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Small Business Development Center sponsors free internet marketing webinar

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is hosting a free internet marketing webinar, “Google versus Social Media” 9-11 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020. Jeffrey Davis from Thrive Internet Marketing will share his expertise in internet marketing and the importance of helping business survive during challenging times.

To register, download and fill out the registration form, then email it back to kern@terra.edu. You will receive the meeting link the day prior to the webinar. For more information, call 419.559.2464.

The program is sponsored The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College. The SBDC Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC Program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

OmniTRAX and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Launch Rail-Ready Sites Program to Bring Jobs and Growth to NW Ohio

Rail-served locations have proximity to major markets, solid infrastructure, direct access to Class 1 railroads and skilled workers readily available

Press Release via OmniTRAX

DENVER – OmniTRAX Inc., a comprehensive logistics solutions provider and affiliate of The Broe Group, is launching its Rail-Ready Sites program on the Northern Ohio & Western Railway (NOW) with support from the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. The Rail-Ready Sites program connects companies looking to maximize supply chain performance with rail-served properties.

OmniTRAX and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership are marketing three initial sites on the NOW, with parcels ranging from 14 to 72 acres. NOW, which interchanges with Class 1 railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern, currently works with companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as producers of limestone, lime and pressed board. To review the sites and learn more about how OmniTRAX helps companies locate on rail-served properties, visit this link

“The I-75 corridor in Northwestern Ohio is bustling due to its proximity to several major markets and great infrastructure. The sites we’ve identified with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership take advantage of these benefits and the area’s growing industrial base provides great product for attracting new industries,” said Ean Johnson, Vice President of Industrial Development at OmniTRAX.

David Zak, President & CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, said, “Seneca County continues to experience strong economic growth due to its strong workforce, business-friendly climate, and local government support. Being able to use a short line transportation company like OmniTRAX also delivers an additional advantage for companies considering siting facilities here.”

About 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.org.

New Community Kitchen Project Proposed in Downtown Tiffin

Exciting new initiative supported by organizations involving local food.

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 1, 2020 – A plan to invest $2.4 million in a community kitchen in Downtown Tiffin was announced today by Old Trinity Episcopal Church. The kitchen will focus on connecting local growers and businesses to the community, providing opportunities for groups to cook and eat together, housing a diverse set of cooking classes and creating ways to give back to the community by preparing food.

“Our Christian faith has taught us that breaking bread with our neighbors builds community. Working with others in our community to nurture healthy and life-giving relationships through preparing and sharing food fits with who we are,” said the Rev. Aaron Gerlach, pastor at Old Trinity Episcopal Church and board president of Seneca County Common Ground.

Seneca County Common Ground, a nonprofit organization operating the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market and leading other local food efforts, is one of the important relationships Old Trinity has formed while envisioning this project. Susan McCafferty, Senior Warden of Old Trinity said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Seneca County Common Ground and others in our community. This kitchen will be a welcoming space that facilitates Tiffin community members forging new relationships as they enhance their culinary skills.”

The kitchen space will be connected to the church building, 125 E. Market St., but will be a separate space with its own entrance. As well as being available to individuals and groups on a reservation basis, the kitchen will partner with the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market to serve locally grown food on market days and to teach community members ways of using local foods at home. Old Trinity and Common Ground look forward to utilizing the space with other local organizations who have been key in the shaping of the project.

The group has been working together since mid-2019 on the project.  Old Trinity has engaged its neighbors at the Seneca County Justice Center, including the judges and the Seneca County Commissioners. The project is contingent on the purchase of a portion of the county parking lot adjacent to the church and the Justice Center which would allow the kitchen’s footprint to expand just past the church’s current square footage. The parking for the Justice Center would also be enhanced and secured by a perimeter security fence and gate.

For information about the project or to find out how to support its development, contact Gerlach at RevGerlach@OldTrinityEpiscopal.com or call (567) 938-0102.

About Old Trinity Episcopal Church

Originally constructed in 1856, Old Trinity has been a staple in the Tiffin community for decades. The church worships in the Anglican beliefs centering on liturgy, tradition and intellectual response. It has from its beginning in Tiffin been attractive to community leaders. Tiffin’s first mayor, Henry Kuhn, was a member of this parish as well as many elected officials and community leaders throughout the years. The church has recently completed several projects including restoration of the stained-glass windows, renovation of the undercroft to accommodate parish and community functions and installation of an elevator. The central location and the community spirit of the congregation provide the incentive to the ministry of the space. Old Trinity Episcopal church is heavily invested in the community and continually looks for ways to provide value. Learn more at www.oldtrinityepiscopal.com.

