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Roller skating rink plans Tiffin location

Rolling Thunder announces intentions to close Findlay location, reopen in Tiffin

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TIFFIN, OHIO – October 12, 2018 – Findlay-based roller skating rink Rolling Thunder announced today intentions to close their current location and to work toward opening a new location in Tiffin in late 2018 or early 2019.

Owner Tim Thwaits said he has been looking at the Tiffin market for more than a year and has identified a possible location. “Our research over the last couple years shows that much of our business is from Tiffin and Seneca County. We have the opportunity and the time is right to move our business here and provide a family friendly activity center to the community,” he said.

Rolling Thunder has been a staple of the Findlay-Hancock County community since the end of 2010, providing kids and family entertainment through a skating rink, arcade, birthday party services, as well as skate sales and repair. The same amenities will be offered in the Tiffin location, which is anticipated to be larger than the current Findlay location, allowing for the possibility of a larger rink and/or more entertainment options. Several details have yet to be finalized. The Findlay facility will be closing January 1, 2019 in anticipation of the relocation.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz supports the planned development. “I am pleased that Tim is looking at Tiffin to relocate his operations and the City of Tiffin will do whatever we can to help facilitate the move,” he said.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 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.

Senecare offers pharmacy consulting

DOWNTOWN TIFFIN LOGO CMYKKent Zellner, formerly of Zellner’s Pharmacy, is opening a new business in downtown Tiffin focused on personal pharmacy consulting services. Senecare will help customers with Medicare chronic care management, transition of care, pharmacogenomics, medication adherence, disease state management, and general pharmacy consulting.

Zellner said he always preferred the consulting part of pharmacy, as it allowed him to interact more with patients, and as insurance companies are moving toward a system to improve health, his services are needed. “It’s a pretty exciting time for healthcare,” Zellner said. “There is a shift from fee for service to outcome driven care.”

Senecare will work with Medicare on the Chronic Care Management program to provide services to eligible patients, serving as a liaison between Medicare and the patient’s doctors, checking in on medications, and making sure the patient is following up with the correct doctors. They will also assist with transition of care, assuring that a patient is on the right medication and doses after a change in care, for example, a patient returning home after a hospital stay, and medication adherence, making sure patients are taking medications correctly. Disease state management for chronic issues such as diabetes, asthma, cholesterol, and smoking cessation will be available, as well as pharmacogenomics, a DNA sample test that can determine which medications patients would respond to and how they would interact in the patient’s system.

The business is expected to open in the Laird Arcade in downtown Tiffin in mid-late June. Senecare can be reached at 567.220.7207.

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

New dance studio opens in Tiffin

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(left to right) Kaitlyn Boehler, Vicky Boehler, Brooklyn Boehler

Press release provided by On Pointe Performing Arts Studio

Now open for business, On Pointe Performing Arts Studio, LLC is accepting registration for Fall 2017 classes. On Pointe is a new dance studio located in Bodyworks.

On Pointe offers dance classes for ages 3 to 18. They accept dancers of all levels. Classes offered are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop.

Vicky Boehler, owner and founder, along with her two daughters, Brooklyn and Kaitlyn, are excited to see the company develop. The studio will incorporate educational learning during class for younger students, as well as add the personal touch that people are looking for in a small town.

“We’re determined to instill the arts and education into our growing community,” said Vicky Boehler. “Not only do we strive to build a strong relationship with local universities and schools, we want to connect with the Tiffin community. Our mission is to inspire passion, imagination and creativity.”

Training for fifteen years, the daughters developed a strong passion for dance and desired to own their own studio. Their mother was drawn into the business venture. She was captivated by the art and enjoyed attending every performance. As Tiffin University alumni, they believe their education, varying expertise, and experience has prepared them for this adventure.

“We’re so thankful to Larry, Diane and the rest of the Bodyworks’ family for welcoming us into their facility,” said Boehler. “We look forward to working with them.”

On Pointe will have an open house on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another open house is scheduled Saturday, August 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents and potential students will have the opportunity to visit the studio, meet the teachers and owner, and register for classes.

The studio will host a summer dance camp from Monday, June 26. 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The camp is offered for ages 3 to 8; no experience required. This year’s theme, “Groove at the Zoo,” will include educational activities, crafts, and a dance performance for parents to view. The camp is $25. A registration form for the summer dance camp is available at Bodyworks.

Registration forms are available and must be returned to Bodyworks. Upon registration, everyone will have a chance to win three months free tuition for one class and have a free trial class per genre. On Pointe also offers a family discount and a multiple genre discount.

For more information, please contact On Pointe by email onpointeperformingartsstudio@gmail.com or call 419-455-4082. More information can also be found on their Facebook page.

