Seneca economic development

Taiho moving forward with $8M expansion in Tiffin

TaihoProject expected to create 50 jobs; receives local tax credit

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 17, 2015 – Following approval of a local job creation tax credit by Tiffin City Council this evening, the Taiho Corporation of America is announcing its decision to move forward with 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.

The Japanese automotive supplier currently employs 180 and manufactures more than 120 million parts a year at its Tiffin location, including engine bearings, bushings, and other specialty bearings – parts that go into such popular models as the Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu, Cadillac CTS, and Honda Accord. The new project will allow Taiho to supply polymer-coated bearings and produce a completely new vacuum pump product line.

“Any Taiho facility worldwide could have supported this expansion; we are very pleased that the Tiffin location was chosen for both projects,” Taiho President and COO Nick Isogai said. The Ohio location was competing with other Taiho locations in Japan, Thailand, and Tennessee for the project.

The five-year, fifty percent municipal income tax credit — also known as the New Jobs Program — approved today is expected to be worth up to $37,000 over the term. In addition, the company’s existing Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit from its $13 million expansion in 2012 will capture the new activity and provide additional benefit to the company.

“Tiffin’s economy is surging. The resources available for projects like this are one of many reasons why Tiffin’s industries are expanding, and I am happy that Taiho was able to qualify for the credit,” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said. Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy was also thrilled at the news, “We’re excited about the number of Seneca County residents that are Taiho employees, and that the number will be growing.”

Financial support for the project was also provided by JobsOhio and the Toledo-based Regional Growth Partnership in the form of a $35,000 state Economic Development Grant. Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership, was pleased with the announcement. “Tiffin and Seneca County continue to be a strong economic development engine in northwest Ohio, and we were happy to support the project.”

About Taiho Corporation of America

Taiho is a global Japanese automotive supplier of bearings and bushings that has its headquarters in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Founded in 1944, it currently has more than 1700 employees and over $1 billion in global sales is a $50M+ company in sales. It established its North American presence in 1980 and its first overseas manufacturing operations in Tiffin in 1996 as their first overseas base of operations. It currently employs 180 and operates out of a two facility complex in Tiffin’s Northstar Industrial Park with more than 180,000 square feet of space under roof. Learn more at http://www.taihousa.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.

About Regional Growth Partnership

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) is private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in northwest Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. The RGP also serves as the JobsOhio Northwest network partner, serving as the JobsOhio point of contact and customer service for state incentives for a 17-county region. Learn more at www.rgp.org.

SIEDC honors local businesses, announces new projects

Awards presented and $350,000 in projects announced at Annual Meeting

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 28, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) held its 2015 Annual Meeting Tuesday night at Camden Falls. The event was attended by more than 275 people and included a review of 2014, project announcements, a keynote speaker and award presentations.

SIEDC President and CEO David Zak presented a review of 2014. “You could and can positively feel the excitement and momentum in Tiffin continuing to build. More than $75 million invested in new and expanding businesses, and 2600 jobs created and retained, absolutely amazing statistics,” Zak said.

In 2014, investment in manufacturing exceeded $40 million and created or retained more than 1,000 jobs, health projects accounted for $16 million in investment and 650 jobs, and education saw $10 million in investment on top of the $50 million invested in the last decade. Retail had the highest number of projects in 2014 with more than 20 new projects, not including down Tiffin. The Façade Enhancement Grant program accounted for $200,000 of investment in 15 downtown projects.

Zak announced two new projects representing $350,000 in investment. The Laird Arcade will move forward with a $300,000 improvement project, half of which will come from the Community Development Block Grant. The project will repair and upgrade the roof, electrical and HVAC systems. Additionally, SIEDC will select and pursue a state-funded $50,000 beautification project in the industrial corridor on Wall Street.

Also announced were the speakers for the Downtown Summit on May 6, and a new email newsletter. Speakers for the summit will be downtown transportation experts Tedd Hardesty and Brad Strader, national downtown authority and author of Tiffin’s strategic plan Craig Gossman, town-gown guru Terry Foegler, and community development expert Lisa Patt-McDaniel. Additionally, the first issue of Incentive INSIGHT, a monthly newsletter updating businesses on government programs, sharing success stories, and profiling local resource contacts, will go out on May 1.

Keynote speaker Glenn Richardson, Managing Director for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace for JobsOhio, provided insight into JobsOhio and manufacturing in Ohio and, specifically, northwest Ohio.

The following SIEDC Awards were presented:

  • Partnership in Development Award – Fostoria Economic Development Corporation, accepted by Renee Smith, president, and Chris Iannatuono, board of trustees chair
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Beehive Café, accepted by Ashlee Decker, owner
  • Outstanding Business Award – Steyer Seeds, accepted by Tony and Bernie Steyer
  • Economic Development Award – Webster Industries, accepted by Andy Felter, president and CEO
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Chuck Cooper, accepted by Ty Cooper
  • President’s Award – Paul Marion

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.