About Seneca County Common Ground

Created in 2019, Seneca County Common Ground is a nonprofit organization supporting local food & agriculture and promoting access to fresh foods for Seneca County residents. The board of the organization includes Seneca County OSU Extension Agent Hallie Williams, Reverend Aaron Gerlach of Old Trinity Episcopal Church, local business owner and chair of the Downtown Retailers Committee Dave Spridgeon, local business leader Dale Depew, TSEP Development Manager Audrey Flood, and local food vendors Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Farms and John Riehm of Riehm Produce Farm. Seneca County Common Ground oversees the operations of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market and supports other local food initiatives. Our market manager is Courtney Heiser. Find out more at sccommonground.org or find Seneca County Common Ground on Facebook.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

National Corner, Winterberry Farm receive Heritage Ohio Awards

Announcement made during annual Downtown Summit Awards and Celebration

TIFFIN, OHIO – SEPT. 30, 2020 – During the 2020 Downtown Summit Awards and Celebration today, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership has announced that National Corner and Frost Kalnow Amphitheater at the East Green and Winterberry Farm received awards from Heritage Ohio. The annual program, which this year was hosted via webcast on Zoom, also included award presentations, celebrated the success of 2019 and 2020 and gave a look forward to the next year.

During her comments, Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced that National Corner and Frost Kalnow Amphitheater at the East Green was the recipient of the Best Downtown Placemaking Award and Winterberry Farm was the recipient of the Historic Farmstead of the Year. Awards are typically announced during the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference, which was moved online this year. Award winners will be recognized during the month of October as part of Ohio’s Preservation Month in specially pre-recorded Facebook posts.

From Heritage Ohio:

  • The East Green project has been a private philanthropic project to complement Tiffin’s 2010 Strategic Plan. Phase one featured an amphitheater, phase two featured park and lighted splash pad. Tiffin Parks and Rec manages the day-to-day maintenance and programming which includes theater, concerts and kids’ activities.
  • Winterberry Farm, is the “Farm that Feeds the Soul” purchased at auction three years ago, Sabrina Schnappet has a vision of adaptive reuse for this Farmstead which dates back to the 1830s. One of the oldest farms in Seneca County, it was a land grant from President James Monroe in 1924. The main barn was the first to be built in the 1830s, but received a Greek Revival update in the 1920s to “match” the Greek Revival House, outbuildings were added over the years, including a chapel in the 1880s. The property is now in the process of being listed on the National Register.

Award winners will be recognized during the month of October in specially pre-recorded Facebook posts.

The event featured the 2020 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony. The winners were:

  • 2020 Downtown Entrepreneurial Award: Dave Spridgeon
  • 2020 Downtown Development Award: The East Green Complex
  • 2020 Business Legacy Award: Clover Club
  • 2020 Anne Gase Downtown Achievement Award: Greg Dell
  • 2020 Downtown Manager’s Appreciation Award: Tiffin Tomorrow

The night also featured a presentation by Joyce Barrett, executive director of Heritage Ohio.

For a complete recap of the event, visit http://www.tiffinseneca.org/.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

State Treasurer to present on ransomware attacks

As the pandemic has increased work from home, those looking to lock down your cyber systems and stealing your information are taking advantage by infiltrating work and home systems.

State of Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague and top industry leaders are providing information on how to protect yourself. The presentation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Winebrenner TLB Auditorium on the campus of University of Findlay, 950 N Main St, Findlay.

Topics covered:

  • What the Treasurer’s office of the State of Ohio does to protect itself and the constituents it serves from ransomware attacks.
  • How ransomware will directly impact your business.
  • How actual businesses responded to real live attacks and lessons learned.
  • What plans can be implemented to mitigate such risk and meet compliance mandates.
  • How cyber insurance works to protect your business.

Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the threats that ransomware poses and how to better prepare their company to avoid such ransomware attacks.

Presenters include:

The free event is being presented in person and virtually. Lunch is included with in-person attendance. To register, click here.

