Webster Industries

Seneca County to hold second Manufacturing Showcase

Local manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 27, 2017 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s second Manufacturing Showcase on October 13, 2017 at the Heminger Center on the Tiffin University campus. The event is an opportunity for area students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in hands-on skill demonstrations.

Carol Kern of Seneca DJFS is looking forward to another successful event: “Last year we were able to introduce more than 700 students to skills used in manufacturing careers in Seneca County. With the feedback from last year, we are confident that we can provide another positive experience for students and local companies alike.”

The showcase will focus on six skills: team building, lean practices, employability, machining, supply chain and mechanical engineering/electrical trades/automation. For each skill, there are six spaces available for a hands-on demonstration.

Eleven schools within Seneca County will send nearly 800 students to participate in the showcase. The event will last a full day, with students split into one morning session and one afternoon session. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

Several manufacturers are already on board; Callies Performance Products, and The Mennel Milling Company of Fostoria have signed on as well as National Machinery, Webster Industries, and Toledo Molding & Die of Tiffin. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for a space at the showcase, please contact Carol at 419.447.5011 ext. 322, or visit http://senecashowcase.wordpress.com.

 

Seneca County to hold Manufacturing Showcase for students

Local manufacturers to demonstrate skilled trades to high school students

SCMS_logoTIFFIN, OHIO – June 30, 2016 – The Seneca Department of Job and Family Services/OhioMeansJobs is partnering with local organizations and manufacturers to hold Seneca County’s first Manufacturing Showcase on October 14, 2016 at Seiberling Gymnasium on the Heidelberg University campus. The event is an opportunity for area students to learn about careers in manufacturing and participate in hands-on skill demonstrations.

Carol Kern of Seneca DJFS is spearheading the effort: “Sandusky County held a similar event with tremendous success, and we would like to bring that same success to Seneca County. Our goal is to show local youths that there are many career opportunities within manufacturing and to give local companies an opportunity to interact with the future workforce.”

The showcase will focus on six skills: team building, lean practices, employability, machining, supply chain and mechanical engineering/electrical trades/automation. For each skill, there are six spaces available for a hands-on demonstration.

Thirteen schools in Seneca County will send more than 700 students to participate in the showcase. The event will last a full day, with students split into one morning session and one afternoon session. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

Several manufacturers are already on board; Roppe Holding Company/Seneca Millwork, Inc., Nox Corporation, and The Mennel Milling Company of Fostoria have signed on as well as National Machinery, Webster Industries, Toledo Molding & Die, Tiffin Metal Products and Quick Tab II of Tiffin. If you would like more information, to make a donation, or to sign up for a space at the showcase, please contact Carol at 419.447.5011 ext. 322, or visit http://senecashowcase.wordpress.com.

Industrial – recent projects and announcements

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Webster Industries

The industrial sector continues to invest heavily and experience strong growth. Here are some of the recent projects and announcements in manufacturing and distribution:

  • American Electric Power Site Certification: The 38 acre site in the Eagle Rock Industrial Park became the fourth site in northwest Ohio to receive the Austin Consulting “Shovel Ready” Site Designation for the Food and Beverage Industry.
  • American Fine Sinter: A global manufacturer of parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries with their North American headquarters in Tiffin. In November 2014, American Fine Sinter announced a $16 million expansion that will result 24 new employees and the retention of 140 employees.
  • Concordance Health Care Solutions: Supply Company, headquartered in Earth City, Missouri and Seneca Medical, headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form Concordance Healthcare Solu­tions, LLC. The combination will bring together three strong, growing and respected regional medical supply distributors. Concordance will have approximately 1,000 employees, 19 distribution centers and $1.1 billion in annual sales.
  • National Machinery: A global leader in cold forming machinery and process technology headquartered in Tiffin, announced in May 2014 a $6.5 million investment and the creation of at least 20 new jobs with the retention of 294 existing The project involves an expansion of both manufacturing and research and development capacity.
  • Nox Corporation: A global manufacturer that sells vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices in 50 different The South Korean company cut the ribbon on their first US factory with a total investment of $32 million and the creation of 50 new jobs.
  • Taiho Corporation of America: The Japanese automotive supplier currently employs 180 and manufactures more than 120 million parts a year at its Tiffin location. Taiho announced in August 2015 an $8 million, 50-job expansion at its North American headquarters and manufacturing operation in Tiffin. The project is expected to be completed three years and brings the company’s total investment to more than $21 million since 2012.
  • Tiffin Metal Products: A custom solutions provider serving the outdoor advertising, material handling and storage product industries located in In March 2015, Tiffin Metal announced an expansion that includes an investment of $750,000 and the creation of 18 new jobs with the retention of 91 existing employees.
  • Webster Industries: A premier leader in industrial conveyor chain and vibrating conveyors, used in a wide variety of industries including forest products, food, automotive, cement, grain, asphalt, recycling, and steel industries. Webster announced an $8.3 million expansion and the creation of 65 new jobs. Tiffin beat out Meridian, Mississippi and northern Alabama on the expansion.

