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Tiffin Community Kitchen project secures investment of 250K

Large commitment from Episcopal Dioceses of Ohio kicks off capital campaign.

Information via Tiffin Community Kitchen

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 23, 2021 – The Tiffin Community Kitchen Project received a commitment of $250,000 from the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio this week. Old Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tiffin is spearheading the project in partnership with Seneca County Common Ground and is connecting with their larger faith-based community in an exciting way.

The Rev. Aaron Gerlach is both the Rector of Old Trinity and the President of the Board of Seneca County Common Ground. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of our state-wide organization in getting this initiative off the ground,” said Gerlach. “We look forward to further developing this relationship with the Diocese as well as with other partners who are helping to bring the Tiffin Community Kitchen from a vision to a reality.”

With this initial investment of $250K comes the official kickoff of the project’s capital campaign. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.7 million, and the group hopes to utilize a combination of public, private and philanthropic support to meet their overall goal. The team will be applying for grants, meeting with private foundations and donors and reaching out to community members for support in the coming months.

The group recently launched a new website with an online giving portal, a Facebook page and a professional video showcasing the goals of the Kitchen project and the many benefits that it seeks to provide for the Tiffin and Seneca County community. The video features various local leaders sharing their perspective on how the project ties into the future of the community.

The kitchen will focus on connecting local growers and businesses to the community, providing opportunities for groups to cook and eat together, housing a diverse set of cooking classes and creating ways to give back to the community by preparing food. “The Tiffin Community Kitchen at its core is about developing community relationships around food. We are extremely grateful that the Diocese desires to be a partner in creating a space for this to happen,” said Gerlach.

“The Trustees of the Diocese of Ohio were persuaded to apply funds originating from the Tiffin-Seneca County area to this project by its creative and community-involved nature. The partnerships fundamental to its success reflect the collaborative leadership of Old Trinity and the essential role of religious institutions in the wellbeing of the communities they serve. We are delighted to be counted among their enthusiastic supporters,” stated the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop of Ohio.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the project can give online at tiffincommunitykitchen.com or mail gifts to 125 East Market Street, Tiffin. For information, contact Gerlach at RevGerlach@OldTrinityEpiscopal.com, call (567) 938-0102 or visit tiffincommunitykitchen.com.

About Old Trinity Episcopal Church

Originally constructed in 1856, Old Trinity has been a staple in the Tiffin community for decades. The church worships in the Anglican beliefs centering on liturgy, tradition and intellectual response. It has from its beginning in Tiffin been attractive to community leaders. Tiffin’s first mayor, Henry Kuhn, was a member of this parish as well as many elected officials and community leaders throughout the years. The church has recently completed several projects including restoration of the stained-glass windows, renovation of the undercroft to accommodate parish and community functions and installation of an elevator. The central location and the community spirit of the congregation provide the incentive to the ministry of the space. Old Trinity Episcopal church is heavily invested in the community and continually looks for ways to provide value. Learn more at www.oldtrinityepiscopal.com.

About Seneca County Common Ground

Created in 2019, Seneca County Common Ground (SCCG) is a new organization with a mission to strengthen Seneca county’s local food system through collaboration to improve the overall health and growth of our community, and a vision of a vibrant, accessible and sustainable local food system in Seneca County that supports the health of residents, businesses and institutions. The board of the organization includes Seneca County OSU Extension Agent Hallie Williams, Reverend Aaron Gerlach of Old Trinity Episcopal Church, local business owner and chair of the Downtown Retailers Committee Dave Spridgeon, local business leader Dale Depew, TSEP Development Manager Audrey Flood, and local food vendors Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Farms and John Riehm of Riehm Produce Farm. SCCG oversees the operations of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market and supports other local food initiatives including the Tiffin Community Kitchen Project. Find out more at sccommonground.org or find Seneca County Common Ground on Facebook.

First-ever Jobs & Investment Survey launched in Seneca County

Survey for all businesses located in Tiffin, Seneca County

TIFFIN, OHIO – Feb. 10, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), in partnership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, announces that it is launching the first-ever annual Seneca County Jobs & Investment Survey. To fill out the survey, visit www.senecabusinesssurvey.com or visit www.tiffinseneca.org to find the link.

This confidential nine-question survey is for all businesses located in Tiffin and Seneca County and is designed to provide better information with which to assess how the local economy is doing and to identify ways to help local businesses grow and be successful. Only aggregate information will be reported to the public, and all individual answers will be kept confidential. TSEP hopes to publish this report in mid-March.