For questions, contact Mary Ann DeSanzo at (419) 724-8739 or email maryann.desanzo@hylant.com.

This program is presented in partnership with Hylant, CentraComm and University of Findlay.

Tiffin CARES Small Business Relief Program application period opens Sept. 30

Businesses can apply for grants up to $3,000 or $6,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – Sept. 24, 2020 – The City of Tiffin announces that the application process for the Tiffin CARES Small Business Relief Program, which provides small businesses in Tiffin with financial relief from loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is to open at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, and close at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12. The program was approved by Tiffin City Council Sept. 8, 2020 and is being administered by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. $600,000 is being allocated to the program.

Each applicant business must complete the online application during the application period at tiffincares.com. Paper applications will neither be available nor accepted. Businesses with between two and 30 employees are eligible for grants up to $6,000 and businesses with less than two employees are eligible for grants up to $3,000. Announcements of funding are to be made on or before Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. If there are more eligible requests than available funds, the winners will be drawn by lottery.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited to make the announcement, saying, “We continue to stand by the many small businesses in our city severely hurt by the coronavirus. The release of more CARES funding at the beginning of this month has given us a unique opportunity to help them in a real, tangible way.” 

Certain eligibility requirements apply, including:

  • Business must be a for-profit business.
  • Business must have a federal tax identification number.
  • Business must be located in the city of Tiffin.
  • Business must have a storefront or eligible home office.
  • Business must have been established prior to Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Business must be operational at time of application.
  • Business must have between one and 30 employees. Employees are defined as those working more than 20 hours per week and provided a W-2 and/or 1099 at the end of the year and/or principal owner, sole proprietors, or partners.
  • Business can be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation (S or C), limited liability company, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership.
  • Business must be current on all local, state, and federal tax obligations.
  • Business must be complaint with all other local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Business cannot be in bankruptcy or receivership.
  • Business must attest that they have had at least a 15 percent decline in revenue.
  • Business must have more than $15,000 and less than $2 million in gross revenue.
  • Business cannot have received any business interruption insurance payments for coronavirus.

All expenses must be related to the costs of business interruption caused by required closures or that the business faces uncertainty as to its ability to pay due to the pandemic, and that are deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Any expenses already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program Loan or Economic Injury Disaster Loan are not eligible. Eligible expenses include the following:

  • Mortgage payments for principal places of business; permanent residences excluded.
  • Rent or lease payments for principal places of business; permanent residences excluded.
  • Utility payments (electric, gas, sewer, water, trash removal) for the business’s principal place of business.
  • Vehicle and equipment lease or rental payments for personal property acquired on or prior to March 15, 2020.
  • Salaries or wages of all employees employed by the business.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or other COVID-19 expenses related to compliance with Responsible Restart Ohio.
  • Other costs related to interruption of the business caused by required closures, including the closure of the business’s suppliers and/or customers.
  • A portion of the lost sole proprietor income. (If the sole proprietor filed IRS Form 1040 and Schedule C thereto for tax year 2019, then the sole proprietor can use the grant funds to pay the sole proprietor the equivalent of up to 1/6 of the net profit reported by the sole proprietor on line 31 of the applicable Schedule C.)
  • All expenses reported as being paid using Tiffin CARES funding must be incurred by the business or paid by the business on or after March 15, 2020, and on or before Dec. 15, 2020.

There are three ways to get more information on the program.

  • To obtain a copy of the program guidelines, find out more information, and apply, please visit tiffincares.com.
  • Additionally, questions can be sent to tiffincares@tiffinseneca.org, where a response will be provided within 24 hours and posted to a Frequently Asked Questions page at tiffincares.com.
  • Third, a series of public, online meetings are planned. Login at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/387356973, or call (224) 501-3412 with access code 387-356-973. These will be recorded and made available for viewing at tiffincares.com. Meeting times are:
  • Friday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

Motto Mortgage Unlimited now open in Downtown Tiffin

New Mortgage Brokerage Franchise Now Serving Tiffin & Ohio

Press Release provided by Motto Mortgage Unlimited

Tiffin, Ohio, September 22, 2020 – Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise focused on transparency and compliance, has a new office in Ohio. Motto Mortgage Unlimited, now Tiffin’s only locally owned and operated mortgage brokerage is set to open and will serve all markets throughout the Buckeye State.

