Tiffin Ohio

$2.3M investment announced at Tiffin Mall

googoo2World’s largest car wash company to locate new facility

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 22, 2017 – Developers have announced intentions to build a Goo Goo 3 Minute Express Wash car wash franchise on an outlot of the Tiffin Mall property. The real estate purchase, construction and equipment costs represent a $2.3 million investment and the creation of up to 15 new jobs.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the project is just the first in a series of development initiatives being planned for the site. “It is exciting to see development moving forward in our West Market Street commercial corridor,” he said. “These large-scale projects take time to plan and bring to fruition; this is the first step of many to come for the mall site.”

Started in 1945 in Anniston, Alabama, Goo Goo Car Wash is an express car wash company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia with 39 outlets in five states. The company, in turn, is owned by private British IMO Car Wash Group, the largest car wash company in the world. IMO operates a network of 800 sites across 12 European countries and Australia, washing over 30 million cars every year.

The Goo Goo car wash is the first project announced for the property since the Tiffin Mall was purchased by Toledo-based Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM) last September. KHPM continues to negotiate development opportunities for the property.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Investors purchase retail center

Building to house new yoga studio business

napoliTIFFIN, OHIO – September 13, 2017 – Investors have purchased the four-unit commercial building at 378-384 W. Market St. with plans to locate a yoga studio, Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness Studio, in one of the units. The projected opening date for the studio is in January of 2018.

Yoga instructor Chuck Burmeister plans to open Yoga Chuck Health & Wellness Studio early next year. “I have been teaching yoga in various settings since 2009, so I am excited to have my own dedicated space, and bring additional services to my clients,” he said.

Burmeister is a registered yoga and therapeutic yoga teacher, an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy practitioner and a Reiki Master. He will also offer treatments using a vibrating Power Plate and BioMat combination, neither of which is currently available in the Tiffin market.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to another entrepreneur making an investment and opening a storefront for their business. “It is great to see another underused building being renovated, and a small business owner finding a space to practice health and wellness in Tiffin.”

The building has three additional units. One is occupied by Napoli Pizza, and the other two are available for lease. The available units are 1,400 and 1,700 square feet, respectively. The investors will be making improvements to the building over the coming months.

About Chuck Burmeister
Chuck Burmeister, affectionately known as Yoga Chuck, began practicing yoga in 2005 to relieve his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms. He began teaching others in 2009 and has been active at the Tiffin Developmental Center, Tiffin Community YMCA, the Allen Eiry Center, Seneca Co Employees, and various local assisted living and nursing home facilities. He currently offers private Yoga lessons, UZIT Treatments, Reiki Treatments and Raindrop Treatments, and speaks about his MS story, all things related to Yoga, and more. He also has three instructional DVDs for seniors and those with MS, available on Amazon.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Personal services available in downtown Tiffin

 

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Meraki Salon and Barber

Looking to treat yourself or just need a quick trim? Check out these places around downtown Tiffin that will make sure you’re looking and feeling your best! Hours vary by location, and some require appointments.

Salons

Barber Shops

Massage Therapists

Tanning Salons

Cosmetics Store

All of this information and more can also be found on the Discover Tiffin! mobile app, available from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

39th Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival this weekend

heritage festival brochureBeginning in 1979, the Heritage Festival is the 8th largest in Ohio and is preparing for a great 39th year. Originally a one day event, the festival was an event for the community to celebrate the town’s history by visiting the Seneca County Museum, strolling among craft exhibits, enjoying bands, and eagerly watching to see which ladies dressed in old fashion clothing would win the titles of Miss and Mrs. Heritage Festival. Although times have changed, the event still honors the traditions of the city while including some new attractions September 15th-17th, 2017.

At the Park

The Living Historic Village in Hedges-Boyer Park features reenactments, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and much more for a fun family environment. “Children’s Village Crafts and Games on the Green” are free to all ages, and children under 12 can enter the Village gate for free as well, with adult tickets costing $3. “Candy Cannon Shoot” happen at 12:30pm and 3pm both Saturday and Sunday for children 12 and under, and a “Heritage Cemetery Walk” at the Village Entrance at 6pm Saturday. Be sure to check out the “Heritage Ball” held in the YMCA Fieldhouse Saturday night at 7:30pm, where the whole family can learn dances of the era. Sunday the games continue with a Vintage 1860s Baseball Game at 10am and the Lake Plains Chorus performing at 1pm. Throughout both days live music will play, making any time a great time to stop by!

