The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Tiffin and Seneca County have placed in the top ten nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects. The rankings place Tiffin 10th on the list of 576 micropolitans, or counties with a central city between 10,000 and 50,000 in population. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.
Although Tiffin and Seneca County consistently make the top 100 and were ranked 30th last year, this is the first time it has placed in the top 10. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, who just delivered the State of the City address on Tuesday night, was excited by the news: “This is just another example of how Tiffin is on the move. Our positive momentum in industry, retail, education, and quality of life keeps building.”
Seneca County reached the top ten by registering seven major projects in 2013, involving the creation of 210 new jobs and $27 million in new investment. Eligible economic development projects must involve at least one of the following: the creation of 50 or more jobs, the construction of 20,000 square feet, and/or the investment of at least $1 million. The new or expanded facilities must also be in manufacturing, distribution, office, R&D, headquarters, or call centers.
One of the projects finished last year was a $2 million expansion by Laminate Technologies, a leading manufacturer of laminates to the kitchen cabinet, store fixture and furniture industries. Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller, who is also President & CEO of Laminate Technologies said, “While I am pleased with the performance of all four of our plants around the country, with our Ohio facility and Tiffin workforce, we are able to do things that exceed the other plants.”
Joining Tiffin in the top 10 this year are Findlay and Fremont, making northwest Ohio the strongest region in the country for micropolitans. “We believe that northwest Ohio is getting some much deserved attention,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. “It’s great to see Tiffin and Seneca County rise to the top nationally.”
Projects for announced, under construction or completed last year included the following:
American Fine Sinter – $14,000,000 investment
Ameriwood Industries – 73 new jobs, $2,000,000
Arnold Machine – 10 new jobs, $1,700,000
Jacobson Manufacturing – 21 new jobs, $2,000,000
Laminate Technologies -10 new jobs, $2,000,000
Tiffin Metal Products – 20 new jobs, $2,000,000
Webster Industries – 76 new jobs, $3,000,000
Totals for 2013 – 210 new jobs, $26,700,000
[About the Seneca County Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC): Established in 1983, SIEDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of attracting, retaining, and expanding business in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. It is also a partner of the northwest JobsOhio network, led by the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo.]