Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

CentraComm opening office in Fostoria

Company has 20 years of IT security and network service experience

FOSTORIA, OHIO – April 9, 2021 – CentraComm, an IT security and infrastructure provider with a regional focus and global reach headquartered in Findlay, has announced today the opening of a new office in Fostoria, 125 S. Main St Suite 201. The new office will have six permanent employees, with other staff members regularly using the space to meet with clients.

CentraComm has been providing Security Services, Network Services, Professional Services and Enterprise Hosting to customers worldwide for 20 years. This new, full-service location joins CentraComm’s offices throughout Ohio, including Findlay, Dublin, North Canton, Bluffton and data centers in Findlay and Bluffton.

“Our goal is to continue to expand our reach to improve service for new and our existing customers, while also providing economies of scale to benefit small businesses,” said Brian Coppus, CentraComm Director of Sales and Marketing, who will be working from the new Fostoria branch.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler said, “I’m excited to welcome CentraComm to Fostoria and hope that they have great success here for many years to come.”

For more information on CentraComm, call (419) 420-8797 or visit www.centracomm.net. Additionally, you can find CentraComm on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About CentraComm

CentraComm is an IT security and infrastructure provider with a regional focus and global reach. Our around-the-clock engineering talent and value-added services deliver peace of mind for our customers. We work with Fortune 500, educational institutions, and small to medium-sized businesses to allow them to innovate efficiently and remain secure. For more information on CentraComm, visit www.centracomm.net.

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-Seneca micropolitan ranks 4th nationally for economic development

Site Selection ranking is the community’s highest ever

Cover of the March 2021 edition of Site Selection magazine.

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. jointly announced today that Seneca County has placed No. 4 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 581 micropolitans in the US. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978 and top non-metro counties with an urban center between 10,000 and 50,000 since 2004.

This is the 10th year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally, and the sixth time it has placed in the top 10. In 2020, Seneca County was ranked No. 6. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Seneca County had 11 qualifying projects including American Plastics and Church and Dwight in rural Seneca County; Dorel Home Furnishings, MBDS, TH Plastics and Webster Industries in Tiffin; and Ohio Logistics, Mennel Milling Company and Roppe Holding Company in Fostoria.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited to hear the news. “This ranking is further proof of the great things happening here in Tiffin. We are proud to be recognized again by Site Selection Magazine.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “I’m proud that Fostoria was again recognized by Site Selection for the continued growth in our community.” Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner added: “I’m proud that Seneca County has achieved its highest-ever ranking, and I congratulate everyone who contributed toward this great success.”

“Despite the disruptions of 2020, Tiffin, Seneca County, and all of Northwest Ohio stayed focused in putting the needs of businesses first while continuing to build a conducive climate for their success. And the results of those efforts show in the outstanding rankings in Site Selection magazine,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership.

This year, Ohio and Texas won the Governor’s Cups, Ohio for most projects per capita in 2020 and Texas for having the most qualified projects of any state for the ninth straight year. The entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay and Hancock County taking the number one micropolitan slot. Sandusky County placed seventh, Crawford and Defiance Counties were tied for 55th, Lima tied for 4th place for metropolitans with less than 200,000 population and Toledo tied for first for mid-metropolitans.

To mark the occasion, Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation and TSEP hosted a joint press conference today at Terra State Community College. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague; State Sen. Bill Reineke; State Rep. Gary Click; the mayors of Bellevue, Clyde, Fostoria, Fremont and Tiffin; Ron Schumacher, President of Terra State Community College; Dean Monske; Beth Hannam, Executive Director of SCEDC; and David Zak, President and CEO of TSEP, all spoke during the event.

More information can be found at siteselection.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.com.

About the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

Established in 1956 as the Fostoria Community Industrial Association, the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Fostoria and surrounding area in Hancock, Wood, and Seneca Counties, which consistently rank among the top counties nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Fostoria at www.fostoriaedc.org.

Seneca CARES Small Business Relief Program opens

Businesses can apply for grants up to $10,000

TIFFIN, Ohio – Oct. 23, 2020 – Seneca County announced that the application process for the Seneca CARES Small Business Relief Program, which provides small businesses in Seneca County, including the cities of Fostoria and Tiffin, with financial relief from loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is to open next week. For businesses in Tiffin and Seneca County, the program opens at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and close at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. For business in Fostoria, program guidelines and restrictions will be available on Monday, Oct. 26, and applications will be available on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The program was approved by the Seneca County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 22, and is being administered by the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Fostoria Economic Development Corporation. $500,000 is being allocated to the program.

