The lobby of Heminger Center, located on Miami Street in Tiffin, was dedicated in honor of Lenny and Lynn Clouse of Clouse Construction Wednesday.
"I feel so proud for being part of this project," Lenny said. "It has turned into a useful facility. It is hard not to be in awe of this building."
Also included were their children, Brian, Nicole and Lindsey, and their parents, Carl and Rosemary Clouse and Richard and Joan Perry.
PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY
Lenny Clouse, standing with his wife Lynn, makes remarks during Wednesday’s dedication ceremony.
"Lenny built Clouse Construction into a successful company with a reputation of honesty and quality of work at a reasonable price," Tiffin University President Paul Marion said. Clouse Construction, along with ACI Construction, was the general contractor on Heminger Center.
Clouse Construction began in 1975 with Lenny and his brother Norman. The company soon became affiliated with Butler Manufacturing Co.
The company now has about 65 employees, Lenny said.
"They helped to give TU a first-rate venue to benefit the community, county and state," Marion said.
Heminger Center is Tiffin University's newest building. It was dedicated in May in honor of the Gary and Jane Heminger family.
"The opening of the Heminger Center was the final component of TU's nine-year, 'Share the Pride. Build on Tradition' campaign to transform the former Rosenblatt property into university use," Ron Schumacher, vice president for development and public affairs, said.
"Lenny and Lynn are13-year members of Tiffin University's President's Club and Clouse Construction was one of TU's top donors in TU's campaign," Schumacher said.
Lenny earned a bachelor's in administrative management from TU in 1974.
This project took time, effort and dreams, Lenny said.
"Tiffin University never looked better before," he said. "It sure didn't look like this in 1974."
"The style of the architecture is nice and the building is solid. It will last TU for centuries," Lenny said.
Lynn described the building as overwhelming and was surprised they were being honored in such a way.
Lenny wanted to remind the audience that, "on a hope and prayer, the more you care about other people, the better off you'll be."