Business

Effects of new tax law pass through to small businesses

Much has been said and written about the new federal income tax bill that recently passed Congress and was signed by President Donald Trump. Some of the more controversial aspects of the bill were related to how taxes would change for businesses, especially smaller businesses. Many of these ...

Pursuing happiness in work

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. One of the main ways people try to pursue happiness is through work. Tiffin University Associate Professor of Psychology Matt Bereza said not only is it reasonable to have work contribute to happiness, ...

LamTech expanding with buy

Laminate Technologies is purchasing a business with facilities in Oregon and Washington. According to a release, Laminate Technologies President and CEO Fred Zoeller announced the acquisition of Lamination Technology Industries, a wood-product manufacturer based in White City, Oregon. The ...

Back to the future

Downtown Tiffin’s bourbon bar, which opened Friday, aims to take customers back to the Roarin’ 20s. Dave Spridgeon, owner of The Renaissance of Tiffin, said when people come to the bar, they will be taken back to a time when America was “fat and sassy.” “I want them to feel like ...

Branding is important to businesses big and small

Branding is an important aspect of marketing. Most of the time, branding is associated with larger companies that manufacture consumer goods. Recently, however, small organizations have become more concerned with what their own brands mean in the market. The brand is the promise the ...

Emphasis on basics

ATTICA — For the past 20 years, running her restaurant has been a way of life for Peg Carrick. She owns Backroads Diner, 603 N. Main St., Attica, which she said specializes in homemade food and friendly service. She said she opened the business in Bloomville about 20 years ago and moved ...

Mennel Milling honored

FOSTORIA — Mennel Milling Co. is to be honored today by the office of Secretary of State John Husted. Mennel was selected by Husted’s office as an October featured business as part of the Ohio Business Profile Program. A representative of Husted’s office is to present a certificate at ...

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 ...