Downtown

German Heritage Block kicks off downtown Friday night with Richard Wiener 6:30pm-9:30pm in the County Health Department Lot. The Fostoria Community Band will perform the following day 12pm-1pm, followed by a Cream Puff Eating Contest (sign up quick, only the first 6 can compete!). The Toledo Holzhacker Baum will be there 2:30pm-3:30pm as well as 6:30pm-7:30pm on Saturday, with the Route 161 Happy Wanders following 4pm-6pm and again 8pm-10pm. Men and women are encouraged to show off their skills with a Women’s Beer Stein Carrying Contest at 7:30pm on Saturday and a Men’s Beer Stein Holding Contest Sunday at 4pm.

In City Lot 7, New Frontiers: Journey Tribute Band performing Friday from 9pm-12am, and on Saturday, Smalltown Throwdown will perform 6:30-9 pm followed by eighties arena rock tribute band Electrik Circus 9:30pm-12am.

Following the annual parade Saturday, which begins at 10:30am, Elk Lodge 94 is hosting the Kids Korner, filled with free kids events include face painting, sand art, prize giveaways, and crafts, making Saturday’s events fun for all ages.

Also on Saturday, gear up for the 5th Annual Independent Car Show from 12pm-5pm, at the Seneca County Museum. The show will include raffles and drawings to support the museum, as well as the Jolly’s food truck for refreshments. Judging starts at 2pm and plaques will be awarded to winners at 4:30pm.

In the downtown area food will be available all day and rides will run all weekend in the RTA parking lot. Tickets are available at the event and pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Croghan Colonial Bank and Old Fort Bank, 24 tickets for $10 (2-3 needed per ride). For more information visit TiffinFestival.com, a free shuttle is available to the Village and Downtown locations. Come join the community of Tiffin September 15th-17th for the Heritage Festival, where history comes alive!

Other Events

Elks Lodge 94 and Tiffin Eagles 402 will both have beer gardens and live music both night. The Elks will feature Nebdroola Friday and Alternate Ending Saturday night; the Eagles will feature Quickshine on Friday and the Eric Sowers Band on Saturday night.

The Behind the Facade Tour: Riverside Ramble takes place Sunday from 2pm-5pm at Frost Parkway, an exploration of Tiffin’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. More information can be found at TiffinHistoricTrust.org or contacting Vicki Ohl at 419-448-8588.

Museums around town will also be open, including the American Civil War Museum, The Enchanted Moment Doll Museum, Tiffin Art Guild, Seneca County Museum, and Tiffin Glass Museum. Hours can be found on each museum’s website, as well as the Heritage Festival’s site TiffinFestival.com.

View the brochure and schedule of events here.

American Fine Sinter to make $20M investment

Major expansion to create 25 new jobs

AFS 2017TIFFIN, OHIO – August 22, 2017 American Fine Sinter (AFS) announced today that it will be moving forward with the addition of two production lines at its North American headquarters in Tiffin, Ohio, investing $20 million in equipment and creating 25 new jobs. Tennessee was also a possible site.

AFS President Masayuki Yamamoto attributed the company’s continued growth to its customers, employees and the community: “Our business base is expanding, and we are thankful to have dedicated employees and the backing of the Tiffin community, which allow us to continue to advance.”

This company’s last expansion was announced in 2014, when the company invested $25 million and committed to add 24 new jobs. Since then, they have added 106 jobs and now have 246 employees. This project will fill the remaining space in that expansion with equipment to produce mid and high torque carriers for the Toyota Highlander, RAV4, and Camry, using new technology developed by Toyota. The Tiffin plant is one of three worldwide to use the process.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded AFS’s commitment to the community: “AFS has been a great employer for Tiffin for the past 16 years, and it is wonderful that they continue to choose to invest and grow here.”

