Tiffin Ohio

Top 10 community project proposals made public

Dream Big, Tiffin process asks residents to provide their feedback through January 22

TIFFIN, OHIO – Jan. 6, 2021 – On behalf of the City of Tiffin, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) is excited to announce that the top ten community development project proposals submitted in the fall Dream Big, Tiffin initiative have been posted online will be reviewed by a committee of community development leaders at the end of this month. TSEP is asking the public to go to dreambigtiffin.com to provide their feedback through January 22.

In the fall of 2020, for the first time in the city’s history, anyone was able to submit proposals and ideas via a new online portal at TSEP’s website. When the two-month open submission period was over, ten full project proposals with details and budgets had been submitted in the areas of Quality of Life (arts, parks, recreation), Health & Human Services, and Education & Training. In addition, 34 ideas were submitted for consideration to be developed into proposals.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I am thrilled to be entering the next phase of this initiative and to get the feedback of the community on these great project ideas. No other community in our region right now is pursuing such an innovative strategy to engaging area residents and stakeholders in community development.”

Following the public feedback period, two separate committees or “panels” in each area will evaluate and classify each of the project proposals as “priority,” “recommended,” or “reviewed” based on a number of factors and criteria, including impact, feasibility, maturity, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and public support.

The panels’ recommendations for prioritization will then be taken to a larger Tiffin Community Development Committee, which will finalize the classifications and the overall project list and then share those recommendations with local and state elected officials, as well as foundations and other sources of grant funding. TSEP will provide support by assisting high priority projects in obtaining funding as well as further developing project ideas into project proposals.

State Senator Bill Reineke strongly supports the Dream Big, Tiffin process, saying, “I appreciate that the community is working collaboratively to identify, develop, and prioritize the most important projects. This work is very helpful to me as I work hard to bring more state resources back to the district.”

Whereas economic development focuses primarily on for-profit, private investment and job creation, community development focuses mostly on public facilities, services, and programs to improve the community’s quality of life, health and wellness and educational resources.

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, formerly SIEDC, has been involved with community development inside the city of Tiffin since 1990, originally with housing programs and over the last couple of years as the administrator of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and manager of the downtown Main Street program. The “Dream Big Tiffin” program seeks to increase community engagement, identify and develop more and better project proposals, secure more funding, and thereby improve the quality of life in Tiffin.

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.

Ballreich’s Snack Food Company to invest in new machinery and equipment

JobsOhio Inclusion Grant to assist equipment purchase, future growth

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 6, 2021 – Today, Ballreich Snack Food Company has announced it will purchase new machinery with assistance from a $25,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant that will allow it to continue to expand the 100-year-old business. Ballreich’s employs 75 people in Tiffin, at its plant at 186 Ohio Avenue.

The grant is being used to support Ballreich’s investment of $175,000 over the next year, which includes $100,000 in machinery and equipment costs and $75,000 in building costs. Ballreich’s worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo to secure the grant.

Ballreich’s started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich, who famously came up with the term “marcelled” for

the name of the waves in the chips based on the popular hairstyle of the time. Fred’s brother, Carl, and his

wife Emma joined the company after working at the Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan. In April 2019, a group of local business people purchased the company. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Ballreich’s announced three new flavors in July — Honey Butter, Sweet Thai Chili, and Smoked Cheddar.

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant became available in early July and provides financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

“Thank you to JobsOhio and Regional Growth Partnership for helping us secure this grant which will go a long way to helping us continue to expand our business,” said Tom Miller, President of Ballreich’s Snack Food Company.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m excited to see that Ballriech’s is continuing to invest in its company and grow. I’m proud that Ballreich’s is going into its second century making great snacks here in Tiffin, Ohio.”

For more about Ballreich Snack Food Company, visit www.ballreich.com, call (800) 323-CHIP or find Ballreich’s on Twitter @Ballreich_Chips and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BallreichsPotatoChips/.

About Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Ballreich’s Potato Chips is a snack foods company that was started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich. Today, its products include the classic “marcelled” chips in a variety of flavors, pretzels, popcorn, tortilla chips and potato sticks which are distributed to customers throughout Ohio, lower Michigan and eastern Indiana. For more information, visit www.ballreich.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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

TH Plastics to locate in Tiffin Spec Building

Building expansion to be completed by summer 2021

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 9, 2020 – Today, TH Plastics, Inc., a custom plastic injection molding company that supplies to the appliance and automotive industries, has announced plans to locate a production plant at the Tiffin Spec Building, 680 Tyber Road, located in the Eagle Rock Business Park.