With record-low mortgage rates and a surge in refinancing volume, new owners Bill and Kelli Jones feel this new mortgage lender will be a key addition to Tiffin’s collection of downtown businesses. The local couple has more than 19 years of combined experience in real estate and are excited to establish Motto Mortgage Unlimited as a customer-first, full-service mortgage brokerage.

“Motto Mortgage Unlimited offers an advantageous alternative to the traditional mortgage bankers currently operating in the Tiffin, Seneca County area,” said Bill and Kelli Jones. “We provide the scope, scale, and support of a large retail lender while offering the flexibility, autonomy, and exceptional service of a local mortgage broker.”

Motto Mortgage Unlimited will be open for business at 65 E. Market St. in its newly renovated downtown Tiffin office. They are currently implementing health precautions to make the mortgage experience as safe as possible for customers and employees. Offering personalized service with the convenience of today’s digital mortgage solutions, Motto Mortgage Unlimited features face-to-face conversations, in-depth phone calls, or purely digital communication for borrowers who would prefer to conduct business remotely. The local owners understand the Tiffin real estate market and pride themselves on being part of this vibrant community.

Melanie Frederick will serve as a mortgage loan originator for the office. With over 5 years of experience, Melanie Frederick is a mortgage expert and takes great satisfaction in helping homebuyers achieve the “American dream” of homeownership.

Loan originators in the Motto Mortgage network have access to competitive loans from various wholesale lenders, and Frederick will work hard to give homebuyers choices – because no loan is one-size-fits-all. Frederick offers over a hundred loan options to choose from and looks forward to helping borrowers find the best fit every time.

Tiffin’s Motto Mortgage Unlimited franchise is independently owned by local business owners Bill and Kelli Jones. The Joneses take great pride in their involvement in the Tiffin community. This new adventure is a milestone for the Joneses who have owned and operated RE/MAX Unlimited Results Realty in downtown Tiffin since 2016.

Motto Mortgage was recognized as one of the Fastest-Growing-Franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. Entrepreneur has named Motto as one of the fastest-growing franchise brands in 2019. The ranking of 150 franchises placed Motto Franchising LLC in the top half of the list. After three years of operation, Motto Mortgage was named in the 2020 Franchise 500 after lending $1.1 billion to over 5,000 families in 2019. A loan originator with Motto Mortgage Unlimited can be reached at 419-777-5626.

About Motto Mortgage Unlimited:  Motto Mortgage Unlimited NMLS # 1966142 is a locally owned and operated full-service mortgage brokerage serving all of Ohio, located at 65 E. Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883. To learn more, please visit MottoMortgageUnlimited.com or call (419) 777- LOAN(5626). Each Motto Mortgage franchise is independently owned, operated, and licensed. 

Dorel Home adding 87 jobs at Ameriwood Tiffin facility

Company to invest more than $3 million locally

Tiffin, Ohio – Sept. 21, 2020 – Today, Tiffin City Council approved a resolution to provide the city’s New Jobs Program tax credit to Dorel Home, a segment of Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX:DII.B, DII.A), for the planned expansion of 87 new employees and $3.27 million investment at the Ameriwood Home facility in Tiffin, Ohio, over the next 4 years. Final approval for the project is contingent upon the receipt of state and local incentives. The company currently employs 218 people in Seneca County.

Norman Braunstein, President and CEO for Dorel Home, said, “We are excited to announce that we will be expanding in our facility in Tiffin. Tiffin has been an important partner in Dorel’s business model and will continue to rely on it as the company grows.”

Dorel’s investment in Tiffin includes $2.57 million in new machinery and equipment and $700,000 in updates to the facility.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I am proud that Tiffin was chosen as the location for this expansion and hope that the company will continue to invest in Tiffin for many years to come. In light of these difficult times, I’m excited that we are able to share the good news with our citizens that we continue to be a community that is growing.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with Dorel Home and consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio. Local incentives include the City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program, which provides a maximum credit of up to 50 percent of new personal income taxes collected from the qualifying new jobs for up to five years, and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $387,000 in potential workforce development grants.

At the state level, RGP secured a Jobs Creation Tax Credit, Training Grant and Economic Development Grant through JobsOhio.

“We are grateful for the collaboration with RGP, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Development Services Agency to bring Dorel’s expansion and 87 new jobs to Northwest Ohio,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “Dorel’s expansion at its ready-to-assemble furniture plant will update its equipment and bring more opportunity to Tiffin as Ohio continues to grow its economy.”