The survey was soft launched to TSEP members last week and is now open to the public. The survey will be open through March 1, 2021. It asks the following eight questions, in addition to contact information for the person and business filling it out:

  • EMPLOYEES (BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR) – How many employees did you have at the beginning of 2020?
  • EMPLOYEES (CORONAVIRUS) – What was your lowest employee count in 2020?
  • EMPLOYEES (NOW) – How many employees do you have now?
  • HIRING – Are you looking to hire more employees this year due to turnover or expansion?
  • TRAINING – Are you looking to train existing or new employees this year?
  • INVESTMENT (LAST YEAR) – How much investment did you make into the business in 2020 (land, building, equipment, furniture & fixtures, working capital)?
  • INVESTMENT (THIS YEAR) – How much investment are considering for 2021?
  • LOCATION/SPACE – Are you considering making any changes to your space/location in 2021? (adding on, renovating, additional location, relocating)?

Seneca County Commissioners President Mike Kerschner praised the effort: “This is a great opportunity for our local businesses to check in with the TSEP and the Chamber and for public officials to get a better picture of the overall state of our economy.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz asked that business leaders take the survey. “The information being collected provides valuable insight into the resiliency of our community, and I hope that every business owner takes the opportunity to fill out this survey.”

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact David Zak, President & CEO of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, at 419.912.1150 or by email at zak@tiffinseneca.org.

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.

New hair salon coming to Downtown Tiffin

Tiffin native returning home to open new business

Krystal Schadle (left) and Alex Pardi are co-owners of Cactus Hair Salon in Columbus. Pardi will be opening Locks by Cactus in Downtown Tiffin in the spring.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Feb. 1, 2021 – Tiffin native Alex Pardi is returning to the area to open a new hair salon, Locks by Cactus Hair Salon, in the spring in Downtown Tiffin at 33 Court St. Pardi is investing in new equipment for the space and will be hiring three full-time and one part-time hair stylists.

Pardi has been in Columbus for 14 years and co-owns Cactus Hair Salon in Columbus with Krystal Schadle, who will continue to operate the Columbus location. The Tiffin salon will focus on haircutting or hair sculpting, extensions, hair coloring, blowouts, wedding parties, eyelash lifts and brow mapping. Pardi and Schadle use and educate for BCS BEAUTY distributors.

In addition to hair services, Cactus Hair Salons offers a subscription box, Cocolocks Box, which includes full-sized professional products sent to your home on a seasonal basis. They also include surprise gifts from other small businesses.

“I am so happy to be back in Tiffin, doing what I love,” Pardi said. “My family is here, and I’m excited to be able to join a small town community that supports its small business.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Congratulations to Alex Pardi on opening the new salon. It is great to see someone return home and bring their experience and investment to Downtown Tiffin.”

For more information, visit www.cactushairsalonoh.com or find Cactus Hair Salon on Facebook.

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.

Board approves grants for two Downtown Tiffin buildings

Façade grant, sign grant are first in 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 20, 2021 – Tuesday, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant and a Sign Enhancement Grant for buildings in Downtown Tiffin. These are the first two grants being awarded in 2021.

At the meeting, the ABR approved a Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant of $1,500 for a canopy/awning for State Farm Insurance, 179 S. Washington St., and a $117.58 Sign Enhancement Grant for Sisters in Shelter, 76 E. Market St., Suite B. Combined, the projects total a $2,944.16 investment in Downtown Tiffin.

In 2020, the ABR approved grants for the owners of seven building in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of $221,000.

Additionally, Heritage Ohio, through the Heritage Ohio Main Street Program Grant, provided $20,000 to Downtown Tiffin for improvement projects in 2020. Those projects were for Tiffin Boutique Hotel Group LLC, American Legion Post 169 and 195-197 S. Washington St.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I’m proud that Tiffin City Council again has made funding available for these important programs and that we continue to provide help to our building owners in Downtown Tiffin to improve the look of their historic structures.”

Since the program’s inception in 2014, 87 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 million.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program 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.senecasuccess.com (search “Façade Enhancement”).

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.

TSEP launches unprecedented business outreach initiative

Seneca Fortune 500 seeks to connect with 500 businesses in 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 18, 2021 – The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it is launching its new Seneca Fortune 500 initiative, with the intention of doubling its business outreach to connect with an unprecedented 500 businesses or more in Tiffin and rural Seneca County in 2021. Calls will begin by the end of this month.

There are about 1400 business establishments located in Tiffin and rural Seneca County, and TSEP typically interacts with about 250 businesses every year.

The goal of the Seneca Fortune 500 initiative is to connect with more businesses, see how they are doing, and then quickly assess if those businesses can take advantage of any of the available local, state or federal economic development programs that could support their growth. If any potential resources are identified, a TSEP team member will either assist them in accessing the resource directly or connect them to a resource partner.

Resources include various financing, grants, and tax break programs. They include free organizations, services, and initiatives that provide technical assistance in small business growth, workforce development, operational improvement, and sales and marketing.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said he is excited about the announcement, “We know that existing businesses drive the local economy. Although we are an economic development leader in our region and in the country, I’m thrilled to see we plan on taking our outreach to new heights.”

