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Seneca County unemployment at 18 year low

Unemployment April 2018.jpgFor the first time since 2000, the unemployment rate in Seneca County dipped below four percent, coming in at 3.9 percent for April 2018, an 18 year low for the county. In comparison, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent and the national rate 3.9 percent, according to a May 18 press release from Ohio Job and Family Services.

Many factors contribute to the growth in employment, including the availability and access to jobs. Between 2014 and 2017 alone, Seneca County saw $339 million in business and building establishment and expansion, creating more than 1,400 jobs.

Already in 2018 we have seen several new business announcements, including:

  • Spire Advertising – A satellite office for an Ashland, OH based advertising firm announced in March, opening in June 2018.
  • The Chandelier – A new event space set to open in the former Community Civic Center in downtown Tiffin later this year.
  • Trilogy Health Services – Announced in April, Trilogy is to build a senior living facility that will employ 110, at an estimated investment of $14.5 million.
  • Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House – A full-service sushi and hibachi restaurant to locate in the Tiffin Mall later this year.
  • Panda Express – An international chain serving fast-casual Chinese cuisine was approved for a setback to build on the Tiffin Mall site.
  • Senecare – A local pharmacist has started a new business in the Laird Arcade offering one-on-one pharmacy services.
  • Time Staffing – A northern Ohio-based staffing agency opened a branch in Tiffin earlier this year, growing to a total of 9 offices throughout the region.
  • Yoga Chuck Health and Wellness Studio – Longtime yoga instructor Chuck “Yoga Chuck” Burmeister renovated and opened his own studio.
  • The Attic – A new specialty shop in downtown Tiffin, an expansion of a successful Findlay, OH store.
  • Glass N More Store – Another specialty glass shop that opened its fifth northern Ohio location in downtown Tiffin.
  • Stover Veterinary Services – Veterinarian Dr. Amber Stover and her husband launch a mobile vet clinic in early 2018, to be accessible throughout Seneca County.
  • Tiffin Candle Co. – A Tiffin couple has created their own business producing and selling community themed candles with a charitable aspect.
  • Mantra Mind Management – A new consulting business in the Laird Arcade focused on self-discovery, emotional regulation, and vision creation.
  • Wireless Boys – A Boost Mobile retailer opened their doors on W. Market St. in Tiffin earlier this year.
  • Reineke RV – Reineke Family Dealerships purchased and relocated Fort Ball RV to W. Market St. earlier this year.

2018 Economic Development Award – Arnold Machine

The 2018 Economic Development Award was presented to Arnold Machine for their recent 25,000 square foot expansion, creating 25 new jobs.

Zach Arnold started Arnold Machine in a garage as a small custom machine shop, beginning with machining and fabricating, in 1994. The business grew quickly, and branched out into designing and manufacturing manufacturing systems in a 50,000 square foot building in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin. The company now has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC.

Arnold is a Sentinel Career Center alum and still maintains a strong relationship with the career technology institution. Arnold serves on their business advisory council and hires on students through a work-study program, as well as a new three-phase employment program that starts students out working in their Junior year of high school and prepares them to be hired on upon graduation. More than 40% of the workforce at Arnold Machine are now Sentinel grads.

In 2016, Arnold Machine announced a new, 25,000 square foot addition to their facility, adding 25 jobs. The expansion was built and completed, the space is full, and 11 of the 25 positions have been created and filled.

Arnold has had a long relationship with SIEDC. In 1996, they purchased their first brand-new machine using the Revolving Loan Fund with SIEDC’s assistance. Today, Zach Arnold serves on the SIEDC Board of Trustees.

 

Economic Development Award criteria:
A community based project that will significantly impact other development in the community. A project that underscores the commitment of the business or owners to the community. A project that eliminates a potential blight in the community. A project that brings recognition to the community and is imaginative.

Laminate Technologies acquires manufacturer

Press release provided by Laminate Technologies

LamTech logoFred Zoeller, President CEO /Founder  of Laminate Technologies, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Laminating Technologies, LLC. a wood product manufacturer based in White City, Oregon also with a location in Spokane Washington.  Laminate Technologies, Inc. is a Tiffin, Ohio based company operating four manufacturing locations including Tiffin, Ohio, Gallatin, Tennessee, Diboll, Texas, and Ridgeway Virginia, making Laminate Technologies, Inc. the largest independent laminator in the US.  Mr. Zoeller stated that he is excited to add the two facilities to the company provided better opportunities to reach new markets and projecting that business will double within the next five years.

Rick Clark, CEO of Laminating Technologies in Oregon says he is looking forward to this transaction because it will, he said “Ensure the long term viability of our company for both our employees and clients”. He further stated that “the tradition of great quality manufacturing and customer service will remain in place based on the history of Laminate Technologies, Inc. and their team.”

Laminate Technologies Inc. currently employs more than 200 people and this transaction will retain an additional 55 jobs.

Randy Joseph, COO of Laminate Technologies, Inc., stated that he is looking forward to unifying of the two companies.  “This acquisition is a great strategic alliance as it relates to our companies production capabilities, geographic footprint and customer driven approach.  Mr. Joseph further said “We have a culture of treating our staff as family and will continue that tradition in the Oregon and Washington facilities”.