About Dorel

Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a global organization, operating three distinct businesses in juvenile products, bicycles and home products. Dorel’s strength lies in the diversity, innovation and quality of its products as well as the superiority of its brands. Dorel Juvenile’s powerfully branded products include global brands Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Safety 1st, Bébé Confort, Cosco and Infanti. Dorel Sports brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi and IronHorse. Dorel Home, with its comprehensive e-commerce platform, markets a wide assortment of domestically produced and imported furniture. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.6 billion and employs approximately 8,900 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.

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.org.

Seneca County becomes first Ohio community for national entrepreneurship program

Agreement signed between Midland Institute and the new Seneca CEO nonprofit

TIFFIN, OHIO – Sept. 18, 2020The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship announced today that Seneca County has been approved to become the 58th community nationally – and the first in Ohio — to host a Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) program helping high school youth successfully start new businesses.

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship created the CEO program as a way to provide high school students of all skill sets and backgrounds the opportunity to be successful in a transformational experience that inspires entrepreneurial thinking and develops the workforce of tomorrow. Created in 2008, the program has grown to 58 programs operating in seven states.

Midland Institute Executive Director Austin Brooks announced the approval, “Today, more than ever, students not only need the soft skills instilled by this learning environment, more importantly, they need the entrepreneurial, problem-solving mindset that CEO inspires. We are excited to bring this transformational experience to Ohio and launching in Seneca County schools in 2021.”

A new 501c3 nonprofit — Seneca CEO — recently was created to administer the program. Edward VanHoose, President of Federated Energy Services Cooperative, including North Central Electric locally, is serving as the organization’s first president. Together with Sutton Bank CEO Tony Gorrell, VanHoose and North Central Electric helped fund the start-up cost to bring the program here.

VanHoose saw the program firsthand when he worked in Southern Illinois a few years ago. “I know this program works, makes business sense, and dramatically impacts local lives. Our first order of business is to secure the next three years of funding and hire a Facilitator, and we’re ready to get started.” The program operates completely though community funds; students and schools do not pay to participate. Seneca CEO asks local businesses to learn about the program and hopefully become a member and support the program on an annual basis.

Seneca CEO Board members include VanHoose, Gorrell, Suzie Reineke of Reineke Family Dealerships, Nate Brickner of Bascom Communications, David Zak of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Sarah Stevens-Krupp of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas, Dr. Laura Kagy of Seneca East Local Schools and Shawn Earl of Fostoria Local Schools.

About the Midland Institute

The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship was established in 2010 in Effingham, Illinois to oversee and promote the nation-wide expansion of the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) initiative – a year-long high school program created by Milken National Educator Craig Lindvahl designed to bring high school youth, entrepreneurs, and businesses together and provide an overview of business development and processes. Now, more than 230 schools offer the program. For more information, visit www.midlandinstitute.com.

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.org.

Hoffbauer Demolition & Dumpster Rental invests $200,000 into business

Company opened in McCutchenville in spring

McCUTCHENVILLE, OHIO – Sept. 17, 2020Hoffbauer Demolition & Dumpster Rental, a new rural Seneca County business, has announced that is has invested more than $200,000 in expansion of their business. As a fully insured demolition contractor, the company offers demolition labor and now offers 12-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard dumpster rental. Owned by Travis Hoffbauer, the McCutchenville business expanded in the spring.

Born and raised in Seneca County, Travis has a background in construction, mechanics and barn reclamation. His girlfriend, Ashley, attended Heidelberg University and is assisting with the business as well. Travis had been working in Nashville,  Tenn., to clean up tornado damage when he put together a plan for the new business: “We wanted to invest in our community, and thought that opening our business would also help provide a valuable option for residents needing these services locally.”

Hoffbauer plans to eventually expand the business with a “drop-off trash service” and asbestos removal. For now, they are focusing on building close customer relationships and getting the word out about their business.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “I am glad to see young people investing in Seneca County and opening businesses during these difficult times. Congratulations to Travis and Ashley.”

Hoffbauer Demolition & Dumpster Rental, a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and can be reached at (419) 618-1459. For more information, find them on Facebook or visit www.hoffbauerdemoandrental.com.

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.org.