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Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership opens search for Operations Manager

Newly created position needed to continue the strong momentum

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TIFFIN, OHIO – April 29, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) announced today that it has launched a search to fill its newly created position of Operations Manager. Position description and requirements can be found at Resumes and cover letters will be accepted by email only to until 5 p.m. June 14, 2021.   

TSEP President & CEO David Zak was excited to make the announcement. “Each member of our team believes in our mission and appreciates being able to work hard every day to make this a great place to live, work and run a business. Our biggest challenge is sustaining our pace. We are currently leading and managing 84 initiatives, 184 projects, 13 committees, and 140 volunteers with no administrative or operational support. A much-needed internally-focused addition to the team sets us up for long-term success.”

Since 2014, TSEP has expanded from two full-time staff focusing on four primary development areas to a team of five plus interns and other third-party service providers, handling the following 17 areas of activity:

  • Amy Reinhart: Downtown Development & Revitalization, Main Street.
  • Carol Kern: Employer Recruitment & Training, Workforce Development, Business Outreach.
  • Nick Dutro: Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Real Estate Development; Media Relations.
  • Audrey Flood: Entrepreneurship, Community, Rural Development; Social Media; Administrative.
  • David Zak: Organizational, Tech-Based, International Development; Strategic Planning.

Dean Keller, President of the First National Bank of Sycamore and Chair of TSEP’s Board of Directors, believes the timing is right, “Our passionate, dedicated, and talented leaders on the TSEP team are accomplishing more than at any time since its creation in 1983. The board is committed to continuing the quality and quantity of our work, and therefore unanimously supports the hiring of a new Operations Manager to allow TSEP to do just that.”

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following external results, among others:

  • Ranked every year in the top two percent nationally for economic development with 42 large projects.
  • Helped create 2,000 new jobs and attract $422 million in new investment.
  • Made 1,262 calls on businesses, inventoried 175 business resources, and logged 649 projects.
  • Created four new incentive programs, administered eight others, and built a speculative building.
  • Received state Main Street accreditation every year since 2015 and national since 2017.
  • Received 8 state awards for downtown revitalization and one honorable mention.
  • Helped locate 70 businesses and facilitate almost 100 façade projects in downtown Tiffin.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, supports the search: “The results speak for themselves. We have a top-notch aggressive and innovative economic, downtown and community development organization, and we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas. The Operations Manager is the next logical step to continuing the momentum.”

Since 2014, TSEP has achieved the following internal results, among others:

  • Led the creation of 14 strategic plans and studies, and a community branding initiative.
  • Issued 262 press releases, generating 402 digital and print and 47 television stories.
  • Built a Facebook page with 6,000+ likes, 929 posts, a reach of 2.2 million, and 8.3 million impressions.
  • Published 148 e-mail newsletters with twice the average open rate for non-profits (30-50%).
  • For members and the board, provided 297 updates, held 30 events, and published 15 reports.
  • More than doubled both public support and private fundraising and built over 6 months of reserves.
  • Increased the number of volunteers from 30 to 140, the number of committees from four to 13.

Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner, also a member of TSEP’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, also strongly supports this action. “TSEP works extremely hard to promote our community, communicate with stakeholders, and drive economic growth. I appreciate their sound and fiscally conservative approach to running the organization, and I am confident this new addition to the team will have a great return on investment.” 

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. Tiffin and Seneca County consistently rank in the top two percent of communities nationally for economic development and has one of the most recognized and award-winning downtown Main Street programs in Ohio. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

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.

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


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