With the previous expansion, real property tax exemptions played a significant role due to the cost of building construction. With this expansion, workforce has been the focus, as the company continues to hire at a rapid rate. Initiatives like the Seneca County Workforce Development Strategic Plan, Manufacturing Showcase, and the Student Job Fair are important for long-term success and have helped make the company comfortable with growing here.

About American Fine Sinter
American Fine Sinter (AFS) was established in 2001 in Tiffin, Ohio and started production in 2003. Today, Fine Sinter Co. a joint venture between Tokyo Sintered Metals (TSM) and Japan Powder Metallurgy (JPM), the parent company of AFS, is a $350 million company with more than 1,000 employees worldwide. The company manufactures parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries, and American Fine Sinter most recently has focused on valve seats and variable cam units for the automotive industry.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

City Council dedicates new roads

$1M investment provides access to development site

Fair Lane Progress Parkway

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 21, 2017 – Tiffin City Council approved Monday night the dedication of two new roads to provide access to a 60-acre future development site located along U.S 224 between South Shaffer Park Drive and Township Road 18. The roads are part of a larger project intended to span the site.

224Fair Lane will enter the site as a continuation of TR 18, contingent upon the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) approval of shifting the access point created by an abandoned railroad bed. The second road, to be called Progress Parkway, will extend to the west from the end of Fair Lane, and eventually be expanded to connect to West Market Street.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz “This is a huge step forward in preparing this site for future development,” he said.

The project is part of an overall improvement to the road infrastructure for the 60-acre site. The two new roads represent a $1 million investment, in conjunction with the nearly $1 million improvements to U.S. 224 announced last month.  The Seneca County Transportation Improvement District committee won a $220,000 grant for SR 224, and continues to identify grant opportunities to offset costs in road improvements county-wide.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Local investors announce OCECO acquisition and expansion

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President & CEO Mike Ruhe and Manufacturing & Marketing Manager Keith Ricker

Total investment to exceed $2.5 million

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 10, 2017 – Investors announced this week the purchase of OCECO Inc., located in the Airport Industrial Park in Tiffin, as well as plans to expand the business. The new owners have purchased the business, and are in the process to purchase the real estate, as well as invest in new equipment. They also plan on adding six new employees to the existing workforce.

President and CEO Mike Ruhe sees room for growth in the business: “We have identified opportunities to expand sales, and we are very impressed with the employees; they know we need to grow and they are ready.”

Founded in 1921, OCECO is a fabricator of high quality safety equipment for flammable liquid storage and wastewater gas disposal systems. They supply airports and energy companies like Marathon and Exxon Mobile and also do a large amount of business with municipalities, food production, and factory farms. Key products include fittings, flame arrestors and gas purification systems. They operate out of a 38,000 square foot facility in the Airport Industrial Park and have nine employees.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner is pleased to see the company grow: “OCECO has been a presence in the community for many years. It’s great to see new investment breathing new life into an existing company.”

The purchase of OCECO has been in development for more than a year, and the new owners are working with several banks, SIEDC, and other partners to obtain funding and receive assistance with export promotion and energy efficiency incentives. Previous owner Dick Borer, who purchased the company from Pettibone, worked diligently in finding new leadership to keep the business in Tiffin, and will be assisting with the transition.

About OCECO
OCECO – originally an abbreviation of Oil Conservation Engineering Company – was started in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921, and was the first supplier of a complete line of venting and tank fitting equipment.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Taylor Elchert Photography

Meet Taylor Elchert Harrison, owner of Taylor Elchert Photography, located at 113 Melmore St. in Tiffin. Taylor began taking pictures as a hobby, and nine years ago, at the age of 15, launched her own business out of her parents’ home.

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“It was fun,” she said. “My parents were very supportive, and I was so young I didn’t have that pressure to make money.”

Taylor’s family is no stranger to entrepreneurship – her father is the owner of Fort Ball Pizza. Though they have two very different businesses, Taylor said she learned about owning a business watching how hard her dad works at it. “I am inspired by my dad,” she said.

Taylor decided while going to college that she wanted to make photography her profession. “At first I was planning on doing it on the side,” she said. “When I decided it was a full time career, I got serious about it. I needed a storefront.”

