Tiffin Ohio

Tiffin manufacturer Agrati announces $1.6M expansion

Company to continue investment through 2019

agrati logoTIFFIN, OHIO – November 25, 2018 – The Agrati Group, a global manufacturer of fasteners for automotive companies, has announced completing its investment of $1.6 million in industrial machinery, equipment, and renovations at the Airport Industrial Park facility in Tiffin, creating 10 new jobs and bringing the total number of jobs at the Tiffin plant to 66. The project took place throughout calendar year 2018, and the company looks to consider possible additional investment next year.

The Tiffin plant was previously Jacobson Manufacturing which was acquired by ContMidGroup in 2014, which was in turn acquired by the Agrati Group in 2016. It is now one of 12 Agrati production facilities worldwide and two in Ohio. The facility primarily focuses on cold forming, tapping and thread rolling auto and truck wheel nuts, as well as a variety of tubular products, produced through fully automated welding and assembly. The facility was last expanded in 2013 with the addition of a 40,000 square foot building.

Agrati Plant Manager Casey Poignon commented: “This investment allowed us to expand our operations in Tiffin and we look toward future investment,” he said. “We have a great workforce, and we appreciate the support of JobsOhio, RGP Northwest Ohio, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, OhioMeansJobs, and other partners in facilitating this and future projects.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the company’s continued investment in the community. “Since their entry into the Tiffin market, with the purchase of the Jacobson/ConMidGroup plant, Agrati has been a great community partner and I look forward to the additional investment and jobs they will bring to the city.”

About The Agrati Group
The Agrati Group, which was established in 1939, is currently one of the leading global manufacturers of fastening systems in the automotive component sector. With over 2,600 employees worldwide, the Agrati Group has 12 production sites, 12 sales and application offices and five logistics centers located in Europe, the US and China. Each year, the Group acquires about 160,000 tons of steel and manufactures about eight billion pieces (bolts, special screws, nuts and advanced form parts). Headquartered in Veduggio, Italy, the Group is controlled by the family holding company whose major shareholder is Cesare Agrati.

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 http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin announces Charles Ardner as new President & CEO

Ardner Brings Extensive Experience in Not for Profit Administration

 Press release provided by the YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin

Ardner, Charles headshotTIFFIN, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018– The YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin announced today that Charles “Buster” Ardner will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 14th. He will succeed Steve Crone who served as CEO for 10 years and left at the end of July.

Buster Ardner currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Finance and Auxiliary Services at Tiffin University, a position he has held since 2011, and has more than 20 years of experience in not for profit administration. He has also served 14 years on the Tiffin YMCA Board. His impressive track record of executing significant initiatives that seek to improve Tiffin University and his dedication to volunteerism with the YMCA make him an ideal choice to lead the YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin.

Ardner was chosen in a national search, conducted in part with Y-USA. A six-member search committee, composed of YMCA board members and Y members representing both Bucyrus and Tiffin, chose Ardner after an in-depth, six-month search process.

“We are privileged to welcome Buster Ardner to the YMCA in the role of CEO,” said Kim Radison, chair of the CEO search committee. “Buster has dedicated more than 10 years to the YMCA in a volunteer capacity, led us through a major capital campaign and the merger with the Bucyrus Area YMCA as Board Chair, and brings a wealth of experience in non-profit management from his 20-year career with Tiffin University. He is more than capable to fill this role and we are excited to bring him on as our new CEO.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization that has such a meaningful impact on the lives of those in our communities,” said Buster. “I look forward to continuing that vital work and adding to the success that Steve Crone and his staff have built at our YMCA’s.”

Ardner earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at Tiffin University.

About the YMCA
The mission of the YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that help healthy spirit, mind and body for all. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves Bucyrus and Tiffin’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Indoor sports and family fun center to open in Tiffin Ohio

The Pregame announces plans to open a family friendly indoor sports and entertainment complex

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TIFFIN, OHIO – November 12, 2018 – Tiffin’s first indoor golf and hunting simulator will open its doors after the New Year. The indoor sports center will feature various gaming areas for all ages, with a wide variety of options. In addition to the simulators, The Pregame will offer billiards, darts, ping pong, corn hole, shuffleboard, as well as a slot car track and a video game arena. The owners say “the goal is to provide Tiffin residents of all ages with a fun and family friendly complex to enjoy gaming.”

