Industrial development

Webster Industries Acquires Action Equipment Company

Press Release via Webster Industries

TIFFIN, OH – March 2, 2021 – Webster Industries, Inc., an industry leader in conveyor chain, sprockets, vibrating conveyors and specialty castings, announces the acquisition of Action Equipment Company (ACTION), a leader of vibratory conveying and process equipment. The combination will allow Webster to expand high-quality custom design offerings, vertically integrated production capacity, and fulfill innovative product and service needs for the combined global customer base.

Since 1972, ACTION has been dedicated to the design, manufacture and installation support of vibratory equipment. ACTION employs over 35 skilled and technical team members including leadership from brothers, Andy and Dan LaVeine. They have built a strong reputation through their design expertise, innovation engineering, reliable manufacturing and excellent customer service.

ACTION’s highly customized and premium quality equipment compliments Webster’s leadership position in the power transmission industry, and will allow Webster to widen their global offerings of conveyor components.

“We are excited to join the Webster and ACTION employee-owned teams as we are powerfully aligned in purpose, mission and culture,” says Andrew J Felter, President & CEO of Webster. “While we are each best-in-class in premium customer value, we also complement one another to offer our combined customer base added products and service solutions. The blend of the Webster Operating System with Action’s strong technical abilities will create significant value potential for vendor partners, customers and communities where we operate. The move underscores our focus on growth in diverse markets, along with enhanced quality, innovation and service excellence.”

For decades, Webster has operated as an employee-owned company. This organizational structure provides employees with tangible benefits for their knowledge, skill and hard work. Beginning March 1st Webster and ACTION will operate as a team of owners with each person bringing their abilities, talents, expertise and experiences. The ACTION team will remain the same and the organization will continue to brand and market itself as ACTION Vibratory Equipment.

“It is an exciting merger, one in which both companies strategically complement one another. ACTION’s team is passionate about its core competence and strengths, vibratory technology and look forward to continued marketplace growth alongside Webster,” said Andrew LaVeine, President of ACTION.

Dorel Home adding 87 jobs at Ameriwood Tiffin facility

Company to invest more than $3 million locally

Tiffin, Ohio – Sept. 21, 2020 – Today, Tiffin City Council approved a resolution to provide the city’s New Jobs Program tax credit to Dorel Home, a segment of Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX:DII.B, DII.A), for the planned expansion of 87 new employees and $3.27 million investment at the Ameriwood Home facility in Tiffin, Ohio, over the next 4 years. Final approval for the project is contingent upon the receipt of state and local incentives. The company currently employs 218 people in Seneca County.

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.”

Dorel’s investment in Tiffin includes $2.57 million in new machinery and equipment and $700,000 in updates to the facility.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I am proud that Tiffin was chosen as the location for this expansion and hope that the company will continue to invest in Tiffin for many years to come. In light of these difficult times, I’m excited that we are able to share the good news with our citizens that we continue to be a community that is growing.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with Dorel Home and consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio. Local incentives include the City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program, which provides a maximum credit of up to 50 percent of new personal income taxes collected from the qualifying new jobs for up to five years, 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.

“We are grateful for the collaboration with RGP, the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Development Services Agency to bring Dorel’s expansion and 87 new jobs to Northwest Ohio,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “Dorel’s expansion at its ready-to-assemble furniture plant will update its equipment and bring more opportunity to Tiffin as Ohio continues to grow its economy.”

About Dorel

Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) 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 US$2.6 billion and employs approximately 8,900 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.

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 investing $7 million in Seneca County operations

Company added 5 new presses, improved facility

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 20, 2020American Plastics, a premier plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, Ohio, has announced that it has invested $7 million into its operations at the plant. American Plastics employs 142 people in Seneca County.

The new investment is to support American Plastic’s current customers, and includes the purchase of five new, state-of-the-art presses, tooling investments and facility improvements to increase efficiency and capacity.

American Plastics’s Tiffin facility is the sole manufacturer of shelving for the Craftsman brand, available at the more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores in North America. The plant specializes in the production of plastic shelving, including Craftsman, Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, including facilities in Sycamore and Findlay.

