National Machinery

Seneca County to hold Manufacturing Showcase for students

Local manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

SCMS_logoTIFFIN, OHIO – June 30, 2016 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s first Manufacturing Showcase on October 14, 2016 at Seiberling Gymnasium on the Heidelberg 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 spearheading the effort: “Sandusky County held a similar event with tremendous success, and we would like to bring that same success to Seneca County. Our goal is to show local youths that there are many career opportunities within manufacturing and to give local companies an opportunity to interact with the future workforce.”

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.

Thirteen schools in Seneca County will send more than 700 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; Roppe Holding Company/Seneca Millwork, Inc., Nox Corporation, and The Mennel Milling Company of Fostoria have signed on as well as National Machinery, Webster Industries, Toledo Molding & Die, Tiffin Metal Products and Quick Tab II 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.

Industrial – recent projects and announcements

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Webster Industries

The industrial sector continues to invest heavily and experience strong growth. Here are some of the recent projects and announcements in manufacturing and distribution:

  • American Electric Power Site Certification: The 38 acre site in the Eagle Rock Industrial Park became the fourth site in northwest Ohio to receive the Austin Consulting “Shovel Ready” Site Designation for the Food and Beverage Industry.
  • American Fine Sinter: A global manufacturer of parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries with their North American headquarters in Tiffin. In November 2014, American Fine Sinter announced a $16 million expansion that will result 24 new employees and the retention of 140 employees.
  • Concordance Health Care Solutions: Supply Company, headquartered in Earth City, Missouri and Seneca Medical, headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form Concordance Healthcare Solu­tions, LLC. The combination will bring together three strong, growing and respected regional medical supply distributors. Concordance will have approximately 1,000 employees, 19 distribution centers and $1.1 billion in annual sales.
  • National Machinery: A global leader in cold forming machinery and process technology headquartered in Tiffin, announced in May 2014 a $6.5 million investment and the creation of at least 20 new jobs with the retention of 294 existing The project involves an expansion of both manufacturing and research and development capacity.
  • Nox Corporation: A global manufacturer that sells vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices in 50 different The South Korean company cut the ribbon on their first US factory with a total investment of $32 million and the creation of 50 new jobs.
  • Taiho Corporation of America: The Japanese automotive supplier currently employs 180 and manufactures more than 120 million parts a year at its Tiffin location. Taiho announced in August 2015 an $8 million, 50-job expansion at its North American headquarters and manufacturing operation in Tiffin. The project is expected to be completed three years and brings the company’s total investment to more than $21 million since 2012.
  • Tiffin Metal Products: A custom solutions provider serving the outdoor advertising, material handling and storage product industries located in In March 2015, Tiffin Metal announced an expansion that includes an investment of $750,000 and the creation of 18 new jobs with the retention of 91 existing employees.
  • Webster Industries: A premier leader in industrial conveyor chain and vibrating conveyors, used in a wide variety of industries including forest products, food, automotive, cement, grain, asphalt, recycling, and steel industries. Webster announced an $8.3 million expansion and the creation of 65 new jobs. Tiffin beat out Meridian, Mississippi and northern Alabama on the expansion.

Manufacturers’ Bus Tour to be held Oct. 9

Ohio Means JobsOhioMeansJobs Seneca County is to host the first Seneca County Manufacturers’ Bus Tour this Friday, Oct. 9. The purpose of the bus tour is to expose superintendents, principals, and junior and senior high school guidance counselors to manufacturing work environments, career opportunities (from entry-level to advanced), and the possibilities for tuition reimbursement, with the goal of hosting a bus tour for students in the future. The tour will start at 7 a.m. at OhioMeansJobs Seneca County, and conclude at 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and prepared by the Sentinel Career Center culinary students.

Representatives from the following schools are expected to attend:

With visits planned to the following Seneca County employers:

For more information about the program, or to reserve a spot on the bus, please contact Carol Kern at carol.owen@jfs.ohio.gov or 419.447.5011 ext. 322. You can also check out tours already held in Sandusky and Ottawa Counties.

60+ businesses in local HR association

SCHRASeneca 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.

Past speakers include:

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 bhannam@terra.edu.

Participating businesses include:

National Machinery: 140 years of global success

National Machinery, LLC hosted an open house this month to mark the organization’s 140 year anniversary. On Sunday, the global manufacturer opened its doors to the public, hosting a three-hour open house event. During the open house, the public could tour the National Machinery plant, experience product machine demonstrations, view state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, and learn about career opportunities. In addition, the company showcased its facility renovations over the years. Further, National Machinery customers had the opportunity to attend six different technical seminars, while taking a plant tour with machine demonstrations.

