Tiffin Ohio

Arnold Machine acquires Findlay Machine and Tool division

AMI to produce equipment under FMT brand, bring staff to Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 6, 2020Arnold Machine Inc., a full-service designer and manufacturer of custom automated systems, announced today that it has completed a deal to acquire industrial parts washer and custom equipment division of Findlay Machine & Tool. AMI employs 50 people at its facility in Tiffin, 19 Heritage Drive.

Findlay Machine & Tool had more than 30 years of business building industrial parts washers in Findlay. FMT has a plastics division that will continue to operate in Findlay. AMI will be manufacturing the equipment at its plant in Tiffin under the FMT brand, and is adding 13 employees from FMT to the AMI staff.

“The work being done at Findlay Machine & Tool fits perfectly with what we were already doing at AMI, and diversifies our product offerings,” President and Owner Zach Arnold said. “We’re excited to be bringing that production and these highly skilled workers to Tiffin.”

President and Owner Zach Arnold started Arnold Machine in a garage as a small custom machine shop, beginning with machining and fabricating, in 1994. The business grew quickly, and branched out into designing and manufacturing automation systems in a 50,000 square foot building in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin. The company now 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. In 2016, AMI announced a $1.6 million, 25,000 square foot addition to their facility, which has since been completed.

“I’m excited to see Arnold Machine expanding and continuing to grow and invest in Tiffin,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

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.org.

Mercy Health –Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Health – Willard Hospital recognized among the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020

Information provided by Mercy Health

Mercy Health is proud to share that Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital have been selected by Modern Healthcare as among the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order, is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslist. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring a ranked list of all the winners along with the October 12 issue.

This is the second consecutive year both hospitals were awarded the Best Places to Work in Healthcare distinction. In 2019, Mercy Health – Willard Hospital was ranked as number five and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital was ranked number 48 among healthcare providers and insurers.

“It has been an especially trying year for the world, and healthcare in particular as COVID-19 ravages our communities and your workplaces,” said Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare’s editor. “But the organizations recognized on this year’s list rose to the top and continued to be a source of strength for their teammates. They have seen their colleagues fall ill to the virus and struggled with the economic impact of the pandemic. The loyalty and trust between employers and their workers is being put to the test now more than ever. We congratulate the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for continuing to serve their workforce and communities during such an unprecedented time.”

“During this unprecedented time, healthcare has had to adapt to a new environment and our teams have done that with compassion and grace,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “I am proud of the teams at our Tiffin and Willard hospitals for their continued commitment to our communities and to our ministry and I am excited that they have returned to the Best Places to Work in Healthcare list.”

“Congratulations to the teams at both Tiffin and Willard hospitals for once again being honored as a Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work” said Dan Barbee, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market. “Mercy Health strives to create an environment in which our associates are proud of where they work, and this recognition solidifies that our team feels the same way. We are honored to have received this recognition.”

This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

Mercy Health will find out the ranking for both hospitals on the Best Places list and be celebrated at the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards gala taking place virtually on October 8 in conjunction with the Workplace of the Future Conference.

Free PPE Kits Available for Small Businesses

TSEP is distributing a limited supply of PPE Kits to Tiffin and Seneca County businesses.

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 24, 2020 – A small shipment of PPE (personal protective equipment) kits that include 100 disposable face coverings, 10 KN95 masks and a 23oz bottle of hand sanitizer have been allocated to Seneca County. These shoebox-sized kits are provided by JobsOhio, which is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio.

The kits were distributed to counties on a population bases and are part of the State’s “Ohio Safe. Ohio Working” initiative which was launched to support Ohio business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. TSEP is tasked with distributing them to local businesses. Development Managers Audrey Flood and Nick Dutro, along with Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart are working to disseminate the kits to businesses. TSEP is working with rural elected officials to offer kits to businesses in the townships and villages as well as businesses in the Downtown and throughout the City.

We are grateful you chose to pursue ‘your American Dream’ with your business in Ohio and it is our privilege to provide support,” said JP Nauseef, President of JobsOhio, in a letter. “We hope these items serve as one less thing to worry about as you operate under the state’s Responsible RestartOhio safety guidelines.”

These kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a small business owner who would like one, please reach out to TSEP at flood@tififnseneca.org or 419-447-3831. To find out more about this initiative, go to https://www.jobsohio.com/ohio-safe-ohio-working

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.tiffinseneca.org.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio, developing and implementing the state’s economic development strategy and crafting incentive and support packages to spur economic development in key targeted industries. JobsOhio is focused on job creation and new capital investment, and they work hand-in-hand with regional network partners supporting every community in Ohio, large and small. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

Webster invests $3 million at Tiffin facility

Company has invested over $5 million in past two years

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 21, 2020 – Webster Industries has announced that for a second year in a row, it is investing more than $2 million in its operations in Tiffin, Ohio.  In 2020, the company expects to spend over $3 million in major productivity, capacity, capability and facility enhancement projects.

Machinery and equipment purchases for 2020 include a new plasma cutting system, modernization of tool room machining technology and capabilities, automated heat treat in-feeding equipment, steel processing automation, new robotic welding work center, enhanced automation in core fixtured welding and assembly processes, and key plant infrastructure upgrades.

In 2019, Webster invested $2.1 million in machinery mainly for its sprocket line, which is one of the company’s strategic growth businesses.

Webster Industries, Inc., is headquartered in Tiffin with facilities in Meridian, Mississippi, and Portland, Oregon, and employs about 300 people nationwide. Since its start in 1876, Webster has evolved into a vertically integrated manufacturer that serves a variety of industries as an innovative leader in the engineered class chain, sprocket, vibrating conveyor and specialty iron casting markets.

“Even during these challenging times, we continue to strategically invest in our business to execute growth and empower our employees to enhance service and brand value for our customers.  Our purpose is to make a difference for decades to come for the people, families and communities where we work and live,” said Andrew J Felter, President and CEO.

“Webster Industries and the other members of our business community continue to prove that Tiffin is stronger than this pandemic. Congratulations to the entire Webster team on their continued growth and success,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

About Webster Industries

Webster Industries, Inc., headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio, is an employee owned, leader in the engineered class chain, sprocket, vibrating conveyor and specialty iron casting markets. Since its start in 1876, Webster has evolved into a vertically integrated manufacturer that serves a variety of industries. The company now employs around 300 people nationwide and has facilities in Ohio, Mississippi and Oregon. Throughout its 140 plus years in business, Webster’s focus has consistently been on superior value for customers through empowered people, product excellence, and evolving processes.  Learn more at www.websterindustries.com.

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.tiffinseneca.org.

Tiffin ranked among most budget-friendly cities in the country for renters

Information provided by LendEDU

According to website LendEDU, the City of Tiffin has been nationally recognized by LendEDU as one of the most budget-friendly cities in the country for renters.

Using real estate data deriving from the U.S. Census Bureau on more than 25,000 American cities, LendEDU ranked each city according to its rent-to-income ratio, or the proportion of a city’s median household income that goes to annual rent costs (including utilities). A lower percentage was more favorable.

Tiffin had an average annual rent cost of $8,712 and a median household income of $48,010 for a rent-to-income ratio of 18.15%. It is generally recommended that a renter’s rent should cost no more than 30% of their annual income, so these numbers speak to Tiffin’s proximity to high-paying jobs relative to the affordable housing in the area.

Tiffin’s low rent-to-income ratio ranked #439 in the country and #41 in the state of Ohio.

According to LendEDU, the cities and towns featured in this report, like Tiffin, are great places for young adults to rent an apartment or home in because the availability of high-paying jobs makes rent only a small portion of their budgets, which means the opportunity to save will be there for the taking.

City of Tiffin applies for funds to improve Nature Trails Park

Project projected to be complete in 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 7, 2020 – The City of Tiffin recently completed and submitted its application to the State of Ohio for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, with the funds to primarily be used for improvements to Nature Trails Park. If approved, the project would include adding paved walking trails, benches, a barbecue grill and a new playground by fall of 2021. The playground that had been at the park has been removed due to disrepair.

