Seneca County Human Resource Association (SCHRA) was formed to provide professional development workshops, hear knowledgeable speakers, receive legislative updates, and networking opportunities to those professionals working in a variety of human resource capacities.
Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, generally in the Tiffin area, on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. You can fill out the 2015 SCHRA membership form here. For more information contact Beth Hannam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Machinery, a global leader in cold forming machinery and process technology headquartered in Tiffin tomorrow, continues to grow and expand its presence. The latest news involves the approval of a local tax incentive for a $6.5 million investment and the creation of at least 20 new jobs. The project involves an expansion of both manufacturing and research and development capacity.
This event follows the announcement last year of expansion plans supported by JobsOhio, the Regional Growth Partnership, and the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The unanimous passage of a New Jobs Tax Credit by Tiffin City Council this week demonstrates the community’s commitment to job creation and helping our existing companies remain competitive. We at the Seneca Industrial Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) enjoyed working with the company and Crowe Horvath to make the incentive and project a reality.
National Machinery is an NM Group Global affiliate, which is also headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio. NM Group Global owns companies with operations in OH, IN, NY and several countries worldwide. National Machinery itself was started in 1874 in Cleveland and was recruited to come to Tiffin in 1882 (economic development has been going on here for more than 130 years!) Among several other accomplishments in invented several of the world’s largest forging presses and introduced the world’s first cold nut former in 1944, which is still industry’s preferred process. Today, the company has machines in operation in 61 countries and facilities in Tiffin (HQ, manufacturing, R&D); Nuernberg, Germany; Suzhou, China; and Nagoya, Japan.
When I was exploring various communities, something struck me about Tiffin and Seneca County – its economic development success. It’s a very well-kept secret, but it’s pretty amazing. There are 576 Micropolitan Statistical Areas (or “Micropolitans”) in the US, which are urban areas (counties) around a city of 10,000 to 49,999 in population–which is exactly what Seneca County, Ohio is.
Also, every year, these micropolitans compete for economic development bragging rights by sending in their large private investment projects to Site Selection Magazine. Site Selection then racks and stacks each micropolitan and releases in their March issue the top 100 (20%) nationally in terms of the number of projects. In order to qualify, a project must involve (a) 50 or more new employees, (b) 20,000 or more new square feet of space, or (c) $1 million in investment.
So, here’s the amazing part. For seven of the last ten years, Seneca County has ranked in the top 100 (the top 20%) across the country. And last year, it tied for 30th, putting it among the strongest 5% nationally. This is great news and is a testament to the county’s economic growth, the great businesses here, the community’s support of business, and the great job Rich Focht and Karen Bowers did at SIEDC (my organization). The table below is from the March 2013 edition of Site Selection, in particular the article on micropolitans.