Owner, Troy Albright, has been touring various sites and researching the Tiffin market with the assistance of Shuff Consulting LLC for the past year and a half. Troy has been looking forward to making the move over to Tiffin from his previous location in Clyde. He feels this will be a perfect fit for his business as well as add value and something new to the people of Tiffin. Mr. Albright also intends on working with local vendors and having food for patrons as well as allowing them to bring in their own beverages. Renovations are currently taking place and The Pregame aims to open shortly after the first of the year.

About Shuff Consulting
Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

Tiffin’s glass tradition

Tiffin Glass HouseGlass has been a staple of Tiffin since the late 1880s, when A. J. Beatty & Sons glass factory relocated to Tiffin.  Throughout the years, the factory had been altered, closed, re-opened, burnt down, rebuilt, sold, and expanded. Though the furnaces were shut down in 1980, to this day, Tiffin is still well known for glass production and collections.  These collections are still on display and for sale at various locations around the city.

Tiffin Glass Museum

The Tiffin Glass Museum is home to over a thousand pieces of glass that are organized in chronological order to show the evolution and growth of glass production in Tiffin over the years.  The museum has been open and sharing the beauty of glass since 1998 when it first opened. This year, they celebrate their 20th anniversary in downtown Tiffin.

Hawkes Crystal

In 1980, G.T. Hawkes & Company was founded by Thomas Gibbons Hawkes in Brooklyn, New York.  This later spread to over 1,000 cutting shops across the United States due to the high demand of crystal. The G.T. Hawkes & Company trademark is now owned by Hawkes Crystal (located at 207 S. Washington St.), as they revive the brand by translating old designs into new, modern looks. Hawkes recently launched an online store here.

The Poignon Project

The Poignon Project (227 E. Perry St.) offers a wide variety of art culture. In-shop, the owners do everything from glassblowing and woodworking to photography and personalized journals.  Also on display are pieces done by members of the community. Through Etsy, the Poignon Project works can be bought in all 50 states. They also offer a variety of art classes in-shop!

Heidelberg, Google partner in new Applied Computer Series

HU one of 5 schools nationally to pilot new courses trending in tech industry

Heidelberg University LogoTIFFIN – Heidelberg University and Google are collaborating to offer computer science, data science and machine learning courses to undergrad students who might not have considered themselves destined for a technology career.

The Applied Computing Series is a new, three-course program that will increase students’ access to quality data science and machine learning education by leveraging new technologies and teaching styles. In partnership with Google, Heidelberg will offer two Applied Computing courses during the academic year, Foundations of Python Programming and How to Think Like a Data Scientist. The third is an advanced course, the Applied Machine Learning Intensive, a 10-week, summer program designed to offer non-computer science majors a crash course in data engineering and machine learning that they can apply to their own majors and areas of expertise.

Heidelberg is one of only five colleges and universities selected nationally to collaborate with Google to pilot all three offerings in the new Applied Computing Series.

“Heidelberg’s partnership with Google will allow us to rethink the way traditional computer science is taught, as well as to prepare students for a new career path in machine learning with great market demand,” said Provost Dr. Beth Schwartz.

According to Google, the Applied Computing Series teaches the foundations of computer and data science, designed to attract students who might not have considered themselves destined for a technology career. All of the courses leverage tools and techniques used at Google and in the wider tech industry, while also teaching the non-tech skills needed to be successful at work more generally: soft skills required by employers, including critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and the ability to communicate and network.

The courses will teach students more than how to code. They will also teach data analytics, statistical techniques and machine learning modeling. “All of the courses combine high-impact practices that include skills in hands-on, collaborative projects meant to solve real-life problems in the tech industry and beyond,” Schwartz said, adding that the courses will reinforce the goals of Heidelberg’s HYPE Career Ready® Program.

Heidelberg has been piloting courses in this sequence with Google since January, said Sean Joyce, assistant professor and chair of computer science. “These courses complement and strengthen our long-standing computer science and information systems majors in engaging and exciting ways,” he said. “Our partnership with Google provides additional options for students who may or may not be majors but who recognize the importance of computational thinking and data analysis to their chosen fields of study.”

