Tiffin

Edward Jones announces new financial advisor for Tiffin

Press release provided by Edward Jones

The financial services firm Edward Jones has hired Chris Lee as a new financial advisor for Tiffin’s branch office located at 2459 W. Market Street in the Wolf Creek Shopping Plaza.

Lee is enthusiastic about taking over the office. “I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors,” he said. “Now I’m looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit edwardjones.com and the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

American Plastics investing in Seneca County facility

Company investing $3.5 million, adding 138 jobs by end of 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 24, 2019American Plastics, a premier plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, Ohio, has announced that it will be investing a total of $3.5 million and hiring more than 130 workers by the end of 2019.

The new investment and job creation is due to both the acquisition of the former Katy Industries facility by Highview Capital in 2018 and the additional business to produce plastic shelving and totes under the Craftsman brand label for Lowe’s.

American Plastics’ Tiffin facility will be the sole manufacturer of shelving for the Craftsman brand, to be available at the more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores in North America. The plant currently specializes in the production of plastic shelving and plastic totes, including the Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s; Husky for Home Depot; and Tough Box for Sam’s Club. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, including facilities in Sycamore, Findlay and Arizona.

This announcement represents a commitment to a second, $2.5 million phase of investment in new tooling at the 68,000-square-foot Hopewell Township plant, adding to the completion of $1 million investment in equipment and facility upgrades in 2018. Company employment, which was 27 at the beginning of 2018, is expected to reach or exceed 165 by the end of 2019, representing a net 138 job increase.

Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin, commented: “This is a huge positive step forward for our operations here and represents both the company’s bright future and the quality of our workforce.  We contribute our growth and success to our dedicated team, innovation, quality and customer relationships.  I only see this getting stronger as we grow along side with the City of Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was impressed by the company during a visit there in early 2019. “This major expansion represents another example of the great economic momentum we are seeing in the greater Tiffin area across all sectors, including manufacturing.”

Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas praised the project: “This is a huge win for Seneca County, and we look forward to seeing their continued success.”

About American Plastics

American Plastics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative plastic-injection molded products for the household and garage storage and commercial cleaning end-markets. The company maintains a national manufacturing and distribution footprint with 15 state-of-the-art facilities across North America, making us the partner-of-choice for our customers, nationwide.

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.com.

Penn Station to Open in Tiffin

National sandwich chain franchise slated for West Market Street

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 11, 2019 – Penn Station East Coast Subs has announced the opening of a franchise of the national sandwich chain in Tiffin. The new restaurant will be located on 596 West Market Street, near Chipotle, with the opening goal of November 2019.

The franchisee owners, Steve Pryor, Hank Barnard and Brian Bullerman, are excited to be opening a location in Tiffin.  Barnard stated, “We are looking forward coming to the Tiffin area market and providing a new quality dining option for the community.  The intent is to hire approximately 30 full and part-time high character employees, with future growth potential within the company.” 

Inspired by Philadelphia cheesesteak on a visit to Philadelphia, Jeff Osterfeld opened the first Penn Station in Cincinnati in 1985. In 1988, Jeff’s vision for an upscale, fast casual dining experience revolving around “fresh ingredients and display cooking” was formulated into a franchising concept. The company has grown successfully and currently has over 350 restaurants throughout 15 states. Penn Station was also named the best sandwich chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks survey.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “We’re excited to see this space filled and to have yet another food choice for citizens in Tiffin. I am pleased to welcome Penn Station to Tiffin and look forward to their opening.”

As Penn Station is committed to fresh ingredients and great service, meals are prepared in front of their customers offering sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh cut fries and more. 

About Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs is renowned for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich, served grilled and made-to-order with high-quality ingredients on freshly baked bread. Featuring an upscale fast-casual atmosphere, Penn Station serves a mouth-watering variety of grilled and cold deli sandwiches, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made several times daily and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.

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.

Laminate Technologies receives two supplier of the year awards

Recognized by largest kitchen cabinet manufacturers in U.S.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Earlier this spring, Laminate Technologies Inc. was recognized by the two largest kitchen cabinet manufacturers in the United States with awards for supplier of the year. American Woodmark (NASDAQ: AMWD) and MasterBrand (NYSE: FBHS) separately presented the awards to LamTech for supplying plywood to the companies. This was the first year that MasterBrand has recognized a company for the award.

