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Rose & Co. Mercantile bringing home and lifestyle goods to Downtown Tiffin

Store to feature local and handmade goods, luxury gift items

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 26, 2021 – After graduating from college and living in Europe for several years, Tiffin area native – Kate Hade is back home and excited to start a new venture in Seneca County by opening Rose and Co. Mercantile, a general store featuring locally-produced, handmade and planet friendly items including home goods, lifestyle and body care products. The newly renovated shop is at 134 S. Washington St. in Downtown Tiffin and plans to open Sept. 10, just in time for the fall season this September.

Owner Kate Hade, said she named the store after her grandmother, Rose Ann. Hade said, “My grandma was really my role model, she instilled in me a knowledge and passion for cooking, designing, and hosting and entertaining, all of which are inspiration for the types of items I will be sharing with the growing community of Tiffin, the name was obvious from the start.” Examples of items on display include hand-poured candles and soaps, hand-woven baskets, Ohio crafted teas, syrups and spice blends, and other hand selected luxury gifts and housewares.

“I wanted to open this business because it has always been a goal of mine to be part of something to better our community and share my style with others. My grandma was always very involved here in Tiffin and she would be so proud of me for doing something I love, she always pushed me to keep working. It’s such a rewarding feeling to be able to offer this type of shopping experience to the people of Tiffin and the downtown atmosphere is the perfect place to do that,” said Kate Hade.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m happy to welcome Rose & Co. Mercantile to the Downtown Tiffin business community and wish Kate Hade luck on this unique store.”

For more information, find Rose and Co. Mercantile on Instagram @roseandcomercantile.

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.

Annual Summit to celebrate Downtown Tiffin

Live music and presentation featured at event

The crowd at the 2019 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit hear a presentation by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart on Sept. 4, 2019.

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 25, 2021 – Join with community and business leaders in-person and commemorate a year of success for Downtown Tiffin with the 2021 Main Street Celebration and Downtown Summit, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at The Chandelier Community Event Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin. The event features live music, a presentation and awards ceremony.

The night will include a chance for attendees to network, and live music is to be provided by No Eileen. Ohio Sen. Kirk Schuring will give the keynote speech about downtown revitalization, followed by a presentation by Director of Downtown Revitalization Amy Reinhart. The event also includes the 2021 Downtown Tiffin Main Street Awards ceremony.

Tickets are $10. There is cash bar available and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.tiffinsummit.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.

Northwest Career Ready hires its first full-time leader

Ohio native to lead regional Business Advisory Council beginning Sept. 13

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 23, 2021 – The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), in partnership with Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers and Terra State Community College, announced the hiring of Chandler Grooms as a new Workforce Development Manager to lead Northwest Career Ready, a regional Business Advisory Council for several local school districts in Seneca and surrounding counties. Grooms is set to begin his job at TSEP on Sept. 13, 2021.

“I am excited about applying my experience and skills to Northwest Career Ready and helping thousands of students experience work-based learning and identify rewarding career pathways in their home communities,” Grooms said. “The collaboration here is incredible and growing, and I look forward to strengthening existing partnerships and supporting our local school districts and businesses.”

A former operations manager and interim executive director with the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association, Grooms has also worked with Lighthouse Youth Services, in the hospitality industry, and for his local YMCA. He is also a four-year AmeriCorps volunteer with a passion for helping high school students reach their potential and a graduate of Shawnee State University with a degree in political science.

Greg Edinger, Superintendent of Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, celebrated the move. “Helping students prepare for and successfully pursue career pathways is core to our mission, and we continue to be committed to Northwest Career Ready and creating work-based learning opportunities for all. We welcome Chandler to the team.”

Terra State President Ron Schumacher agreed. “In the last two years, we have been able to develop a collaborative strategic plan for work-based learning, streamline and consolidate business advisory councils, and create a marketing plan to spread the word. We are excited to have a full-time person focus on strengthening partnerships and executing our plans.”

“Over the last couple of years, Tiffin City School’s Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood did an amazing job helping us establish a foundation for success,” said TSEP President & CEO David Zak. “We’re confident Chandler can help build on that success to write the next chapter positively impact education, workforce, and economic development.”

About Northwest Career Ready

In 2019, Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (VSCTC), and Terra State Community College partnered with the Jobs for the Future (JFF) and their Pathways to Prosperity (PTP) national network to develop deeper relationships with regional business, industry, and educational institutions. That national PTP network includes programs in Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. One of the newest programs is Northwest Career Ready (NCR), established in 2019 Seneca County and now encompassing fifteen K12 educational districts in Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties. 

