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Tiffin business seeks buyer for long-standing service business

Company asking $250,000 for equipment, inventory

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that owner of a long-standing Seneca County service business is wanting to sell the business and real estate. Detailed information about this opportunity, codenamed “Project Mystic,” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until March 7, 2022.

The business owner wishes to remain anonymous at this time and is seeking to sell the business as soon as possible. The owner is asking $250,000 for the business. Annual sales this year are expected to be $450,000, generating $70,000 in profit. The business currently has four full-time employees. The business owner can provide support and serve as a resource to help the purchaser learn the business.

This business is currently located in Tiffin. The owner is also selling building for $350,000, which includes 11,000 sf of commercial space plus some additional storage space.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz stated his support of the project. “The Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse continues to be a resource to connect entrepreneurs to business owners ready to retire, but not looking to close their successful ventures. I hope that this project allows this long-standing business to remain in Tiffin.”

Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both. The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), launched in April 2021, is designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. There may be investors that do not want to run the business but would be willing to invest if a competent entrepreneur and business manager could be found. Interested parties should contact David Zak, President & CEO of TSEP, at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150.

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.

Circle H Station gets new ownership

New ownership invests almost $180,000 in Tiffin business

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 29, 2021 – Today, Jared Fleming is excited to announce that he has purchased Circle H Station, 130 Melmore St., Tiffin, with an investment of $179,000. Fleming will take over the business starting Jan. 3, 2022. Circle H employs three people, and Fleming intends to add additional staff in the next few years.

Having started as Circle H Tire in 1998, the name was changed to Circle H Station when the business moved to the gas station on Melmore Street in 2008. Circle H specializes in tire changes, mounting and repairs, and Fleming expects to maintain the level of service that customers have come to expect, and add more within the first year and with additional staffing.

Fleming said he’s excited for the future of Circle H. “It has been my dream to own my own business in Tiffin, and I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve the residents of Tiffin and Seneca County and add to the business for years to come.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Jared Fleming. It is exciting to see entrepreneurs investing in the City of Tiffin and breathing new life into established businesses.”

Circle H Station is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce. A Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 4 p.m. Jan. 17, 2022.

For more information or to schedule service, call (419) 447-4683.

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.

Jolly’s adding donuts to menu

New ownership partnering with Heidelberg University Dining

Jolly’s Morning Manager Holly Weber holds a selection of donuts going on sale at Jolly’s starting Jan. 10.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 27, 2021 – After having taking over in November, Jolly’s new owners Dave and Amber Spridgeon have announced they are partnering with Heidelberg University Dining to offer cream sticks with multiple fillings, muffins, and cake and glazed donuts beginning Jan. 10.

A daily selection will be available, and with every dozen donuts purchased, patrons will receive a special 13th donut that cannot be purchased separately. The “Jolly’s donut” is iced in orange, root beer flavored icing and bears the Jolly’s logo in white.

Co-owner Amber Spridgeon said: “It was our hope to add donuts to the menu while still keeping all the great items and recipes people have come to expect from Jolly’s. Thanks to this partnership with Heidelberg University Dining, we can open our doors for people to grab a donut and a cup of coffee, or stay a while and read the morning paper with us.”

Starting Jan. 10, Jolly’s will adjust their hours to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, closed on Sundays only.

Jolly’s is located at 66 E. Market St., Tiffin. For more information, visit www.jollysdrivein.com or find them on Facebook. Jolly’s is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

TSEP hires new Development Manager

Legislative aid to State Senator Bill Reineke to start January 5

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 23, 2021 – Following an extensive two-month, multistate search, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is proud to announce that Adam Gillmor will be joining as the Development Coordinator helping to facilitate community, entrepreneurship and rural development.  Gillmor will be starting in his new role on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, and will be working at TSEP’s offices at 96 S. Washington St. in the heart of historic downtown Tiffin.

“I am excited to join the TSEP team and to return to Tiffin and Seneca County, where I can join a community on the rise and help contribute to its economic growth and quality of life,” said Gillmor. “I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to helping increase our focus on rural development, foster entrepreneurship, and support important community development projects.”

The Dublin, Ohio native with Seneca County roots graduated in 2019 graduate from the College of Wooster with a degree in political science. Gillmor has most recently worked for both Ohio Senators Bill Reineke and Dave Burke, assisting with constituent outreach and relations, policy research and legislation, and communications. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Coordinator for Opioid Communications for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, working with OSU Extension and mental health centers statewide.

“At TSEP, we are looking for smart, talented people with drive and a strong work ethic, who care about our community and want to make a difference,” said TSEP President & CEO David Zak. “Adam is indeed such a person, and we’re fortunate to have him take on and learn this critical position. He’s a great addition to the team.”

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.

Grammer to invest in Tiffin plant with new machinery transfers

Company looking to hire new staff locally

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 22, 2021 – Grammer, formerly TMD, Inc., has announced that it is completing a 12-month expansion at its Tiffin facility with the transfer of equipment. This growth will better position the company to compete in the global automotive market and creates opportunities for new employment.

