Airport Industrial Park

5 Star Maintenance moves to new space

Company employs 24 people in Seneca County

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 12, 2020 – 5 Star Maintenance has announced that it has moved into a newly-constructed office and warehouse at 1796 S. CR 1, just south of Tiffin. The company specializes in real estate development, commercial/industrial roofing, commercial/industrial painting and office remodels, and employs 24 people in Seneca County.

5 Star Maintenance moved into their new location in July, now occupying 10,000 sf of warehouse and office space. The building was constructed by Fitch Properties for $500,000 and 5 Star Maintenance completed the buildout for the office suite.

Owner Charlie Hayward started Charlie’s Property Maintenance in 2004 and did janitorial work, property clearing and painting for residential clients and landlords. In 2007, he changed the name to 5 Star, and shortly after began working in the foreclosure industry, mainly focusing on complete restoration projects in foreclosed real estate, and in 2012 began working in historic restorations and added an in-house roofing division. The company was incorporated in 2017 under Five Star Maintenance & Construction Inc., and made a shift into the commercial and industrial market servicing factories, hotels, offices and malls. Throughout this process, they have developed sister companies that provide other construction related services and a holding company that buys land and other real estate.

“We’ve come a long way since I started my first company, and I’m very excited that we’ve been able to grow and provide improved service for Tiffin and Seneca County and throughout the state of Ohio,” said Hayward.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “Congratulations to Charlie Hayward and 5 Star Maintenance on their continued growth and moving to a larger facility.”

5 Star Maintenance is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information, visit www.fivestarmaintenanceohio.com or call (419) 443-0414.

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.

Local investors announce OCECO acquisition and expansion

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President & CEO Mike Ruhe and Manufacturing & Marketing Manager Keith Ricker

Total investment to exceed $2.5 million

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 10, 2017 – Investors announced this week the purchase of OCECO Inc., located in the Airport Industrial Park in Tiffin, as well as plans to expand the business. The new owners have purchased the business, and are in the process to purchase the real estate, as well as invest in new equipment. They also plan on adding six new employees to the existing workforce.

President and CEO Mike Ruhe sees room for growth in the business: “We have identified opportunities to expand sales, and we are very impressed with the employees; they know we need to grow and they are ready.”

Founded in 1921, OCECO is a fabricator of high quality safety equipment for flammable liquid storage and wastewater gas disposal systems. They supply airports and energy companies like Marathon and Exxon Mobile and also do a large amount of business with municipalities, food production, and factory farms. Key products include fittings, flame arrestors and gas purification systems. They operate out of a 38,000 square foot facility in the Airport Industrial Park and have nine employees.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner is pleased to see the company grow: “OCECO has been a presence in the community for many years. It’s great to see new investment breathing new life into an existing company.”

The purchase of OCECO has been in development for more than a year, and the new owners are working with several banks, SIEDC, and other partners to obtain funding and receive assistance with export promotion and energy efficiency incentives. Previous owner Dick Borer, who purchased the company from Pettibone, worked diligently in finding new leadership to keep the business in Tiffin, and will be assisting with the transition.

About OCECO
OCECO – originally an abbreviation of Oil Conservation Engineering Company – was started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921, and was the first supplier of a complete line of venting and tank fitting equipment.

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.