Each applicant business must complete the online application during the application period; paper applications will neither be available nor accepted.

  • For Tiffin and Seneca County businesses, applications can be found at senecacares.com. Businesses with between two and 30 employees are eligible for grants up to $10,000 and businesses with less than two employees are eligible for grants up to $5,000. After funds are allocated for businesses in rural Seneca County and non-profit business in the City of Tiffin, Tiffin businesses who received $6,000 and $3,000 under the Tiffin CARES program will be eligible for up to an additional $4,000 and $2,000 respectively. Announcements of funding are to be made on or before Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. If there are more eligible requests than available funds, the winners will be drawn by lottery.
  • For businesses in Fostoria, applications will be available at fostoriaedc.org. Businesses with between two and 30 employees are eligible for grants up to $10,000 and businesses with less than two employees are eligible for grants up to $5,000. Announcements of funding are to be made on or before Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. If there are more eligible requests than available funds, the winners will be drawn by lottery.

Several townships and villages throughout the county also have chosen to dedicate additional CARES Act funding toward their local businesses. These include Hopewell Township, Clinton Township, Eden Township, Bloom Township and the Village of Bettsville.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “We felt it was necessary to distribute funding to those who are specifically affected right now. We are thinking of the waiters and waitresses, theater employees and people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. We need to make sure we positively affect as many people as possible.”

For additional information and program guidelines for Fostoria businesses, visit fostoriaedc.org or email president@fostoriaedc.org. For information on the general program and guidelines, visit senecacares.com or email senecacares@tiffinseneca.org, where responses are typically provided within one business day and posted to a Frequently Asked Questions page at senecacares.com. Additionally, a series of public, online meetings are planned. Login at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/339384213, or call (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 339-384-213. These will be recorded and made available for viewing at senecacares.com. Meeting times are:

  • Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 at noon
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

Seneca County ranks 6th nationally for economic development

Community ranked in top 10 percent for six years

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 2, 2020 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. announced today that Seneca County has placed No. 6 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 531 micropolitans in the US for the honor. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the eighth year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally, and the sixth year it has placed in the top 10 percent. In 2019, Seneca County was ranked No. 14. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Companies that completed qualifying projects included Agrati Group, American Plastics, Custom Glass Solutions Fostoria, Laminate Technologies, Morgan Advanced Materials and Technology, Nippon Steel Integrated Crankshaft, Ohio Logistics and Webster Industries.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was happy to hear the news. “This is the highest Tiffin has been ranked on this list, and it shows that Tiffin and Seneca County continue to be a great place for businesses to invest. We are proud to be recognized again by Site Selection Magazine.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “I’m proud to see that there was so much activity in Fostoria being recognized nationally.” Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas added: “I’m proud of the achievement for our businesses in Seneca County. I want to thank everyone involved in our shared success.”

“This recognition for Northwest Ohio is a testament to the strength of our regional assets and the outstanding collaboration among economic development partners to ensure the continued growth of our region,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership.

This year, Ohio and Texas won the Governor’s Cups, Ohio for its capital investment activity in 2019 and Texas for having the most qualified projects of any state for the eighth straight year. The entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Fremont placed 14, Defiance and Van Wert ranked 59 and Toledo ranked eighth for mid-metropolitans.

More information can be found at siteselection.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.com.

About the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

Established in 1956 as the Fostoria Community Industrial Association, the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Fostoria and surrounding area in Hancock, Wood, and Seneca Counties, which consistently rank among the top counties nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Fostoria at www.fostoriaedc.org.

Seneca County in Top 10 for economic development in US

site-selection-magazine-march-2017Earns second such ranking in four years

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 2, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Seneca County has again placed in the top ten nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects – placing tenth out of the 576 micropolitans in the US for the honor. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Tiffin micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally and the fifth year for ranking in the top ten percent. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area. Six Seneca County projects qualified for Site Selection, including expansions at Arnold Machine, Church and Dwight, Owens Corning, Tiffin Metal Products, Poet Energy, and Mennel Milling.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz cited partnership as a driver of economic development for the county. “Having the city, county and economic development organizations in sync plays a key role in keeping us at the top of development, expansion, investment and employment,” he said. Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “We are pleased with the economic development progress we see going on in Fostoria and in Seneca County. This is a great honor.” Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner agreed: “Throughout the county we are seeing record growth in all sectors. The climate for all business and overall quality of life improves with each addition.”

