Tiffin Ohio

Big Dipper under new ownership

Owners have made significant investment into the business

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 8, 2021 – Having been a Tiffin staple for more than 30 years, Big Dipper has started its 2021 season with new owners, an updated menu and have invested into a facelift at the property.

Co-owners Sandi Stout and Mark Griffin bought Big Dipper in October 2020. So far, they have made a significant investment into the company with the building purchase, new equipment, registers, updated menu signs and building improvements. More property improvements are also being considered before the end of the year.

Additionally, the ice cream shop has a new menu, with many returning favorites and a few new food and ice cream options. Big Dipper will have two weekly food specials, and offers a wide variety of treats, including soft serve, Toft’s Hard Dip Ice Cream, almond milk, Dole Whip, low-fat yogurt and sugar free ice cream, along with hand dipped novelties and specialties. They also offer holiday pies for those special occasions.

To celebrate the new ownership, a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 14 at 4 p.m. Big Dipper is a member of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

“We’re very excited to be open full time for this new season and can’t wait to see everyone return,” Stout said.

“The growth in Tiffin has been so exciting to watch, and we’re proud to be part of that,” Griffin said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m glad to see that the Big Dipper’s new owners are investing in our community and growing a business that has long been a Tiffin tradition for many families.”

The Big Dipper is located at 380 Wentz St., and open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week during their business season. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BigDipperTiffinOhio or call (419) 447-2131.

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.

Bailiwicks owner purchases building in Downtown Tiffin

Coffee company has been in business since 2011

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 4, 2021 – Established in 2011 and opened in 2012, Bailiwicks Coffee Co. has been an integral part of the revitalization of Downtown Tiffin. In January, owner Jess Wirth decided to take her business to the next level, by purchasing her building, 62 S. Washington St., and plans to invest more into the building and equipment over the next five years.

Wirth said she will be investing $70,000 in a total building renovation over the next three years.  March 2, the City of Tiffin Architectural Board of Review approved a matching Downtown Façade Enhancement Grant of $8,215 for masonry and wall repair. Additionally, Wirth expects to invest about $35,000 in new equipment upgrades over the next five years.

In 2016, Wirth invested in a coffee roaster, which is located at the front of the coffee shop, near the counter and in front of the windows on S. Washington St. The roaster has allowed her to introduce a locally-roasted coffee line that is bagged and sold at the coffee shop and at specialty shops throughout Seneca County.

“I’m excited that Bailiwicks is celebrating 9 years in business this year, and that I’ve been able to continue to invest and grow this business in that time,” Wirth said. “Thank you to the Tiffin community for all of your support throughout the years.”

Bailiwicks owner owner Jess Wirth.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “Congratulations to Jess on purchasing her building and continuing to make Downtown Tiffin a destination.”

In 2013, Bailiwicks received the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC, now Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership). Previous to becoming the coffee house, the building had been the offices of the then-Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and SIEDC.

For more about Bailiwicks, visit www.bailiwickscoffeecompany.com or find them on Facebook, on Twitter, @BailiwicksCoffe and on Intsagram.

About Downtown Tiffin

The revitalization of downtown Tiffin began in 2011, when a group of community members came together to for “Tiffin Tomorrow”, with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and creating plans, programs and actions to ensure long-term vitality and prosperity. In 2014, the city of Tiffin contracted with SIEDC to act as the downtown organization and “Tiffin Tomorrow” came under the SIEDC umbrella as the “Downtown Development Committee,” which serves as the governing board of the downtown organization. In 2015, Tiffin joined Heritage Ohio’s Ohio Main Street Program. For more information, click here.

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.

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.