Every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocates up to $150,000 for the City of Tiffin for specific activities that benefit areas of low-income residents, benefit specific populations or to make improvements in areas of slum and blight. The total amount requested for this round of funding was $147,800, of which $117,800 is for improvements at Nature Trails Park, $25,000 is for grant administration costs and $5,000 is allocated for the required fair housing program.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership administered the program for the City of Tiffin during this round of funding, and facilitated the selection of the project with the coordination of municipal elected officials and staff, Tiffin City Council members, the Tiffin Community Development Committee and other stakeholders. Seneca County has its own allocation amount, separate from the City of Tiffin, which is administered by Seneca Regional Planning Commission.

City of Tiffin Engineer’s Office provided the preliminary design services and will provide additional engineering services throughout the project that will save significant costs and allow more funds to be used for construction.

The application was submitted June 17, 2020, to the State of Ohio Office of Community Development, following authorization from Tiffin City Council on June 15, 2020.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Nature Trails is a great asset to citizens it serves, but this funding will provide for a much needed update at the park. I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to invest in our community without having to put the expense on the city’s budget.”

Ultimate Touch Salon opens on Miami Street

Owners opening new business after years working in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 26, 2020 – After 35 and 19 years of experience as beauticians in Tiffin, Tammy Smith and Alicia Reinhart are opening their first salon each with Ultimate Touch Salon, LLC, located at 676 Miami St., Suite B. The salon opened Monday, June 22.

Ultimate Touch Salon is to offer cuts, colors and other hair services, and eventually Reinhart and Smith hope to add a nail technician.

“We are very excited to be able to realize our dream of salon ownership in Tiffin,” Smith said.

With respect to their newly renovated salon, Reinhart said, “We love our new space and the building’s owners have been great to work with.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “It is great to see professionals in Tiffin investing in our community. Congratulations to Tammy and Alicia on opening the new salon.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (567) 938-8400 or search for “Ultimate Touch Salon,” on Facebook.

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.org.

Tiffin City Council approves Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

New law to take effect in July

TIFFIN, OHIO – JUNE 22, 2020 – Tonight during a special meeting, Tiffin City Council voted unanimously to approve a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in downtown Tiffin. The ordinance allowing patrons of liquor permitted establishments within the DORA boundary to possess a specially marked open container within the designated area will take effect in July. Tiffin joins 27 other communities in the state of Ohio to implement a DORA.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz introduced DORA legislation in May as a way of helping business to reopen after social distancing measures were put in place reducing the number of people allowed to dine in at restaurants. “I’m happy to see council take a proactive step for our community and allow those Downtown Tiffin businesses that previously were unable to offer outdoor dining an opportunity to do so during these challenging times.”

DORA beverages must be purchased from a participating liquor licensed establishment within the designated district; maps are to be distributed to participating vendors and signage is to be posted at the boundaries of the DORA area. Businesses owners may post signage to exclude their property from DORA participation. The only open container allowed will be the designated, specially marked DORA cup purchased from a participating establishment, and a DORA cup cannot be brought into another liquor licensed establishment. The hours during which beverages will be allowed within the area are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. The Tiffin City Council reserves the right to suspend the DORA at any time, for any reason, and the Ordinance will sunset on Dec. 31,2020, prior to which time council may vote to make it permanent in the City of Tiffin.

The concept was presented to council by a recommendation from the Downtown Development Committee of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership in October 2018 as a way ease or make more accessible outdoor dining and allow patrons to enjoy a beverage within the district’s boundaries. The proposal submitted to council laid out the hours of operation, boundaries, and establishments to be included in the district, as well as safety and sanitation plans, which were the result of a full year of due diligence and research into communities of a similar size with DORAs in place.

Amy Reinhart, Downtown Main Street Manger for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, said: “This not only will help our businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic, but will continue to make Tiffin a destination in our region and enhances the experience of those patrons visiting Downtown Tiffin.”

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.