American Woodmark and MasterBrand operate multiple brands and supply cabinets to chain stores including Lowe’s and Home Depot as well as regional and independent dealers across North America and the world.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by two of the world’s premier cabinet manufacturers, and we couldn’t have done it without our hard-working employees who everyday make it their mission to make the best product to serve our customers,” said Fred Zoeller, President of Laminate Technologies.

In December 2017, LamTech acquired the business assets of Lamination Technology Industries (LTI) based in White City, Oregon with an additional manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. LTI is a leader in manufacturing Laminated Panels, Fabricated Components, Hardwood Veneer Panels and Specialty Products.

About Laminate Technologies

Founded 1985, Laminate Technologies Inc. (LamTech), is a major supplier of laminated panel products, fabricated components and globally sourced products to the kitchen cabinet, residential furniture, office furniture and retail display markets. With corporate headquarters in Tiffin and manufacturing facilities in Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, LamTech is the largest privately held producer of laminated panels to the kitchen cabinet, store fixture and  furniture Industry in North America.

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.

DIY Workshop Studio Opening in Tiffin, OH

Rustic Flair & Brush; Flair 37 LLC.

Press release provided by Rustic Flair and Brush and Shuff Consulting.

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 31, 2019 – A DIY workshop studio, Rustic Flair & Brush; Flair 37 LLC opened this month at 113 Melmore Street, Tiffin, OH. The studio hours will be Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and scheduled private events. Owner Jennifer Burns is of Tiffin, OH.

“Anything that is personally created or given is more sentimental.” This is Burns’ inspiration behind her company Flair 37, LLC. and the basis of her Rustic Flair & Brush do it yourself workshops and Snapliments® program.

In 2018, Rustic Flair & Brush (RF&B) was launched as a creative workshop where friends, groups and organizations can come together and create personalized decor with their own personal flair. From there she continued to grow with more bookings for groups and private parties. “I have always loved creating as long as I can remember. Being creative is an outlet that I thrive on and something I am passionate about. I love being able to give that experience to others,” said Burns.

Hosting a RF&B event is great for fundraisers, bachelorette and birthday parties, team building, work functions or for any group that wants to get together. Burns is planning an extensive class schedule for the upcoming spring & summer months including kids craft workshops, project based learning sessions, adult workshop classes and mommy & me classes. Most classes will be preregistration; however, there will be some drop-in kid craft sessions. Events are found on the website and Facebook page.

In 2015, Burns developed Snapliments®. The program offers educators, coaches, parents, groups and organizations an affordable way to recognize and motivate others for going above and beyond. The program is customized to individual needs and tailored to fit a classroom/group with personalized patent pending Snap-its, I Can Ribbons and Snap Cap products. Snap-its (a cross between a flair pin and snap) are given out for compliments, similar to how scouts earn badges and football players receive helmet stickers. The program can be found in local organizations in Seneca and surrounding counties. At the new studio location, you’ll be able to customize a program for your organization.

Burns has lived in Tiffin for 17 years after graduating from Otterbein College of Westerville, OH with a degree in Public Relations, Art and a Certified Journalism Educator accreditation from the Journalism Education Association. While teaching students graphic design, assisting with school publications and directing summer workshops, Burns saw additional needs in her schools and community: motivation and FUN fundraisers. Her occasional FreeLance opportunities And Independent Rep experiences was the birth of Flair 37, LLC. Today, Burns is looking to make an strong impact in our community and youth of today. In 2018, Flair 37, LLC donated over $3,500 to local organizations through her workshops.

Downtown CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant Program expanded

Revised CDBG Target Area

Commercial buildings within the orange line are eligible.

Area, scope of state grant increased

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 1, 2018 – The downtown Community Development Block Grant-funded Façade Enhancement Program has been expanded to include more downtown buildings and apply to a wider variety of projects. The grant is federally funded and provides a 50% reimbursement of up to $15,000 for improvements to downtown buildings.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the impact the expansion could have. “With both the city and CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant programs we have seen a tremendous revitalization in the appearance of our downtown buildings,” he said. “This program expansion is another opportunity to contribute to the health and longevity of our downtown structures.”

The program guidelines have changed to allow for all commercial buildings within the area designated for the CDBG, as well as some of the area within the existing Architectural Board of Review district covered by the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant Program.