Mr. Zoeller commented that this transaction would have not been possible without the cooperation and assistance of Colleen Padilla of the Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., and Rob Merriman from the State of Oregon ,   Zoeller said “The support and encouragement of all those who assisted us in bringing this transaction together was amazing.  I am very grateful to all of these individuals and especially to Rick Clark and his team and I am excited about the future for both companies.”

American Fine Sinter to make $20M investment

Major expansion to create 25 new jobs

AFS 2017TIFFIN, OHIO – August 22, 2017 American Fine Sinter (AFS) announced today that it will be moving forward with the addition of two production lines at its North American headquarters in Tiffin, Ohio, investing $20 million in equipment and creating 25 new jobs. Tennessee was also a possible site.

AFS President Masayuki Yamamoto attributed the company’s continued growth to its customers, employees and the community: “Our business base is expanding, and we are thankful to have dedicated employees and the backing of the Tiffin community, which allow us to continue to advance.”

This company’s last expansion was announced in 2014, when the company invested $25 million and committed to add 24 new jobs. Since then, they have added 106 jobs and now have 246 employees. This project will fill the remaining space in that expansion with equipment to produce mid and high torque carriers for the Toyota Highlander, RAV4, and Camry, using new technology developed by Toyota. The Tiffin plant is one of three worldwide to use the process.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded AFS’s commitment to the community: “AFS has been a great employer for Tiffin for the past 16 years, and it is wonderful that they continue to choose to invest and grow here.”

With the previous expansion, real property tax exemptions played a significant role due to the cost of building construction. With this expansion, workforce has been the focus, as the company continues to hire at a rapid rate. Initiatives like the Seneca County Workforce Development Strategic Plan, Manufacturing Showcase, and the Student Job Fair are important for long-term success and have helped make the company comfortable with growing here.

About American Fine Sinter
American Fine Sinter (AFS) was established in 2001 in Tiffin, Ohio and started production in 2003. Today, Fine Sinter Co. a joint venture between Tokyo Sintered Metals (TSM) and Japan Powder Metallurgy (JPM), the parent company of AFS, is a $350 million company with more than 1,000 employees worldwide. The company manufactures parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries, and American Fine Sinter most recently has focused on valve seats and variable cam units for the automotive industry.

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.

Feasel’s invests quarter million in expansion

Feasel's 4Feasel’s Frame and Collision is adding new space and equipment to their auto-body shop on State Route 224 just West of Tiffin.

Jeff Feasel said the business needed new space, and they wanted the ability to offer more to their customers. “Over the last five years, each year has been better than the last,” he said.

20170421_134130The new, 3,600 square foot building will create seven additional bays for radiator repair and washing, house a new alignment rack, and provide additional work space. They will also use the space for spray-on truck bed liners, a service that no other Tiffin shop currently offers. The total investment in construction and equipment is roughly $250,000.

This new addition is the latest in a series of improvements to the business. Over the past four years they have installed a new, environmentally friendly paint booth, renovated their office, and added welding and aluminum repair to their services.

“I am excited to keep serving this wonderful community,” Feasel said.

The expansion is expected to be completed this July.

Feasel’s Frame and Collision is a family-run business started by Jeff’s parents, Rick and Jan, in 1984. To learn more about the business, click here.

Local investor group expands Tiffin plant

Addition adds 15,000 square feet to Northstar Industrial Park facility  

owens-corningTIFFIN, OHIO – December 5, 2016 – A local investor group has announced that they are expanding their 60,000-square-foot industrial facility located at 145 Heritage Drive in the Northstar Industrial Park.

The facility was constructed in 1994 and has been leased to Owens Corning – a leading producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites – since 1995. The current expansion is underway and is expected to be finished by February 1, 2017.

The Tiffin facility employs about 85 people and produces insulation products for appliance manufacturers.

In order to support the 15,000-square-foot expansion, a 15-year, 100-percent Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption is being provided, and all existing property owners in the industrial park as well as representatives of the City of Tiffin approved the project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement.  “Manufacturing is the number one employer in the Tiffin area, and further investment like this continues to strengthen it,” he said. “We are pleased to see our economic development momentum continue.”

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 the community at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Sentinel Career Center expansion underway

vanguard_sentinel-_career_1Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center has begun work on a $1.5 million, 11,000 square foot facility at their Tiffin campus.

The building will be the new home of the Public Safety Program.  The addition of space will move the program from just a classroom space to a lab environment that will allow the instructor to train the students in a setting similar to a real academy.  There will be adequate space for physical and tactical training, an evidence and booking room, and also a bay entrance for equipment for the program. It will also have classrooms for the Adult Education and Collision Repair Programs, and a Wellness Center. The school has also partnered with the Seneca County Commissioners that will allow the new facility to be a secondary location for their Emergency Operation Center in the county.

vanguard_sentinel-_career_2Clouse Construction is the contractor for the project, but now that the building is under roof, Sentinel students will gain hands on experience in their field of study as they work to complete the project, including (but not limited to) constructing walls and running the electric.