This year, Ohio ranked as the number two state for development projects and the entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Defiance tying with Seneca County for tenth, and Toledo ranking seventh in its division. “Northwest Ohio has built incredible momentum over the past few years,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. “National recognition is a testament to the fact that the region is an excellent area to locate or expand a business and to the hard work of our partners in economic development as well as public officials.”

A press release from Site Selection magazine and a complete list of the top 100 micro- and metropolitans is can be found here and more information can be found at siteselection.com.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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.senecasuccess.com.

Seneca County Land Bank awarded over $4 million

ni-programPress release from the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

The Seneca County Land bank received over $4 million in Neighborhood Initiative Program funds to demolish blighted houses in the county – $4,025,000 to be exact.  Seneca County was one of the highest funded counties which speaks highly to the quality of the project, the application and the partners involved.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Seneca County,” Seneca County Treasurer Damon Alt said.  “This kind of money will allow us to eliminate blighted houses and increase overall property values in area neighborhoods.”

Currently, the Land Bank has identified 161 properties throughout the county for potential demolition with this award.  This allocation was made possible because of the large number of partners, including (but not limited to) the Seneca County Commissioners, the Seneca County Treasurer’s Office, the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, the City of Tiffin, the City of Fostoria, and the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation office.

“For a community like Fostoria, this kind of money will have a tremendous impact,” said Renee Smith, President of the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.  “Citizens will see the results of this funding and it will benefit the entire county.”

Seneca County formed the Land Bank in November of 2015 by resolution of the Seneca County Commissioners.  A Land Bank is a tool used to strategically acquire properties, return them to productive use, reduce blight, increase property values, and improve the quality of life for county residents.  The formation of the Land Bank demonstrated our elected official’s commitment to healthy, sustainable community redevelopment within Seneca County.

The Seneca County Land Bank will begin acquiring the identified properties and demolition activity will then follow.  This will be an ongoing process but will directly impact property values, safety and even community pride.

 

South Korean company to create 150 new jobs in Fostoria

NoxThe South Korea-based vinyl tile manufacturer Nox Corporation is locating its first US factory in Fostoria. Nox will be renovating the former Atlas Crankshaft building, and plans to create more than 150 within three years in Seneca County.

The company will invest millions in machinery, equipment and building renovations, including a $2 million, 16,820 square foot addition to the existing building. Nox will initially hire 50 new employees, with plans of hiring an additional 50 workers next year and a total of 150 in the next two to three years. The company is currently interviewing for 10 management and administrative position, and will begin the hiring process for 40 skilled production, quality control and maintenance jobs next month, with production slated to start in mid- to late fall. Wages will start at $12 per hour, with an increase to $16 after a year.

Kudos to the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation for their work on the project and to Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio for their support.

Nox Corp. manufactures vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices. The tile is sold in 50 different countries, but the Fostoria plant will primarily serve US customers. Nox looked into locating in Fostoria due to recommendations within the flooring industry. Rubber and vinyl flooring manufacturer Roppe has been headquartered in Fostoria for more than 50 years.

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Fostoria “right on track” for 2015

2015_01_22 - Fostoria Dream Team

The Fostoria “Dream Team” – Mayor Eric Keckler, Chamber Exec. Sally McDonald, and FEDC Director Renee Smith

I just attended the 100th annual meeting of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce held at the beautiful Good Shepherd Home (which just celebrated a $2M expansion.) In attendance were scores of local and state leaders eager to celebrate the great year that Fostoria had and look forward to the year to come.

New Chamber Executive Director Sally McDonald kicked it off by sharing her theme of “I think I can; I think we can; I know we can; We can;” playing on the Little Engine That Could story. It was totally appropriate given Fostoria’s rail heritage and the fact that 1,000 trains go through the community every day. She set a course for focusing on positive messages – each attendee received the “homework” to provide a positive message for the 100 Days of Good News the Chamber will be sending out. She also pledged to commit to focusing on increasing member benefits and value.

Fostoria Economic Development Corporation chief Renee Smith provided energetic comments about how well things had gone last year, including how industry was expanding and hiring and sharing the fantastic statistic that 40% of all the available industrial properties were sold for a total of $11M+ worth of investment (want to do a future post on that.) She also talked about how her top three priorities for 2015 would be (1) Retention & Expansion; (2) Marketing; and (3) Attraction.

If you haven’t heard, Fostoria has a new tagline – “We’re right on track.” Well, with the great businesses there, a town full of great people, and the Fostoria Dream Team (see above picture), the future of Fostoria is bright indeed.