Agrati announces $4 million investment for 2019

Second year of multi-million investment at Tiffin plant

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, September 9, 2019 – The Agrati Group, a global manufacturer of fasteners for automotive companies, has announced completing its investment of $4 million in industrial machinery and equipment at the Airport Industrial Park facility in Tiffin. The project took place throughout calendar year 2019, and the company looks to consider possible additional investment next year. Agrati employs 66 people locally.

In 2019, Agrati worked closely with National Machinery in Tiffin, purchasing a new Formax cold former to expand capacity. The company also worked with Arnold Machine Inc. from Tiffin purchasing multiple custom assembly machinery.

In 2018, Agrati invested $1.6 million in industrial machinery, equipment, and renovations to its facility, in addition to adding 10 jobs, brining its workforce to 66 at the end of the year. Last year, the company produced 177,355,326 fasteners and shipped 10,001 orders globally. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and General Motors are Agrati Tiffin’s top two customers.  

The Tiffin plant was previously Jacobson Manufacturing, and was acquired by the Agrati Group in 2016. It is now one of 12 Agrati production facilities worldwide and two in Ohio. The facility primarily focuses on cold forming, tapping and thread rolling auto and truck wheel nuts, as well as a variety of tubular products and highly engineered safety restraint components, produced through fully automated welding and assembly. The facility was last expanded in 2013 with the addition of a 40,000 square foot building.

“Agrati is very committed to its operations in Tiffin and plan to continue to grow and invest here in the coming years,” said Agrati Plant Manager Casey Poignon.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Shayne Thomas commented: “I appreciate Agrati’s continued investment in Seneca County and we value their contribution to our local economy.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “It is great to see the Agrati Group investing locally for the second year. Thank you to Casey and the staff at Agrati Tiffin for continuing to be a great local partner.”

About The Agrati Group
The Agrati Group, which was established in 1939, is currently one of the leading global manufacturers of fastening systems in the automotive component sector. With over 2,600 employees worldwide, the Agrati Group has 12 production sites, 12 sales and application offices and five logistics centers located in Europe, the US and China. Each year, the Group acquires about 160,000 tons of steel and manufactures about eight billion pieces (bolts, special screws, nuts and advanced form parts). Headquartered in Veduggio, Italy, the Group is controlled by the family holding company whose major shareholder is Cesare Agrati.

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.

Dedication of Tiffin’s spectacular urban park as ‘National Corner’

Press Release submitted by National Machinery LLC

Downtown Tiffin, Ohio, has made a major splash in its continuing renaissance.  Thanks to the philanthropy and community activism of National Machinery LLC, its foundation, and its founding family, a stunning downtown park with a creative splash pad area has opened to the public. Located just one block from the main intersection of downtown Tiffin, the 2.5 acre East Green complex is the vision of Andrew Kalnow, the CEO and major owner of National Machinery, a 145-year old manufacturing firm that is a global leader in cold forming equipment and technology.

Last year saw the completion of the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green, a uniquely designed outdoor performance venue that sports curvilinear tiers, perimeter walls, and open green space.  A summer concert series has been organized to stage at the amphitheater top quality music performances by musicians from the greater region.  (See the website for more information and photos of the amphitheater: www.eastgreenconcerts.com.)

On August 19 the companion urban park to the amphitheater was dedicated as “National Corner.”  The park boasts the same curvilinear architectural style as the amphitheater, as well as a smaller pavilion for public restrooms that matches the large stage pavilion at the adjacent amphitheater.  A high tech splash pad is the main feature of the park with a repertoire of several programs and a colored light fountain display at night. The splash pad area even has its own mini amphitheater hugging the aquatic area. The park is richly landscaped with various flower beds spread along the curvilinear perimeter wall, as well as a secluded garden with waterfall to be discovered and enjoyed.

Throughout the day over 1200 people visited the East Green to partake in the ongoing events including the “National Corner” dedication and celebration, and music fest at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater.  The East Green complex that includes both the new National Corner urban park and the amphitheater is owned and overseen by the East Green Foundation.

For further information, contact:

Nichole Schalk-Tiell

Senior Marketing Specialist

National Machinery LLC

419-443-2273

nschalk@nationalmachinery.com

Planet Fitness to open by Oct. 17

Presale office to open in Tiffin Mall Monday

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2019 – Planet Fitness announced today that its new location in the Tiffin Mall, 870 W. Market St., Tiffin, is to open by Oct. 17, 2019. The presale office inside the Tiffin Mall is to open Monday, Sept. 9. Presale hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday- Sunday.

Customers can sign up for $1 down and $10 a month with no commitment or purchase the PF Black Card for $1 down and $22.99 a month with no commitment. The Black Card gives members access to tanning, hydro massage, free guest pass, reciprocal use of all Planet Fitness locations nationwide, Total Body Enhancement and half price cooler drinks. These offers are good through Sept. 27, 2019.

For more information about Planet Fitness and its services, visit www.planetfitness.com/gyms/tiffin-oh.

About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2017, Planet Fitness had approximately 10.6 million members and more than 1,500 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Panama. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

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.