DGL congratulates Tiffin on its impactful infrastructure improvements

Press release via DGL Consulting Engineers

The City of Tiffin’s leaders remain committed to its citizens and businesses. They have a reputation for developing the area and providing impactful infrastructure improvements throughout the City. Earlier this month, the City’s Ella Street Waterworks Canal Bridge construction project began. This $509,000 project will repair the existing bridge, which had weight restrictions that prohibited traffic including fire trucks, snow plows and school buses, and also widens the sidewalks on each side of the bridge to improve pedestrian safety and complete a connectivity component of the City of Tiffin’s Active Transportation Plan. DGL’s design contributions to this project included numerous bridge inspections and load ratings, topographic surveys, structure and roadway, maintenance of traffic, right of way determination, as well as geotechnical and environmental oversight. We are now working on the construction phase of the project, which is scheduled for a mid-August completion.

The Ella Street Sandusky River Bridge project is also underway. The existing Ella Street Sandusky River Bridge was originally constructed in 1914 and was rehabilitated in 1979. An impressive 4,000 vehicles pass over the bridge daily, so this project has been on the City’s radar for many years. DGL was hired in 2017 to perform an assessment and a Preliminary Structure Study for rehabilitation or replacement of this structure. In 2019, DGL updated the Preliminary Structure Type Study and provided support for the 2019 Municipal Bridge Application submittal to ODOT, which, if successful, would grant the City funding from the State/Federal. DGL also assisted with the ODOT interview/presentation prepared by the City Engineer in September 2019. The City’s proactive approach, convincing presentation and DGL’s support led to the approval of $2M in funding by ODOT’s Municipal Bridge Program. The estimated total project cost for the bridge project is over $4 million and the local share will be offset by funding from the City’s road and bridge levy that was passed by voters in May 2018.

DGL has been the City of Tiffin’s Bridge Engineer since 2009, performing bridge rehabilitation and replacement design, load rating, structure studies, annual bridge inspections and assisting/securing construction and load rating funding through ODOT for the City’s bridges. We have been inspecting this bridge for over a decade and have also secured load rating funding that was performed by ODOT’s consultant in 2012. DGL’s experience and knowledge with this bridge is unparalleled. Because of our preliminary work and deep knowledge of the City’s structures, substantial cost savings were realized for this project. Our design includes replacing the existing bridge with a new wider structure consisting of three-span prestressed concrete I-beams with a composite reinforced concrete deck superstructure. Our construction services team will also be engaged upon the start of construction to ensure the City and its residence receive the highest quality from their selected contractor.

We enjoy the collaborative environment the City has created to provide a safe and thriving community for residents, businesses, employees and visitors. Tiffin continues to experience incredible growth and development because of their culture and we are proud to supplement their stellar team!

TPC Food Service moves forward with $1 million expansion

Tiffin company to relocate acquired Michigan cheese manufacturer

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 18, 2020TPC Food Service has announced that it has purchased the former GE Plant, 401 Wall St., Tiffin, and will be moving to the new location and expanding its operations with the purchase of a Michigan-based cheese producer in 2019. TPC has 90 employees in Tiffin and expects to hire about 10 more employees locally for the new operation.

TPC purchased the property for $700,000 and expect to update the building for use as its distribution hub and for production of TPC Cheese, a cheese grinding and packaging operation, formerly Kuster’s of Camden, Michigan, that TPC purchased in 2019 for $288,000. The building, which was built in 1946 and operated by General Electric in Tiffin, most recently was the home of Atlas Industries.

Established in 1952, TPC Food Service is a distributor of food, paper, and janitorial products located in Tiffin. Now in its fourth generation, TPC has been a family-owned company since its inception, and today has accounts throughout Ohio as well as Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

“When this building became available, we took the opportunity to not just grow TPC, but to bring TPC Cheese to Tiffin, which was always our intention. We’re excited to start a new chapter for TPC in Seneca County,” said Tom Maiberger, President and CEO of TPC Food Service.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “In these tough economic times, it is very encouraging to see the strength and resiliency of our community. TPC is a great example of that and is growing and succeeding here. We applaud their investment.”

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.tiffinseneca.org.