The facility will be expanded to 112,000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehouse space to support the appliance industry in Ohio. TH Plastics has two other facilities in the area, one in Findlay (2010) and one in Bowling Green (2013) that manufacture and assemble products for a variety of customers in the Midwest. Construction is scheduled to be completed in summer 2021 and production will begin shortly after. TH Plastics was founded in 1974 by Ted Haas in Mendon, Michigan, which is the site of the company’s headquarters and first manufacturing plant. 

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, the Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio worked closely with TH Plastics to secure the project, which will receive Roadwork Development (629) assistance from Development Services Agency and Ohio Department of Transportation Jobs & Commerce funds. Local incentives include the City of Tiffin’s New Jobs Program, property tax exemption through a pre-exiting Community Reinvestment Area and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $330,000 in potential workforce development grants. These incentives are contingent upon approval of Tiffin City Council.

The spec building was constructed in 2018 by Clouse Construction in coordination with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, then Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., on an 11.3-acre site that had been owned by the City of Tiffin. Previous speculative industrial building initiatives by SIEDC include the building that now houses MBDS, 981 Tyber Road, built in 2006, and the Quick Tab II facility, 241 Heritage Drive, built in 1994.

“I am excited to be able to welcome TH Plastics to Tiffin and Seneca County,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. “Even in the face of this pandemic, Tiffin continues to be a city that companies are coming to and growing in, and I could not be more proud to represent this resilient community.”

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.

Dr. Chris Sears to build new office on west end of Tiffin

Expects to hire more employees as practice expands

TIFFIN, OHIO – Oct. 19, 2020 – Dr. Chris Sears is announcing that he is building a new office across from the Willows at Tiffin, at 258 Progress Ave., with plans to re-open his office there in late spring or early summer of 2021. The office currently has seven employees, and he expects to hire three more as part of this expansion.

At this new office, Sears will continue to practice primary care and internal medicine in Tiffin. Additionally, he has one nurse practitioner, Charlie Palmer, and expects to bring on up to two more nurse practitioners to work beside him at the new office.

In addition to his private office practice, Sears became the medical director at Tiffin Developmental Center in 2007, has served in the modified hospitalist program at Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital since 2008, assumed the role of medical director at the Seneca County Jail in 2015, became the medical director at The Willows of Tiffin in 2019 and in 2020 became the Medical Director of the Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital modified hospitalist program. He also worked in the Stoner Health Clinic at Heidelberg University from 2012 to 2014 and has served as team physician at athletic functions at both Tiffin University and Heidelberg University. Sears is the team physician with Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools athletic program as well as a coach for the wresting team.

“I’m excited to be able to grow my practice and invest in the City of Tiffin,” Sears said.

Tiffin Mayor Aron Montz commented: “Congratulations to Dr. Sears on the new office. It’s great to see people growing their businesses, and especially to see more development in the west end.”

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at 258 Progress Ave., Tiffin, behind The Willows at Tiffin. The projected move in date is May 2021; watch for the Ribbon Cutting announcement in April. Dr. Sears is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

For more information, Call the office at (419) 443-8505.

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.

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.

Buckeye IT expands services into electric vehicle chargers

Company recently installed charging station at Seneca County Commissioner’s Office

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 25, 2020 – Buckeye IT Services, LLC., has announced today that it is expanding its services into providing electric vehicle infrastructure, installing privately owned charging stations for electric vehicles. As part of this service, Buckeye IT recently installed a charging station at the Seneca County Board of Commissioners Office, 111 Madison St., Tiffin, at no cost to the County.

The company is working with EnelX to install and provide support for JuiceBox, JuicePump and JuicePedestal charging stations. These products provide infrastructure for more electric vehicles locally and makes the area a destination for electric vehicle drivers when planning trips. Buckeye IT is committed to working with local electricians for the installation process.

“This is a natural extension of what we offer, and an investment into the future,” said Jake Schaaf, owner of Buckeye I.T. Services LLC. “We’re proud to be able to offer this in Seneca County.”