The National Machinery Company was founded in 1874 in Cleveland, Ohio by William Anderson. Eight years later, investors, and future owner Meshech Frost, convinced Anderson to move the organization to its current location, Tiffin, Ohio. Since its move, National Machinery quickly grew, becoming a global leader in advanced cold forming machinery, process technology, and customer support products and services. National Machinery products are used in over 130 countries around the globe, and are used in motor vehicle, appliance, bearing, aerospace, and machinery manufacturing industries.

National Machinery’s world headquarters is located on Greenfield Street, in Tiffin, Ohio. The plant is approximately 600,000 square feet in size, and is one of the world’s most flexible and highly integrated machining and fabricating centers. A picture tour of National Machinery’s plant can be found here. National Machinery has locations, including sales offices and services centers, around the world; locations include Germany, Japan, China, and Brazil. National Machinery holds certification in ISO 9001, and firmly holds the position as the “World Leader in Metal Forming Technology.”

An aerial view of National Machinery’s corporate headquarters in Tiffin, Ohio. *Photo courtesy of the National Machinery website

Community remembers 9/11 at All Patriots Memorial

DSC_005913 years following the destruction that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial held a memorial service to remember the events that occurred on the historic day. The day’s events began with a program held for Tiffin Columbian and Tiffin Calvert freshmen students, where a documentary was watched at Columbian before being bused to the memorial for special remarks.

Later that day, thanks to a grant from The National Machinery Foundation and help from The Ritz Theatre, a second memorial service was held free for the public. People began the program at The Ritz Theatre, where a documentary regarding the 9/11 events was shown. Following the documentary, people proceeded to the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial. During the memorial services, various speakers shared their reflections on the tragic day’s events that occurred thirteen years ago.

The 17.5 foot long steel center column, weighing over 6,000 pounds, was retrieved following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. On August 23, 2011, three Tiffin Firefighters and one retired firefighter traveled to New York City’s JFK Airport to retrieve the steel artifact. The Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial was dedicated in September of 2012. The memorial sits in Tiffin, Ohio, on the corner of North Washington Street and Water Street, along the Sandusky River.

Downtown Family Movie Night launches this Saturday

Looking for a free, fun, safe event for the family? Look no farther than Downtown Tiffin’s new family movie night. As the 2014 Tiffin Art & Music Festival continues for adults after 6 pm, an evening activity for families and kids will now also be available.

This Saturday (June 21, 2014), a number of partners have joined together to show The Lego Movie for free on the Courthouse Green (117 E. Market St.) in downtown Tiffin. The movie will be shown at 7:30 pm and has a running time of 100 minutes. It is rated PG (official trailer is below,) and will be shown on a 20′ x 17′ screen outside. Parking is available on street or in several free, city lots.

You are free to bring blankets, chairs, food and drink (but no alcohol please – it is not allowed.) We will have free water and popcorn at the event.

National Machinery is the event sponsor, and the movie is being brought to you and promoted by the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and the Seneca Regional Chamber. We hope this is the first of more such events. An event flyer can be downloaded here.

National Machinery’s next $6.5M expansion

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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.

Clearly, this is a Seneca Success!

Seneca Co. companies using $80M state training program

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National Machinery was awarded a $40K+ grant under the IWTVP.

The State of Ohio is investing millions of tax dollars into improving the skills of Ohioans working right now.  Those currently employed workers–called “incumbent” workers in workforce development lingo–have often been overlooked by state and federal training programs, which have traditionally helped the unemployed, dislocated workers, and/or new hires get skills to get a job.

The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program (IWTVP) turns the “new hires”-only model on its head and takes casino fees and delivers it directly to companies in certain targeted industries  to cover up to half of the costs of training those employees, up to $4,000 per employee and $250,000 per company. The first round in 2012 totaled $20 million, and another $30 million was released last year. Another $30 million has been budgeted for the next state fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2014. In the last round, 620 companies were given grants, with more than 51,000 workers planned to receive training.

In Seneca County, National Machinery, a world leader in metal cold forming equipment based in Tiffin, received a grant of more than $43,000 and has used about half of it so far. Church & Dwight, manufacturer of the famous Arm & Hammer baking soda, received a grant of about $7,000 and has spent about 2/3 of it. We would love to see more businesses take advantage of this great program, and Carol Owen Kern, the county Workforce Administrator, will help businesses determine if they’re qualified and help them through the application process. Businesses I’ve talked to love working with Carol, who can be reached by phone at 419-447-5011 (322) or by email at owenc@odjfs.state.oh.us. Given that we’re only four months away from the new state fiscal year, we want companies to begin to become aware of the program now.

Here are some key links for the program:

Seneca County in top 5% for economic development

1303CoverBIGWhen 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.

The four projects for 2012 for Seneca County were as follows (source: Ohio’s Private Investment Survey 2012):

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