Jimmy John’s opens today

20160815_111118Jimmy John’s sandwich shop opened its doors at 2161 W. Market St. in Tiffin this morning. They are open everyday 11 a.m – 10 p.m., and features a drive-through window and delivery for their “freaky fast” subs.

Franchise Owner Aaron Taylor has two stores in Sandusky and one in Fremont, and said Tiffin was the ideal market for a new store. “With the population size, two universities and the hospital, Tiffin is the perfect location,” he said.

The shop is located in a two-unit development shared with an AT&T store, which will be coming soon. Customizing the Jimmy John’s store was a $350,000 project, and it is currently staffed by 30 employees and still accepting applications.

Check out their menu here and their catering options here.

Another Man’s Treasure opens in downtown Tiffin

Amt outsidePartners Dave Underwood and Tony Weiner have announced the opening of their new second-hand shop, Another Man’s Treasure, at 20 East Market Street. The building is a mixed-use development featuring a retail store as well as three renovated apartments.

Underwood choose the Tiffin location because of his positive impression about the town. “Tiffin is a nice city, with nice people. It’s clean and people care about the community,” he said. The original concept was to be a second Splinter’s Cafe restaurant, modeled after the original Carey location. A few months ago, Underwood decided it made better business sense to redevelop the property for retail use.

Another Man’s Treasure features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques. There are items for everyone from antique collectors to college students, and Underwood and Weiner source their items at estate sales and auctions, finding bargains and fixing up items. “This is what I love to do,” Weiner said, “It’s like a treasure hunt.”

The pair also plans to expand the store in the future. In addition to the current store space, another room is being prepared as a show room, and there are plans to open up a boarded off garage door as a display window. There are also two warehouses in the back with a patio that they plan to use as an outdoor display space. Updates, including new paint, have already been made to the storefront, and further landscaping is planned.

The store is open from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the store can be contacted at 419.455.3146.

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.

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Domino’s coming to Tiffin

National chain to open new location in October

Domino'sTIFFIN, OHIO – July 15, 2015 – Regional Domino’s franchise owners Brian and Jennifer Edler announced today that they are bringing the second largest pizza chain in the world back to Tiffin. The store is set to open in October at 240 West Market Street.

Jennifer said they chose to open a Tiffin location because they often visit the town and believe it has great potential. “We go through Tiffin a lot visiting family in Willard, and Brian managed a Domino’s store in Tiffin about 20 years ago. We know the town pretty well,” she said.

“I am happy to welcome a new restaurant to Tiffin and have a strong national brand alongside our locally owned businesses, creating more options for the community,” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said.

Though the opening is weeks away, they are currently hiring employees for the Tiffin location to be trained at other locations, in order to be ready for the opening. Jennifer said a store of this size usually requires about 20 employees.

Brian Edler is a notable Domino’s franchise owner, with 12 other stores. In 2012 Domino’s began selling the Parmesan Bread Bites he invented nationwide, and he was featured in a national ad campaign to promote the new item. He is the Midwest chapter representative of the Domino’s Franchise Association and in May of 2015 he won the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

He broke the world record for most pizzas made, cooked and boxed in an hour, as part of an event that raised over $37,000 for local and national charities. “We are big believers in supporting all the communities in which we own and operate stores, and will do so when we open in Tiffin,” Brian said.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s is the second largest pizza chain in the United States and the largest worldwide, with 11,000 franchise and corporate stores in 70 countries.

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 www.senecasuccess.com.

National employment agency opening downtown Tiffin office

Grand opening set for July 13

20150708_144334 (2)TIFFIN, OHIO – July 9, 2015 Surge Staffing, an employee recruitment service with more than 60 locations nationwide, announces today that they will be opening an office at 2 Sycamore Street in downtown Tiffin. The grand opening for job seekers to come in, submit resumes and fill out applications is set for Monday, July 13, and potential clients will be invited to a luncheon to check out the office on Monday, August 3.

The company recently decided to join the Tiffin market. “We saw a need for our services in Tiffin, and we believe people want the opportunities and options we can offer,” Business Marketing Development Supervisor Yolanda Trevino said.

Surge will not only be taking applications for light industrial, general labor, warehousing, skilled labor and clerical positions, but they will accept resumes for any position. Positions will be temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire or payroll placement. They also have a dedicated nationwide professional division. There is an extensive application process which can be customized to suit client needs.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see another business connecting Tiffin residents with jobs. “As businesses are opening and expanding, this is a much-needed service for our city,” Montz said.

Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1968, Surge Staffing has a national network of branches and resources that have connected more than 40,000 people with thousands of clients. In addition to hiring services, the company also offers human resources services, employee training, payroll management services, vendor management, safety training, skillsmith and work force on-site management.

There are currently two employees at the Tiffin office, but there are plans to hire three or four additional employees as needed.

Surge Staffing can be contacted at 567-268-5000.

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 www.senecasuccess.com.