Awards given out at Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit

Event highlighted new businesses, investment

TIFFIN, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership hosted 2019 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at the Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St. The program included award presentations, celebrated the success of 2018 and 2019 and gave a look forward to the next year.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced two new businesses, fitness studio Releve Barre Studio to open at 131 S. Washington St., and 22 MRKT, a new record and collectibles store at 22 E. Market St., and talked about projects including the recent dedication of the splash pad at National Corner. In 2019, 12 new business opened in Downtown Tiffin, with 23 new jobs being created and private investment of more than $2 million. In addition, the City of Tiffin Façade Program for 2019 included 14 projects for an investment of $285,000.

Awards

Reinhart showed three videos during her presentation.

Fall marketing video produced by Dead Shark Productions.

Promotional video put together by the Tiffin University Marketing and Advertising class for Hempy Water.

WTOL News 11 Story about the splash pad and National Corner dedication.

https://www.wtol.com/video/news/community/go-419/splash-pad-opens-in-downtown-tiffin/512-1e5064c0-07cb-4847-a719-894e1927dc9f?jwsource=cl

2019 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

  • Downtown Development Award was presented to Tiffin Capital Investments LLC/33 Court Street — Andy Faber, Kip Keiffer, Jeremy Marinis and Ron Schumacher.
  • Downtown Entrepreneurial Award was presented to the Laird Arcade Brewery — Andy Flechtner, Eric Keubler and Rob Weaver.
  • Business Legacy Award was presented to Burns Electric — Linda and LeVerne Burns.
  • 2019 Anne Gase Downtown Achievement Award was presented to Brian Bilger.

The night also featured:

  • Ray Boylston, senior associate of RLS & Associates Inc., gave a presentation on a proposed deviated fixed bus route for Tiffin and took time to answer questions from the audience.
  • The Seneca County Young Professionals donated $3,695 for downtown planters and hanging baskets.
  • A live performance by The Dave & Glenn Duo accompanied by a slideshow of projects and events that took place over the past five years.

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.

Tiffin ranked in top 100 Safest Cities in Ohio

Ranked No. 16 in the state

Press Release Provided by The City of Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 4, 2018 – Backgroundchecks.org recently released its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in Ohio. Tiffin again ranked on the list, coming in at No. 16. Tiffin’s Safety Index score was 0.54, which is based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employment numbers per 1,000 residents to judge the safety of a community.

Chief Fred Stevens of the Tiffin Police Department said crimes in most categories are extremely low for a city the size of Tiffin.

“I am very proud of our officers who keep the City of Tiffin safe each and every day,” Stevens said.

Stevens said the majority of crimes for Tiffin according to FBI statistics are property crime, specifically larceny and thefts. There were 404 thefts reported in 2018 and 331 reported in 2017.

Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Stevens on the rank and said he is proud that Tiffin continues to be among the safest cities in the state and county: “The men and women who serve in the Tiffin Police Department continue to make Tiffin a great place to live, and I congratulate Chief Stevens and his department for helping Tiffin to again rank on this list.

According to Backgroundchecks.org, Ohio has the 25th lowest property crime rate and 18th lowest violent crime rate in the United States. In all, 50 Ohio cities earned a Safety Index score of 0.3 or above, meaning they are very safe communities to live in, while 13 recorded a 0.6 or above, placing them in the upper echelon of U.S. cities in terms of safety.

Backgroundchecks.org based its rankings on 2,929 cities in Ohio with populations above 10,000. The website calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. It also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The safety index score was the result of that metric, and the higher the number, the more safe the city is.

For the complete results, visit https://backgroundchecks.org/safest-cities-in-ohio.html.

Relevè raising the barre in Downtown Tiffin

Heidelberg graduate returns to community with new business

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2019 – Relevè Barre Studio is planning a late fall opening in Tiffin’s historic downtown, the first new business in a planned shared commercial space at 131 S. Washington St., called the “131 Arcade.”

Relevè is a fitness studio offering a workout technique designed to improve and enhance balance, posture, long and lean muscle tone, flexibility and core strength. Workouts utilize a ballet barre, floor mat, hand weights and resistance bands.

Owner Donna Gross is a graduate of Heidelberg University and is moving back to the area to open the studio. She has been in business in Birmingham, Michigan, for seven years, teaching barre and other dance classes. While in Tiffin, Gross taught ballet at Dance Unlimited.

“I’m very excited to come back to the area and be part of everything that is happening in the community – I think Tiffin is going to love barre,” Gross said.

In addition to barre classes, Gross would like to add yoga, pilates, Zumba ballroom dancing lessons and personal fitness training. Gross will be hiring 6-8 instructors soon for classes. She also plans to begin offering barre pop-up classes soon at local Tiffin businesses until the studio is ready to open.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m happy to see that Donna has decided to return to Tiffin and bring her unique business to our community.”

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.

Numbers are up this year at Terra State

2,322 students enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester

Press Release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, August 28, 2019 – Terra State Community College has kicked off the Fall 2019 semester with increased enrollment and residents living at the residence hall, The Landings at Terra Village.