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Courses are taught using a “flipped classroom” model, where students review, study and practice material on their own, then work on collaborative projects in groups with coaching by their instructors.

Google is building these robust courses in partnership with highly regarded computer science academics. The Google instructional team builds the centralized content and in-class projects so that students have relevant, real-world problems to solve. The courses are then facilitated by Heidelberg faculty in STEM-related fields.

HERE’S WHAT STUDENTS GAIN UP FRONT

  • Skills that will position them for entry-level positions in the burgeoning machine learning workforce
  • Opportunities to work with Google engineers to learn about the tech industry’s working environments, challenges and nuances
  • Immersion in a project-based curriculum to help reinforce the computer and data science principles they’re learning

HEIDELBERG’S TRACK RECORD IS KEY

The schools involved in this pilot program were chosen because they have a successful track record of implementing new programs with innovative teaching and learning methods. Google and the schools involved are also interested in investigating new, economically efficient approaches to reaching more students.

ADDRESSING PROJECTED WORKFORCE SHORTAGE

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workforce projections in both computer science and data analytics predict that over the next decade, the U.S. will experience a shortage of new talent to meet increasing demand. The skills students need to meet market demand are also rapidly evolving, particularly in the newer domains of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

It’s imperative, according to Google and Heidelberg, that students understand how to use the best available tools to manipulate and understand data; using that analysis to solve business problems will be core competencies in many industries within the next five years.

“This partnership and our new courses demonstrate our continued commitment to the preparation of our students for the professions of today and tomorrow,” Joyce said.

AN ECOSYSTEM FOR DEVELOPERS

Through partnerships with colleges and universities, Google hopes to develop an ecosystem where each institution can bring what it does best to the collaboration: Google can create cutting-edge, industry-relevant content and projects and colleges and universities can provide experienced faculty and a cohort-based, residential experience for students, all of which have important value in the development of traditionally aged college students into responsible, work-ready adults.

Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Airbrush Beauty to open in downtown Tiffin

New beauty service opening in Laird Arcade building Nov. 1

LinleyTIFFIN, OHIO – October 25, 2018 – A new, unique beauty business will open in the Laird Arcade in downtown Tiffin on Nov. 1. Airbrush Beauty will offer traditional and airbrush makeup application, hairstyling, eyebrow waxing, mobile spray tanning, as well as classes in makeup application.

Owner Linley Marsh brings more than 10 years of experience in styling as well as her desire to help clients look and feel their best to her new business. “I just want to take all of my beauty knowledge and bring it to people firsthand. I love the reaction when I make someone feel good about themselves through my work,” she said. “It is gratifying to be able to help others, especially in my hometown.”

Services at Airbrush Beauty will be by appointment and are ideal for special events and photography sessions. Marsh currently offers bridal packages through www.theknot.com and works with local photographers. She plans to collaborate with other businesses in the future and hold special open house events. Marsh also plans to grow the company to offer more services and she looks forward to seeing many new faces.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomes the new business. “It is wonderful to see another young entrepreneur returning to Tiffin to start a business in the community,” 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.

Downtown Tiffin wins three state awards

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Downtown Tiffin was presented with three awards by Heritage Ohio at their Annual Preservation and Revitalization Awards Ceremony held Tuesday night at the historic Allen Theater in downtown Cleveland Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

 

Best Public/Private Partnership – Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program

20181023_184818.jpgTiffin building owners have a new reason to love their city, the Facade Enhancement Program. Through this program, the city reimburses 50% of the costs of a project related to the facade of a building within the Architectural Board of Review district, up to $10,000. In its first four years, more than 60 buildings have utilized the program. The Facade Enhancement Grant Program has seen more than $2.2 million reinvested in downtown Tiffin.

The Best Public/Private Partnership Award was created to recognize partnerships between organizations and government, which leverage resources to create a positive lasting impact.

From Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio: “Tiffin’s grant program shows how a little investment will pay back even greater dividends.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart and Tiffin City Councilman Tyler Shuff accepted the award.

