Business

Smiths open wholesale outlet

Seneca County residents have a new option to purchase wholesale food products in Tiffin. Aaron Smith, owner of Smith Family Foods, said the company opened a wholesale outlet shop at 1773 W. CR 54 last week. The store is to operate 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. He said the company is known ...

Amish sheds among new firm’s products

A business that sells sheds and other structures opened in Tiffin in July. Brian Coppus said he and Jason McClaflin are franchise co-owners of Sheds Direct of Tiffin, 2226 W. Market St. Coppus said his son Gavyn does most of the sales and handles day-to-day operations. Coppus said he and ...

Autolite closing in Fostoria

Autolite officials plan to layoff more than 50 employees and shut down a plant in Fostoria. Bob Teeple, president of UAW Local 533, said union leaders sat down with Autolite officials Friday morning to negotiate a new contract because the current one expires Nov. 1. “We met to start ...

Jobless numbers decline

Seneca County’s jobless rate decreased in August from July and is higher than estimates from last year. According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in July and 4.8 percent in August. The rate in August 2016 was 4.6 ...

$2.3M car wash deal set for mall

A group of developers announced Friday evening plans to make a $2.3 million investment in a car wash franchise at Tiffin Mall, 870 W. Market St. According to a Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. release, the group is to build a Goo Goo 3 Minute Express Wash on property at Tiffin ...

Dealership debuts at new site

The renovated Tiffin Auto Mart, 1600 W. Market St., is having a grand opening Saturday. Owner Steve Hook said his business opened in June 1995 and was located in front of the Golden Crown restaurant in Tiffin. The business moved to its current location in 2001 and purchased the building that ...

North Central sends crew

North Central Electric Cooperative is sending four linemen and two trucks to assist Georgia Electric Cooperatives in restoring power after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. According to a release, the crew was expected to leave Attica at 5 a.m. today and would be traveling in a ...

Mall changes

A women’s clothing chain in the Tiffin Mall has announced plans to close later this month. According to a spokeswoman for Maurices, 870 W. Market St., Ste. 30, the store’s last day is to be Sept. 23. Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President and CEO David Zak said the ...

Fostoria family breathes life into bowling alley

FOSTORIA — Thibodeau Seneca Lanes had its grand opening Thursday afternoon. Jan Thibodeau said she and her children, Joe Thibodeau, Michael Thibodeau and Sharon George, are co-owners of the business. “My husband, Herb, devoted his whole life to this place,” Jan said. “It means a lot ...

Coming clean

A new auto detailing business recently opened in Tiffin. WeeeWash Car Detailing, 129 Adams St., opened Aug. 14. The business is owned by Darian Garibaldo, who also owns Mosquito Minus, Ashten Miller and a silent backer. The business focuses on interior and exterior auto detailing, Miller ...

AFS growing

American Fine Sinter announced Tuesday afternoon the company is to make a $20 million expansion.  According to a Seneca Industrial and Economic Corp. release, the company, 957 N. CR 11, is adding two production lines which are to require new equipment and create 25 jobs. Tiffin’s ...

Group buys firm at airport

A group of local investors announced the purchase of OCECO Inc. Thursday and plans to expand the company, with an investment of more than $2.5 million. According to a Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. release, investors bought OCECO, located in Airport Industrial Park in ...

Garage sale time

The third Downtown Tiffin Garage Sale is Saturday. The sale, which includes businesses, is scheduled 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart said Suzie Wilkinson, owner of Simply Susan’s, helped organize the ...

Banquet hall ceasing operations

A banquet facility in Clinton Township is ceasing operations, at least until an occupancy permit is obtained. Clinton Township trustees filed a civil lawsuit against Thomas Gibson and Tilly’s Banquet Room, 2878 N. CR 41. The parties appeared in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge ...

Seneca unemployment rate jumps

Seneca County’s jobless rate increased in June over May and is higher than estimates from last year. According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 5 percent in June, up 0.9 percent from May. It was 4.7 percent in June 2016. According ...

Ask the gurus

A business that offers parts and accessories for power sport enthusiasts is opening in Tiffin. Powersport Gurus owners Dillon Hartman and Travis Frank look forward to filling a local need, they said. Hartman, of North Baltimore, and Frank, of Old Fort, have a total of 10 years experience ...

Adding another line

Marking 20 years in Tiffin, Taiho Corp. of America unveiled a new production line Tuesday morning. The line produces vacuum pumps used in automotive braking systems to regulate pressure, according to Jeremy Fox, TCA plant manager. Fox said this is the first assembly process for the company. ...

Reineke purchases Findlay dealership

The Reineke Family Dealerships announced the purchase of a franchise in Findlay Tuesday. According to a release, the company purchased Gene Stevens Honda, 1033 Bright Road, Findlay.  “We’re very excited to add the Honda franchise to our vehicle lineup in Northwest Ohio,” said company ...

Managing volunteers can present unique challenges

In addition to running their own businesses, some entrepreneurs also are involved in non- profit organizations. Many sit on the decision-making boards of these organizations or volunteer to chair projects that help the community. These volunteer gigs often give entrepreneurs and others ...

Business targets all kinds of tech

A new computer repair service store has opened in downtown Tiffin. TechSpace, 116 S. Washington St., Suite C, opened a little more than a month ago and offers all kinds of tech assistance, said owner Spencer Williams. “We can take anything apart in a laptop. We do motherboard replacement, ...