Progress2012 Friday, FEBRUA RY 17
Some small businesses see big growth
While others shrank, they expanded
By RYAN DUNN 99, near Interstate 75. The new
STAFF WRITER quarters have drawn more walk-in
For some small businesses, the customers, said owner Jim Vorst.
past year or so has been a period The business started in 1998,
of exceptional growth. and made a move last year from
In downtown Findlay, owner Blanchard Township 84, more
Mike Mallett has helped turn an than doubling in size to 12,000
old building into Alexandria’s, a square feet, Vorst said.
restaurant, bar and micro-brew- Increased exposure and a much
ery. bigger showroom have been ben-
Since opening in November eficial in showing the company’s
after a few months of construction, services, such as kitchen and bath
Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St., work, Vorst said.
now offers about 45 beers on tap “It just comes from giving cus-
and authentic Mexican tacos made tomers what they want,” Vorst
from scratch. said, crediting word of mouth from
With a unique approach and its satisfied patrons.
adjacent bowling alley, the recep- Vorst said he notices more area
tion has been very strong so far, residents staying in their homes
Mallett said. longer and opting to remodel their
“It’s been absolutely packed,” properties.
he said. The company’s new building
Because the flood of 2007 boasts machinery that works effi-
served as the “icing on the cake” ciently to help contain costs, and
to hurt downtown business, Alex- Vorst added five jobs last year, he
andria’s is working with several said.
others to revive the area, he said. In the downtown, Trends! On
“Everybody’s working together Main similarly benefited from a
to get downtown back,” Mallett move in late 2010, said co-owner
said. Pamela Hamlin.
This family-owned small busi- The store, which sells items
ness also buys locally and hosts such as special occasion dresses
events, said Jacob Rowland, Alex- and accessories, relocated from
andria’s general manager. 624 S. Main St. to 501 S. Main
“I view Findlay and downtown St., Hamlin said. Photos by RANDY ROBERTS / The Courier
as what it could be, not what it is With a jump from 1,200 square JACOB ROWLAND and Mike Mallett, above, at Alexandria’s, an old building in downtown Findlay that has been transformed into a
right now,” Rowland said. The feet to 2,500 square feet, the store restaurant, bar and micro-brewery. “We’re constantly growing,” Rowland said. Jim Vorst, below, looks over materials in a model kitchen at
downtown area is about halfway tripled its inventory and doubled Vorst Custom Cabinets, which more than doubled its building size last year and added ﬁve employees. For some small businesses, the past
to its potential, he said. sales, she said. year or so has been a period of exceptional growth.
Alexandria’s goal is to create Located near several restau-
a space that attracts everyone rants on Main Street, the store
while avoiding a pretentious atmo- saw an increase in foot traffic,
sphere, Rowland said. Hamlin said.
Thanks to word of mouth and a By relocating during the Christ-
strong push to support local busi- mas shopping season, Trends! On
nesses, Rowland said Alexandria’s Main also benefited from the holi-
has been successful so far. day rush, Hamlin said.
Alexandria’s has discussed “We came in at a really good
plans to build a patio, open space time,” she said.
for a larger reception venue, and
Hamlin co-owns the store
add a second-story balcony, Row-
with her husband, Timothy. Her
two children work there as well,
“We’re a new business. We’re a
young staff. And we’re constantly
growing,” Rowland said. The store’s success can be
Dramatic growth also has been attributed to an emphasis on
seen at The Artisan College of customer service, she said. Nine
Cosmetology at 1645 Tiffin Ave., employees work for the store, she
which recently marked its fifth said.
year in business, said co-owner On Findlay’s east side, The
Sue Langstaff. Feasel Group, co-owned by Greg
The college now enrolls about and Joyce Feasel, continued
40 students and last year added expanding its services last year
2,500 square feet, primarily serv- at 2330 Bright Road.
ing as classroom and lab space, The company now offers ser-
Langstaff said. vices in property management,
By offering a quality education landscape and design, grounds
to talented students and working maintenance and a garden center,
with area salons, the college has said Greg Feasel.
a 100 percent job placement rate, Feasel’s won the Family Owned
she said. Small Business Champion of the
“Before they even graduate, Year award at the chamber of
they have their jobs” as licensed commerce’s 2011 Small Business
stylists, Langstaff said. Awards, a feat Feasel said he is
With the efforts of Director of proud of.
Education Tammy Flores and co- The business has expanded
owner Jack Langstaff, the college to 45 employees and underwent
continues to see success, she said. 63 percent growth in the last two
Another small business that years, he said.
made a big expansion was Vorst “We have a really good group
Custom Cabinets, which moved of people who want us to grow and
last year to 12495 Hancock County move forward,” Feasel said.