NCR and its more than 70 volunteers believe that for young people to see themselves living and working in the region, and for employers to see high school students and their future talent pipeline, it is critical that cross-sector stakeholders work together to map out seamless transitions from school to career success. So, the goal is to create, coordinate, and deliver work-based learning opportunities to every student at scale.

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.

Architectural Board of Review approves grant for American Legion

Service club to invest in new awning

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 19, 2021 – Tuesday, Aug. 17, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a façade grant for the American Legion, as well as approval to have the awning at the building replaced.

During the meeting, the board approved a $10,000 grant for American Legion Post 169, 280 S. Washington St., to replace the current fabric awning with a metal standing seam roof to be LED lighted. The $29,991 project was approved for the maximum grant amount.

The 2021 Façade Enhancement Program continues to be successful with 10 building project approvals for an investment of nearly $240,000. In 2020, the ABR approved façade grants for the owners of seven building in Downtown Tiffin for a total investment of $227,188.12.

Since the Façade Enhancement Program’s inception in 2014, 97 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of more than $2.6 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.

Architectural Board of Review approves two grants

Roofing projects approved Tuesday

TIFFIN, Ohio — Aug 4., 2021 — During a meeting on Aug. 3, 2021, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved Façade Enhancement Grants for two Downtown Tiffin buildings.

The Board approved a $10,000 grant for roof replacement at 130 S. Washington St., where the Tiffin Art Guild is located. They also approved a $3,100 grant for roof repairs at 27 Court St., where Lange Gordon Rannigan & Claus are located. Combined, these projects total nearly $50,000 in investment in Downtown Tiffin.

The 2021 Façade Enhancement Program continues to be successful with nine building project approvals for an investment of nearly $190,000.

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

New industrial spec building in Tiffin announced

Land purchase proposed to Tiffin City Council

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 2, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) has announced plans for a speculative or “spec” industrial building on a 12-acre site on Maule Road in the Eagle Rock Business Park. A purchase agreement between the City of Tiffin and Development Solutions LLC has been drawn up, and sale is contingent upon approval by Tiffin City Council.

Private investors will be building the structure, which is to be 50,000 square feet, will be expandable to 200,000, and will include office space. The shell for the building should begin construction before the end of 2021. The development of spec buildings is part of the City of Tiffin’s and Seneca County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan approved last year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “This strategic project will position Tiffin for new opportunities to grow our manufacturing base and bring good, high-paying jobs to our area. I am proud of the work we have done to bring this project to fruition and thank the investors who made this possible.”

TSEP Economic Development Committee Chair Dana Bennett said, “TSEP staff and our committee have been working for months to get to this point, and I am excited we can announce this project for our community. We feel strongly that this will position Tiffin and Seneca County to attract new industry, investment and jobs to our community.”

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 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.

Ohio Launches Survey for Businesses to Help Shape In-Demand Jobs List

Press Release from Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the next launch of the In-Demand Jobs Survey for Ohio businesses to provide feedback on the state’s In-Demand Jobs List.

“We want Ohio’s businesses to have the qualified workers they need to thrive, and this survey will help us direct training dollars into the most needed jobs,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “By working in partnership with business owners to determine which jobs are most in-demand, we can strengthen our workforce, create new jobs, and positively impact the economy of our state.”

The Survey, managed in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), the InnovateOhio Platform and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), creates a simple user experience and allows businesses to offer input on Ohio’s current and future in-demand jobs in just minutes.

“This survey helps us ensure that the In-Demand Jobs List is updated with the most accurate information so students and job seekers know where to look for the best opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “With insight from the business community, we can better reflect the needs of employers so that training dollars are invested towards preparing people for the jobs available in the workforce now.”

Ohio is required to maintain an up-to-date In-Demand Jobs List that directs the spending of 85 percent of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training funds. Although not required, Ohio has previously chosen to survey employers to ensure that state programs meet business needs.

The current survey is open to all registered Ohio businesses, giving small and large businesses alike the opportunity to have a voice in how Ohio prepares people for the current workforce.

Businesses can fill out the In-Demand Jobs Survey at topjobs.ohio.gov/survey.

Ohio’s updated In-Demand Jobs List will be published at the end of 2021.

