Tiffin

D & D Total Repair moves to Tiffin

20180719_130245.jpegThe former Fort Ball RV location at 582 N. Sandusky St. in Tiffin has a new tenant. D & D Total Repair is a full service auto and mechanical repair shop and 24 hour roadside assistance and towing service covering all of Seneca County.

While the business is not new to Seneca County, it is to Tiffin. David and Alicia Hess started their business in Bloomville in 2015. They made the move to Tiffin when their business became a AAA provider for the entire county, in order to be more centrally located. With the move, they have taken on another mechanic and a couple additional drivers.

If you haven’t seen their new shop on the north side of town, you have may have seen their brightly colored, puzzle piece covered truck spreading autism awareness around the county.

For more information or to schedule service, call 419-983-4010.

Tiffin University and IGS Solar announce new solar array for Heminger Center

Heminger 2Press release provided by Tiffin University.

TIFFIN, OH, JULY 16, 2018 – Tiffin University (TU) and IGS Solar will begin construction this month on the first solar project to be constructed on the rooftop of the Heminger Center located on Miami Street. The solar system will drive a cleaner, emission-free energy platform, as well as mark the beginning of TU’s environmental commitment.

The solar array will consist of 705 panels constructed on 14,000 square feet of rooftop space on the Heminger Center located in the heart of campus. Sized at approximately 240kW (DC), the array will generate roughly 270,000 kWh’s per year which is enough to supply approximately 26% of the annual electricity consumption for the Heminger Center.

This amount of solar power is enough to provide clean electricity for approximately 24 residential homes, offsetting an estimated 195 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year that would otherwise be emitted by a conventional fossil fuel power plant. That amount of emissions avoided is also equivalent to removing 42 cars from the road annually, or avoiding burning 213,331 pounds of coal.

IGS Solar will own, operate, and maintain the array. The company is helping the University integrate solar generation into their energy portfolio while helping them better control the long-term energy costs for their buildings.

The project is estimated to begin construction in October 2018 and be online November 2018.

“With current challenges that surround funding for non-profit universities, Tiffin University feels strongly that we need to examine all means for cost saving initiatives,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “The University is also intentional in doing what is right for the student body, faculty, staff, and local community by putting forth clean energy standards and striving to meet them.”

“We hope that opportunities for solar in Ohio continue to grow because the economic benefits are substantial,” stated Patrick Smith, Vice President of IGS Solar. “Working with Tiffin University to help control their energy costs by utilizing clean, renewable power has been a great success. We look forward to being a long-standing sustainability partner to the Tiffin University for years to come.”

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.

Tiffin Rehabilitation Center No. 1 in Ohio

Tiffin Rehabilitation CenterThe Ohio Department of Aging released the results of their 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey last month, ranking Tiffin Rehabilitation Center number one in the state. Based on patient responses, the center scored 97.5 out of 100 points.

The Ohio Department of Aging and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
conduct a biennial satisfaction survey of residents in long-term care facilities to measure
satisfaction with their quality of care and quality of life. Developed by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio, the survey was administered from August to December 2017 by Vital Research using structured, face-to-face interviews with residents. A total of 23,145 residents in 936 nursing homes and 12,849 residents of 687 assisted living facilities were interviewed

Tiffin Rehabilitation Center, located at 48 St. Lawrence Dr. in Tiffin, is a Volunteers of America facility providing short-term providing physical, occupational and speech therapies. The 20 bed facility was opened adjacent to the Mercy Health-Tiffin campus and Sojourn at Seneca in 2015.

This is not the first distinction the facility has earned. TRC also received a rating of Top Performing, a five out of five score, in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes ranking for 2017-2018.

Leadership Park, historic marker dedicated

IMG_20180626_112013.jpgToday, the City of Tiffin dedicated Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park in conjunction with the unveiling of a State historical marker for the founding of Tiffin.

