JobsOhio grant to support development of new spec building

Clouse Construction investing in industrial future of community

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 1, 2022 – Today, Clouse Construction has announced that JobsOhio is supporting the construction of the fifth spec building in Tiffin through a grant program. The 50,000-square foot building is currently under construction on Maule Road in the Eagle Rock Industrial Park.

JobsOhio awarded Clouse Construction a $140,000 Ohio Site Inventory Program (OSIP) grant for development of the project site, building costs, infrastructure costs, and land costs for the nearly $4.5 million project. JobsOhio network partner Regional Growth Partnership provided support in obtaining the grant.

The project is being funded by private investors and was developed through the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Economic Development Committee to spur growth and investment in the community’s manufacturing and industrial sector. The development of speculative, or “spec,” industrial buildings is part of the City of Tiffin’s and Seneca County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan approved last year.

The primary goal of the JobsOhio OSIP grant is to help fill gaps in Ohio’s real estate while targeting near-term sector wins making the state more competitive for site selection projects.

“Thank you to JobsOhio and Regional Growth Partnership for helping us secure this grant which will go a long way to helping us continue our mission of producing quality buildings while giving back to the community,” said Lenny Clouse, owner of Clouse Construction.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “This project allows Tiffin to continue to attract new manufacturing opportunities and bring good, high-paying jobs to our area. Thank you to Clouse Construction and local investors for their investment in our future.”

Previous spec building projects in Seneca County facilitated by TSEP, formerly the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., include TH Plastics, which was constructed by a private investor in 2018, and the buildings that house MBDS at Eagle Rock Business Park and QT2 and Sonoco at Northstar Industrial Park.

About Clouse Construction

Clouse Construction is a design-build construction company founded in New Riegel, Ohio in 1975 and is affiliated with Butler Manufacturing Company. Through the years, their commercial design-build capabilities have also come to include all types of building materials and styles, including conventional steel, brick, and concrete.

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 To Host Heritage Ohio Workshop June 16

Workshop is free to Tiffin community members

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 10, 2022 – As a Main Street Community, Tiffin will be hosting the Heritage Ohio Workshop: Capitalizing on Your Success: Media & Community Relations on June 16. The workshop is part of the Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series and will feature speakers presenting on the importance of downtown revitalization, how to interact with elected officials, selling downtown with sales tax data, building strong communications skills, and building your business.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

9:00 AM : Registration

9:30 AM : Welcome

10:00 AM : Getting Your Elected Officials’ to Pay Attention – Eugene Krebs

12:00 PM : Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PM : Show Them the Money: Selling Your Downtown with Sales Tax Data – John Mickovsky & Eugene Krebs

2:00 PM : Building Authentic Relationships Through Communications and Engagement

3:00 PM : Root Beer Float Happy Hour: Building Your Businesses Up

3:30 PM : Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission: New Art Installation

4:00 PM :   Workshop Concludes

The event will be held at the Chandelier Community Events center and is open to all Tiffin community members. Click here to register (select the Ohio Main Street Program option) or learn more.

About the Revitalization Series

The Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series is a quarterly workshop covering each of the Main Street Four Points during the course of a year. The series features expert presenters from Ohio and beyond discussing such topics as fundraising, volunteer management, bikeability, special events, marketing, real estate, business development and much more. Each workshop is held in a different Ohio Main Street Community and will benefit anyone working in community development or downtown revitalization.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Downtown Tiffin Bicentennial Birthday Party

Third Thursday featuring Tiffin’s 200th birthday

TIFFIN, Ohio – June 10, 2022 – Come celebrate Tiffin’s bicentennial with the Third Thursday Bicentennial Birthday Party from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in Downtown Tiffin. Events will be going on throughout the Downtown, sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships and UIS Insurance & Investments.

Restaurants and retailers are offering specials throughout the evening and a car cruise is planned along Washington Street. Thursday Night Tunes at the East Green Amphitheater kicks off with a performance by Soul Piolet at 7 p.m. and this marks the first Court Street Market, a collaboration of artists, crafters, makers, and handmade goods on Court Street from 5-8:30 p.m. on Court Street.