Area auto dealers reporting surge in sales
Many existing vehicles are old, and interest rates are low
By RYAN DUNN rolet Sonic, Silverado, Equinox, The dealership hopes for a
STAFF WRITER Traverse and Cruze, he said. solid 2012, but needs inventory
For Tom Reineke, president of to come through, he said.
Several area car dealerships Reineke Family Dealerships, 2011 One of the dealership’s most
reported a strong year of vehicle was also a good year. consistently popular vehicles is
sales in 2011, fueling high hopes “Ford continues to be well the Honda CR-V, Stevens said.
for 2012. received in the marketplace,” Warner Nissan is constructing
The car industry seems to be Reineke said. a new 12,000-square-foot build-
among the first to rebound from More than 4,000 new and used ing, said Steve Warner, Nissan
a recession, said John LaRiche, vehicles were sold in the entire new car manager.
of LaRiche Chevrolet Cadillac in Reineke organization last year, he In the next 12 months, the com-
Findlay. said. This year is also expected to pany hopes to hire an additional
“I think the economy is really be strong, he said. 15 people, Warner said.
turning around,” LaRiche said. The dealership has locations in Sales were up 18 percent from
His sales increased about 20 Findlay, Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima and 2010 to 2011 for Warner Nissan,
percent from 2010 to 2011, LaR- Upper Sandusky. with hopes at the dealership for
iche said, and this year is looking Gene Stevens Honda reported an additional 10 to 15 percent
positive as well. its best October sales ever last increase in 2012, he said.
LaRiche cites three reasons for year, said Scott Stevens, general The dealership’s most popular
the growth. manager. vehicles are the Altima, Rogue
The average age of a vehicle “I think consumer confidence and Armada from Nissan, LeSa-
on the road is 10½ years; vehicles is building and building and build- bre from Buick and Terrain from
today have improved their safety ing,” Stevens said. GMC, he said.
and fuel economy dramatically; After last year’s earthquake Nationally, about 12.7 million
and interest rates are at historic and tsunami in Japan and flood- cars were sold in 2011, and sales
lows, he said. ing in Thailand, production was of 13.5 million are expected this
About three years ago, many halted for some important vehicle year, Warner said.
interested customers could not parts, Stevens said. “We’re very bullish for 2012
RANDY ROBERTS / The Courier secure the credit needed to pur- Still, the dealership sold about and beyond,” Warner said.
STEVE WARNER, Nissan new car manager, stands near a 12,000-square-foot building that’s under chase a car, LaRiche said. That 10 percent more new cars in 2011
construction at Warner Nissan. Sales were up 18 percent last year at the dealership, and in the next 12 has changed. than 2010, Stevens said. Dunn: 419-427-8417
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E2 R ETA ILERS THE COURIER
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
F I N D L AY
Downtown, mall add attractions
By JOY BROWN St., underwent an extensive reno- and provided music for pedestri-
STAFF WRITER vation that patrons are compli- ans through a speaker system.
Findlay is experiencing a com- menting. LaRiche said those efforts will
mercial rejuvenation, with several This winter, The Gathering continue this year and may be
new and renovated businesses and restaurant at 114 E. Main Cross enhanced with more done along
other ventures drawing diners and St. began work on a third-floor side streets within the district.
shoppers. lounge with balcony, and improve- The speaker system, which
ments to its second-floor food plays Top 40, local and holiday-
Government and private sector
preparation space. themed music, may be used to
leaders, working together, are
Crawford Street has trans- announce special events, too, said
hoping to maintain momentum LaRiche.
formed into downtown Findlay’s
this year with downtown improve- art district, with new galleries and In December, the district
ment planning and more economic an art walk each summer weekend installed signs as part of a “way-
development initiatives. set up on the south sidewalk. finding” project meant to help
Alexandria’s, at 132 E. Craw- T he Dow ntow n Find lay people navigate the downtown.
ford St., is a new downtown hot Improvement District has made The eye-catching signs indicate
spot. Under Ali’s Alley, the chan- obvious changes that have contrib- the location of parking lots, busi-
deliered microbrew and restau- uted to beautification and safety. nesses, cultural amenities and
rant, featuring Spanish-inspired John LaRiche, district presi- organizations.
cuisine, has already hosted events dent, said the district has budgeted Two 10-foot lighted kiosks also
such as a benefit for the Hancock about $60,000 from assessments include maps and QR codes for
County Historical Museum, and to provide snow removal, holiday smartphones to pull up websites
RANDY ROBERTS / The Courier this year’s Findlay Winter Blues lighting, weed control, flowers and for more information. They have
THE DOWNTOWN FINDLAY Improvement District has installed signs meant to help people navigate Festival. more. the ability to offer more informa-
the downtown. The eye-catching signs indicate the location of parking lots, businesses, cultural A downtown restaurant vet- Also in 2011, the district hung
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Attract questions that can be answered via
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Changes are happening at the
Findlay Village Mall, too.
