Holly Stacy

County workforce plan is made public

workforce-picPublic-private collaboration to implement plan in 2017

View the complete plan here.

TIFFIN, OHIO – December 23, 2016 – After four months of collaborative effort, a group of more than fifty stakeholders announces they have completed a new strategic plan for workforce development in Seneca County. Six committees have been formed to work on the 18 identified strategies in 2017. The plan is available to the public at www.senecasuccess.com.

Facilitated by Terra State Community College, the planning process was started after a local study done by Heidelberg University student Mark Linsalata revealed that 70 percent of Seneca County companies could not find all of the workers they needed and that half of those companies were not able to expand because of that issue.

State Representative Bill Reineke, who serves on the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, kicked off the event. “This is one of the most critical issues facing our economy and the businesses that make it run. I am passionate about workforce issues and am really pleased with the large-scale cooperation here among educators, businesses, and workforce and economic development.”

Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy also participated and looks forward to what the group can accomplish together. “I appreciate this initiative, and I believe we will make some real progress in addressing critical workforce issues for all of Seneca County.”

Representatives from the education sector include several area public and private K12 districts (Bridges, Calvert, Hopewell-Loudon, Old Fort, Seneca East, Tiffin), Vanguard-Sentinel, NCOESC, Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities. Participating businesses include Alvada Construction, American Fine Sinter, Arnold Machine, Autumnwood, Ballreich’s, Clouse Construction, Croghan Colonial Bank, Fifth-Third Bank, Mennel Milling, Mercy Health, ProMedica, Pyramid Recruiting, Quick Tab II, Roppe Corporation, St. Francis, Surge Staffing, Taiho Corporation, Toledo Molding & Die, US Bank, and Webster Industries. More people are being asked to participate and invited to the committees.

Old Fort Local Schools Superintendent Steve Anway, who is helping co-chair the Education Committee with Tiffin City Schools’ Pat Smith, praised the effort: “I am proud of the work we’ve done and the plan we’ve put together. I look forward to getting to work on the plan in January.” The group will be working on strengthening career awareness, job shadowing, financial and workplace literacy, as well as preparing students for careers.

Kerrie Carte, Planning & Development Coordinator for WSOS Community Action, is chairing the Training & Placement Committee, and is excited about next year. “Our key focus for 2017 will be working to better align adult training programs with the needs of the business community. We also hope to work on specialized job fairs and support for veterans.”

Ron Schumacher, Director of Facilities and Support Operations for Mercy Health in Tiffin, is co-chairing the Community Services Committee with Tiffin-Seneca United Way’s Pat DeMonte. “We hope to join the effort to make progress on some of the ‘big-picture’ challenges including combating the drug epidemic, addressing mental health issues, and getting the word out about available community services.”

The overall planning effort is co-led by the Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Terra State Community College, and SIEDC. The six committees will begin work in January, with a Workforce Summit–to celebrate the successes of the year and plan for the next–to take place on November 30, 2017.

If anyone in the public has interest in becoming involved, they may contact Carol Kern at Job & Family Services at (419) 447-5011 x322 or  Carol.Owen@jfs.ohio.gov, Beth Hannam at 419.559.2237 or bhannam@terra.edu, or David Zak with SIEDC at 419.912.1150 or zak@senecacounty.org.

Pizza Palooza and Family Movie Night set for July 16

Enjoy pizza from 7 local shops, Disney’s Zootopia

Pizza Palooza-1TIFFIN, OHIO – June 23, 2015 – Pizza Palooza and Family Movie Night, sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships, will take place July 16, starting at 6 p.m., at the courthouse green space in downtown Tiffin.

“It’s going to be a great night to bring your family out and enjoy a taste of Tiffin and a movie,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. “It will also be the last event to take place on the downtown green space before the groundbreaking of the new Joint Justice Center.”