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner echoed the sentiment, saying, “We love that this new initiative will touch more small rural Seneca County businesses than ever before. Every business matters, and we want no business left behind.”

Through of a $33,000 Business Outreach Grant obtained by Seneca County Job & Family Services at the end of last year, TSEP will be able to bring on Chris Frakas and Nick Curtl as temporary additional outreach specialists to assist in the ambitious effort. Frakas, a northwest Ohio native, and Curl have been doing business development and relationship marketing with COACT Associates in Toledo and will lend their expertise and experience to help talk with local businesses, acting as an extension of the TSEP team.

In Downtown Tiffin, Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart and the Main Street Business Enhancement Committee, chaired by local realtor Bill Jones, will again be reaching out to more than 100 downtown businesses. Other TSEP staff will be reaching directly to businesses they know and work with, and strategic partners such as the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will also play a key role the effort.

Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs strongly supports the initiative, “Resources is one of the Chamber’s four key areas of activity, and we want to bring as many resources as we can to help support the growth of our members. The Seneca Fortune 500 a great example of innovation and partnership.”

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.

TSEP hosting free webinars for small businesses

TechCred Webinar on Jan. 21, SBA Webinar on Jan. 29

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 14, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is announcing today that it is hosting two webinars in January for small businesses seeking funding. The webinars are free, but registration is required.

TSEP, in partnership with the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services, will present a webinar on TechCred at noon Jan. 21, 2021. Program presenters are Lu Cooke, NW Ohio Liaison for Lt. Gov. John Husted, and Tori Atkinson, Workforce and Apprentice Program Manager at Northwest State Community College. To register for the webinar, click here or visit tinyurl.com/techcredwebinar.

TechCred, through the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials. Businesses can receive up to $2,000 for each tech-focused credential earned, up to $30,000 per employer each application period. The current round closes Jan. 29 and the next round is expected to open in March.

In addition, TSEP is announcing a webinar update on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s new programs in Congress’ COVID-19 Relief Package, including the renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program, will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 29, 2021.  To register for the webinar, click here or visit tinyurl.com/sbaupdatewebinar.

The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020, and included the opening of a third round of PPP loans as well as other assistance programs. SBA representatives Deborah Callen and Timothy Ensch are to provide an overview to these new programs and answer attendees questions during the webinar.

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.

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for fifth year

Tiffin recognized as a National Main Street Community

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 12, 2021 – For the fifth year, Downtown Tiffin has been re -recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. Accreditation is an honor that must be earned every year by meeting the program’s high standards as determined by an annual quality audit by state officials. With this distinction, Downtown Tiffin has received accreditation for its Main Street program at both the state and national level for 2016-2020.

Downtown Tiffin’s revitalization efforts continue to be validated and recognized throughout the state. Since becoming a Main Street Community in 2015, 55 new businesses have located in Downtown Tiffin and nearly $33 million in investment has occurred in the downtown.

In October, Downtown Tiffin was presented with two statewide awards by Heritage Ohio, Best Downtown Placemaking for the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater at the East Green and National Corner and Historic Farmstead of the Year for Winterberry Farm. Since 2017, Downtown Tiffin has received six additional awards and one honorable mention from Heritage Ohio.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was glad to see Downtown Tiffin recognized. “I’m honored that Downtown Tiffin has received its accreditation for the fifth year. Especially during this difficult year, I’m proud of our business and building owners and the hard work of Amy Reinhart, Director of Downtown Revitalization for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership,  and members of the downtown development committees.”

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.

About Heritage Ohio As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org

City, county grant programs aid 186 businesses, organizations

Tiffin, Seneca CARES programs distributed $1.2 million

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 7, 2021 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Seneca County, and several townships and villages, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that $1.2 million in CARES act funding was distributed to 186 businesses by the end of 2020. TSEP thanked the City of Tiffin; Seneca County; the villages of Bettsville and Green Springs; and Bloom, Clinton, Eden, Hopewell and Pleasant and townships for their contributions to the Tiffin CARES and Seneca CARES small business relief grant programs. 

The programs made up to $10,000 in grant funding available to for- and non-profit businesses in Tiffin and rural Seneca County and had the goal of providing financial relief from loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tiffin CARES program opened Sept. 30 and the Seneca County CARES program, open to all businesses in Seneca County including the cities of Fostoria and Tiffin, opened Oct. 28.

In total, the City of Tiffin contributed $574,000, and Seneca County contributed $390,000, with an additional $205,000 provided by Bloom, Clinton, Eden, Hopewell and Pleasant townships and the villages of Bettsville and Green Springs. Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership administered the programs on behalf of the City of Tiffin and Seneca County Board of Commissioners. The Fostoria Economic Development Corporation also had an additional program for Fostoria businesses funded by Seneca County.

