Seneca County ranks in Top 10 nationally for economic development

Site Selection Magazine March 2018Community earns third such ranking in five years

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 5, 2018 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Seneca County has again placed in the top ten nationally in Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects – placing tenth out of the 575 micropolitans in the US for the honor for the second year in a row. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally and the fifth year for ranking in the top ten percent. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area. Six Seneca County projects qualified for Site Selection, including projects by American Fine Sinter, Treves, OCECO, Mennel Milling and an industrial speculative building in the Eagle Rock Business Park.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz praised the announcement. “The momentum continues, and businesses keep expanding, locating and starting up in our community. We are proud of this ranking.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “Fostoria and Seneca County are demonstrating that we are a great place to do business.” Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner agreed: “We are establishing a track record of success that business finds attractive, and we look forward to more good things to come.”

This year, Ohio ranked as the number two state for development projects and the entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Defiance tying with Seneca County for tenth, and Toledo ranking seventh in its division. “Northwest Ohio continues to be an economic development powerhouse,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the RGP Northwest Ohio in Toledo, the regional economic development organization for Northwest Ohio. “We congratulate the Toledo metro area, Findlay, Defiance and Tiffin on their national success.”

A press release from Site Selection magazine and a list of rankings can be found here. More information can be found at siteselection.com.

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.

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.


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.


Why Regional Growth Partnership is essential for our success

(Photo: HiVelocityMedia.com)

(Photo of Dean Monske – HiVelocityMedia.com)

During my first week on the job, I went up to visit the regional economic development organization for Northwest Ohio–the Regional Growth Partnership (aka RGP) based in Toledo. I met with Dean Monske, President & CEO (pictured here); Paul Zito, VP of International Development; Gary Thompson, VP and JobsOhio Director; VP Doug Born, Kyle Dodd, Colleen McCray and many others.

I thought it would make sense to explain how we (the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. or SIEDC) work with RGP to encourage and advance economic growth for Seneca County and why it’s so important to have a strong regional partner. RGP plays the following four key roles for us:

  1. JobsOhio/State Incentives – RGP is our JobsOhio Network partner and receives funds from JobsOhio to represent, negotiate, package, and help facilitate approval of all state incentives for projects throughout northwest Ohio. They have the authority from the State of Ohio (the Ohio Development Services Agency) to represent the State in interactions with companies. During 2012, RGP was directly involved with 37 projects in 2012 with capital investment exceeding $340 million. These projects resulted in the retention and creation of 6,000 jobs. One of these in Seneca County was Taiho of America, and RGP helped procure both a Job Creation Tax Credit and a Business Incentive Grant for the $13M expansion.
  2. Regional Marketing – it is difficult as one of 3,144 US counties to get the attention of key decision makers for economic development projects. Site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives most often go metro area by metro area, state by state as their first step in eliminating or including sites for consideration. RGP invests significant resources to market northwest Ohio–including Seneca County–to national and international prospects, working to get them interested in and to consider the region as a positive place for investment. A July 2013 visit by site selectors to northwest Ohio underscores the point. RGP is willing to consider supporting marketing activity done by SIEDC that are beneficial to the entire region.
  3. Retention & Expansion (R&E) – working with existing businesses to help them stay successful, grow and expand is the most important part of any community’s economic development strategy, and RGP understands this. Accordingly, RGP financially supports SIEDC to call on key existing businesses in our county.
  4. Tech-based Economic Development – RGP runs the Enterpreneurial Signature Program (ESP) for northwest Ohio under the RocketVentures brand. The ESP program, along with the Pre-Seed Fund Capitalization program, are the two flagship initiatives of the Ohio Third Frontier, a $2B initiative begun in 2004 to support entrepreneurs, attract resources, and commercialize technology in this state. In essence, RocketVentures is our companies’ consultant to access the services and resources of the many programs and funds within the Ohio Third Frontier.

Read the RGP’s last Annual Report (2012) for more information (see page 4 for info on how they helped Taiho):

RGP Annual Report 2012 - Intl