Another project underway at Sentinel is the “AIM” Mobile Career Tech bus.  This will be a mobile lab used to introduce K-8 students in 13 school districts to in-demand careers and the 12 career clusters available at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers. It is designed to engage students with career connections and experiential learning to better prepare for in-demand careers at an early age.   This re-purposed bus (a partnership between Automotive and Collision Repair) will be a mobile and multi-functional CTE lab.  An instructor will deliver exposure and hands-on experiences to students at their home school  that will help AIM them in the right direction towards their future goals.   This should be completed for the 2017-2018 school year.

Vanguard-Sentinel is also looking at continuing to help mitigate a crisis in workforce preparation for advanced manufacturing careers and skilled trades with RAMTEC. Funded by the Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A Fund, RAMTEC supports a holistic approach to economic/workforce development by allowing students to demonstrate mastery of skills on equipment identical to that used in Ohio manufacturing industries. There will also be an expansion of programs, that will add and expand opportunities for  Freshman through adults, continuing to focus on industry credentials but expanding opportunities including early placements and pre-apprenticeship programs designed in close collaboration with local business and industry partners. Sentinel is also involved in the strategic planning process for a county-wide Workforce Development Plan.

Sentinel opened in 1985, and in 1997 the Family Learning Center was added in partnership with Seneca County.  Five years ago, the entire facility underwent a complete renovation which included energy efficient upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and technology.  The total cost of the renovation was $7 million.

Tiffin Metal Products announces additional expansion

TMP-Exterior-e1415287680364Tiffin Metal Products recently announced a $100,000, 25,000 square foot storage expansion to their Tiffin facility. This expansion comes on the heels of their 2015 announcement of a $750,000 three-year expansion plan, following the success of their SST Gravity Shoot.

“The three-year expansion and this project are related, as the business we are chasing has led to larger products that require more space. It all goes hand in hand,” Tiffin Metal Products CFO Tim Demith said.

The 2015 expansion announcement followed the development of the SST Gravity Shoot, a TMP exclusive design used in package shipping, most notably Amazon distribution centers. TMP also produces half of the billboard frames in America as well as lockers and other custom fabricated products. The 25,000 square foot addition will be a storage area for these large projects.

TMP currently employs nearly 100 workers, 15-20 of which were added in the past several months as production has increased. The plant currently runs a complete first shift, with 10-12 workers on second shift. As production continues to increase, these numbers may change.

About Tiffin Metal Products
Established in 1903, Tiffin Metal Products is a custom solutions provider serving the outdoor advertising, material handling and storage product industries. It operates out of a 110,000 square foot facility in the heart of Tiffin’s Wall Street industrial district, and is well-known for its Sentinel law enforcement wardrobe, weapons, and evidence lockers as well as its Tiffin Outdoor billboard frame systems, which are used in almost half of the billboards in the US. Learn more at .

Arnold Machine plans $2.6M expansion

Local manufacturer to add 25,000 square feet, 20 new jobs

amiTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – Arnold Machine, Inc. has announced intentions to move forward with a $2.6 million expansion to the Tiffin facility, creating 20 new skilled labor jobs. The project includes a $1.6 million, 25,000 square foot expansion to the building as well as $1 million in new equipment to support the expansion.

President and Owner Zach Arnold said the company was considering locating a satellite assembly facility in the Memphis area, but the workforce, community, and local and state support helped make the decision to stay in Tiffin. “Although much of our new business is in the south, we are very pleased to be able to expand here. It’s an exciting time in our company’s history, and we appreciate all of the support we’re receiving from the City of Tiffin, SIEDC, AEP, the Regional Growth Partnership, and JobsOhio. If everything is approved, we will be expanding here.”

The expansion is contingent on the final approval of local and state incentives, which are expected to exceed $500,000 in value over the next fifteen years. The company is intending to take advantage of a one hundred percent, 15-year Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption on the new facility as well as a five-year, fifty percent local municipal income tax credit. AEP Ohio is also considering supporting the project with a grant as well. An offer from AEP Ohio is expected in the next few weeks.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the news. “With this expansion, the North Star Industrial Park is completely full. We are excited to see our industrial sector continue to grow stronger, and we’re excited about the future. We appreciate the investment Arnold Machine is making in our community.”

Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership that helped facilitate state support for the project as part of the JobsOhio Network, said, “It’s incredible to see the growth and development in northwest Ohio, and Tiffin and Seneca County are a big part of it. This is just another example of why they are a top-ranked community.”

About Arnold Machine

Arnold Machine, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of customized automation equipment for the automotive, appliance and heavy equipment industries. The company started in 1994 as a small custom machining and fabrication shop located in the owner’s garage and has grown into a 45-person operation with a 50,000 sf facility located in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin, Ohio. The company has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC.

About Regional Growth Partnership

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) is private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in northwest Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. The RGP also serves as the JobsOhio Northwest network partner, serving as the JobsOhio point of contact and customer service for state incentives for a 17-county region. Learn more at www.rgp.org.

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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.