Seven Tiffin pizzerias have signed on to participate: AJ’s Heavenly Pizza, Domino’s, Fort Ball Pizza Palace, Marco’s Pizza, Napoli Pizza, Pizza Hut and Reino’s Pizza & Pasta. Attendees can purchase $1 tickets that can be redeemed for a slice of pizza from any vendor, potato chips provided by Ballreich’s, soda provided by S&S Variety Beverage or water provided by Hempy Water of Tiffin. Half of each ticket sold will go toward downtown revitalization, and AJ’s Heavenly Pizza has pledged to donate their profits from the event to Patchworks House.

There will also be a blind pizza tasting contest where contestants will attempt to identify the restaurant by taste. The event will kick-off with local celebrities taking the challenge, including Mayor Aaron Montz, Commissioner Holly Stacy and Reineke Marketing Manager Greg Dell.

A screening of blockbuster hit Zootopia will begin at dusk. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. Tiffin Parks and Recreation is providing the movie equipment.

Families are also encouraged to come ready to play on the green space. Cornhole boards will be provided by Who’s Nuts and WTSC Seneca County Online Radio will be providing music.

If you have questions. please contact Bryce Riggs at 419-889-3932 (email:riggs@senecacounty.org) or Katie Lang at 419.618.2658 (email: lang@senecacounty.org)

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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. plans major expansion in Old Fort

Ohio Rail Development Commission awards $100,000 grant

clump and sealTIFFIN, OHIO – May 18, 2016 Church & Dwight Co., Inc. received a $100,000 grant today from the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) for a planned $2.5 million expansion of their northwest Ohio plant located in the village of Old Fort. Final approval for the project still depends on other incentives, but the target date for project completion would be by the end of this year.

The $3.4 billion consumer goods and specialty products giant established their Old Fort facility in 1980, and today it employs more than 215 workers and ranks as one of the largest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) manufacturing plant in the world. The expansion enables the Company to manufacture ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL cat litter at the facility, creating 20 new jobs and involving an investment of $2.5 million in new equipment and rail expansion.  ARM & HAMMER cat litter is the second best-selling cat litter brand in the nation.

Plant Manager David Johnston was pleased with the award. “The local workforce, infrastructure, and incentive programs are all important factors in the decision to make this investment at the Old Fort facility, and we appreciate the work the ORDC, JobsOhio, and SIEDC have been doing to encourage us to expand here.”

In addition, JobsOhio is providing $170,000 in Roadwork Development Grants to improve a mile-long section used by the facility’s truck traffic as well as to improve the plant’s entrance. The Company will also be appearing before the Ohio Tax Credit Authority on May 24 to ask for approval of a six-year Job Creation Tax Credit, estimated to be worth $75,000.

Seneca County Commission President Holly Stacy is pleased with the news, saying, “We are experiencing strong growth in all parts of Seneca County right now, and we appreciate that Church & Dwight has chosen to grow here. We welcome their investment and new jobs.”

About Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight is a $3.4 billion company headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey that is one of the fastest growing Consumer Packaged Goods companies in the world. The Company manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products, with such brands as ARM & HAMMER, TROJAN, FIRST RESPONSE, NAIR, SPINBRUSH, OXICLEAN, ORAJEL and more. Find out more at www.churchdwight.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.

Tiffin awarded site certification

site certAEP announces Eagle Rock Business Park is awarded certification for Eagle Rock site

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 15, 2016 American Electric Power (AEP) announced last night at the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) annual meeting that the Eagle Rock Industrial Park is the fourth site in northwest Ohio to receive the Shovel Ready Certified Site designation by Austin Consulting for food processing and general manufacturing.

The Austin Consulting site cert 2“Shovel Ready” Site Designation Award for the Food and Beverage Industry is designated after Austin Consulting evaluates over 200 critical variables that can significantly decrease the amount of time, expense, and risk during the site selection process. The designation is valid for three years, as long as no alterations are made to the property.