 

Young Preservation Leaders – Suzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt

20181023_190542.jpgSuzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt have purchased and rehabilitated four historic buildings, which now house 12 lofts and six storefronts in downtown Tiffin. Reineke and Reinbolt prioritize working with local businesses and contractors to further stimulate the local economy.

The Young Preservation Leader Award was created to recognize individuals under 40 that have shown outstanding leadership in revitalizing and preserving Ohio communities. Heritage Ohio’s independent award selection committee was quick to recognize Reineke and Reinbolt.

From Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio: “Suzie and Weston stood out, because of their accomplishments you might think they were working at this full time, but this is their hobby.”

Suzie’s father, Bill Reineke, accepted the award on Suzie and Westons’ behalf.

 

Main Street Director of the Year – Amy Reinhart

Amy initiated a relationship with Heritage Ohio as soon as she started working for the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership) back in June of 2014, as she ushered the program through the process of becoming a certified Main Street in 2015. Trained as an architect taking on the implementation of Tiffin’s Facade Enhancement Program was a natural. Under her direction, Tiffin has seen 36 new businesses open in the downtown area. Amy began with eight dedicated volunteers, now more than 50 people have joined the downtown committees. She keeps the big picture in mind while implementing the vision of Tiffin’s strategic plans, while attending to the tiniest of details of their many events. Her contributions to the city of Tiffin have been invaluable.

The Main Street Director of the Year Award was created to celebrate Ohio Main Street executive directors who clearly excel in the services they provide their communities. Heritage Ohio’s independent award selection committee recognized Reinhart’s impact on the Tiffin community.

From Joyce Barrett, the executive director of Heritage Ohio: “Many individuals were considered. We were pleased to receive as many high-quality nominations.”

About Heritage Ohio
As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of local tourism. Learn more by visiting www.heritageohio.org.

Tiffin Pedal Company brings new experience to Tiffin

Tiffin Pedal Co.pngDan Perry announced this week the formation of the Tiffin Pedal Company, a mobile party venue allowing patrons to pedal their way through different tours in Tiffin. The custom-made vehicle, which is powered by bicycle-like pedaling, is expected to hit the streets in April 2019.

The bike seats 14-15 people as well as a provided driver to steer the vehicle. It can be reserved for groups at an hourly rate of $140 (minimum two-hour reservation) or individuals can join mixer tours, reserving a seat for $11 per person per hour. The tours are expected to last an average of 2-3 hours, including stops at different locations, depending on the tour. All food and beverages are BYOB, and tours will include stops at bars, restaurants, retail shops, and places of interest.

Alcohol is allowed on the bike with a couple stipulations. Patrons can each have up to a 36 oz. beer or 18 oz. wine on the bike, in a non-glass container. Tours that might make use of this are bar crawls, bachelor and bachelorette parties, anniversaries, birthdays, and beer/wine tastings. The bike is open to all ages, so long as they meet the height requirement, and can be used in a variety of family friendly activities as well, such as town history tours, ice cream crawls, and kid birthday parties. Groups can decorate the bike to suit their party, and a Bluetooth stereo system will allow them to play their own music. Perry has a list of possible tours and uses for the bike but is always open to suggestions.

Perry is a Tiffin native, where he lives with his family. He is a barber at Champs Barber Shop in downtown Tiffin and a partner in a residential rental business he runs with his brothers.

Look for more information as it develops and/or shoot Dan a message with suggestions on the Tiffin Pedal Company Facebook page. Their website, which will offer online booking, is currently in development.

WSO approved for Sign Enhancement Grant

Washington Street Outfitters has been approved by the Architectural Board of Review for a Sign Enhancement Grant to offset the costs of restoring the signage at their new storefront location, 186 S. Washington St. The approval is the second for the City of Tiffin’s Sign Enhancement Program, which provides a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000.

Washington Street Outfitters was approved for a $648.03 grant to restore their perpendicular sign. The application states:

“To maintain the integrity and heritage, the current sign’s structure will be restored. The outer edge will be restored with new aluminum and painted black. The general structure, size, and attachments will remain the same. Lighting will be added above the sign.”

This is the second approval for the program, which was implemented at the beginning of 2018 with an allocation of $10,000. The balance remaining in the fund is now $8,351.97.

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.