David Zak steps down as SIEDC President & CEO

David ZakLocal leader to join Tiffin University in new position

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 24, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) announced today that its President & CEO David Zak is resigning from the public-private partnership effective September 11, 2015 to join Tiffin University as its new Vice President for University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED).

Zak will start in his new role on September 14, and the search for a new leader for SIEDC will begin within the next week or two.

Heidelberg University President and SIEDC Chair Rob Huntington praised David for his accomplishments and wished him well: “It is remarkable what David has accomplished at SIEDC in only 20 months. I admire his economic development expertise, strong communication skills, and community leadership savvy. We will surely miss him at the helm. At the same time, I’m confident that we won’t lose any steam. In addition, David will intensify Tiffin University’s involvement in local economic, community, and downtown development, and Heidelberg will also have another strong ally at Tiffin University, which can’t but strengthen the universities’ relationship.”

Zak was quick to praise his team, the board, and members of his organization for the community’s recent economic resurgence. “I feel my biggest contribution was to help develop one of the strongest economic, downtown, and community development teams in the country. Karen, Amy, Katie, and Bryce are amazing individuals, and I will truly miss working with them on a daily basis. Add to that an incredibly committed board of trustees, committees, and volunteers, and it’s no wonder so much has gotten done.

I am also incredibly proud of the increased commitment and ongoing support for this organization public officials and private business members have made. They are responsible for the success we’ve been seeing. People here care deeply about the future and are willing to invest and sacrifice to make it better. It’s one of the things that make Tiffin and Seneca County great.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was surprised by the news but enthusiastic about the future. “During my time as Mayor, David and SIEDC have been an ideal partner, helping to supercharge downtown, retail, and industrial development. Tiffin is on the move, and more than 1,000 new jobs and $100 million over the last three years is the result. We’re the strongest we’ve ever been financially and the future is as bright as ever. I don’t believe we’re losing David; I believe we’re gaining an incredible partner who is going to help take Tiffin University to a whole new level – and our community will benefit immensely from that. Full speed ahead.”

Zak intends to represent Tiffin University and be active on SIEDC’s and other local boards engaged in economic development, ensure the transition is smooth, and promises to work as part of SIEDC’s board to recruit the best economic development talent out there to take his place. “Tiffin University and I will also strengthen our support for SIEDC, and I will do everything in my power to ensure the momentum continues,” Zak added.

Seneca County Commissioner and SIEDC Executive Committee member Fred Zoeller also praised Zak’s broad-based approach. “Zak built bridges and strengthened relationships not only in Tiffin, but also with Fostoria and businesses throughout the entire county. His efforts and the efforts of SIEDC have made Seneca County a stronger and better place. I’m glad he’s staying here, and I also look forward to recruiting a new leader.”

Zak will be heading up Tiffin University’s Office of University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED), which expands the development office to include not only the traditional functions of institutional advancement, public relations, alumni relations, government relations, and marketing with leadership in local, regional and national economic development. One new area for the university will be the creation of national centers of excellence in technology and entrepreneurship that will help spur research, company formation, capital attraction, and job creation.

SIEDC Vice Chair Andy Felter, President & CEO of Webster Industries and a Tiffin University alumnus commented, “I believe strongly in SIEDC, in Tiffin University and in David Zak. This move is a no-lose scenario for the community, and I’m truly pleased we get to keep his talents here in Tiffin and Seneca County working to make it a better place. I wish him and TU nothing but the best. It’s an inspired choice.”

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

60+ businesses in local HR association

SCHRASeneca County Human Resource Association (SCHRA) was formed to provide professional development workshops, hear knowledgeable speakers, receive legislative updates, and networking opportunities to those professionals working in a variety of human resource capacities.

Past speakers include:

Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, generally in the Tiffin area, on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. You can fill out the 2015 SCHRA membership form here.  For more information contact Beth Hannam at bhannam@terra.edu.

Participating businesses include:

“The Very Biggest Manufacturing Plant…in the World”

Front of BuildingIn the book An Odd Couple, author Charles Eisendrath provides the headlines from the February 13, 1907 Tiffin Advertiser, which made the announcement that Towner K. Webster  was moving his company Webster Industries from Chicago to Tiffin, Ohio:

“SECURED for Tiffin is the Very Biggest Manufacturing Plant of its Kind In This Country or in the World.”