The certified site is 38 acres in size and in the Eagle Rock Industrial Park just north of Tiffin Insulators at the corner of Maule and Tyber Roads.  It is zoned heavy industrial, has an electric substation close by, and has access to large water and sewer capacities, important for food processing as well as general manufacturing.

AEP Ohio’s Manager of Economic and Business Development Tim Wells was pleased to make the announcement. “AEP is pleased to help local economic development organizations develop capacity, and this program will help make Tiffin more competitive. They are now one of only four such sites in northwest Ohio.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the achievement: “This brings us one step closer to filling the Eagle Rock Industrial park to capacity. Not many cities have a site with this level of certification; it gives us an advantage in attracting a new facility.”

Seneca County Commission President Holly Stacy agreed, “We’re one of only five counties in northwest Ohio to have an industrial site with this designation, and we are excited to position ourselves for continued industrial growth.”

About AEP

AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. It owns the largest electricity transmission network in the nation (40,000+ miles) and has more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. In Ohio, AEP serves nearly 1.5 million customers and provides power to more than 920 communities. AEP’s Economic Development arm facilitates projects and supports community efforts through a variety of initiatives.

About The Austin Company

Founded and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878, the Austin Company provides design-build and location consulting services for commercial and industrial operations. They offer a comprehensive portfolio of in-house services, including architectural design, engineering, design-build, construction management, operations improvement and consulting. Austin also offers value-added strategic planning services, such as site location, transportation and distribution consulting, and facility and process audits. Additional offices are located in Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Portage, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to a joint venture company in Mexico. Learn more at www.theaustinconsulting.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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Seneca County Commissioner Candidates Forum

How well do you know your Commissioner candidates? Would you like to know them better?

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services is inviting the community to Camden Falls for just this reason. On Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30am, join the Chamber and candidates Chris English, Rich Focht, Holly Stacy, and Shayne Thomas for breakfast, presentations, and a Q&A. Each candidate will give a 5 minute presentation, after which the floor will be open to the public to ask what questions they may have. The Chamber requests that interested community members RSVP and submit their questions by Tuesday, March 1 to info@tiffinchamber.com. Breakfast will be available at a cost of $10.

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English has long served the community in addition to his 40 year career with Webster Industries. After graduating Tiffin University with a bachelor’s degree and a State of Ohio Accounting License (CPA-inactive), English served on a multitude of boards, such as the YMCA, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and SIEDC, First Lutheran Church Council, Tiffin Mercy Hospital (10 years), Tiffin City Schools Board of Education (12 years, 5 as president), Tiffin-Seneca Public Library (10 years), as well as charitable boards in the area, and is a past-exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge #94.

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With a career in public service spanning more than two decades, Focht understands the importance of community involvement and investment in infrastructure. After serving in the Army for two years, he returned to work alongside his father as a general contractor. In 1988, he sold the business and became a city administrator before becoming president and CEO of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) in 1990, where he stayed until retiring in 2013. He currently serves on the Tiffin City Council. Focht is motivated by a desire to serve all of Seneca County and not just Tiffin alone.

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Stacy is currently the president of the Seneca County Commissioners. If re-elected, Stacy hopes to focus on fiscal responsibility through a new budget and creating a business-friendly environment to help provide job growth. Stacy served as president and CEO of the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2012. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University and a bachelor’s of science degree from the Ohio State University.

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Thomas has a strong financial background, spanning 25 years. His career history includes working for various banks, such as Fifth Third, National City, and the First Bank of Ohio from 1990-1999. In 1999, he began work for the Old Fort Banking Company as vice president of Commercial Banking. From 2007-2013, Thomas served as the vice president of Business Development for MGQ Incorporated, and co-founded the MGQ Terminal in Tiffin in 2009 before divesting in 2015. Thomas began to run for the Commissioners board in 2014, but left the race early to pursue other opportunities.

Hannah Taulbee – Heidelberg Student and SIEDC Intern