Oriana House is the newest healthcare expansion

Company expands to 12 jobs, will occupy vacant facilityBetty Jane 2 (3)

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 8, 2015 – Tiffin-based 3EC Development and Oriana House, Inc., are pleased to announce a new partnership which would allow Oriana House to relocate and establish a new expanded, multi-service treatment facility in Tiffin at the currently vacant Betty Jane Memorial Center, located at 65 Saint Francis Avenue. A five-year lease has been signed, and the new facility will employ 12, representing a 20 percent increase in employment. The total investment by 3EC to prepare it for development will be near or exceed $700,000.

This latest project extends the trend in Tiffin and Seneca County for positive growth and development across all sectors including healthcare, which now employs more than 2,200 workers in Seneca County and is a $200+ million business. This small project follows the $9M Sojourn at Seneca facility being constructed on the Mercy Tiffin Hospital campus and the $1M ProMedica dialysis center expansion in Fostoria.

3EC Development co-founder Chris Huffman welcomed the deal. “This is the kind of project we envisioned when we purchased the facility, and we are glad to see more jobs coming as a result.” Oriana House Vice President Jason Varney was also pleased with the arrangement. “We appreciate 3EC, the city of Tiffin, and the positive reception we have received. We are committed to making the communities we operate in stronger and healthier, and we have done that successfully for 35 years. Oriana House has been a part of Tiffin and the greater Seneca County region for many years now and this partnership allows for an expansion of much needed services.”

Oriana House is a nationally renowned private, nonprofit healthcare and social service provider with 800 employees and 28 facilities in Summit, Cuyahoga, Seneca, Sandusky and Erie counties focusing on addiction treatment. 3EC Development is a local investor and developer group which purchased the Betty Jane Center in 2006, a year after it closed. It has been vacant since 2012, when the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center relocated to their current West Market St. location.

Built in 1962 and named after Betty Jane Friedman, the Betty Jane Center sought to become a Mayo Clinic of sorts for northwest Ohio and sought to help people attain their fullest physical, mental, social and vocational independence. In 1968, the vocational/industrial division was developed to help individuals 14 years of age and older develop the skills required for employment. The Center was closed in 2005.

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.

$9M Tiffin Rehabilitation Center project breaks ground

TRC DozerThe Mercy Tiffin Hospital campus is growing with the addition of a new facility. On September 11, 2014, the Volunteers of America (VOA) invited the public to the official groundbreaking event for the new Tiffin Rehabilitation Center and Sojourn at Seneca. The groundbreaking event was held at 5:00 pm at Mercy Tiffin Hospital, located at 45 St. Lawrence Drive in Tiffin, Ohio. The groundbreaking featured several speakers, including hospital administrators, Mayor Aaron Montz, Mercy Tiffin President & CEO Lynn Detterman, VOA national President Mike King and other people associated with the project. Following the groundbreaking event, a reception was held on the first floor of the McMullen Conference Center. The $9 million project is being funded by the Volunteers of America, who operates Autumnwood Care Center in Tiffin.

The facility, set to open in the fall of 2015, is expected to employ 55 and will have two separate wings. In one wing, the structure is to house 20 transitional skilled nursing beds. In the other wing, 24 beds are to be available for seniors in need of short-term mental health services. The project estimates at around $22 million. The facility is to be operated by Sally St. Clair, the current Executive Director of the Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center, who will administer both Tiffin facilities.

> View Advertiser-Tribune article here.

Launch of new economic development newsletter

Seneca Success Mobile Monthly

Yesterday marked the official launch of the Seneca Success Mobile Monthly, a new electronic newsletter devoted to economic development and business resources for Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. This newsletter is available to anyone and everyone interested.

The Mobile Monthly will have four main features:

  • Commentary – I will provides some brief thoughts on a current topic or theme relevant to economic development.
  • Top Posts – this section will list the previous month’s five most popular blog posts from Seneca Success, a WordPress blog that highlights the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County.
  • In the News – this section will list five other stories from traditional and other media relevant, including the Advertiser-Tribune, the Fostoria Review Times, TiffinOhio.org, the Seneca News Daily, WTSC Seneca County Radio, 1430 WFOB, and others.
  • Featured Resources – every issue of the Mobile Monthly will feature five programs, people, or other resources that can help businesses grow and/or locate in our community. They will usually revolve around a particular theme.

If you missed our first issue (February 2014), you can catch it by clicking here.  You can sign up by clicking here, texting “SenecaSuccess” to 22828, or just let us know (commenting here, calling me at 419.912.1150, or emailing me at zak@senecacounty.org.