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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.

3rd Annual Motors N’ Music in Tiffin

Reineke Family Dealerships to host Car Show and Road Rally in Scenic Downtown Tiffin 

Press Release via Reineke Family Dealerships

TIFFIN, OHIO – Reineke Family Dealerships (including Reineke’s Tiffin Ford Lincoln, Reineke Collision Center, Reineke RV, and Eclipse Auto Care) will host a car show and road rally on Saturday, August 21st, 2021, in downtown Tiffin at the East Tower (109 Jefferson St.). All proceeds from the event will benefit The East Green Summer Concert Series. 

“We’re excited to host this car show and road rally again this year and look forward to spending the day in downtown Tiffin!” said Dan Reineke, Reineke Family Dealerships.  

The Motors N’ Music Car Show will run from 3pm to 7pm at the East Tower property. While the car show is happening, an optional road rally will take place at 4:30pm taking those car show participants on a scenic journey through the countryside and city of Tiffin. At the conclusion of the car show (approximately 6:45pm), commemorative trophies will be awarded prior to the start of the evening’s concert. Following the awards, everyone is encouraged to attend the free concert at 8pm with Shayna Steele at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater.  

You can pre-register your vehicle for $10 (and get a free t-shirt) at www.drivereineke.com/car-show or register your vehicle the day of for $15.  General admission is free to the public.     

Lastly, the all-new and highly anticipated Ford Bronco will be on site for viewing. 

See flyer for more information, visit www.drivereineke.com/car-show or reach out to Greg Dell. 

About Reineke Family Dealerships 

Reineke Family Dealerships, founded in 1960 by William F. Reineke, Sr., is a family-owned dealership organization known for strong customer loyalty and high sales and service ratings.  Reineke Family Dealerships operates in Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, North Baltimore, and sells Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles, and most recently, Reineke RV in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.     

About The East Green Summer Concert Series & Amphitheater 

The East Green Summer Concert Series is a local non-profit arts organization that is building an enduring legacy of art and beautiful music in the Tiffin-Seneca County area by encouraging artists and musicians with grants, scholarships, and performance and teaching opportunities. The main purpose of this not-for-profit entity is to promote fine arts, the performing arts and music education while engaging the community. All performances are held in the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater, downtown Tiffin’s newest outdoor live music venue 

About Shayna Steele 

One of the most dynamic singers in a generation, Shayna Steele effortlessly crosses over between soul, blues and gospel to retro R&B and jazz.  Shayna has performed as background vocalist with Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bette Midler and Steely Dan, and tours as a featured vocalist with Grammy Award winner Chris Botti. She was a featured vocalist on Snarky Puppy’s “Family Dinner” and reached #1 on the Dance Billboard charts as featured vocalist on Moby’s “Disco Lies.”  Shayna’s Broadway credits include Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and a member of the Dynamites in the original cast of Hairspray.  A self-proclaimed “American Air Force brat,” she grew up all over the world, but now calls New York City home. This is Shayna’s second appearance in Tiffin with her pianist and partner, Ohio native David Cook. 

Funds Doubled for Small Business Grant Programs

County Set-Asides End July 31, 2021

Press Release from Governor’s Office (July 16, 2021)

(COLUMBUS) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today reminded Ohio business owners that grants are available through the Ohio Department of Development (Development) to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of $310 million is being offered across four grant programs to help new businesses that opened in 2020, food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues, and lodging venues. To ensure the grants are spread throughout the state, each program has a set-aside amount of funding for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. If businesses in a county do not deplete the county’s allocation by July 31, the remaining funds will become available to businesses statewide.

“I strongly encourage Ohio’s small and medium-sized business owners to apply for these grants,” said Governor DeWine. “Funding is set aside for businesses in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and grants range from $10,000 to $30,000 apiece. As we continue our recovery from the pandemic, we want to give our local businesses this money to help them successfully move forward.” 

When Governor DeWine announced the launch of these grant programs in June, the grant fund totaled $155 million with money made available by the Ohio General Assembly through Senate Bill 108 and Senate Bill 109. On July 1, the fund doubled to $310 million when the new fiscal year budget was approved by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine. 

All four programs are administered by Development. Program guidelines, terms and conditions, and required documentation for all four programs are available at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov. Applications opened June 29 and will remain open until funds are exhausted.

Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers are staffed with advisors who can help businesses with the application process. 

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.

Copper Mare Ranch planning fall opening

Ranch to feature indoor arena, lessons and boarding

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 14, 2021 – Copper Mare Ranch, just outside Fort Seneca, is announcing plans to open an indoor horse arena that will include full-service boarding and riding clinics. The Ranch also will feature rodeo-style events in both indoor and outdoor arenas.

Founder and CEO Grant Fatzinger expects to open the arena in late fall 2021. Copper Mare Ranch, at 6090 N. SR 53, Tiffin, will be constructed on land that has been in his family for seven generations. Fatzinger has an extensive, 15-year rodeo background that ranges from bull and bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping and two-man ranch sorting. Heather Clouse is the Director of Operations. She is a registered veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the equine industry.

