Fostoria

Reineke Family Dealerships celebrates 55 years of business

Reineke logoFifty-five years ago yesterday, on August 26, 1960, Bill Reineke Sr. opened his first car dealership at 130 East Tiffin Street in Fostoria, kicking off a multi-generational, family-owned network of eight locations in five Northwest Ohio cities. With their exceptional customer service and community support, the Reineke Family Dealerships are looking forward to another 55 years. All combined all locations and franchises employ 375 and sell almost 7,000 vehicles every year.

That original dealership, called Reineke Buick Oldsmobile, quickly found footing in the community and was moved to a larger building just down the street in 1962. Bill Sr. was welcomed into the Ford Motor Company family of dealers in 1967, and in the early ’70s, a brand new Reineke Ford dealership was built at Perrysburg Road, just north of Fostoria.Reineke New Tiffin Dealership Photo

The opportunity to expand outside the Fostoria area came in 1984, when Tiffin Ford Lincoln Mercury on Market Street was purchased by Bill Sr. The Fostoria and Tiffin locations added collision centers to their campuses in the late ’90s, and in April of 2001, Tiffin Ford Lincoln Mercury moved to a new location at 2020 West State Route 18. The original Reineke Ford underwent a facelift that year, as well, with an expansive remodeling of its showroom.

Today, there are Reineke dealerships in Tiffin, Fostoria, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay and North Baltimore.

 

 

$2.1 million invested in Kroger remodel

The Kroger store at 126 West High Street in Fostoria held a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting this morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.1 million remodel.

The renovations began in January and the project was completed in late June. Upgrades include new contemporary décor, an enhanced produce department with a fresh market concept and an expanded natural foods selection. The store also now features a sushi island and six self-checkout lanes.

“Along with its diverse product offerings, the Fostoria Kroger associates will continue their tradition of exemplary customer service, community involvement and commitment to providing the highest quality fresh food products,” Kroger Media Relations Manager Jennifer Jarrell said.

This is the first time the store has been remodeled since its opening in 2006.

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

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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.

McDonald on board to lead Fostoria Chamber

Sally McDonaldLast month, Sally McDonald was hired as the new Executive Director of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce, filling the shoes of Pamela Smith, who left to head up Erie County’s efforts. On Dec. 23, the Chamber put out the following release, which we wanted to share. The Review Times also reported on her first introduction to the community where she talked about herself, her vision, and some of her plans (“Community meets new Chamber chief.”) She looks to be a great addition to leadership in Seneca County.

The new face of the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce had her first official day on the job Tuesday, December 16th.

Sally McDonald was hired as the new executive director of the chamber last week. She serves as the direct successor to Pamela Smith who announced Oct. 23rd that she would be stepping down to accept a job as the head of the Erie County Chamber of Commerce in Sandusky.

The Amherstburg Ontario native said Tuesday while she is still just getting her feet wet, she is eager to get started and familiarize herself with Fostoria.

“I grew up in a small town,” McDonald said, drawing comparisons to her hometown, as well as Leamington Ontario, the town where she served as executive director of the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce from 2011 to March of this past year.

Ryan Smith, Chamber Board Chairperson said McDonald’s experience in both the Chamber and in advertising will make her a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to promoting the city.

“With her background being a director, she knows the ins and outs of what it takes,” Smith said. “She’s very high energy and I think she’ll be a very positive influence on our members.”

In addition to running the day to day operations of the Chamber, McDonald will also be in charge of running the Fostoria Area Visitor’s Bureau and the Fostoria Area Safety Council.  Smith said the main goal, going into the future is to work closer with Fostoria Economic Development Corporation to expand the focus of bringing more tourists to the area and to help promote an influx of new business. Additionally, Smith said, to continue to provide good value for it’s nearly 300 members.