In the past 12 months, Grammer has moved in four blow molding machines – including one new and three transfers from Jefferson, Ohio – and five injection molding machines from Delphos Ohio. This fall, they completed the project for the year with the addition of three more injection molding machines. Grammer employs 316 people in Tiffin, and expect to add 12-15 press operators with these investments locally.

Grammer began more than 100 years ago in Amberg, Germany, and since then has developed from a regional manufacturer of seat cushions to a global player in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry. Today, the company focuses on supplying supply headrests, armrests, center consoles and high-quality interior components to car manufacturers and system suppliers of the automotive industry and produces seats for the commercial vehicle industry. In 2018, Grammer took over Toledo Molding & Die Inc., including the Tiffin plant, which was established in Tiffin in 2003 at the Eagle Rock Business Park.

“I’m proud that Grammer Americas has chosen to invest in Tiffin and bring these new machines to our plant. We are looking to hire more staff soon as we continue to increase our production,” said Plant Manager Christian Tooman.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m excited to hear that Grammer is continuing to invest in Tiffin and growing their workforce. I greatly appreciate their steadfast commitment to our community.”

Grammer is located at 1441 N. Maule Road. For more information, visit www.grammer.com or call (419) 443 9031.

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.

Independent Pallet to locate in former American Standard building

Company to invest $2.6 million locally

The former American Standard property, 324 4th Ave., Tiffin.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 21, 2021 – A new pallet manufacturing and logistics company is opening in Tiffin, bringing with it an investment of $2.6 million and plans to hire people immediately. Independent Pallet will locate in a portion of the former American Standard property, 324 4th Ave., Tiffin, and begin production in early 2022.

Independent Pallet will manufacture, recycle and distribute pallets to companies throughout the United States. Investments include new machinery and equipment, including vehicles and trailers, and materials. The company is looking to hire 30 employees, both laborers and drivers, soon, and expect to hire 150 employees in the next three years.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) worked with company to find the location and worked with local officials to help secure an incentive through the City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program. During a meeting on Dec. 20, Tiffin City Council approved the program for Independent Pallet.

Owner Luke Cavanaugh said he’s excited to be in Tiffin: “We’re very excited to be bringing our business to Northwest Ohio and we’re ready to get started to work. Thank you to Tiffin City Council for their part in approving the New Jobs Program for us.” Matt Peace is a partner and developer for the project: “It’s been my dream to operate here in Seneca County, and I’m proud to be part of this venture.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Independent Pallet on this announcement. “I’m proud to have a new manufacturer in Tiffin, bringing new jobs and life to one of our most notable properties. Additionally, I applaud Tiffin City Council’s support of the project through the New Jobs Program, and thank Council President Rich Focht for his efforts in helping to establish that program with the partnership of the City of Tiffin while he was involved with the economic development office. This project shows the benefits of having programs like this available to incentivize companies to locate in the City of Tiffin.”

For more information, including employment information, email resumes@independentfreight.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.

Tiffin business seeks buyer for long-standing restaurant

Company asking $275,000 for equipment, inventory

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that the owner of a long-standing Seneca County food and beverage establishment is wanting to retire and sell his business to another entrepreneur. Detailed information about this opportunity, codenamed “Project Thunder,” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until Feb. 21, 2022.

The business owner wishes to remain anonymous at this time and is seeking to sell the business as soon as possible. The owner is asking $275,000, which includes all equipment, furniture, tableware, and inventory. All equipment and furniture new within the past 10 years. Also included are $200,000 in transferable tax credits. Additionally, the business owner will provide support and serve as a resource to help the purchaser learn the business.

This business, located in Tiffin currently, has a monthly rent of $3,000 and currently employs 25 to 27 full- and part-time staff. Annual sales this year are $1.3 million, with a 6 to 8 percent profit margin. Pre-Covid it was $1.5 million.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz stated his support of the project. “The Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse has proven to be successful thus far, and I hope that investors will be interested in helping to see that this business continues to stay in Tiffin for many years to come.”

Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both. The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), launched in April 2021, is designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. There may be investors that do not want to run the business but would be willing to invest if a competent entrepreneur and business manager could be found. Interested parties should contact David Zak, President & CEO of TSEP, at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150.

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.

IMAGE can help grow businesses internationally

Information provided by Ohio Department of Development

The second application period for the International Market Access Grant for Exporters through the Ohio Department of Development opened Dec. 13 and closes at 3 p.m. Jan. 12, 2022. Funding for the second round can be used between Jan. 1, 2022, and March 31, 2022. Additional IMAGE funding opportunities will be announced quarterly subject to funding availability.

An IMAGE grant provides eligible businesses a 50 percent reimbursement of up to $10,000 for activities that promote international business. Activities include:

  • Website development
  • International advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Marketing and website translation
  • Compliance testing
  • Trade shows (international, domestic, and virtual)
  • EXIM Credit Insurance Premiums

 Applications must be approved before starting grant activities. Click here to apply now. For more information, visit IMAGE.Development.Ohio.Gov, email IMAGE@Development.Ohio.Gov, or contact an Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network director near you.

Additionally, the Export Success Training Program is now being offered virtually. There are 10 sessions beginning February 2022 on the Zoom platform. The cost is $2,000 for Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $2,300 for non-members.