Move-in Day was held at The Landings Sunday, August 18, and Welcome Week events have taken place all over campus. Some activities include free massages from Orion Institute, Canine Bliss pet therapy, a student involvement fair and much more.

The first day of classes were on Wednesday, August 21 and enrollment as of today sits at 2,322 and a full-time equivalency (FTE) headcount of 655.97—an increase from the Fall 2018 semester FTE headcount, which was 635.35.

In addition to increased FTE and enrollment, Terra State also has an increase in residents living at The Landings. Today, there are 161 residents and during the Fall 2018 semester, there were 57 residents.

All hands are on deck at Terra State to help create the future. Parking lots, the Titan Shop (college bookstore), computer labs, equipment and more have been renovated and updated. The Titan Volleyball team has had their first game of the season and all athletic teams, including men and women’s basketball, are full.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, residential college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

Bascom Communications announces $1.7 million investment

Extends high-speed services south and east of Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 27, 2019 – Bascom Communications of Bascom, Ohio, has announced an investment of $1.7 million into their fiber and fixed wireless services for 2019, bringing their two-year total investment to $2.8 million. These investments have helped Bascom extend services to customers south and east of Tiffin who previously were not able to get high-speed internet.

Some of the upgrades were possible due to the company’s investment in the fiber communications system that improves the reliability of communications among the dispatch centers at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Tiffin and Fostoria police departments and the emergency operations center at the Public Safety Building. In March 2018, Seneca County signed a 20-year, $719,000 lease on several strands of the company’s fiber ring to create a private network for the county.

“There’s a need out there and that’s what we’re trying to hit,” said Nate Brickner, General Manager/CEO of Bascom Communications. “We are a rural company, and we’ve always tried to do our part to close the rural-urban divide.”

Bascom Communications was formed in 1906 by a group of farmers wanting to bring voice services to rural Tiffin and Fostoria. In 1953, it became a co-operative company, and since 2000, the company has returned more than $4.7 million in capital credit refunds to its membership. In 2003, they began offering a fiber optic connection directly into members’ homes and businesses and in 2018, they became a certified gig-capable provider by NTCA. Bascom Communications was the recipient of the Outstanding Business Award at the TSEP 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Shayne Thomas congratulated Bascom Communications on this investment. “It is great to see a local company continuing to invest in Seneca County. They have been a great partner for the county.”

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.

Tiffin Academy of Hair Design recognized by accrediting commission

School in Tiffin has been accredited since 1966

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 22, 2019 – Tiffin Academy of Hair Design, 104 E Market St, Tiffin, was named as a Founding Member School by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Aug. 17 in Washington, D.C. The school was started in 1962 and became accredited in 1966 through NACCAS’s predecessor, the Cosmetology Accrediting Commission, in 1966.

President Therese Vogel has owned Tiffin Academy of Hair Design since 2001, and prior to that she worked at the school starting in 1985 after having studied there herself. She said she is proud that many cosmologists in the area had their start at the school.

“For a school our size, it’s very cool that we’ve been around for so long,” Vogel said.

Tiffin Academy of Hair Design previously was recognized by NACCAS for being a member of the organization for 30 years.

For more information, visit www.tiffinacademy.com or call (419) 447-3117.

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. For more information, click here.

Discover resources for small business

SBA hosting small business forum

Press Release provided by U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a small business forum, “A Look Ahead…Resources Small Businesses will need for the Future,” Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. on WebEx.

This webinar is hosted by Area 3 IRS Stakeholder Liaison. Our speakers will include a wide range of area business representatives that will focus on our Forum topic. IRS presenters will also provide updates. Since space is limited, this invitation is extended to organizational leaders and no more than 5 of their members and/or coworkers (or use a conference room with just one connection to this event for more persons to attend).

To join: 5 -10 minutes before the start time, FIRST join the web portion of the meeting by clicking on the link here.

(Note: Windows Edge is not supported by WebEx at this time.)

If you have not been on WebEx before, you may need to install WebEx to join the meeting. When you click “Join the meeting,” you will be directed to download the WebEx Client Application (this takes about 5 minutes) or run a temporary application for just this session (either should work). Once you have finished the download (or if you’ve been on WebEx before), your next step is to click on the “join” link for your meeting. You will then see a series of screens for audio as you enter the meeting. Follow the instructions shown to get audio.

To join the audio portion once you are on the web – there are 3 audio options:

1. Choose audio via computer if you have speakers and a microphone on your computer.

2. Have the system call you on the phone (enter your phone number).

3. Last choice, if neither of the above works, call the number below and enter the meeting number and then your attendee number. The attendee ID number will show up in the Meeting Info tab once you have joined the web portion.

855-865-6792 (IRS WebEx External) 304-579-6720 (Alternate Number)

Meeting Number: 991 803 846

Access Code: 991 803 846

(This meeting does not require a password.)

When you are in our session, we will take questions through the Chat Box at the bottom right of your screen. A Q&A is scheduled for later in this forum.

We will also ask organizational leaders at this event to give a brief introduction of themselves and their organization…. a good networking opportunity!

Once again, please sign in at least 5-10 minutes beforehand to verify your connection.

We look forward to your participation in our forum. Thank you!