East Green

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

2018 Downtown Summit – Recap

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-YSIEDC celebrated Downtown Tiffin in the fourth annual Downtown Summit on May 16. The program offered a review of the successes of 2017 and a look forward to 2018, as well as a preview of the East Green community park, and award presentations.

Highlights from the program include:

  • Investment numbers: In 2017 we had 20 completed facade projects, 10 new businesses, 41 new jobs, the East Green Amphitheater project and an infrastructure project resulting in a total of $5.1 million invested downtown last year.  We are only in May of 2018 and we’ve already had the completion of the new Seneca County Justice Center and 11 completed city Facade Enhancement Grant projects resulting in $15.9 million already invested downtown this year.
  • Facade numbers: This year (2018), we had 12 approved city facade projects which will result in $570,000 in building renovations.  Since the inception of the program in September 2014, we have had 64 project approvals resulting in nearly $2.2 million of investment in our beautiful, historic downtown buildings.  This program is one of the most successful facade programs in the state of Ohio and was recognized last spring in “Revitalize Magazine” for the success of the program.  We are also scheduled to be recognized in the upcoming summer issue of Cities and Villages Magazine, run by the Ohio Municipal League, for the continued success of the program.  This program has been a catalyst for growth in the downtown. Building renovations help to draw new retail and restaurants (36 new businesses have opened since January 2015), as well as upper floor housing.

East Green

In a video presentation, Andrew Kalnow recapped the progress of the East Green Ampitheater project and unveiled the upcoming seven performance East Green Summer Concert Series. In the video, he also gave the community a sneak peek at Phase II of the project.

 

Downtown Awards

  • The 2018 Business Legacy Award was presented to Diane Hassinger and Jolly’s.
  • The 2018 Downtown Entrepreneurial Award was presented to Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston of Washington Street Outfitters.
  • The 2018 Downtown Development Award was presented to Dave and Angie Spridgeion for The Renaissance of Tiffin.
  • The 2018 Downtown Achievement Award was named for Anne Gase, in a presentation by Brian Bilger. The newly dedicated Anne Gase Downtown Achievement Award was presented to Brent T. Howard.

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2018 President’s Award – Andrew and Cindy Kalnow

The 2018 President’s Award was presented to Andrew and Cindy Kalnow. SIEDC President & CEO David Zak chose to give this award to the Kalnows to recognize their contributions to the community.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to publicly thank them, for what they mean to this community and everything they’ve done,” Zak said. “Their passion for preservation, drive for excellence and quality,  and caring for the community.”

The Kalnows have been involved in the Tiffin community for many years, and in a myriad of different ways, contributing to economic, downtown, and community development. Recent large projects include:

  • The purchase of National Machinery LLC in 2002, reopening the facility and bringing jobs back to Seneca County. National is now the largest private employer in Seneca County.
  • The purchase and restoration of the East Tower. The purchase of the building saved this historic landmark from demolition and further investment has readied it for development.
  • The opening of Hawkes Crystal in downtown Tiffin. By purchasing the former Crytal Traditions business, the Kalnows were able to keep the Tiffin glass tradition alive and continue to offer custom glass in a beautiful downtown show space.
  • The restoration of 136-138 S. Washington St. and the opening of the Empire at 138, downtown Tiffin’s premier fine-dining establishment. The restaurant has consistently ranked at the top of restaurants in northern Ohio.
  • Creation of the East Green park and pavilion. The Kalnows used their own private capital to fund this large-scale community project. The amphitheater will be completed in summer of 2018 and inaugurated with a summer concert series. A second phase is also planned for the site, to include a splash pad and community garden.

These are just a few of the projects in which the Kalnows have been involved in recent years.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz joined in recognizing Andrew and Cindy. “When I think of model citizens or individuals who have contributed in virtually every way possible to a community, Andrew and Cindy, you’re the first two that come to mind,” Montz said.

 

About the President’s Award
The President’s Award is given by the SIEDC President & CEO to an individual or business deserving of special recognition. It is not given out every year.

Summer Concert Series set for East Green

East Green Amphitheater LogoPress release provided by East Green Summer Concert Series Board of Directors:

The East Green Summer Concert Series, a 501(c)3 has been established and will be the umbrella administrator for the complex and oversee all operations.

The vision:  The East Green Summer Concert Series is a local non-profit arts organization that desires to build an enduring legacy of art and beautiful music in the Tiffin-Seneca County area by encouraging artists and musicians with grants, scholarships, and performance and teaching opportunities. The main purpose of this not for profit entity is to promote fine arts, the performing arts and music education while engaging the community.

The Summer Concert Series is the first step.

A group of local community leaders and music professionals gathered by Mr. Kalnow, have come together in the beginning stages of preparation for the Inaugural Summer Concert Series at the Amphitheater at the East Green.

There will be a minimum of 6 sponsored events in the summer of 2018 – Two Top level programs for the months of July, August & September to include but not limited to: Children Concerts, Motown, Indie Folk, and Jazz & Blues Concerts.

East Green Summer Concert Series is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization with one staff member. Therefore, we depend greatly on our volunteers to help our many events and programs run smoothly. There are a wide variety of opportunities for you to get involved, including: helping with outdoor events, assisting with children’s theater programs, ushering at performances, and serving as committee members. Although volunteer tasks change seasonally, there is a need for volunteers at almost all times of the year. Some volunteer positions require an ongoing commitment, some require only a few hours. With a wide array of programs and events, you can find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule.

Potential sponsorship opportunities include: Summer Series Main Sponsors, Event Sponsors, and individual sponsorships are greatly appreciated as well.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

John M. Kerschner
President
East Green Summer Concert Series
JMK3020@gmail.com
567.201.7538