Kids can play on an obstacle course, touch safety services vehicles at the City Lots, including a firetruck, ambulance and police cars, and can take part in a sidewalk chalk challenge at the Seneca County Justice Center, judged by Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

Tiffin Pedal Company and the Renaissance of Tiffin on Wheels are donating their time and will be shuttling community members to various stops throughout downtown for free.

Participating businesses:

  • Bear’s Den – DORA drinks
  • Clover Club – food specials and DORA drinks
  • JAM’s Market – open with more than 40 local vendors
  • Jolly’s – Celebrate Jolly’s 75th birthday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. and 75 cents hotdogs and free mini root beer floats from 3-8pm! A DJ will be out front playing music from 6-9 p.m.
  • Laird Arcade Brewery (The LAB) – Therapy Thursday massages by Erica Snyder, LMT; T-kay’s crafted jewels and Studio 605 art displayed.
  • MST Pub & Grub – DORA drinks
  • Ralph’s Joy of Living – wine tasting (reservation required)
  • Reino’s Pizza and Pasta – Food and DORA specials
  • Renaissance of Tiffin – Happy Hour from 5-11 p.m. and live DJ out front 6-9 p.m.
  • Rose & Co – pick up your Bicentennial cupcakes
  • Tiffin-Seneca Public Library – Set up at East Green to sign up people for the children’s Summer Reading Program.
  • Viaduct Bar & Grille – half off appetizers and Happy Hour from 4-9 pm with the DORA

Other participating businesses and organizations include Bee Safe Security, Culligan Water, Family Counseling Services, Edward Jones – Chris Lee, First Step, Happy Days Nutrition, Hempy Water, Relax & Revive, Salvation Army Tiffin, Splash of Love from Home, Sisters in Shelter, State Farm – Nicole Miller and Tiffin-Seneca United Way. 2022 Third Thursdays are sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships and UIS Insurance & Investments.

Aaron Montz named new TSEP President and CEO

Tiffin Mayor chosen after national search

TIFFIN, Ohio – June 10, 2022 – Today, the City of Tiffin and Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) have announced that Aaron Montz has been named the new President and CEO of TSEP. Montz, who is serving in his third term as Mayor of the City of Tiffin, will officially begin on July 5.

The youngest mayor to be elected in Tiffin’s history, Montz took office in January 2012 at the age of 26. Prior to being mayor, he worked in the private sector running retail stores and had served on Tiffin City Council since 2007. While in office, Montz served on the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), Northwest Ohio Mayors and Managers Association (NOMMA), Seneca Regional Planning, North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments (NCORcog) and was appointed by former Gov. John Kasich to the State of Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission in 2013.

“I am so grateful for my time with the City of Tiffin, a community I love and have loved leading for these past 10 years,” Montz said. “I am choosing to leave now because the timing feels perfect the foundation has been set for the next mayor to be successful. I’m proud to say that today the City is in one of its best ever financial positions and we have an incredibly strong team at City Hall that I trust to continue our forward progress.”

“It is certainly bittersweet, but I felt this opportunity at TSEP will allow me to contribute to my hometown in a new way, and couldn’t resist the challenge of helping to guide economic development for the future.”

Following Montz’s resignation, Tiffin City Council President Bridget Boyle will step in as interim Mayor. By Charter, Boyle has the right to remain in office for the remainder of the unexpired term or Tiffin City Council shall choose a replacement.

Montz replaces David Zak who led the organization before taking a leadership position with Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development in May. TSEP Board of Trustees put a Search Committee together which reviewed more than 30 applications following a national search.

Lillian Schumacher, Chair of the TSEP Board of Trustees and President of Tiffin University, “I’m excited that we have selected Aaron Montz to lead Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. I have had the privilege of working with Aaron on many projects, both in my capacity at TSEP and at Tiffin University, and I wish him the best in this new role as he helps chart the course for the future of our community.”

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner, who served on the Search Committee, echoed Schumacher’s comments. “Aaron has been instrumental in the spirit of collaboration that has led to our success here in Seneca County. I think he will do great things at TSEP and look forward to working together in this capacity.”