Webster expanded the plant and got more headlines soon thereafter, and not much has changed since. The October 18, 2014 headlines in the Advertiser-Tribune read, “Webster expanding, adding local jobs.” Since Webster’s announcement of their $8+ million expansion plans, we thought it would be appropriate to provide a little backstory on this great company.

Their marketing tagline is “American materials, American labor and American pride.” Since 1876, Webster Industries has offered a wide range of products and expertise throughout many different markets. Founded by Towner K. Webster, Webster Industries initially opened in Chicago, Illinois in 1876, bringing to market his Common Sense Elevator Bucket. Webster Industries moved its headquarters to Tiffin, Ohio in 1907, where it still resides today. I find it very interesting that economic development was in full swing even back then. In the book, An Odd Couple, Charles Eisendrath sheds some light on the incentives offered at the time: Webster received an “offer of a free, 30-acre building site” from the “Tiffin Commercial Club,” the precursor to the Seneca Regional Chamber, which was founded in 1914 and led economic development until the creation of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) in 1983.

Since its beginning making and marketing the elevator bucket, Webster Industries has evolved its product offerings since opening its doors, becoming one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engineered class chains, commercial castings, and vibrating conveyors. Webster Industries’ Tiffin headquarters consists of over 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Webster Industries has also helped to Site Selection Magazine rank Tiffin and Seneca County in the top 10 for large, private economic development projects. Webster Industries provided support for the ranking by providing 76 new jobs to the local area and investment plans of $3,000,000. The most recent expansion is in addition to that, which demonstrates how fast the company is growing.

To give the public a chance to see how their products are actually used, the company sponsored an “Our Chain in Action” contest over the summer. The contest gave Webster customers “a chance to let loose their inner Steven Spielberg” by creating a video that highlighted the many features of Webster’s conveyor and steel chain products. The contest ran from mid-July to mid-August. The top videos can be found on the Webster Industries website and the manufacturer’s YouTube channel. One example of a use is Cedar Point’s Blue Streak roller coaster. The amusement park’s oldest coaster, uses a Webster chain to lift riders up a 78 foot hill, before descending 72 feet and reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour (see video below).

Webster Industries announces $8M expansion

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Webster President & CEO Andrew Felter talking about the project with JobsOhio representative Lisa Wagner from Regional Growth Partnership.

Webster Industries announces $8M expansion

Project expects to create 65 jobs in the next three years

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 17, 2014 – Webster Industries announces today its intention to select Tiffin as its location for its next three-year, $8.3 million expansion. Tiffin beat out Meridian, Mississippi – where Webster has another manufacturing location – and northern Alabama, who has been recruiting the company for months. The decision is contingent upon the finalization of state and local incentives.

The project is expected to create 65 new jobs and retain all 294 existing employees at their Tiffin headquarters. A new 38,000 square foot expansion will be constructed onto their existing facility, the headquarters will be renovated, and an additional $4.5 million investment into new machinery and equipment will be made. The project is motivated by new global business opportunities, expected increases in targeted markets, new product offerings, and continued improvement in service through vertical integration.

President & CEO Andrew Felter attributes the decision to strong growth opportunities, a committed and experienced workforce in Tiffin, an established localized supply chain, and significant support from state and local government. “We are proud to be an employee-owned company located in Tiffin, Ohio.  Webster’s people are and will continue to be the key to our success. These reasons and the committed incentives from JobsOhio and the City of Tiffin pushed the decision over the top.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was very pleased by the news. “Tiffin is a community on the move, and this investment continues our track record of success in economic development. We are proud Webster calls Tiffin home and appreciate their contributions to our economy.” Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership, “We are pleased to serve as the JobsOhio regional partner and work with Webster and Tiffin to make this deal happen. Northwest Ohio is experiencing an industrial renaissance, and Webster is part of that story.”

Tiffin City Council will first be reviewing applications for the 50 percent, ten-year Enterprise Zone tax exemption and a 50 percent, five-year Municipal Income Tax Credit on Monday, October 20. The project is also expected to receive a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant and go before the Ohio Tax Credit Authority at the end of the month for a potential Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit.


 

About Webster Industries

From their beginning in 1876 in Chicago, Illinois, Webster has grown into a premier leader in industrial conveyor chain and vibrating conveyors, used in a wide variety of industries including forest products, food, automotive, cement, grain, asphalt, recycling, and steel industries.  The company employs more than 300 nationally at its Tiffin, Ohio (Established 1907), Meridian, Mississippi; and Portland, Oregon locations. Learn more at www.websterchain.com.

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. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

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. In 2013 alone, JobsOhio reported projects involving 18,000 new jobs and $3.6 billion in capital investment. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

About Regional Growth Partnership

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) is private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in northwest Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. The RGP also serves as the JobsOhio Northwest network partner, serving as the JobsOhio point of contact and customer service for state incentives for an 18-county region. Learn more at www.rgp.org.