manufacturing

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.

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.

Seneca County to hold second Manufacturing Showcase

Local manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 27, 2017 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s second Manufacturing Showcase on October 13, 2017 at the Heminger Center on the Tiffin University campus. The event is an opportunity for area students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in hands-on skill demonstrations.

Carol Kern of Seneca DJFS is looking forward to another successful event: “Last year we were able to introduce more than 700 students to skills used in manufacturing careers in Seneca County. With the feedback from last year, we are confident that we can provide another positive experience for students and local companies alike.”

The showcase will focus on six skills: team building, lean practices, employability, machining, supply chain and mechanical engineering/electrical trades/automation. For each skill, there are six spaces available for a hands-on demonstration.

Eleven schools within Seneca County will send nearly 800 students to participate in the showcase. The event will last a full day, with students split into one morning session and one afternoon session. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

Several manufacturers are already on board; Callies Performance Products, and The Mennel Milling Company of Fostoria have signed on as well as National Machinery, Webster Industries, and Toledo Molding & Die of Tiffin. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for a space at the showcase, please contact Carol at 419.447.5011 ext. 322, or visit http://senecashowcase.wordpress.com.

 

Seminar: How Industrial Technology Disrupts American Manufacturing

image001The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development is hosting a Smart Factory Breakfast Seminar Presented by FORCAM, Inc. titled How Industrial Technology Disrupts American Manufacturing.

The event will be held at Owens Community College (3200 Bright Road in Findlay) in the Education & Wellness Building/Tiered Classroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Networking and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation from 8-9 a.m. Sponsored by FORCAM, the event is free of charge.

The presentation is geared specifically to the CEO, COO and CFO level and covers the following topics:

  • How to reduce waste, downtimes, cycle times
  • How to increase productivity with a fast ROI
  • How to measure production floor productivity today
  • How to increase capacity on all assets
  • How to build a smarter, more economical and leaner production environment
  • How to use OEE as a Key Performance Indicator in American Manufacturing

Invited Experts:

To register online, click here. For more information download the flier.

 

 

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.

 

Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase success for students, local businesses

SCMS_logoThe first ever Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase was held at Heidelberg University today, giving 750 high-school students from 12 schools a chance to explore different skills valued in the workplace, specifically in manufacturing.

Fourteen local manufacturers led students through six different skill sets. The kids learned about team building, lean practices, employability, supply chain, machine trades and electrical trades/mechanical engineering/automation through interactive booths staffed by local companies.

Spearheading the coordination of the event was Carol Kern of the Seneca Department of Job and Family Services. Kern was pleased with the outcome of the event,”It’s exciting to see the students so engaged,” she said. “Hopefully they enjoyed the activities and learned a lot about career opportunities in Seneca County.”

Chase Eikenbary of Regional Growth Partnership/JobsOhio stressed the importance of introducing students to career skills early. “October is manufacturing month in Ohio, and it means great things for not only the manufacturing companies in the state but for the pipeline of our future workforce; our students,” she said. “Manufacturing careers are in high demand, provide excellent salaries, and allow employees to work in a high tech, growing industry. Students today were shown how they can become successful adults in their own communities with thriving career options.”

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation President Renee Smith agreed. “Manufacturing is a huge economic component of Seneca County, and it is the largest employer. It is essential that we continue to expose students to the career possibilities with our local companies,” she said.

Nearly 100 volunteers, including teachers from participating school districts, guided students through the planned activities. Tiffin City Schools Business Teacher Stacey Geiger said the event was rewarding as an educator. “It is exciting to see students engaged with Seneca County employers and using the knowledge that I incorporate in my classrooms,” she said.

Carl Pastorella, Human Resources Manager at Toledo Molding and Die, Inc. manning a booth centered around employability, was impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and knowledge. “The students we met got very involved in the activities we were presenting,” he said. “Our intent is to make sure they are prepared to get out and interview for jobs in future, and they already seem to be on the right track.”

Seneca County is also fortunate to have great relationships with state officials who are passionate about workforce development and how it pertains to our young people.

State Representative Bill Reineke, a Fostoria native and Tiffin resident, spoke to the students about the importance of manufacturing and their local community:

Ryan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, also addressed the students, introducing them to Ohio Means Jobs and the tools the program provides for job seekers:

Check out some of the pictures from the event:

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CIFT offers preventive maintenance seminar

preventive-maintenance-programs-in-manufacturing_2016_09-28Would you like to control maintenance costs while optimizing performance?  Attend the Preventive Maintenance Programs in Manufacturing seminar, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CIFT, Ohio MEP, and Rockwell Automation present a one day training seminar for plant engineers, maintenance managers, operations managers, and others responsible for recommending, designing, and managing maintenance programs for manufacturing operations.

The program features presentations by professional engineers with many years of experience at some of our nation’s largest manufacturers, and by development engineers from Rockwell Automation, one of the world’s leading industrial control companies.

Cost: $399 for CIFT members, and just $499 for non-CIFT members.  Cost includes lunch and refreshments.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  (You might qualify for Professional Development Hours (PDH) for this training seminar.)

Please click here to learn more and reserve your spot!  Space is limited!

