paint booth, renovated their office, and added welding and aluminum repair to their services.

“I am excited to keep serving this wonderful community,” Feasel said.

The expansion is expected to be completed this July.

Feasel’s Frame and Collision is a family-run business started by Jeff’s parents, Rick and Jan, in 1984. To learn more about the business, click here.

Bascom Communications announces Full Throttle fiber optic internet service

20170420_083420.jpgBascom Communications announced last week a new, ultra high speed internet service provided via fiber optic line. They are the first company to offer such a service in Seneca County.

Press release provided by Bascom Communications:

Communications Company Offers New Service Over Fiber Optic Infrastructure
Bascom Communications Delivers Service Announcement and Presentation for Accelerate Full Throttle

Bascom, Ohio: Bascom Communications hosted an event to announce Accelerate Full Throttle, the service provider’s newest offering available to members May 1st. Full Throttle offers Gigabit-capable access over Bascom’s state-of-the-art, fiber-to-the-premise infrastructure, featuring faster download speeds and aggregate bandwidth. The service announcement and presentation on the social and economic impact of how fiber optic and Gigabit service from Bascom is propelling Seneca County forward took place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the historic Redwood Ballroom of Meadowbrook Park in Bascom, Ohio.

Bascom Communications has provided services to Bascom and surrounding communities since 1906. Bascom is a cooperative company and anyone with wired services becomes a member. Once a member, if Bascom has a strong year and posts a profit, the membership receives an allocation back to them in the form of capital credit refunds. Bascom serves around 59 square miles of service territory and covers 99.92% of its subscribers with fiber to the premise.

Bascom is one of only a couple providers in the entire state of Ohio, and the only in Seneca County, to offer a service of this magnitude. Many companies use Gigabit service as a marketing ploy but Bascom wants to have people utilize it. To accomplish this, Full Throttle features a metered-usage approach to bring down costs, which allows customers to pay for only what they need and never worrying about speed again, as opposed to traditional internet plans that utilize a smaller bandwidth model to keep costs and resources manageable. Residential customers will be able to choose between numerous, tiered-data plans including an unlimited option, while business customers who want and need it, can improve their productivity and efficiency with Accelerate Full Throttle Business Unlimited. Customers will be able to go as fast as their devices will let them and can and will in many cases see speeds up to 16-200 times faster than those they are used to currently through Bascom or their competition.

New business, Ink Element Studio, to open downtown

20170418_114815A new business, Ink Element Studio, is set to open on the second floor at the end of the month. In this new venture, owner and modification practitioner Cam Magers and his wife, Cassandra Magers, combine 14 years of experience with a spa-like atmosphere.

Called a “modification studio,” Ink Element services will include tattoos and piercing, as well as body modification such as permanent cosmetics and hair follicle pigment restoration, and free services for breast cancer survivors. They are also working on a clothing line, which will live mostly online.

With the Ink Element studio space, Magers said he is trying to create a relaxing environment for customers. Sessions are to be scheduled by appointment, ensuring privacy and the complete focus of the artist, one entire wall of the tattoo room is a hand-painted mural designed to give customers something calming to look at, and customers can listen to music of their choice. “I want people to come in and feel at home,” he said.

Once the studio is up and running, Magers would like to provide youth art classes using the studio space of Gem Yoga (located just across the hall). “I love what’s going on here,” he said. “We want to leave our positive mark on the community.”

Visit the Ink Element Studio Facebook page for more information.

Select Realty merges with Bolte Real Estate

Press release from Bolte Real Estate

North Central Ohio Real Estate Firm Attains Tiffin Company

new nameBolte Real Estate, a fourth-generation, independently owned company based in Port Clinton, is pleased to announce its merger with Select Realty Group in Tiffin. With four offices currently throughout Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, the merger allows Bolte Real Estate to expand into the Seneca County area and strengthen its presence as a real estate leader in this region of Ohio.

Founded by Ann Bolte in 1936, Bolte Real Estate has maintained its commitment to excellence by taking a personal approach with its customers. With offices in Port Clinton, Clyde, Fremont and Catawba, the company has grown to become the largest independent brokerage in North Central Ohio.

Phillip Bolte and Renee Bolte-Stine, Ann’s great-grandchildren and current owners, bought the company in 2014 and have built a state-of-the-art real estate company while maintaining the family heritage and providing a distinctive personal approach to their business. In 2016, Bolte Real Estate achieved $93 million in real estate sales.

“What excites us about this merger is the opportunity for greater brand recognition throughout the region and access to more tools, training and a larger leadership team,” said Phillip Bolte.

“Also, we feel that our merger will allow us to better help our clients ever growing and evolving real estate needs while also giving back to the communities we represent.”

Co-owner Renee Bolte-Stine is a Tiffin native who graduated from Columbian High School in the early 1990s, along with her husband Cory Stine. “For my family, Tiffin is a part of our heritage so the expansion of Bolte Real Estate into this area is exciting from a business aspect and rewarding on a personal level,” said Renee Bolte-Stine.

Select Realty Group’s office at 23 S. Washington Street will remain open and the only noticeable change will be the name on the building. Owners Fran Andersons and Sara Riesen founded Select Realty in April of 2012 with three agents and quickly grew to be a dominant name in local real estate. Today, there are nine agents who work for Select. Both Fran and Sara will remain in leadership positions once the merger is complete.

Sara Riesen explained that even though the name Select Realty will change, their commitment to their clients will not. “Our team will remain the people that the community has come to know and trust,” she said.