In addition to the investments in the company, American Plastics has committed to increasing the wages of its staff. Starting wages are to increase to $14.50 an hour, with a $1 an hour incentive bonus for attendance, for a total starting wage of $15.50 an hour. An outdoor hiring event has been scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at American Plastics, 1780 CR 1. There will be open interviews, with orientations on the spot. Available positions are in first and third shift, and employees work 12-hour shifts for 15 days a month. Social distancing guidelines are to be followed.

Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin, commented: “I’m proud that American Plastics has made a commitment to invest in our team and facility here in Tiffin. Our continued growth is only possible due to the dedication of our team and the support of our customers. It’s always something new with American Plastics, and we are glad to be a part of the Tiffin growth.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said: “It is great news to hear that American Plastics has continued to grow and invest in Seneca County. I hope for their continued success.”

About American Plastics
American Plastics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative plastic-injection molded products for the household and garage storage and commercial cleaning end-markets. The company maintains a national manufacturing and distribution footprint with 15 state-of-the-art facilities across North America, making us the partner-of-choice for our customers, nationwide.

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.

Arnold Machine acquires Findlay Machine and Tool division

AMI to produce equipment under FMT brand, bring staff to Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 6, 2020Arnold Machine Inc., a full-service designer and manufacturer of custom automated systems, announced today that it has completed a deal to acquire industrial parts washer and custom equipment division of Findlay Machine & Tool. AMI employs 50 people at its facility in Tiffin, 19 Heritage Drive.

Findlay Machine & Tool had more than 30 years of business building industrial parts washers in Findlay. FMT has a plastics division that will continue to operate in Findlay. AMI will be manufacturing the equipment at its plant in Tiffin under the FMT brand, and is adding 13 employees from FMT to the AMI staff.

“The work being done at Findlay Machine & Tool fits perfectly with what we were already doing at AMI, and diversifies our product offerings,” President and Owner Zach Arnold said. “We’re excited to be bringing that production and these highly skilled workers to Tiffin.”

President and Owner 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 automation 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. In 2016, AMI announced a $1.6 million, 25,000 square foot addition to their facility, which has since been completed.

“I’m excited to see Arnold Machine expanding and continuing to grow and invest in Tiffin,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

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.

Free PPE Kits Available for Small Businesses

TSEP is distributing a limited supply of PPE Kits to Tiffin and Seneca County businesses.

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 24, 2020 – A small shipment of PPE (personal protective equipment) kits that include 100 disposable face coverings, 10 KN95 masks and a 23oz bottle of hand sanitizer have been allocated to Seneca County. These shoebox-sized kits are provided by JobsOhio, which is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio.

The kits were distributed to counties on a population bases and are part of the State’s “Ohio Safe. Ohio Working” initiative which was launched to support Ohio business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. TSEP is tasked with distributing them to local businesses. Development Managers Audrey Flood and Nick Dutro, along with Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart are working to disseminate the kits to businesses. TSEP is working with rural elected officials to offer kits to businesses in the townships and villages as well as businesses in the Downtown and throughout the City.

We are grateful you chose to pursue ‘your American Dream’ with your business in Ohio and it is our privilege to provide support,” said JP Nauseef, President of JobsOhio, in a letter. “We hope these items serve as one less thing to worry about as you operate under the state’s Responsible RestartOhio safety guidelines.”

These kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a small business owner who would like one, please reach out to TSEP at flood@tififnseneca.org or 419-447-3831. To find out more about this initiative, go to https://www.jobsohio.com/ohio-safe-ohio-working

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.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is the private economic development marketing and sales arm of the State of Ohio, developing and implementing the state’s economic development strategy and crafting incentive and support packages to spur economic development in key targeted industries. JobsOhio is focused on job creation and new capital investment, and they work hand-in-hand with regional network partners supporting every community in Ohio, large and small. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

Webster invests $3 million at Tiffin facility

Company has invested over $5 million in past two years

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 21, 2020 – Webster Industries has announced that for a second year in a row, it is investing more than $2 million in its operations in Tiffin, Ohio.  In 2020, the company expects to spend over $3 million in major productivity, capacity, capability and facility enhancement projects.