From the Center for Innovative Food Technology

Public invited to Jazz Festival “Education Night”

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Interested in what it takes to be a successful musician and recording artist in today’s music industry? Here’s your chance to find out. In keeping with Tiffin’s reputation as the “Education City,” a new Education Night will be held on the second day of the festival (September 11). The final Jazz Night at the Mill will serve as the warm-up party on September 10, with the full-day line-up of live musics taking place on September 12.

This open-to-the-public event will bring together both of the town’s college jazz ensembles from Tiffin University and Heidelberg University, along with area musicians, high school students and interested residents to interact with Jazzin’ Tiffin headliner Chris Standring. The TU Dragon Big Band will perform with Standring on one of his songs, in a new arrangement for big band written by band director Nathan Santos, and Standring will demonstrate jazz techniques and discuss topics such as:

  • Guitar technique and composition
  • Survival in the music business
  • What it takes to be an an artist

The event will take place on Tiffin University’s campus in the Osceola Theatre, in the Gillmor Student Center, from 4 to 6 pm.

Established in 1850, Heidelberg University has more than 1,300 undergradute and graduate students studying a wide range of subjects on a beautiful historic 110-acre campus. The School of Music and Theatre has been helping prepare majors for successful careers. The Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble is a jewel of the program, with a summer jazz workshop every year.

Established in 1850 and recently named one of the top ten small town colleges in America, Tiffin University had more than 4,000 students enroll last fall, and it continues to grow. With a beautiful 130-acre campus in Tiffin, plus additional international campuses in Europe and Asia, TU is a great institution. Its ProMusic degree program is designed to provide students with a modern musical skill set, and the university even has its own record label. Their jazz band and vocal ensembles are part of the program. The program also features pro-style music groups designed to give students performing experience on the road and in the studio, giving dozens of performances each semester on campus, in the community, and on the road.

South Korean company to create 150 new jobs in Fostoria

NoxThe South Korea-based vinyl tile manufacturer Nox Corporation is locating its first US factory in Fostoria. Nox will be renovating the former Atlas Crankshaft building, and plans to create more than 150 within three years in Seneca County.

The company will invest millions in machinery, equipment and building renovations, including a $2 million, 16,820 square foot addition to the existing building. Nox will initially hire 50 new employees, with plans of hiring an additional 50 workers next year and a total of 150 in the next two to three years. The company is currently interviewing for 10 management and administrative position, and will begin the hiring process for 40 skilled production, quality control and maintenance jobs next month, with production slated to start in mid- to late fall. Wages will start at $12 per hour, with an increase to $16 after a year.

Kudos to the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation for their work on the project and to Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio for their support.

Nox Corp. manufactures vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices. The tile is sold in 50 different countries, but the Fostoria plant will primarily serve US customers. Nox looked into locating in Fostoria due to recommendations within the flooring industry. Rubber and vinyl flooring manufacturer Roppe has been headquartered in Fostoria for more than 50 years.

In the media:

“The Very Biggest Manufacturing Plant…in the World”

Front of BuildingIn the book An Odd Couple, author Charles Eisendrath provides the headlines from the February 13, 1907 Tiffin Advertiser, which made the announcement that Towner K. Webster  was moving his company Webster Industries from Chicago to Tiffin, Ohio:

“SECURED for Tiffin is the Very Biggest Manufacturing Plant of its Kind In This Country or in the World.”

Webster expanded the plant and got more headlines soon thereafter, and not much has changed since. The October 18, 2014 headlines in the Advertiser-Tribune read, “Webster expanding, adding local jobs.” Since Webster’s announcement of their $8+ million expansion plans, we thought it would be appropriate to provide a little backstory on this great company.

Their marketing tagline is “American materials, American labor and American pride.” Since 1876, Webster Industries has offered a wide range of products and expertise throughout many different markets. Founded by Towner K. Webster, Webster Industries initially opened in Chicago, Illinois in 1876, bringing to market his Common Sense Elevator Bucket. Webster Industries moved its headquarters to Tiffin, Ohio in 1907, where it still resides today. I find it very interesting that economic development was in full swing even back then. In the book, An Odd Couple, Charles Eisendrath sheds some light on the incentives offered at the time: Webster received an “offer of a free, 30-acre building site” from the “Tiffin Commercial Club,” the precursor to the Seneca Regional Chamber, which was founded in 1914 and led economic development until the creation of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) in 1983.

Since its beginning making and marketing the elevator bucket, Webster Industries has evolved its product offerings since opening its doors, becoming one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engineered class chains, commercial castings, and vibrating conveyors. Webster Industries’ Tiffin headquarters consists of over 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Webster Industries has also helped to Site Selection Magazine rank Tiffin and Seneca County in the top 10 for large, private economic development projects. Webster Industries provided support for the ranking by providing 76 new jobs to the local area and investment plans of $3,000,000. The most recent expansion is in addition to that, which demonstrates how fast the company is growing.

To give the public a chance to see how their products are actually used, the company sponsored an “Our Chain in Action” contest over the summer. The contest gave Webster customers “a chance to let loose their inner Steven Spielberg” by creating a video that highlighted the many features of Webster’s conveyor and steel chain products. The contest ran from mid-July to mid-August. The top videos can be found on the Webster Industries website and the manufacturer’s YouTube channel. One example of a use is Cedar Point’s Blue Streak roller coaster. The amusement park’s oldest coaster, uses a Webster chain to lift riders up a 78 foot hill, before descending 72 feet and reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour (see video below).