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The studio space allows her more freedom in her photo sessions and props. Her building houses a plethora of props, and there is always a seasonal set in place. “The set is real, that’s really important to me,” she said. “It’s all about the experience for the client.”

Taylor specialized in capturing “milestone” moments in peoples’ lives. Her services include photos for maternity, family, births, newborns, and children.

One unique aspect of Taylor’s studio is the finished product and her push away from digital files. “Digital doesn’t last forever. I provide my clients with wall art, and a variety of other tangible products,” she said.

Check out Taylor’s work on her website or Facebook.

Nature-based preschool to open in August

IMG_0312Discovery Woods Preschool, a nature-based preschool and after school education facility, will open at 67 St. Francis Ave. in Tiffin this month. The non-profit program aims to prepare children from 18 months to 5 years for school, teaching traditional childhood education combined with a nature-based approach.

Discovery Woods Preschool offers several programs in a nature based curriculum with an emphasis on project based learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The school is split into four different programs:

  • Caterpillar Cove – Infant/Toddler Program for children 18 – 30 months – Provides children a positive environment to explore with the guidance and support of an infant toddler teacher who designs developmentally appropriate lessons to help children become more familiar with their world. Staff encourage communication, walking, exploring, and learning.
  • Butterfly Landing – Preschool class for children 2.5 – 3 years – Introduces children to flexible routines with circle time, small group work, and center based exploration to develop their project based interests. Activities include dramatic play areas – such as a grocery store, hair salon, or flower shop – building with blocks and natural items, water table exploration, painting, and science lessons.  Part Time and Full Day Program available.
  • Rainbow Path – Kindergarten Readiness Program for children 4 – 5 years – Encompasses more structured play based routines with two circle times, small group and a morning work time to prepare children for Kindergarten.  Children will be introduced to the Pre-K Ohio Department of Education Content Standards.  They will learn the alphabet, letter sounds, patterns, numbers, and reading basic color and sight words. This program also includes the project approach where children participate in a year long project or two based on their interests, which guide the teachers lessons.   The children’s projects are displayed at the end of the year Watch Me Work at Night event.
  • Tree Top Trail – After School Enrichment for students K-5th grade – Includes tutoring in a child’s specific area of need, engaging STEAM projects such as creating robots, drawing in 3D, and tending to the school garden.

The staff is trained in childhood development and first aid, and the Kindergarten Readiness Program is taught by educators with an Elementary Teaching license. All staff also participate in continuing education classes related to the growth and development of the age level they teach.

While their official grand opening and family open house is set for August 12, families are invited to participate in a nature scavenger hunt at Hedges-Boyer Park on August 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a day of fun and to learn more about the programs.

For more information, visit their website.

Seneca County Fair celebrates 175 years

fair logoThis year marks the 175th Seneca County Fair, making it the second oldest county fair in Ohio. At seven days, it is also one of the longest county fairs in the state. The event features livestock exhibitions, live entertainment and other activities for people of all ages.

Seneca County Fair Board member Aaron Howell says this year will have several special features. “A glass-blower will be there, creating commemorative items for the event, there will be a raffle for rides on the Re/Max hot air balloon, and we have invited every previous fair king and queen we could find to a special dinner,” he said. “We’re even bringing back the cow chip throwing contest and dunk tank!”

The Seneca County Fair began 175 years ago as a street fair located first at Rock Creek, and later on Frost Parkway.  The fair found it’s permanent home on the current property, in 1885. Today, it sprawls across 80 acres and attracts 50,000 guests each year.

Every year, more than a thousand kids from across the county participate in the fair through 4H and the Junior Fair Board, exhibiting animals and hands-on projects they work on throughout the year. Additionally, there are children’s rides (only 50 cents per ride), a wide range of food vendors, antique farm equipment, and live entertainment every night of the week. There is live music in the entertainment building Tuesday through Sunday, with acts including Nashville Crush and the Eric Sowers Band, two nights of rodeo, harness racing, horse and tractor pulls, and more. This year’s demolition derby is on track to be one of the largest yet.

Admission to the fair is just $7 per day or $22 for the whole week. Veterans get a special discount on Monday and Seniors on Tuesday, just $2.