Custom Machine Inc. expands with new machinery purchase

Company to grow staff by three in next three years

Custom Machine Inc. is located at 3315 W. TR 158.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OHIO – July 23, 2021 – Today, Custom Machine Inc. has announced it is investing more than $200,000 into new machinery and equipment for its operations just outside of Tiffin. The company employs 21 people, and will be adding staff with this expansion.

To meet demand, Custom Machine has purchased a new Mazak Vertical Machining Center for $240,000. In the next three years, the company expects to hire three more staff members. Custom Machine is proud to be financing the project through the Old Fort Banking Co.

Custom Machine was purchased by current owner and president David Hammer in 2004. The company started in 1979 in the garage of founder Harold A. Biddle. Custom Machine was incorporated in January 1993. The company operates out of a 19,000-square-foot building containing the corporate offices, machining and fabrication area.

Owner and president David Hammer said, “For more than 40 years, Custom Machine Inc. has been serving the local businesses and the community, and I’m excited to see that continue for many years to come. Thank you to our staff for all their hard work and our customers who have made this possible for us to continue to invest in our operations here in Seneca County.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “Congratulations to Custom Machine Inc. on 40 years and for continuing to grow your operations here in our community.”

“We are thrilled to see growth and expansion right here in Liberty Township,” said Tim Lynch, President of the Liberty Township Trustees. “The investment and vision of Custom Machine is wonderful for our rural community.”

Custom Machine Inc. is located at 3315 W. TR 158, Tiffin. For more information, call (419) 986-5122 or visit www.cmi79.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.

Yours With Every Stitch opens in historic Laird Building

Store specializes in alterations, mending and custom services

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 20, 2021 – Yours With Every Stitch has announced today that it has opened a storefront location in the historic Laird Building in the heart of Downtown Tiffin. The store specializes in alterations, mending and custom seamstress services.

Owner Danielle Park is a recent Calvert High School graduate who started sewing when she was 8 years old and has maintained a passion for sewing through her involvement in 4-H. She started the business in her second semester of senior year at Calvert, and has now decided to open a physical location in Downtown Tiffin to better serve her current clients and grow a new customer base. The shop features a lounge area to help customers and guests feel comfortable while getting fitted.

In addition to alterations and mending, Danielle enjoys making custom clothes, which includes children’s clothing that she has been selling at JAM’s Monthly Markets. She hopes to one day expand her clothing line to include women’s clothing.

“I love downtown so much. The Laird Building is the coolest place and I’m excited about being part of the Downtown Tiffin community,” Danielle said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Danielle Park on the opening of your store and being part of the Downtown Tiffin retail community. It’s exciting to see young people invest here and bring their unique talents to Tiffin.”

To make an appointment, contact Danielle or stop in at the store, 114 S. Washington St., Suite B. To contact Danielle, email yourswitheverystitch@gmail.com, or call/text (567) 230-6450.

Yours With Every Stitch 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.

Tiffin Foundry and Machine to invest in new machinery and equipment

JobsOhio Inclusion Grant to assist equipment purchase, future growth

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 19, 2021 – Today, Tiffin Foundry and Machine has announced it will purchase new machinery and hire more staff with assistance from a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant. Tiffin Foundry has eight employees in Tiffin, and has an additional operation in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

JobsOhio’s grant, secured with assistance from the Regional Growth Partnership, will support a planned $321,923 in machinery and equipment upgrades and three new jobs. In addition, Tiffin Foundry and Machine worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County on other potential incentives to support the company’s growth.

“Thank you to JobsOhio and Regional Growth Partnership for these funds that will help us invest in our company and expand our business,” said Steven Sobol, President of Tiffin Foundry and Machine.

With over 75 years of operation, Tiffin Foundry and Machine is an international supplier of shot-end replacement parts for all zinc die casting machines. Products include Goosenecks, Pots, Noses, Nozzles, Plungers, Burner tips, Nozzle gaskets, and rings. The company also re-sleeves used Goosenecks.

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant became available in 2020 and provides financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “Thank you to JobsOhio and RGP for supporting our businesses locally and helping our companies grow, and congratulations to Tiffin Foundry and Machine on this investment in our community.”

Tiffin Foundry and Machine is located at 423 West Adams St., Tiffin. For more information, call (419) 447-3991 or visit www.tiffinfoundry.com.

About Tiffin Foundry and Machine

With more than 75 years of service to the Zinc Die Casting Industry, Tiffin Foundry and Machine is an international supplier of shot-end replacement parts for all zinc die casting machines. For more information, call (419) 447-3991 or visit www.tiffinfoundry.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.