All owners agree that the merger of Bolte Real Estate and Select Realty Group evolved because of a mutual respect among professional colleagues who became friends. Sara explained, “I’ve known Phillip and Renee for a long time but got to know Phillip even better when we served on the board of directors for the Firelands Realtor Association. They were very helpful to us when we began our business, offering advice and support. When the discussion eventually turned to the possibility of ‘teaming up’, it seemed like a natural fit for all of us.”

Philip added, “Our philosophy of working hard, treating people right and having fun will be strengthened by having a larger team across a larger area engaged in the real estate business and committed to our family’s heritage of excellence.”

Tiffin Aire at the Seneca County Airport

20160907_151604Tiffin Aire, Inc. is the company that runs the Seneca County Airport, located at 1778 W US 224 in Tiffin. The company is owned by Brad and Kim Newman, the second generation of the family-owned business. The airport is a unique asset for Seneca County and Northwest Ohio.

The Seneca County Airport is a 24-hour fueling station, a propeller shop, an airplane storage location, an FFA pilot examination location and testing center, an aircraft sales location (one of only three in Ohio), a chartered flight provider and more. The business has 33 employees including pilots, front office, and technically skilled positions in the airplane frame and propeller shop.

The company was established in 1965 and dedicated in 1968 by Kim’s parents, Dwight and Jeanne Gnepper. It began with only three employees, two single engine aircraft, two hangars, and an office. Over the years, the Gneppers expanded the business, selling it to the Newmans upon their retirement in 1989. By 1996 Tiffin Aire offered aircraft charter, flight instruction and rental, aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, parts and oil sales, and propeller/governor sales and service.

Tiffin Aire is one of only 13 propeller shops in the entire country. The prop shop was built in 1997 for $750,000, with another $500,000 in equipment. They service all kinds of propellers, and perform inspections and mandatory “overhauls” every six years. There are no chemicals used to strip the paint from the parts, reducing waste, and all grinding of the blades is done by hand.  They are also able to repair wings, and about once a year, they restore an antique aircraft, like an airplane from the 1940’s sent down from Canada that is currently in one of their hangar bays.

The airport currently has 18 separate hangars, the most recent built in 2015 for $400,000. There are 52 planes based in Tiffin, and storage at the Tiffin Aire facility includes oil, fuel, service and a private hangar. Brad says a lot of their business used to come from local business owners keeping their own private planes, however, that is not the case today.

Over the last several years, they have seen their charter business grow. “We have a great location for people coming into town, or stopping over for repairs,” he said. “We’ve got a great network with the businesses in Tiffin, and customers can walk to local restaurants and stores.”

One way Brad would like to increase traffic to the airport and to Seneca County is through a runway expansion. The current runway is 4,000 linear feet. In order to entertain commercial flights, it would need to be expanded to 5,000 feet. The closest airport able to accommodate commercial flights is in Findlay, which does not offer as many services as the Seneca County Airport. “We’d all benefit from a longer runway,” Brad said.

While the runway expansion is in the works, it could be years before the project begins.

Another way the airport benefits the community is through the Federal Excise Tax. For every gallon of airplane fuel sold, 21.9 cents goes to a tax fund that can only be used for airport improvements. This tax applies whether you purchase fuel at an airport, or if you purchase a ticket on a commercial airline. Since 1989, Brad has collected $4 million from that fund, which provides a 90/10 split on improvements, saving the county money as well as bringing funds spent by citizens back to Seneca County.

Brad attributes the business’ success to great community support, and giving back to the community. “I always tried to make my own way and didn’t ask too much,” he said. “And I always supported our local companies and vocational schools.”

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NCOESC is Awarded Grant for Public Safety Services

Press release from NCOESC:ncoesc

The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (NCOESC) was awarded a $163,000 grant from Ohio’s Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program. The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), along with the Local Government Innovation Council, informed NCOESC that the grant application was approved.

The IT Safety Project includes computer equipment and new fiber lines to enhance the safety of our local communities. The collaborative partners include NCOESC, North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments (NCORcog), Seneca County, the City of Tiffin and the villages of Attica, Bettsville, Bloomville, Green Springs, New Riegel and Republic.

The Local Government Innovation Council provides funding in two ways: Local Government Innovation Program (LGIP), which offers loan assistance to communities for plans, and projects that create more efficient service delivery at the local level; and Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program (LGSC), which offers communities assistance to enhance public safety. Together, these programs assist communities with shared services and efficiency projects in all aspects of operations.

NCOESC and NCORcog were also successful with a $100,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study regarding Information Technology Connectivity. After the review of the study, a $500,000 no-interest loan was awarded to subsidize the implementation of the study.

According to David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program, provides opportunities to enhance public safety. Goodman stated, “Communities are working together to improve their safety service and save taxpayers money.”

NCOESC’s Superintendent/CEO, Dr. Jim Lahoski, was very pleased that this grant opportunity will provide additional revenues to the community. Lahoski stated, “The efforts made by NCORcog Director, John Davoli, along with NCOESC Information Technologists Kathy Mohr and Brian Rupp, demonstrate a wonderful spirit of cooperation between the NCOESC and many political subdivisions of Seneca County.” He further expressed appreciation to local law enforcement officials that provided vital information to complete the successful application.

Director Davoli stated, “This grant will provide collaborative opportunities to work with officials from Seneca County, the City ofTiffm, all Seneca County villages and SIEDC.” Davoli indicated that the next step will be to meet with all the partners and to set a timeline for the work to begin the initial phase and that NCOESC will continue to pursue additional funding to complete the project.

The Local Government Safety Grant Program is a highly competitive grant that had over 400 applicants in this second round with only 10% of the applications funded.