Annual Meeting

MST Pub receives 2021 Outstanding Business Award

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

Nevin Martin (left), TSEP Executive Board Member and chair of TSEP’s Downtown Development Board, presents the Outstanding Business Award to Chris Chase, Owner of MST Pub.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 15, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have named MST Pub as a 2021 Outstanding Business Award winner during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Owner Chris Chase started working at MST Pub, then Madison Street Tavern, in 2004 when he was getting his Master’s Degree at Tiffin University.

“What I found was just a really great community, and that’s basically why I chose to stay,” he said.

A year after he started working there, he became a manager and then purchased the business in 2009.

One of Chase’s goals was to take the business from a college bar to a full-service restaurant. Since he took ownership, Chase has invested in updating the busienss’s interior and exterior, including adding permanent tables, and creating a whole different atmosphere.

“It was really a matter of trying to clean it up and give Tiffin something that I think they needed, which is a different eating option, which is how I progressed to it being a restaurant from just a bar,” Chase said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MST was forced to close for a few weeks, but quickly pivoted to carry-out and curb-side pick-up.

“The community really supported us, in buying gift cards and showing us a lot of love with the to-go food. My staff was great, making the transition seamlessly,” Chase said. “Taking phone calls, running food out to the curb, making sure we’re sanitizing everything. It was very difficult in the beginning, but I think we transitioned well, and without the love from the community and all the support we got from them, it wouldn’t be as good for us.”

MST has a tradition of supporting the community, by providing food and gift cards for the high schools and local sports teams when asked. Chase was especially proud to have supported the Front Line Proud initiative by selling T-shirts at the restaurant, as well as making donations so that the group could provide lunches for hospital staff and other front-line workers during the pandemic. The mission of that group is to generate funds to recognize and support frontline workers while promoting unity and supporting our essential workforce through diverse and distinct actions.

“We don’t say ‘No’ too often. If we can help somebody out, we definitely try,” Chase said.

Chase thanked his family, his wife and their two children for supporting him and his staff, and the community for helping to make the business a success.

“That’s why we do all this, for the community. We really appreciate all the support they’ve given us through the years,” Chase said.

To view video of the award winner, click here. MST Pub is at 92 Madison St. For more information, visit www.mstpubtiffin.com or call (419) 448-9670.

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.

Projects announced, award winners named at TSEP annual meeting

459 new jobs, $92 million in new investment announced in 2020

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 3, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership held its Annual Meeting June 3, 2021, at Heidelberg University’s Seiberling Gymnasium. The event celebrated the successes of 2020 in the areas of Commercial and Industrial Development, Downtown Tiffin, Workforce Development, Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

There were many projects from 2020 highlighted at the event. In 2020, there was $92 million in announced investment and 459 new jobs to be created.

Economic Development Manager Nick Dutro announced Sonoco Products Inc. has broken ground on a new expansion of its facility at 60 Heritage Drive. Clouse Construction, the design build general contractor for the project, is adding 46,600 square feet to the building, including a new office and conference room and a warehouse. This is now the third expansion for the company, which has 90 employees in Tiffin.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced a new survey that opened to help educate, inform and to better the Downtown Tiffin Revitalization Program to strategically target new businesses. Find the survey at http://tiffinsurvey.com/. Those who respond can be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate from 22 MRKT or the Renaissance of Tiffin.

Also during the event, the TSEP Awards were presented to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the recognition.

Award winners at the 2020 annual meeting include:
• Partnership in Development Award – Tiffin and Seneca CARES Act Small Business Relief Grant – City of Tiffin, Seneca County, Village of Bettsville, Village of Green Springs, Bloom Township, Clinton Township Eden Township, Hopewell Township and Pleasant Township
• Economic Development Award – Dorel – Ameriwood
• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Handshoe Cakes and Cookies
• Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Bill & Kelli Jones
• Outstanding Business – MST Pub
• Outstanding Business – Buffalo Wild Wings
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Heidelberg University and Tiffin University
• Special Recognition – John & Linda Detwiler
• President’s Award – Beth Schweitzer

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership to hold free annual meeting on East Green

Economic development organization kicks off month long celebration on June 3

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 5, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it will be holding its annual meeting at the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheatre on the East Green on June 3, 2021. For the first time ever, this event will be held outdoors and be free and open to the public. Throughout the month of June TSEP will be highlighting the projects, the partners, and the people that help drive the economy forward.

The event is outdoors, and and attendees are asked to follow all CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available.

No dinner will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) drinks to the venue and vendors will be on site to purchase food. Seating will start at 5 p.m., with the event starting at 6 p.m. and finishing by 8 p.m. To RSVP and secure your seating, visit tsep2021.com (or click here).

TSEP President & CEO David Zak said, “This past year has been historic in so many ways, and we have been so inspired by our local businesses, government, and private. We want to recognize their efforts, while at the same time dreaming big for that future. This year, we’re inviting the entire community to dream with us.”

The event will feature several speakers in five-to-ten-minute segments:

  • Austin Brooks, Executive Director at the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship (Effingham, IL)
  • Craig Gossman, Owner of the Gossman Group and Board Member of Heritage Ohio (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership (Toledo, Ohio)
  • The TSEP Team (Carol Owen, Audrey Flood, Nick Dutro, Amy Reinhart, David Zak)

Topics will include the incredible challenges of the coronavirus; the best year ever for economic development; recognition and transformation for downtown Tiffin; innovation in entrepreneurship and workforce development found nowhere else in Ohio; community development engaging the public like never before.