Leadership Park began as the community project of the 2014 Leadership Seneca County class. As part of the nine month course in leadership and civic participation, the class raised $25,000 to create a community park in downtown Tiffin. The city matched $20,000, creating a fund of $55,000 for the park. The park was designed but put on hold due to potential development on the chosen site.

In late 2015, the project was revived when Lenny Clouse purchased the building at 22 S. Washington St., demolished it, and sold the land to the city at cost. From there, two more grants were secured from the National Machinery and Meschech Frost Charitable Trust to cover the funding gap created by the change in location, and the construction of Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park began.

Also dedicated at the Leadership Park site was Seneca County’s twelfth historical marker. The Seneca County Historical Society worked with the Ohio History Connection to place an Ohio Historical Marker denoting 1822 as the founding year of the town.

The text of the marker reads: “In 1822 Josiah Hedges purchased the land that would become Tiffin from the Delaware Land Office. By March, this land, situated across the Sandusky River from old Fort Ball (War of 1812) was surveyed and platted by General James Hedges, the brother of Josiah. These events marked the founding year for the city of Tiffin, which was named after Edward Tiffin, Ohio’s first governor and a friend of Josiah Hedges. The legislature commissioned Thomas Henford, Isaac Minor and Cyrus Spink to establish Tiffin as the permanent seat of justice for Seneca County on March 25, 1822.”

You can find a complete list of Ohio Historical Markers at Remarkable Ohio.

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Aqua announces new water main project for Tiffin system

Aqua_logoPlans total $1.4 million and over 4,600 feet of water main replacements

TIFFIN, OH– Aqua is announcing their 2018 water system improvement projects for the water system that serves the City of Tiffin. The project involves the replacement of 4,600 linear feet of aging, undersized water mains, the installation 6 new fire hydrants and other related infrastructure. The water mains being replaced range in age from 50 to 70 years of service and are located primarily along Melmore Street with additional portions of Fulton and Rosa Streets included.

These plans represent the continued commitment to investing in Aqua’s Tiffin system. Combined with replacements last year, these projects will total over 11,300 feet of water mains with a total investment of nearly than $2.8 million in area improvements since 2015.

“Aqua is continually focused on improving service reliability and water flows, especially for high demand events like fire fighting. We take a strategic approach to main replacement, investing where we really need to while keeping the impact on rates in mind,” said Aqua’s area manager, Scott Ballenger.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of November 2018. Customers along the construction route will benefit from new company service connections. Aqua will communicate directly with residents about planned short-term localized service interruptions outages.

Aqua typically spends between $30 million and $40 million a year in infrastructure across its 33 Ohio water systems to ensure reliability and quality water. In 2018, the company plans to spend $41.9 million in the systems, which equates to more than $280 for every Ohio household they serve.

Customers who have questions about this project should call the customer service center, at 877-987-2782.

Aqua Ohio is the Buckeye State’s largest investor-owned drinking water and wastewater utility and serves about 500,000 people in 19 counties. Visit AquaAmerica.com for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica

Press release provided by Aqua

Heidelberg receives historic tax credits for major restoration project

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Architect’s rendering of the France Hall project.

University has innovative plans for women’s residence hall

TIFFIN – Heidelberg University’s planned restoration and renovation of historic France Residence Hall received a major boost today when the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the university nearly $1.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the $7.5 million project (exclusive of planned costs). In July 2017, Heidelberg received $1.2 million in federal historic tax credits, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, for the France Hall project, which were contingent on receiving state tax credits.

The announcement of historic tax credits for Heidelberg is great news locally. It’s just the second time that building restoration tax credits have come to Tiffin. Heidelberg administrators are appreciative of the important role community leaders played in the application process.

“We are so grateful for the outstanding support of our community partners, which was essential in our university securing these state historic tax credits,” said Heidelberg President Rob Huntington, who noted the backing of Mayor Aaron Montz, County Commissioner Mike Kerschner, State Rep. Bill Reineke and Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President and CEO David Zak. “Heidelberg University is extremely proud to be part of this collaborative effort with all of us working together to make our universities, our town, our county and ultimately, our entire community better for everyone.”