“Since I was a kid, it has always been my dream to have something like this in Seneca County,” Fatzinger said. “Being able to bring rodeo to help people discover a love of horses is a passion of mine.”

In addition to events, Copper Mare Ranch will offer full-care boarding. Visit the website for more information.

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerscher is excited about the announcement. “Congratulations to Grant Fatzinger and Heather Clouse on Copper Mare Ranch. Seneca County continues to grow with diverse, new businesses, and I’m happy to see this investment in our community.”

Copper Mare Ranch is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information, visit www.coppermareranch.com or find Copper Mare Ranch on Facebook.

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.

Nick Dutro earns prestigious economic development credential

Via Ohio Economic Development Association

COLUMBUS, Ohio – July 13, 2021 – Michael Loges, President of the Ohio Economic Development Association, announced that Nick Dutro, Economic Development Manager for the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership, has been awarded the Ohio Certified Economic Developer (OhioCED) credential.

“The OhioCED professional credential attests the depth and breadth of an economic development professional’s knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to the benefit of their community or organization,” Loges said. “Nick has achieved a level of professional skill and performance that places him among the top economic developers in Ohio.”

Loges also congratulated David Zak, President and CEO of the Tiffin Seneca Economic Partnership, for recognizing that economic development is critical to their community and advancing the skills of their professional staff.

Dutro joined TSEP in 2019 after a 10-year career with The Advertiser-Tribune as a reporter and Sunday editor. At TSEP, he was involved in major projects at Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Dorel Home and TH Plastics, and has helped Tiffin-Seneca Micropolitan reach a ranking of No. 4 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 581 micropolitans in the U.S. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio Northern university.

The Ohio Economic Development Association is the professional association for economic developers in Ohio. The certification program courses are offered through the Ohio Economic Development Institute, OEDA’s flagship professional development program. Earning the Ohio Certified Economic Developer is a rigorous, multi-year process. To be certified, an economic developer must complete more than 70 hours of core coursework, 24 hours of elective coursework, and complete a Capstone project. The Ohio Economic Development Institute program was created in partnership with JobsOhio, the state’s economic development organization, and Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service in 2016.

Free Employee Retention Webinar – July 20

The Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is sponsoring a free webinar on July 20, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Employee Retention. Denise Dahl from Epiphany Planning & Development will be leading the session.

Register by filling out the Registration Form and emailing it back to kern@terra.edu. If you have any additional questions, please call 419.559.2464.

Summary: “With all the talk of the 2021 employee tsunami more than ever the importance of retaining employees is being discussed. Take some actionable steps and learn strategies, both short and long-term, in engaging and retaining employees in this two-hour offering. The prediction of one in every four employees changing jobs in the next 12 months and the negative impact it can have on you and your company warrants an investment in learning how to save yourself and your company both time and money by keeping those you have and creating loyalty with those you hire.”

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC Program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

View State COVID Business Grant Webinar Recording and Slides – June 29

Watch the recording from the recent webinar on the new Food & Establishment Grant, Entertainment Venue Grant, Lodging Grant, and New Small Business Grant here:

The slides presented on the webinar are here as well:

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to David Zak at 419.912.1150 or by email at zak@tiffinseneca.org.

TSEP hires new Operations Manager

Tiffin University business graduate and successful nonprofit administrator to start July 12

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 29, 2021 – After a three-month state and national search, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is proud to announce that Corrina Haynes will be joining as the first Operations Manager in the organization’s history. Haynes will be starting in her new role on Monday, July 12, and will be working at TSEP’s offices at 96 S. Washington St. in the heart of historic downtown Tiffin.

“I am excited to be joining this great organization and look forward to being a part of making a big impact on the lives of people in Tiffin and rural Seneca County,” Haynes said. “I am eager to put my passion for nonprofit work, love for this community, and administrative and business skills to use supporting the team. I want to help continue the great growth we’ve seen here in recent years.”

A Tiffin resident and 2021 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in business administration, Haynes is leaving her current full-time administrative and victim advocate position at First Step – Wood, Wyandot, Seneca & Sandusky Counties, a family resource center that provides a variety of services runs the first domestic violence shelter built in Ohio and the fourth one built in the nation. There, Haynes was responsible for assisting with helping clients access resources, company reporting, information technology, fundraising strategy and implementation, volunteer recruitment and management, social media and external communications, file and document management, scheduling, staff support, and communicating with stakeholders on a variety of issues.

In addition to working for First Step, Haynes also has volunteered the past few years as a special advocate and guardian ad litem with CASA of Seneca, Sandusky & Wyandot Counties, where she works with the courts and significant people in a child’s life to ensure the best interests of the child are protected. Haynes also has experience in the retail sector, executing merchandising and customer experience strategy for Lowe’s.

“It has taken about a year to get to this point,” said TSEP President & CEO David Zak. “After months of strategic planning, budgeting, developing the position, we received submissions from 33 candidates, which was narrowed down to 12 we interviewed. Three finalists then met with our board of directors, and at the end of it all, Corrina was clearly the best choice. We are so fortunate to have her join our 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.