TSEP reports that of the businesses that received funding, 81 businesses are in Tiffin and 105 are in rural Seneca County. Participating businesses reported an average of 45 percent decline in revenue when comparing a three-month or longer period from 2019 to 2020. Significantly, more than 700 people are employed at these small businesses.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the program, saying, “Although we know this doesn’t make up for all of the damage, we were glad to be able to do something to help our small businesses using the federal CARES money. I appreciate Tiffin City Council’s support for this important initiative.”

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner strongly supported the program. “I am glad we were able to help both non-profit and for-profit businesses throughout all of Seneca County during this difficult time. I appreciate the many townships and villages also contributing some of their federal funds to make a difference.” 

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.

Top 10 community project proposals made public

Dream Big, Tiffin process asks residents to provide their feedback through January 22

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 6, 2021 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is excited to announce that the top ten community development project proposals submitted in the fall Dream Big, Tiffin initiative have been posted online will be reviewed by a committee of community development leaders at the end of this month. TSEP is asking the public to go to dreambigtiffin.com to provide their feedback through January 22.

In the fall of 2020, for the first time in the city’s history, anyone was able to submit proposals and ideas via a new online portal at TSEP’s website. When the two-month open submission period was over, ten full project proposals with details and budgets had been submitted in the areas of Quality of Life (arts, parks, recreation), Health & Human Services, and Education & Training. In addition, 34 ideas were submitted for consideration to be developed into proposals.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I am thrilled to be entering the next phase of this initiative and to get the feedback of the community on these great project ideas. No other community in our region right now is pursuing such an innovative strategy to engaging area residents and stakeholders in community development.”

Following the public feedback period, two separate committees or “panels” in each area will evaluate and classify each of the project proposals as “priority,” “recommended,” or “reviewed” based on a number of factors and criteria, including impact, feasibility, maturity, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and public support.

The panels’ recommendations for prioritization will then be taken to a larger Tiffin Community Development Committee, which will finalize the classifications and the overall project list and then share those recommendations with local and state elected officials, as well as foundations and other sources of grant funding. TSEP will provide support by assisting high priority projects in obtaining funding as well as further developing project ideas into project proposals.

State Senator Bill Reineke strongly supports the Dream Big, Tiffin process, saying, “I appreciate that the community is working collaboratively to identify, develop, and prioritize the most important projects. This work is very helpful to me as I work hard to bring more state resources back to the district.”

Whereas economic development focuses primarily on for-profit, private investment and job creation, community development focuses mostly on public facilities, services, and programs to improve the community’s quality of life, health and wellness and educational resources.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, formerly SIEDC, has been involved with community development inside the city of Tiffin since 1990, originally with housing programs and over the last couple of years as the administrator of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and manager of the downtown Main Street program. The “Dream Big Tiffin” program seeks to increase community engagement, identify and develop more and better project proposals, secure more funding, and thereby improve the quality of life 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.

Ballreich’s Snack Food Company to invest in new machinery and equipment

JobsOhio Inclusion Grant to assist equipment purchase, future growth

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 6, 2021 – Today, Ballreich Snack Food Company has announced it will purchase new machinery with assistance from a $25,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant that will allow it to continue to expand the 100-year-old business. Ballreich’s employs 75 people in Tiffin, at its plant at 186 Ohio Avenue.

The grant is being used to support Ballreich’s investment of $175,000 over the next year, which includes $100,000 in machinery and equipment costs and $75,000 in building costs. Ballreich’s worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo to secure the grant.

Ballreich’s started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich, who famously came up with the term “marcelled” for

the name of the waves in the chips based on the popular hairstyle of the time. Fred’s brother, Carl, and his

wife Emma joined the company after working at the Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan. In April 2019, a group of local business people purchased the company. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Ballreich’s announced three new flavors in July — Honey Butter, Sweet Thai Chili, and Smoked Cheddar.

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant became available in early July and provides financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

“Thank you to JobsOhio and Regional Growth Partnership for helping us secure this grant which will go a long way to helping us continue to expand our business,” said Tom Miller, President of Ballreich’s Snack Food Company.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m excited to see that Ballriech’s is continuing to invest in its company and grow. I’m proud that Ballreich’s is going into its second century making great snacks here in Tiffin, Ohio.”

For more about Ballreich Snack Food Company, visit www.ballreich.com, call (800) 323-CHIP or find Ballreich’s on Twitter @Ballreich_Chips and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BallreichsPotatoChips/.

About Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Ballreich’s Potato Chips is a snack foods company that was started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich. Today, its products include the classic “marcelled” chips in a variety of flavors, pretzels, popcorn, tortilla chips and potato sticks which are distributed to customers throughout Ohio, lower Michigan and eastern Indiana. For more information, visit www.ballreich.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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.