Economic Development Award

Ameriwood Industries receives 2021 Economic Development Award

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

Roy Glodowski, plant manager at Tiffin’s Ameriwood Industries facility, poses for a picture after receiving the Economic Development Award from Andy Felter, TSEP Executive Board Member and President of Webster Industries at the 2021 TSEP Annual Meeting.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 8, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have named Dorel/Ameriwood Industries as the 2021 Economic Development Award winner during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Ameriwood Industries has operated in Tiffin since 1954, and has been under the ownership of Dorel Industries Inc. since 1998. Locally, the plant employs 218 people.

Dorel Industries Inc., based in Montreal, Quebec, is a global organization, operating three distinct businesses in juvenile products, bicycles and home products. Dorel’s strength lies in the diversity, innovation and quality of its products as well as the superiority of its brands. Dorel Juvenile’s powerfully branded products include global brands Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Safety 1st, Bébé Confort, Cosco and Infanti. Dorel Sports brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi and IronHorse.

Dorel Home, with its comprehensive e-commerce platform, markets a wide assortment of domestically produced and imported furniture. Dorel has annual sales of $2.6 billion with products sold in more than 100 countries, and employs approximately 10,000 people in facilities located in 25 countries worldwide.

In 2020, Dorel Home, a segment of Dorel Industries, announced that it would invest $3.27 million at its Ameriwood Home facility in Tiffin for machinery and equipment and hire an additional 87 employees at the plant over the next four years. The investment in Tiffin includes $2.57 million in new machinery and equipment and $700,000 in updates to the facility.

At the time, Norman Braunstein, President and CEO for Dorel Home, said, “We are excited to announce that we will be expanding in our facility in Tiffin. Tiffin has been an important partner in Dorel’s business model and will continue to rely on it as the company grows.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with Dorel Home and consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio. Local incentives include a City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $387,000 in potential workforce development grants. At the state level, RGP secured a Jobs Creation Tax Credit, Training Grant and Economic Development Grant through JobsOhio.

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.

American Plastics receives Economic Development Award at TSEP meeting

Managers of American Plastics pose for a picture with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Treasurer Scott Kromer (back middle) during the 2020 Annual Meeting Feb. 27.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 10, 2020 – American Plastics, a premier plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, Ohio, was the recipient of the Economic Development Award at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 2020 Annual Meeting. TSEP recognized American Plastics for its investment of $4.5 million into the Tiffin operation and hiring of more than 130 employees.

“We’re very honored and very excited to be the recipient of his year’s economic development award,” said Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin.

“American Plastics is very pleased to be growing alongside the City of Tiffin. It’s a great community, we decided to put business here, put our investments here because there are a lot of roots here in the City of Tiffin. There are good, quality people in this city and we really enjoy being part of that.”

American Plastics was founded in 2017 by High View Capital and Victor Park equity firms, and as a whole, the company has 15 facilities nationwide, including plants in Sycamore and Findlay.

In Tiffin, the company services 26 injection mold machine and one extrusion machine. The plant specializes in the production of plastic shelving, plastic totes and storage boxes, including the Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s; and Husky for Home Depot; and Tough Box for Sam’s Club. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, and Arizona. In the past 12 months, American Plastics has been primarily producing plastic shelving and totes for the Craftsman brand. The Tiffin division is the sole manufacturer of plastic shelving for the Craftsman brand, to be available at the more than 2,000 Lowe’s stores in North America.

In 2019, American Plastics invested $3.5 million in new presses at the 68,000-square-foot Hopewell Township plant, adding to the completion of $1 million investment in equipment and facility upgrades in 2018. Company employment, which was 27 at the beginning of 2018, was at more than 160 by the end of 2019. Roth said it was an extreme team achievement to have grown that amount while improving relations, quality standards and earning outstanding safety records.

“To think back to where we were two years ago, with only 27 total associates, diminishing contracts and to see where we are just two years later, it takes a total buy-in of everyone from the top to the bottom,” Roth said. “My management team I have here have bought in to it 100 percent, and they are really the key to core to the success of the Tiffin facility.”

Roth said that he believes in providing quality benefits for his employees that go beyond base pay. American Plastics offers a $2 an hour incentive for employees who show up to work on time for a week, management greet employees on the floor and many of the updates at the facility have been done to improve employee morale.

“At the end of the day, you can set your hourly pay structure as high as you want, but we believe that class of people deserve a safe, comfortable, friendly and appreciative environment,” he said.

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.

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 Economic Development Award – Arnold Machine

The 2018 Economic Development Award was presented to Arnold Machine for their recent 25,000 square foot expansion, creating 25 new jobs.

Zach Arnold started Arnold Machine in a garage as a small custom machine shop, beginning with machining and fabricating, in 1994. The business grew quickly, and branched out into designing and manufacturing manufacturing systems in a 50,000 square foot building in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin. The company now has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC.

Arnold is a Sentinel Career Center alum and still maintains a strong relationship with the career technology institution. Arnold serves on their business advisory council and hires on students through a work-study program, as well as a new three-phase employment program that starts students out working in their Junior year of high school and prepares them to be hired on upon graduation. More than 40% of the workforce at Arnold Machine are now Sentinel grads.

In 2016, Arnold Machine announced a new, 25,000 square foot addition to their facility, adding 25 jobs. The expansion was built and completed, the space is full, and 11 of the 25 positions have been created and filled.

Arnold has had a long relationship with SIEDC. In 1996, they purchased their first brand-new machine using the Revolving Loan Fund with SIEDC’s assistance. Today, Zach Arnold serves on the SIEDC Board of Trustees.

 

Economic Development Award criteria:
A community based project that will significantly impact other development in the community. A project that underscores the commitment of the business or owners to the community. A project that eliminates a potential blight in the community. A project that brings recognition to the community and is imaginative.

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.