Eligible projects now include all building elevations and the roof along with any code improvements.  This can include awnings, window/door repair/replacement, painting of already painted surfaces, tuck pointing, signage, second floor egress, roofing, repair or replacement of furnaces and HVAC units, electrical upgrades, plumbing improvements, handicapped accessibility, roof repair/replacement, foundation repair/replacement and structural improvements.

Since its inception in 2014, the City of Tiffin’s Façade Enhancement Program has been awarded to 58 projects, for a total investment of $1.7 million. Three projects have been completed using the CDBG Façade Enhancement Program since it was made available in spring of 2017, for a total investment of $103,000.

This grant will be available on a first come first serve basis, but all projects must be completed by August 31, 2018, when the grant expires. For more information, contact SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

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.

Tiffin event planning assistance

Event Prep Packet(1).jpgSIEDC’s Downtown Marketing Committee in partnership with the City of Tiffin has made available a guide to event planning in Tiffin. The checklist includes vital contacts to ensure that an event meets all city regulations as well as additional items that you may want for your event.

The form is designed for a downtown event, but could easily be used for any type of event.

Stop by the Tiffin City Municipal building at 51 East Market St., or download it here.

 

Obtaining a liquor permit

Department of Commerce SealThinking about starting a business that involves liquor sales, or adding liquor sales to an existing business? Here are some of the basics of filing for a liquor permit in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Commerce Liquor Control Division is the state agency responsible for liquor licensing.  They issue new licenses and annual renewals, as well as transfers, for the 25,000 private Ohio businesses that are alcohol manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and organizers of special events where alcohol is sold.

There are several different types of liquor permits depending on use, and a limited number of each type of liquor permit is available to each county/city based on population. A complete list and explanation of what is covered under each specific permit can be found here. You can check the availability of the permit you would like to request here, and search the database of permit holders here.

Once you have determined which permit you will need and its availability, you can fill out an application. There are two applications: new bar, restaurant or carryout (application here) and all other types of permits (application here). The Division provides a complete guide to the application process here.

Special permits available in downtown Tiffin:

In 2013, the City of Tiffin established a Community Revitalization District with the Division of Liquor Control, which created 15 liquor permits available within the downtown Tiffin district. These D-5L permits are restricted to the approved district and carry several requirements, the most notable of which is that the establishment be a retail food or food service business, serving beverages by the glass for consumption on premises, and whose food/meal receipts total at least 75% of sales. The addresses included in the district can be found here, and the requirements, as stated by the Ohio Revised Code, here.

Two Facade Enhancement Grants awarded

33 CourtLast week, the Architectural Board of Review awarded Facade Enhancement Grants for the building at 33 Court Street, and improvements to the property at 20-22 South Washington Street. The projects were awarded a combined total of $20,000 for a total estimated investment of $82,000.

Improvements at 33 Court Street will include repairs to slate, masonry, windows, cornices, roof, and dormers, as well as painting. The total estimated cost of the improvements is $36,000.

The project at 20-22 S. Washington St. will be a brick veneer for the wall exposed when the two buildings were demolished in February. The estimated cost of the project is $46,000. Property owner Lenny Clouse says the new veneer will not only improve the look of the wall, but also reinforce it.

These projects represent the fifth and sixth Facade Enhancement Grants awarded in 2016, the third year for the program, and bring the total reinvestment into the appearance of downtown Tiffin for 2016 to more than $200,000.

The Building Doctor Is In

Ohio Historical Soc.SIEDC is proud to announce a partnership with the Tiffin Historic Trust and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services to bring the Building Doctors, a program of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, to Tiffin!

The Building Doctors will be hosting an informative two-hour seminar on caring for older buildings the evening of July 21 at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. This seminar will address issues such as peeling paint, failing plaster, wet basements, deteriorating masonry, damaged wood, window repair, and many other topics. Those interested in a consultation the following day must attend the seminar.

Friday, July 22, the Doctors will visit ten buildings to provide a free consultation. They are available to visit a variety of types of buildings built before 1955. Due to the limitedBuilding Doctor 1 number of consultations, applications are to be sent to SIEDC, and the SIEDC Downtown Design Committee will choose the top ten for the Doctors to visit.

Applications can be downloaded here, or picked up at the SIEDC office (19 W. Market St.). Please submit applications to Amy Reinhart. Be prepared to provide a picture of the structure and description of the issue.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern