Seneca County

Arlington Acres completes barn restoration project

Farm offers newly renovated event space

This interior picture of Arlington Acres shows the event space set up for a wedding reception.

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2021 – Arlington Acres, 3191 W. SR 18, a family farm turned event center, is announcing the completion of its building restoration project and the opening of reservations for the next wedding season.

In 2019, John and Sarah Bolte hosted a wedding at the barn, which inspired them to renovate the property for more events in the future. The barn has been completely renovated with a bar area, new siding and windows, and central air in the lower level which includes getting ready suites, restrooms and a prep kitchen. Additionally, an outdoor ceremony space was established.

As well as the event space, the Patch at Arlington Acres is available seasonally from September through October with a road side pumpkin stand available 24/7. The farm offers a variety of heirloom pumpkins, gourds and squash. The pumpkin stand is re-stocked daily with current inventory.

Sarah and John Bolte

Formerly known as the King Farm, the property has been farmed by John’s family since the 1950s. The original family owner was Arlington Dunn, an American Civil War veteran who lived in the area, and for whom the property now gets its name.

“We’re very excited to make this announcement and to continue growing our business here in Seneca County. We look forward to celebrating with more couples on their special day” said Sarah Bolte.

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner said, “Congratulations to John and Sarah Bolte on this investment in Seneca County and creating a destination for people from around the region.”

For more information or booking details, visit www.arlingtonacresoh.com, find Arlington Acres on Facebook and Instagram or email arlingtonacresoh@gmail.com. Arlington Acres is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Mohawk Nursery completes $150,000 expansion

Business now grows 95 percent of plants it sells

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 30, 2021 – Today, Mohawk Nursery is announcing that it has completed a major expansion of its operation just outside Tiffin. The company employs 13 people full- and part-time in Seneca County.

Over the past five years, the company has invested more than $150,000 to expand its buildings as well as invested in innovation and new business practices so that the company has gone from growing about 30 percent of its product to now growing 95 percent of the plants it sells. Owner Dan Vera said this helps the company by eliminating the middleman and reducing costs for consumers.

Mohawk Nursery specializes in landscape design, materials, installation and maintenance services as well as retail and wholesale plant sales through its nursery.

Vera, who is now the third generation to own/operate the business, said: “We’ve been in Tiffin for 55 years, which has been a period of long, slow growth for the company. I’m excited to be able to try new things and grow this company to where it’s at today.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “I’m excited to see that Mohawk Nursery is investing in its business and growing in Seneca County.”

Mohawk Nursery is located at 2950 S. SR 231, Tiffin. For more information, call (419) 447-4486, visit www.mohawknursery.net or find Mohawk Nursery on Facebook.

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.

F&F Sheet Metal announces expansion

Company has almost doubled staff since moving to Airport Industrial Park

Exterior of F&F Sheet Metal and Fabrication LLC at 1930 S. CR 1, Tiffin.

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 27, 2021 – A little more than a year after purchasing their building in Airport Industrial Park, F&F Sheet Metal and Fabrication, LLC has announced that they have expanded their business by adding five employees for a total of nine people working at the company. The locally owned fabrication shop is located at 1930 S. CR 1, Tiffin.

F&F Sheet Metal started in February 2018, with four owner/operators and an administrative assistant. After purchasing their current building in August 2020, the company has grown with new staff. F&F Sheet Metal specializes in the construction of industrial ventilation systems for dust and fume collection, make-up air and many other ventilation applications for companies throughout Northwest Ohio, including in Tiffin, Fremont and Upper Sandusky.

“We are excited to make this announcement as well as celebrate a year of being at our new facility,” said co-owner Justin Fox. “We love being part of the Seneca County community, and want to continue to grow here for years to come.”

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “Congratulations to the owners of F&F Sheet Metal on their investment in the county and growth. On behalf of my fellow commissioners, I wish them luck for future success.”

For more information, visit www.ffsheetmetal.com, call (567) 938-8788 or find them on Facebook.

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.

Seneca County seeks firm to develop a Rural Broadband Strategic Plan

Request For Proposals open until October 25

The first meeting of the Rural Broadband Task Force on Aug. 23, 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 23, 2021 – The Seneca County Commissioners announced the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find a business to develop a strategic plan for rural broadband infrastructure in Seneca County. The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), the County’s economic development agent, is coordinating the RFP and facilitating the newly created Rural Broadband Task Force, which will be evaluating the proposals. The RFP closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 25, 2021. The RFP itself with all relevant information can be found at senecabroadband.org.

Seneca County Commissioner Tony Paradiso, who has been leading the County’s efforts to understand and support expanding broadband in Seneca County, was pleased to make the announcement. “We have been working on this for months, meeting with elected officials, school districts, and private providers, to determine a path forward and potentially to access new state and federal funds that can be used to expand broadband. This is incredibly important for the future of education, small business, and economic development in the townships and villages of Seneca County.”

Together with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, the Commissioners convened the Rural Broadband Task Force, a group made up of approximately 30 public officials, education leaders, and private broadband representatives to jointly develop the RFP. The group will evaluate all proposals, select finalists to interview, and then select the best firm. The County has indicated its intention to fund the study.

TSEP President & CEO David Zak praised the Commissioners for being proactive, saying “Strategic plans are an excellent way to determine where best to invest public funds and an excellent way to position yourself for grant funding. We are happy to facilitate the process in partnership with the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments, who will manage the study once the firm is selected, and the Seneca Regional Planning Commission, who will oversee the plans implementation.”

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.

SCAT to begin flex route bus service Sept. 13

Shelton Shuttle to offer routes to businesses for work, recreation

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2021 – The Shelton Shuttle, a flex-route bus service provided by Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation (SCAT), is set to begin service on Sept. 13. The service has four vehicles, two purchased through a state grant and two purchased through a federal grant.

Three routes have been established to serve the City of Tiffin and portions of rural Seneca County. Until more drivers can be secured, only one route will be in operation which will connect riders to shopping and businesses on the east and west sides of Tiffin. The route will run Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost to $1 per ride.

In the future, SCAT will open up other routes, with one serving government services, shopping and dining in Downtown Tiffin and another will serve the industrial parks based on shift changes. Additionally, routes may run for limited hours on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings for commercial businesses depending on demand.

Plans to establish the service began in Fall 2014, when David Shelton arranged a meeting with Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. In the following years, Heidelberg Business Institute completed Phase I of the Feasibility Study in 2015, followed by a formal study conducted by RLS in 2018. Since then, SCAT has received grants to fund the service completely for the first 18 months through the Ohio Transit Partnership Program and federal CARES Act, including funding the four vehicles.

Mayor Aaron Montz said he was excited for the service to begin. “This is a fantastic resource for our community, bringing people to local businesses and helping to transport workers. I’m proud that we can offer this service to the people of Tiffin.”

Mike Kerschner, president of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners, said: “I’m proud to be able to work with the individuals at SCAT who have put in the time and resources to make this bus route possible to benefit the citizens of Seneca County.”

Mary Habig, Executive Director for Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation, said, “I’m grateful for the SCAT Board of Directors, SCAT employees, community leaders, Heidelberg University, Ohio Department of Transit, and State Senator Bill Reineke for their dedication and commitment in making this added service a reality.”

For more information or to apply to drive, call (567) 938-8055.

About Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation

Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation (SCAT) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides public transportation throughout Seneca and Crawford counties. Its mission is to serve the public by providing a safe, reliable, affordable, accessible and efficient transportation system.  For more information, visit www.senecascat.org.

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.

Copper Mare Ranch planning fall opening

Ranch to feature indoor arena, lessons and boarding

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 14, 2021 – Copper Mare Ranch, just outside Fort Seneca, is announcing plans to open an indoor horse arena that will include full-service boarding and riding clinics. The Ranch also will feature rodeo-style events in both indoor and outdoor arenas.

Founder and CEO Grant Fatzinger expects to open the arena in late fall 2021. Copper Mare Ranch, at 6090 N. SR 53, Tiffin, will be constructed on land that has been in his family for seven generations. Fatzinger has an extensive, 15-year rodeo background that ranges from bull and bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping and two-man ranch sorting. Heather Clouse is the Director of Operations. She is a registered veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the equine industry.

“Since I was a kid, it has always been my dream to have something like this in Seneca County,” Fatzinger said. “Being able to bring rodeo to help people discover a love of horses is a passion of mine.”

In addition to events, Copper Mare Ranch will offer full-care boarding. Visit the website for more information.

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerscher is excited about the announcement. “Congratulations to Grant Fatzinger and Heather Clouse on Copper Mare Ranch. Seneca County continues to grow with diverse, new businesses, and I’m happy to see this investment in our community.”

Copper Mare Ranch is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information, visit www.coppermareranch.com or find Copper Mare Ranch on Facebook.

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.

CrossFit Tiffin moves to new location

Company has invested $75,000 into new facility, equipment

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 5, 2021 – After almost seven years of serving Tiffin and Seneca County, CrossFit Tiffin is announcing that they have moved to a larger facility, 1617 W. CR 54, just outside the City of Tiffin. In addition to the new space, co-owners Justin and Jared Ruffing have recently completed more than $75,000 in investments into the company and have plans to continue to purchase new equipment and upgrade the space.

Since opening in August 2013, CrossFit has been located in a 4,000 sf facility. The new location, which more than doubles the size to 11,000 sf, opened March 17. The co-owners recently purchased six new treadmills, six rowers, 20 new barbells and are adding new flooring. Additionally, they are looking to add more equipment as they continue to grow into their new space.

CrossFit Tiffin is a world class fitness facility serving Tiffin and the surrounding communities. CrossFit encourages people of all skill levels looking to get in shape or take their fitness to the next level to try out their 30 class options each week, including CrossFit, QuickFit and CrossFit Kids. The staff is made up of four highly experienced and qualified coaches who hold a variety of certifications.

“We’re excited that that Tiffin Community has continued to support us and look forward to continuing to grow in this new space and offer more services as we grow here,” said Justin Ruffing.

“Congratulations to CrossFit Tiffin for continuing to grow and make investments in Seneca County,” said Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 27. CrossFit Tiffin is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

For more information, visit crossfittiffin.com, call (419) 271-1009 or search for CrossFit Tiffin on Facebook.

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.

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.

5 Star Maintenance moves to new space

Company employs 24 people in Seneca County

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 12, 2020 – 5 Star Maintenance has announced that it has moved into a newly-constructed office and warehouse at 1796 S. CR 1, just south of Tiffin. The company specializes in real estate development, commercial/industrial roofing, commercial/industrial painting and office remodels, and employs 24 people in Seneca County.

5 Star Maintenance moved into their new location in July, now occupying 10,000 sf of warehouse and office space. The building was constructed by Fitch Properties for $500,000 and 5 Star Maintenance completed the buildout for the office suite.

Owner Charlie Hayward started Charlie’s Property Maintenance in 2004 and did janitorial work, property clearing and painting for residential clients and landlords. In 2007, he changed the name to 5 Star, and shortly after began working in the foreclosure industry, mainly focusing on complete restoration projects in foreclosed real estate, and in 2012 began working in historic restorations and added an in-house roofing division. The company was incorporated in 2017 under Five Star Maintenance & Construction Inc., and made a shift into the commercial and industrial market servicing factories, hotels, offices and malls. Throughout this process, they have developed sister companies that provide other construction related services and a holding company that buys land and other real estate.

“We’ve come a long way since I started my first company, and I’m very excited that we’ve been able to grow and provide improved service for Tiffin and Seneca County and throughout the state of Ohio,” said Hayward.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said, “Congratulations to Charlie Hayward and 5 Star Maintenance on their continued growth and moving to a larger facility.”

5 Star Maintenance is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information, visit www.fivestarmaintenanceohio.com or call (419) 443-0414.

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.

Tiffin Drive-In Theater invests for the next era

New owner to invest $200,000 in operations, adding new screens

TIFFIN, OHIO – Aug. 26, 2020 – The Tiffin Drive-In Theater, 4101 SR 53, which has been in operation since 1949, is under new ownership and soon will be expanding with an investment of $200,000 for two, brand-new screens, with more improvements planned in the next few years. The business has 20 seasonal employees.

Tiffin Drive-In Theater was recently purchased by Mike Cole, a freelance writer and entrepreneur from Findlay. Among the planned changes, two new screens are to be built, an 84-foot-wide screen to replace the original screen, built when the drive-in was first opened, and a second, permanent 44-foot-wide screen. To build the screens, Tiffin Drive-In Theater will be contracting with Selby Products of Ritchfield, Ohio, which has constructed more than 2,000 drive-in movie screens throughout the world.

Cole said operations should continue as normal for the next few weeks, but expects that the new screens will be constructed beginning in early September, during which time the house on SR 53 also is to be removed. The second screen will be completed shortly after, and may not be operational during the 2020 season. Other aspects of the drive-in will also be getting a facelift over the next 3-4 years.

Cole said he and his wife were inspired to open a drive-in theater after visiting others. “We are excited to bring the Tiffin Drive-In Theater into the next era and help it to continue to be a unique attraction in Seneca County for many years to come.”

Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner said, “It is great to see that even during these difficult times, the owners of Tiffin Drive-In Theater are making the commitment to invest in Seneca County.”

Tiffin Drive-In Theater is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

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.