Site Selection magazine has ranked the Tiffin-Seneca County micropolitan in the top 20 percent nationally in economic development for 11 straight years, and for five of the past six years, it has ranked among the top 10 of the 581 micropolitans in the United States. Since 2014, companies have invested half a billion dollars and created 2,800 new jobs here, and in 2021, the organization won the Ohio Economic Development Association award for Innovation in Economic Development for its small business relief grant program.

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. Tiffin and Seneca County consistently rank in the top two percent of communities nationally for economic development and has one of the most recognized and award-winning downtown Main Street programs in Ohio. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Home Bakery Adds Production Site in Downtown Tiffin

Company expanding their product offerings

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 9, 2022 – Today Ellen and Don Bell have announced that they will be adding a production site for their company, Baked by Bells, into Downtown Tiffin at 14 Sycamore St. The company plans to continue to sell at the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market and other local markets with a newly expanded product line.

Ellen comes from a long line of craftswomen and bakers. She grew up in Tiffin with a love for baking that was instilled in her by her mother and her grandmother, who taught home economics and the art of baking and cooking in the 1930s. Today, Ellen shares that passion with her children, Teagan and Jasmin.

“It is a dream come true to turn my love of baking into a business and to be able to share that with the people I have known in Tiffin for over 40 years,” she said.

Baked By Bells offers macarons, lollipops, short breads, royal icing sugar cookies, buckeye candies, caramels, brownies, muffins, pies, cheesecake, and seasonal hot cocoa bombs. With the addition of freeze-drying equipment, they expanded from a strictly home-based business and now are able to add candy options to their menu. The freeze-drying process provides a unique texture and experience to traditional candy. Baked By Bells products can be found at the Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market, as well as three surrounding community markets, and they accept custom orders.

Mayor Aaron Montz said “Congratulations to Ellen and Don Bell on the expansion of Baked by Bells. I’m excited to welcome them into the downtown community.”

Baked by Bells products are available at www.bakedbybells.com.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

UIS Insurance & Investment approved for grant

Building Owner Invests Nearly $40,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 7, 2022 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the UIS Insurance & Investments building located at 51 S Washington St.

The ABR approved a grant of $10,000 for the restoration of the masonry which will include the cleaning, tuckpointing, stone patching, and coating of the stone at the base of the building. The ABR approved an additional project for the replacement of the windows in the County Prosecutor’s office located at 79 S Washington St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “We’re thrilled that the program continues to positively impact the community and helps to preserve our great historic properties.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 108 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $3 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program

The Façade Enhancement Program is a City of Tiffin reimbursement grant that was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year. For more information, visit www.tiffinseneca.org (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Senator Reineke and Representative Click Announce Funding for Tiffin Community Kitchen

State Capital Budget awards $300,000 for the construction of new facility

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 2, 2022 – Today, State Sen. Bill Reineke and State Rep. Gary Click announced that the Ohio General Assembly has passed its biennial state capital budget which includes $300,000 for the Tiffin Community Kitchen project. 

The Tiffin Community Kitchen is a planned addition to the Old Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Tiffin. Seneca County Common Ground, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to fresh, local food, will manage the operations of the facility, which will host a variety of food-oriented programming for the entire community including hosting cooking cooperatives, promoting the culinary arts, partnering with health professionals, and facilitating service projects.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “The Tiffin Community Kitchen will be a unique addition to our community. I’m glad that the Ohio General Assembly recognizes its value to Tiffin, and I am excited for construction to commence on this important project.” 

After passing in both the House and the Senate, the bill will now head to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk for his signature. The state capital budget uses state bonds to help fund community projects across Ohio and often is used to construct parks, institutions of higher learning, and historical sites. Old Trinity Episcopal Church will use the $300,000 it receives to construct the addition to its current location to house the Tiffin Community Kitchen.