Buckeye IT has been serving the Tiffin area since 2007, providing IT support to government, K12 districts and small and medium-sized businesses. Along with its expansion into EV charging stations, the company is committed to going green by investing in electric vehicles for its fleet, having already purchased a Tesla Model 3 for service calls and to display the charging technology, and is a reforestation partner with One Tree Planted to have a tree planted for every service call staff go on.

Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas said: “This is a huge win for Seneca County. This private-public partnership between Buckeye IT and the county is another example of great collaboration locally. We are happy to host an EV charging station in our lot for the greater good of our community.” He continued by thanking Buckeye IT for being forward-thinking and for preparing for the transportation of the future. He said he believes the charging stations will benefit many. “This will support our local auto dealers, as they can diversify their offerings by including electric vehicles. The charging stations also should generate some day-trip dollars for people making trips to downtown Tiffin.”

Buckeye IT is a member of Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. For more information, visit them at 525 Wall St., Suite B, Tiffin, call (888) 964-4648 or visit http://www.buckeyeit.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.

First National Bank of Sycamore expands to full-service at Tiffin location

Press Release via First National Bank of Sycamore

Sycamore — First National Bank of Sycamore is excited to announce that they are expanding their Tiffin loan office to a full-service banking center on September 1.

First National Bank of Sycamore has been operating a loan office at 2353 W. Market St., Tiffin, since 2018 under the leadership of Jerry Weininger. With continual market growth in the loan sector, and many requests to offer retail products, such as deposit accounts, the next step was to expand this location to meet the demand.

“We are so excited to be offering a full line of services from our Tiffin office. We have realized that the Tiffin market is needing a true community bank that values personal relationships and the needs of its customers. As a locally owned and independent community bank, we are proud to have Jerry Weininger and Sarah Johnson representing our bank and serving our customers,” stated Dean Keller, president.

Weininger stated, “Having grown up in Sycamore, I am very happy to be back in a community banking environment where I have been assisting customers in Tiffin and the surrounding area since 1974.”

Recently, Sarah Johnson has been hired to bring the retail products to fruition. Johnson has over 17 years in the banking industry and is a true banking leader. 

“I am very excited to help serve the Tiffin community and grow our banking relationships. We have grown our products and services as well. I’m confident we can serve your financial needs one way or another,” stated Johnson.

About First National Bank of Sycamore

First National Bank of Sycamore is a locally owned, independent community bank with $170 million in assets serving the area since 1919 with full-service locations in Sycamore, McCutchenville, and New Riegel and Tiffin.

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.

Mercy Health –Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Health – Willard Hospital recognized among the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2020

Information provided by Mercy Health

Mercy Health is proud to share that Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and Mercy Health – Willard Hospital have been selected by Modern Healthcare as among the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The complete list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order, is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslist. Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring a ranked list of all the winners along with the October 12 issue.

This is the second consecutive year both hospitals were awarded the Best Places to Work in Healthcare distinction. In 2019, Mercy Health – Willard Hospital was ranked as number five and Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital was ranked number 48 among healthcare providers and insurers.

“It has been an especially trying year for the world, and healthcare in particular as COVID-19 ravages our communities and your workplaces,” said Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare’s editor. “But the organizations recognized on this year’s list rose to the top and continued to be a source of strength for their teammates. They have seen their colleagues fall ill to the virus and struggled with the economic impact of the pandemic. The loyalty and trust between employers and their workers is being put to the test now more than ever. We congratulate the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for continuing to serve their workforce and communities during such an unprecedented time.”

“During this unprecedented time, healthcare has had to adapt to a new environment and our teams have done that with compassion and grace,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “I am proud of the teams at our Tiffin and Willard hospitals for their continued commitment to our communities and to our ministry and I am excited that they have returned to the Best Places to Work in Healthcare list.”

“Congratulations to the teams at both Tiffin and Willard hospitals for once again being honored as a Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work” said Dan Barbee, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market. “Mercy Health strives to create an environment in which our associates are proud of where they work, and this recognition solidifies that our team feels the same way. We are honored to have received this recognition.”

This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

Mercy Health will find out the ranking for both hospitals on the Best Places list and be celebrated at the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards gala taking place virtually on October 8 in conjunction with the Workplace of the Future Conference.

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.