Additionally, Huntington expressed his thanks to Melissa Furchill, owner/president of MCM Co. Inc. in Cleveland, a construction management firm who lent her expertise to the application process.

Heidelberg was among 31 regional projects that will receive historic tax credits in the most recent round of funding. In all, the Ohio Development Services Agency approved $30.2 million in credits for 13 communities, including about $1.71 million for two northwest Ohio projects, both in Tiffin. In addition to Heidelberg’s France Hall project, Monument Properties is to receive a tax credit of nearly $250,000 to renovate three residential buildings in the Fort Ball-Railroad Area Historic District.

When the restoration/renovation project is complete, France Hall will be integral to engaging women with new, innovative living, learning and leadership opportunities, while supporting Heidelberg’s academic programs. The new France Hall will provide residential space for approximately 70 women students and private apartments for two female faculty members. Other features include office space for The Patricia Adams Lecture Series and other campus women’s leadership initiatives, space for all five of Heidelberg’s women’s Greek organizations, community outreach space, and renovations to the building’s Great Hall to create more space for activities and events. It is a major element in Heidelberg’s Residential Living Plan Vision.

To date, private donors have committed more than $3.1 million toward the project.

“France Hall, in its current configuration and condition, no longer meets the needs of our contemporary women students,” Huntington said. “Yet, we recognize the importance of preserving its heritage. The time has come to bring France Hall into the 21st century and transform it into a compelling, exciting and attractive facility for the campus and the community.”

The project has tremendous potential, Huntington added, because of unique opportunities to bring together the university community with the broader Tiffin community.

“This project will put a new and different face on what residential living can look like at Heidelberg,” he said. “It will integrate academic and co-curricular programs, personal and professional domains, and campus and community circles into a rich and powerful total undergraduate experience for our women students, as well as for male students when special events are hosted in France. We look forward to starting this construction work soon!”

France Hall was constructed in 1925 and is named in recognition of Luella Blackwell France, a benefactor of the university. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It has never undergone a major renovation in its 92-year history.

According to SIEDC, the Tunison Flats housing project received $99,031 in December 2016, designated to rehabilitate and preserve the 1880s-era apartment complex on Frost Parkway.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered in partnership with the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Office determines if a property qualifies as a historic building and that the rehabilitation plans comply with the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Allstate Insurance under new ownership

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The Allstate Insurance office in downtown Tiffin will soon be under new ownership. David Stover will be taking over over the office at 72 E. Market St. later this summer. The Agency will continue the tradition of excellent service and friendly support offered by the late Bill Daniel while seeking to grow the staff and product offering as Tiffin’s new Allstate agency.

Stover announced his new venture via social media:

“I am excited to announce that I will be carrying on the tradition of excellent service and friendly support at Seneca County’s only Allstate agency later this summer. The office is located in the Laird Arcade building, at the center of downtown Tiffin’s current resurgence.

This purchase is the culmination of a search that began last summer when I decided to leave The Andersons, Inc. after 30 years of service. One of my primary goals has been to become more involved in the community where I live, worship and have raised my children. That goal has been accomplished.”

The office will remain at the same location and continue to offer the broad array of products and services available through Allstate. Terry Webb will be continuing on as an agent in the office serving your property and casualty needs.  In addition, Neil Ickes, Personal Financial Representative will be available to assist you in your financial planning and investments. Stover is also looking to bring on additional team members.

David was born and raised in Seneca County and resides in the Tiffin area with his wife Dr. Amber Stover and two children.  Over the past thirty years, David held multiple roles with The Andersons, Inc. in sales, marketing, crop insurance, and risk management.  His background in business led him to recently join the faculty at the Heidelberg School of Business where he teaches marketing, innovation and mentors future business owners.

 

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.