This training program is designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses interested in expanding into global markets. Export Success can help you and your company develop plans to identify global markets, improve export efficiencies, understand export financing, and develop market-entry strategies. Export Success participants meet monthly for a targeted topic session.

Topics include:

  • International sales process
  • Legal issues
  • International marketing, banking, and finance issues
  • Logistics and incoterms
  • Cross-cultural communications
  • Developing and executing an export plan

Export Success provides a collaborative environment for participants to grow their export knowledge. Participants will learn how to arrange resources to enter the global marketplace. Participants will have an opportunity to work with experienced exporters and others from the public and private sectors who offer current best practices for operating in global markets. The knowledge and tools learned in Export Success will enable companies to execute global strategies more quickly and effectively.

Companies attending Export Success also may qualify for 100 percent reimbursement under the Export Training Grant through the International Market Access Grant for Exporters.

To apply or for more information, click here.

Studio 605 Fine Art brings paint parties to Downtown Tiffin

One of 6 businesses to open in Laird Building this year

This picture shows the interior of Studio 605 Fine Art in the Laird Building.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 7, 2021 – The owner of a new experience-based business is excited to help people in Tiffin and Seneca County get in touch with their creative side. Studio 605 Fine Art, located in the heart of Downtown Tiffin on the second floor of the Laird Building, 120 1/2 S. Washington St., Suite 215, Tiffin, will have its grand opening on Dec. 14.

The business allows groups of people ages 10 and older to come together for acrylic and canvas paint parties. Events can include birthday parties, bachelorette parties, team building exercises and any other group, and the business allows people to bring in Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) beverages for those of legal age.

Owner April Clay has had a lifelong love of art, and found comfort in creating art as therapy. It was that and the recent formation of the Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission that helped her decide to pursue the business. “I’m so happy that I get the opportunity to share my passion with the community, and that I get to help people be excited about creating art.”  

Tyler Shuff of Shuff Consulting said: “I’m happy to help another small business open successfully and to help encourage people to pursue the arts in Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Members of the community gathered with some of the partners of the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, Laird Building business owners and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 30.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Clay on the opening: “It is always a welcome experience to see a new business locating in Downtown Tiffin, and I’m especially encouraged by how this will connect with the mission of the Tiffin Arts Council.”

Studio 605 will be available for classes Monday through Friday 4-10 p.m. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, like and follow Studio 605 on Facebook and Instagram, visit studio605fa.com, email studio605fa@gmail.com or call (567)-938-0605.

In 2021, Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group, which owns the Laird Building, has invested significantly in the property, including building updates, small renovation projects and a new lighted sign for the building, which was supported through a City of Tiffin Sign Enhancement Program grant and recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

This year, five businesses in addition to Studio 605 have moved into the building, including 5K Construction, Hope’s Landing, JT’s Bagel Bar, Tiffin Youth Football and Yours with Every Stitch. In addition, Jolly’s, which has been in the building since 2017, recently went under new ownership.

About Shuff Consulting LLC

Founded in 2013, Shuff Consulting LLC specializes in assisting with the incubation of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. With a multifaceted approach, Shuff Consulting delivers results and outside-of-the-box solutions to many areas of business. This Consulting group and its associates also offer services in the arenas of real estate development, property management, marketing & advertising solutions, as well as design.

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.

Tiffin business seeks buyer for industrial service division

Company asking $300,000 for service line, equipment

TIFFIN, OHIO – Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that a growing Seneca County manufacturer is wanting to sell a successful industrial service business (powder coating) they purchased in 2011. Detailed information about this opportunity codenamed “Project Tower” can be found on TSEP’s “Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse” at tseoc.org. The opportunity will remain open from now until Feb. 7, 2022.

The business owner wishes to remain anonymous at this time. When the powder coating business was purchased, the company wanted to bring that function in-house. This service is utilized by many companies in a 60-mile radius of Tiffin, and selling the business will allow the local manufacturer to devote the current 7,000 to 10,000 square feet it currently occupies to core manufacturing, which will also be the space required to operate the business.

The owner is asking $300,000, which includes equipment and inventory not related to the seller. Additionally, the manufacturer will provide support and serve as a resource to help the purchaser learn the business. The powder coating business has averaged annual sales of $335,000 over the last five years with a profit margin averaging 28 percent. There are currently five employees running this line, but those employees will stay with the current employer.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is hopeful a new owner will be identified. “So far, we’ve seen great success with the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse in connecting investors with our local companies. I hope we can continue to achieve that again with this project.”

Eligible parties may include people wanting to run and/or own the business, but don’t have to be both. The Tiffin-Seneca Entrepreneurial Opportunity Clearinghouse (TSEOC), launched in April 2021, is designed to facilitate the flow of entrepreneurial talent and capital to new business start-up, franchise, and business acquisition opportunities. There may be investors that do not want to run the business but would be willing to invest if a competent entrepreneur and business manager could be found. Interested parties should Contact David Zak, President & CEO of TSEP, at zak@tiffinseneca.org or by phone at 419.912.1150.

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.