Machinery and equipment purchases for 2020 include a new plasma cutting system, modernization of tool room machining technology and capabilities, automated heat treat in-feeding equipment, steel processing automation, new robotic welding work center, enhanced automation in core fixtured welding and assembly processes, and key plant infrastructure upgrades.

In 2019, Webster invested $2.1 million in machinery mainly for its sprocket line, which is one of the company’s strategic growth businesses.

Webster Industries, Inc., is headquartered in Tiffin with facilities in Meridian, Mississippi, and Portland, Oregon, and employs about 300 people nationwide. Since its start in 1876, Webster has evolved into a vertically integrated manufacturer that serves a variety of industries as an innovative leader in the engineered class chain, sprocket, vibrating conveyor and specialty iron casting markets.

“Even during these challenging times, we continue to strategically invest in our business to execute growth and empower our employees to enhance service and brand value for our customers.  Our purpose is to make a difference for decades to come for the people, families and communities where we work and live,” said Andrew J Felter, President and CEO.

“Webster Industries and the other members of our business community continue to prove that Tiffin is stronger than this pandemic. Congratulations to the entire Webster team on their continued growth and success,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

About Webster Industries

Webster Industries, Inc., headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio, is an employee owned, leader in the engineered class chain, sprocket, vibrating conveyor and specialty iron casting markets. Since its start in 1876, Webster has evolved into a vertically integrated manufacturer that serves a variety of industries. The company now employs around 300 people nationwide and has facilities in Ohio, Mississippi and Oregon. Throughout its 140 plus years in business, Webster’s focus has consistently been on superior value for customers through empowered people, product excellence, and evolving processes.  Learn more at www.websterindustries.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.org.

Industrial – recent projects and announcements

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Webster Industries

The industrial sector continues to invest heavily and experience strong growth. Here are some of the recent projects and announcements in manufacturing and distribution:

  • American Electric Power Site Certification: The 38 acre site in the Eagle Rock Industrial Park became the fourth site in northwest Ohio to receive the Austin Consulting “Shovel Ready” Site Designation for the Food and Beverage Industry.
  • American Fine Sinter: A global manufacturer of parts for the automotive, railroad, industrial machinery, and hydraulics industries with their North American headquarters in Tiffin. In November 2014, American Fine Sinter announced a $16 million expansion that will result 24 new employees and the retention of 140 employees.
  • Concordance Health Care Solutions: Supply Company, headquartered in Earth City, Missouri and Seneca Medical, headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form Concordance Healthcare Solu­tions, LLC. The combination will bring together three strong, growing and respected regional medical supply distributors. Concordance will have approximately 1,000 employees, 19 distribution centers and $1.1 billion in annual sales.
  • National Machinery: A global leader in cold forming machinery and process technology headquartered in Tiffin, announced in May 2014 a $6.5 million investment and the creation of at least 20 new jobs with the retention of 294 existing The project involves an expansion of both manufacturing and research and development capacity.
  • Nox Corporation: A global manufacturer that sells vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices in 50 different The South Korean company cut the ribbon on their first US factory with a total investment of $32 million and the creation of 50 new jobs.
  • Taiho Corporation of America: The Japanese automotive supplier currently employs 180 and manufactures more than 120 million parts a year at its Tiffin location. Taiho announced in August 2015 an $8 million, 50-job expansion at its North American headquarters and manufacturing operation in Tiffin. The project is expected to be completed three years and brings the company’s total investment to more than $21 million since 2012.
  • Tiffin Metal Products: A custom solutions provider serving the outdoor advertising, material handling and storage product industries located in In March 2015, Tiffin Metal announced an expansion that includes an investment of $750,000 and the creation of 18 new jobs with the retention of 91 existing employees.
  • Webster Industries: A premier leader in industrial conveyor chain and vibrating conveyors, used in a wide variety of industries including forest products, food, automotive, cement, grain, asphalt, recycling, and steel industries. Webster announced an $8.3 million expansion and the creation of 65 new jobs. Tiffin beat out Meridian, Mississippi and northern Alabama on the expansion.