The mall saw two eateries
The mall now has more than 50
specialty retailers, and includes six
anchor stores. More are expected
to take up residence there in 2012,
Proﬁt climbs at Visa
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tion, from events promotions to
County Convention and Visitors
Bureau, or on paper.
locate at a prominent location
along Tiffin Avenue, including
Donato’s Pizza and Five Guys
As it did last year, the mall
as card use increases
restaurant menus. The survey will be used to Burgers and Fries. this year plans to offer events
such as vehicle and bridal shows, NEW YORK (AP) — Visa Inc. “It didn’t come totally out of
Also in December, a “Stick develop a comprehensive plan for The mall “continues to show said its fiscal first-quarter profit the blue,” said Edward Jones ana-
Around Downtown” campaign, Findlay’s downtown. The plan will strong same-store sales volume home and health expos, and other
themed promotional events. It also rose 16 percent as card use rose lyst Shannon Stemm. While it’s
conceived by Hancock Regional offer development guidance and despite the economic downturn
plans to partner in community- both in the U.S. and overseas. still early to determine the impact
Planning Commission Direc- assist with grant applications for of the past few years,” said Vonn
improvements. based events such as Rally in the The San Francisco-based pay- of the new regulations, she noted
tor Bill Homka, was launched. Bowers, mall manager. ments processor posted a notable that rival MasterCard Inc.’s results
Humorous metal sculptures by Alley, Balloon Fest and Car Tunes
Marsha Steffan, downtown “While some store vacancies 10 percent increase in U.S. credit showed some apparent debit
artist Aaron Patterson are meant on Main, Bowers said.
coordinator for the Findlay- remain in the center due to cor- card use. market share gains versus Visa,
to draw attention to a survey that Hancock County Alliance, did porate downsizing decisions, mall But debit card use rose just 6 which still holds the bulk of the
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Visa posted net income for the
three months ended Dec. 31 of
choice on which network handles $1.03 billion, or $1.49 per share.
Toledo-based Marco’s Pizza has announced the next seven years. rents video games, has 735 retail locations, their debit transactions. In the last That compares with $884 million,
it is entering into a partnership with the Family The joint venture would concentrate on including 11 in northwest Ohio. few months, Visa has been offering or $1.23 per share, in the year-ear-
Video movie rental chain to open Marco’s out- stores in the Midwest. The first combined oper- Marco’s has more than 280 locations in incentives to encourage stores to lier period. There were 4 percent
lets in as many as 350 locations. ation will be in Wheeling, Ill., and is scheduled 21 states. Marco’s says it plans to open 100 choose its network. fewer outstanding shares in the
The companies say the partnership has the to open next month. additional stores in 2012, not counting Family Debit growth has been slowing recent quarter due to buybacks,
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E4 HOUSING THE COURIER
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Positive real estate market projected in 2012
Homebuilders Association Local side of Findlay, Hermiller said. bode well for residential building,
Housing sales declined in 2011, but value of sales increased 3639, which includes builders, Not only did workers re-shingle said Hermiller.
contractors, suppliers, appraisers, roofs, repair windows and perform “Typically, commercial starts
By JOY BROWN out of three categories. seeing buyer confidence starting landscapers and others involved in other repairs, but some garnered first and then residential usually
STAFF WRITER Single-family units sold for to grow more” after a three-year home construction and improve- additional jobs while they were at follows,” he said.
The number of housing sales an average $114,778, compared lull, she said. ment. it. The homebuilders had wanted
in the region declined in 2011, to $107,083 in 2010; condomini- It may take years for the market In Findlay, 30 homes were built “We saw an increase in jobs to resume a Parade of Homes
but the total value of the sales ums for $128,011, compared to to get back to 2005 levels, if it ever and in the county, 35. because of the hail damage,” Her- event in 2011, but didn’t reach that
increased, according to the Heart- $136,100; and multi-family units will, but Hathaway projects a posi- Marion Township saw a slight miller said. “While we were there, goal, Hermiller said. Efforts are
land Board of Realtors. sold for an average $45,755 in tive real estate market this year. increase in builds last year, said some of the owners would say they under way to make that happen
A total of 1,148 houses sold last 2011 compared to $58,226 in “We’re still feeling the impact Jerry Hermiller, association vice were thinking about adding this or this year.