Throughout the evening, TSEP will recognize and honor several businesses, organizations, and partners with the following awards:

  • Partnership in Development Award
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
  • Economic Development Award
  • Outstanding Business of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Special Recognition Award
  • President’s Award

TSEP Chair of the Board of Trustees Dean Keller echoed Zak’s sentiment: “Although 2020 was one of the most difficult years in recent memory, the resilience, commitment, and strength of our community came shining through. The annual meeting is a place to highlight our achievements and talk about how we’re planning to move our community and its economy forward.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. Tiffin and Seneca County consistently rank in the top two percent of communities nationally for economic development and has one of the most recognized and award-winning downtown Main Street programs in Ohio. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

$20,000 grant announced, award winners named at TSEP annual meeting

More than $56 million in investments made in 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 27, 2020 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership held its Annual Meeting Feb. 27, 2020, at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center. The event celebrated the successes of 2019 in the areas of Commercial and Industrial Development, Downtown Tiffin, Workforce Development, Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

There were many projects from 2019 highlighted at the event. In 2019, there was $56.7 million in announced investment and 445 new jobs created, 37 rural projects assisted and 17 community development and industrial projects announced or completed.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced that Downtown Tiffin received a $20,000 Heritage Ohio Main Street Program Grant. The program is designed to enhance the development and revitalization of downtown business districts in Ohio’s Main Street Communities. Funds from the grant are to be used for the downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program. Since it was launched in 2014, the façade program has had 85 projects for a total investment of $2.5 million in Downtown Tiffin. 

Also during the event, the TSEP Awards were presented to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the recognition.

Award winners at the 2019 annual meeting include:

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.

2019 TSEP Award Winners

The TSEP Awards are presented each year at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year’s meeting was March 7, 2019 and the following six awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

2018 SIEDC Award winners

SIEDC AwardThe SIEDC Awards are presented each year at the SIEDC Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year, the following seven awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

2018 Special Recognition Award – Assistant City Engineer Matt Watson

The 2018 Special Recognition Award was presented to Assistant City Engineer Matt Watson for going above and beyond his job duties to create a welcoming environment for development in Tiffin.

For the award presentation, SIEDC asked for feedback from representatives of the NRP Group, the developers behind the 52-unit Tiffin Pointe housing development. Their team members praised Watson for his diligence, and named Tiffin the most efficient and professional community they have worked with.

Tiffin City Administrator Dale Thornton also vouched for Watson’s excellence in the workplace. “Matt is an extremely valuable asset to the city and its residents,” he said.

Watson is a 2004 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School and a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering along with state accreditation to become a Professional Land Surveyor. Aside from his time at OSU, he has been a lifelong resident of Seneca County and active within the community.

 

About the Special Recognition Award
This award is given by the President or Chairman, at his or her discretion, to any person, business, or group whose service to the community is largely unknown.

2018 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Ralph’s Joy of Living

The 2018 recipient of SIEDC’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was Ralph’s Joy of Living. Ralph’s is a family owned and operated business that has been in the community since 1950 and is currently run by Ralph (the original owner’s son) and Julie Smothers. Though Ralph took over the family business started by his father, he and Julie have made many changes to the business, making them true entrepreneurs in their own right.

Ralph’s Joy of Living began as Ralph’s Maytag, an appliance store, in 1950. When Ralph took over the business he added cabinetry to their offerings and Julie began teaching cooking classes. Then came the Joy of Living. Ralph and Julie expanded into a 6,000 square foot addition and became the only appliance store in the nation with a liquor license, selling all kinds of wine and specialty beer. Finally, in 2016 they added mattresses to the store.

“We are thankful for the community,” Ralph said. “We love Tiffin, we love our customers.”

 

About the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that have exhibited the imagination, initiative, ability, and determination to mix capital and labor together to generate a business that provides employment opportunities and  new investment for the community.

2018 Outstanding Business Award – Zeis Companies

The 2018 Outstanding Business Award was presented to Zeis Companies for their business growth and exemplary community service.

Zeis Companies started in 1984, in the cabinet resurfacing business. The business grew into fire restoration services, and then sub-divisions and homes. Just this pass year, Zeis Companies was able to bring all of their operations under one roof in a new building N. SR 53. The building includes a showroom, a full shop for custom trim work and other pieces, as well as storage.

Zeis Companies is not just an asset to the community for the remodeling and restoration services they provide, but also for their community involvement and charitable works. Zeis was asked to assist in two Extreme Makeover: Home Edition builds, which inspired them to create the Extreme Build for Habitat for Humanity in 2011. Over the course of a day, volunteers are able to frame up and enclose an entire house. They have done four such builds since launching the program. They are also working with Habitat for Humanity to establish a ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Rich Zeis accepted the award on behalf of the company and all of its employees.

 

 

Outstanding Business Award criteria:
The business must be able to demonstrate leadership in their particular field. The business must be able to show the involvement of its owners, managers, or employees in community affairs. The business must be able to demonstrate generosity of time, talent, and money to local charities or non profit programs. The business must be able to show initiatives taken to improve the quality of life in the community. The business must be able to show activities that improve the community.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – New Riegel Cafe

The New Riegel Cafe was the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The cafe has been a Seneca County staple for more than 60 years.

The New Riegel Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant started by W.J. “Pete” Boes in 1953. The cafe started out selling barbecued ribs and chicken before branching out to other fare, like ham and shrimp, and in 1971 began selling homemade bologna and sausage, as well as homemade salad dressing. The business expanded in the late 80’s with the addition of the gift shop, connected to the restaurant but located in the building next door.

The award was accepted by Tom Boes, who currently owns the restaurant with his brother, Dick Boes.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award criteria:
The business must be established with a history of continuous operation in the community. The business must be able to demonstrate community involvement and/or made some civic contributions that have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community. The business must be an example of leadership in their business field, and an example of entrepreneurial spirit.