Old Trinity Episcopal Church Rector and Seneca County Common Ground Board President Aaron Gerlach said: “I’m thankful for Sen. Reineke’s and Rep. Click’s support of our capital budget request. These funds will help us construct an important tool for food access and security in 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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

New York Style Deli to Open in Downtown Tiffin

Downtown business invests more than $85,000

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 16, 2022 –Dave & Amber Spridgeon, owners of the Renaissance of Tiffin, Jolly’s Drive-In, the Renaissance on Wheels, and the Pink Lady announced today that they are adding a fifth endeavor to their repertoire with the Frost Parkway Deli this summer. They will be hiring eight new employees and jointly investing over $85,000 in building renovations and equipment in the 155 Frost Parkway building formerly housing Draperies By Dawn.

Owner Dave Spridgeon said, “This is a unique opportunity since there are no other options like this in Tiffin. We would like to thank the City of Tiffin and TSEP for their support, and the property owner Andrew Kalnow for supporting another revitalization effort downtown.”

This project will enhance Frost Village downtown by adding a New York style deli offering fresh breakfast items, piled high deli sandwiches, fresh bread baked daily by the Parkhurst Company, limited items from the Pink Lady menu, and on holidays, cheddar infused poppyseed biscuits and pies. They will deliver downtown on foot and plan to use Door Dash and Tiffin Treats for all other Tiffin deliveries.

City of Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “We are fortunate to have entrepreneurs like Dave and Amber in our community who continue to spread their success with each new business they open, and we look forward to

this new dining option in the City of Tiffin.”

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe to return to Tiffin

Chocolatier partners with ice cream maker to expand offerings

Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe Specialty Candy Decorating

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 11, 2022 – Upper Sandusky-based chocolatier Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe announced today that they are coming back to Tiffin and locating in the Wolfe Creek Shopping Center, where they were previously in the early 2000s. They plan to employ eight at the Tiffin location and to open on June 1, 2022.

Established in 1877 in Upper Sandusky, Neumeister’s is known for their signature handmade and hand dipped chocolate, creams, truffles, fudge, toffee, nuts and dried fruits. For their new Tiffin location, they are also partnering with Mark’s Homemade Ice Cream, located in Bucyrus, to also offer homemade ice cream, custom milk shakes, and ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream products will only be available at their Tiffin location.

Neumeister’s owner Debbie Frey was excited to make the announcement, saying “We are so pleased to be able to return to such a vibrant and supportive community, and to expand what can offer. Tiffin has been good to us, and we look forward to helping contribute to its continued growth and progress.”  

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz added, “We welcome Neumeister’s back to Tiffin with open arms, and we are so pleased to have a company with such a long and unique history of quality confections opening a shop here for for residents and visitors alike.”

About Neumeister’s Candy Shoppe

Neumeister’s Bakery opened in 1877 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The handmade candy process was moved to an adjacent location and continues to remain there today. In the 1970’s the Neumeister family sold the business and the current owner Debbie Frey is the third family committed to making the original recipes in the same handmade and hand dipped style with the fresh, local ingredients. Learn more at www.neumeistercandy.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.

Magnificent Maid opens Downtown Tiffin office

Growing commercial and residential cleaning service accepting new clients

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 10, 2022 – Dustin Ritchie announced today that he would be locating the offices for his fast-growing commercial and residential cleaning business in downtown Tiffin, in the historic Laird Arcade building.

Owner Dustin Ritchie was pleased to make the announcement: “I named this business in honor of my mother, and I am thrilled at the reception we’ve received from this community. We’re excited to be a part of Tiffin’s business community and to grow here.”

Founded in 2021, Magnificent Maid currently has six employees and offers a variety of services and plans to meet the cleaning needs of any home or business, ranging from basic to premium plans. They have 22 commercial and residential accounts, including businesses like Culligan of Tiffin, Tiffin Moose Lodge, and Sarka Conveyor and Automation, and they expect to significantly grow that number this year. They are also focusing on marketing their business and have joined the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz added, “I appreciate yet another business choosing Tiffin as the place to run their business. We work hard to create a business-friendly environment and make every business feel welcome. We wish Dustin all the best with this venture.”

To learn more about Magnificent Main, visit their website at www.magnificentmaid.com.

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About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC (now TSEP) umbrella as the “Downtown Development Board,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Program. For more information, click here.