Sandusky County

Sandco Industries opening Tiffin office

New office to be located in Laird Building

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 5, 2019 – Sandco Industries, a local life and work opportunity enhancement organization based in Clyde, has announced the opening of a new office in the historic Laird Arcade Building to better serve the Tiffin community. The office will have a variety of staff who are to be set up by Aug. 15, but Sandco is seeking referrals now. Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership aided with the search for a new office.

Sandco Industries is a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited, private non-profit company that offers services to individuals with disabilities by providing volunteer opportunities, access to club memberships and planning outings such as: sporting events and various community activities. Sandco also provides placement for hourly and piece-rate jobs. Established in 1963, Sandco focuses on its mission “to provide meaningful, integrated life and work opportunities while also providing high quality and cost competitive products for our customers.”

“We already have a presence in the Tiffin market, and we look forward to continuing to grow that and provide opportunities for employers and our clients in Seneca County,” said Megan Craun, CEO of Sandco Industries.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz thanked Craun for making the decision to expand into the Tiffin market. “I’m happy to see an organization like Sandco choosing to make its place in Tiffin and in the Downtown.”  

Ty Shuff of Shuff Consulting assisted Sandco in finding their new home in Downtown Tiffin. “I’m excited to have them be part of the community and hope they find success in the Tiffin market.”

For more information, call program coordinator Brittany Stiltner at (419) 547-3273 x104 or visit www.sandcoind.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow,” with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin. In 2014, the downtown organization became part of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development, now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Development. In 2015, Downtown Tiffin became an accredited Main Street Community through Heritage Ohio and achieved national accreditation in 2017. For more information, click here.

Code-A-Thon teaches teens tech skills

We connect the dots

The Sandusky County Engineers Office is partnering with Microsoft locally to host a free STEAM outreach event January 25-27, 2019 at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio.

The Back to School Code-A-Thon is a FREE 48 hour program that gives students an opportunity to use technology, research, and collaborate to address issues and problems confronting the human race on a global scale. Students will work together to learn to code HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while learning to use tools like GitHub to build a website that reflects their ideas and commitment to problem solving. Prizes are available for the teams that create the top three projects in their location! This is an international event, and students will be able to speak, work, and learn with other students around
the world via live video, web, and telecommunication technology! Returning students will have the opportunity to learn more advanced JavaScript, and advanced Web Development using React.

• Learn web development in a collaborative environment
• Meet students from around the nation
• Find solutions to real global problems using technology

This event will occur simultaneously with other locations internationally and a maximum of 50 kids locally will be taught basic coding skills using web-based software that they can continue to access post-event.

Locations Include:
New York: Westbury, WCTD
Pennsylvania: Darby, Penn Wood Middle School,
Ohio: Fremont, Terra State Community College
North Carolina: Charlotte, Queens University

This program is open to any student 13-18 years-old with a willingness to learn, work collaboratively, and who has a desire to address real global issues for the betterment of all mankind. If you are such a student, please join us for this event. Students will stay on
site throughout the 48 hour program. You may select your location when you register.

For information about the event visit http://we-connect-the-dots.org or contact the team via email events@we-connect-the-dots.org or by calling (631) 468-7475. Slots are still available for students, volunteers, and sponsors.

Northern Ohio & Western Railway receives CSX award for Dramatic Growth in 2017

OmniTRAXThe Northern Ohio & Western Railway, the short line rail operated by OmniTRAX on behalf of the Sandusky County-Seneca County-City of Tiffin Port Authority, received the 2017 CSX Short Line Development Award for a more than 150% growth in shipping volume.

Press release from OmniTRAX:

DENVER – OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, received the 2017 CSX Short Line Development Award for the Northern Ohio & Western Railway, LLC (NOW) at the 2018 CSX Short Line Workshop in St Augustine, FL this week. The award, which recognizes the “Cooperative efforts that generated the highest switch carrier carload percentage growth,” was received by Doug Ernstes, Vice President of Business Development at OmniTRAX.

The CSX Short Line Development Award is one of several awards given annually by the Class I railroad to its short line partners. NOW earned the honor for a switching volume increase of more than 150% in 2017, which resulted from additional covered hoppers of lime shipped from Carmeuse Lime.

“The OmniTRAX team is very pleased to earn this award from CSX. In the railroad business, it’s not easy to double your business in 10 years let alone one, so we’re very proud of the hard work and collaboration of Tim Schumm, and the entire NOW Team that made it happen,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

In addition to Ernstes, OmniTRAX was represented at the event by Peter Tousenard, Chief Commercial Officer; David Rohal, Senior Vice President of Customer & Class I Relations; Gord Anutooshkin, Senior Vice President of Operations; Wally Sieruga, Vice President of Operations; Steve Ward, Vice President of Engineering; Allan Thiem, Vice President of Class I Relations; Matt Despos, Vice President of Operations, and Jeff Burns, Commercial and Marketing Support Manager.

About the Northern Ohio & Western Railway, LLC
The NOW operates more than 25 miles of track southeast of Toledo, extending from Woodville to Tiffin, Ohio. The communities served by NOW are within the I-75 corridor and a growing industrial base and a plentiful supply of developable land. NOW serves customers like Ameriwood Industries, Carmeuse Lime, Kokosing, Laminate Technologies, MGQ Asphalt Terminal and National Machinery, and the primary commodities transported are limestone, lime and pressed board.