year, down from 1,257 in 2010. 2010. of foreclosures, but I think over- president. that on,” he said. “The attitude out here among
But sales in 2011 totaled The good news is, it’s been all we’re still going to see in 2012 But the 2011 totals reflect a “Home improvements defi- the builders and vendors seems
$138.2 million, up from $134.9 both a buyer’s and seller’s market. a steady increase in units sold,” downturn in new building; 88 nitely increased this past year,” very upbeat. There’s a definite
million in 2010. The Federal Reserve is holding Hathaway said. homes were built in 2010. Hermiller said, and are expected spark there, maybe not a fire yet,
Amie Hathaway, board presi- interest rates constant until 2014, Regional contractors stayed to at least stay steady for a while. but things are picking up,” he said.
dent, said the price total reflects and rates continue to be “incred- Homebuilders busier last year with improve- “Thirty percent of hail damage
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 CA R EY E5
Work under way on second
phase of Carey streetscape
Solar-powered electric generation
farm to be built on village property
By JIM MAURER to install 8,000 pole-mounted
STAFF WRITER solar panels on 12 acres of the
CAREY — Steel utility poles village’s water well field behind
are being installed this month on Waterworks Park on West Find-
Vance Street, part of the second lay Street.
phase of Carey’s streetscape proj- Work was expected to begin
ect. last fall and be completed this
Banners, decorative lights and spring, but was delayed, Johnson
planters will be installed by early said.
March. The company will pay all costs,
Completion of the $1.6 million including installation of a fence
project was delayed until the light around the property. The company
poles could be delivered. also will pay a one-time $400,000
B&J Concrete and Construc-
tion, Toledo, submitted the lowest
of two bids received for the work,
license fee to the village.
The company will receive tax
credits and government grants for
Been to Jed’s lately?
which is overseen by the state the development.
Department of Transportation. The village will purchase the 2 We have. And we were su- deﬁnitely had the drive and
Carey Council approved the megawatts of electricity generated prised with what we found. We creativity to get things back
work last May. The state is paying when the sun shines.
The village will purchase the met new owner Eric Forsyth, on track.
about $1.3 million and the village
will pay the remainder. electricity for 10 years of a 20-year a thirty something college “Jed’s is a great restaurant
The project, from Clay to North agreement. Then, the village could grad who unexpectedly found and we’ve kept many of the
streets, includes the replacement buy the solar farm, or receive a dis-
count on the electric rate. himself out of work after his things that have made the
of sidewalks, and installation of
brick pavers, streetlights, benches After 20 years, the village company decided to downsize. franchise so successful over
and trash receptacles. The project could purchase the system at fair “I was one of the newest mem- the years but we’ve also added
will resemble Findlay Street in the market value. The system has a
40-year life. Or, the village could bers of the team, so my job was a new spin on things by adding
downtown area, which was reno-
vated in 2009. continue to buy power annually at on the chopping block,” says menu items and fresher quality
Elsewhere in Carey, an indus- a discount, or the company could Forsyth. Out of work and not ingredients, “ says Forsyth.
trial park is planned on Wyandot remove the equipment.
much promise on the job front, His commitment to the
County 98, and a company plans
to construct a solar-powered elec- Flooding fixes RANDY ROBERTS / The Courier
he took matters into his own community also plays a big
tric generation farm on village- Improvements are being con- HILLSHIRE CLARKE ELECTRIC workers upgrade the power lines hands. “I was a Jed’s custom- role in his new found passion
owned property. sidered to reduce flooding in parts on Vance Street in Carey, part of the second phase of the village’s er. I knew it was struggling. for the restaurant business. “I
of the village. streetscape project. The project, from Clay to North streets,
includes the replacement of sidewalks, and installation of brick The owners were looking for a wanted a place where every-
Industrial parks Council approved an increase
pavers, streetlights, benches and trash receptacles. way to get out from under it. one felt welcome. Jed’s is a
Carey Council has approved in the storm water surcharge,
annexation of about 40 acres on increasing rates from $3 to $9 So after much soul searching, place where you can hang out
monthly for residential customers; • Purchase a new police vehi- enue was more than $1.16 million I decided to buy it. Never in with your friends and family. A
Wyandot County 98, adjacent to cle to replace the Crown Victoria, in 2011, up from more than $1.09
Vaughn Electric. from $5 to $15 monthly for busi-
ness and commercial; and from which will not be manufactured. million in 2010. my life did I dream I’d own a nice relaxed atmosphere with
An industrial park with utili- There were 40 building per-
ties installed and property ready $10 to $30 monthly for industrial Estimated price is $ 30,000 - restaurant. But I wasn’t about great food and great service. A
customers. The increases were $35,000. mits issued in 2011 with a value to sit on the sidelines and wait place you’ll keep coming back
for development is planned, said of more than $1.04 million,
effective with September bills. • Purchase a mini-excavator
village Administrator Roy John- including two residential homes for the perfect job. I had a fam- to over and over again.”
The increases will provide for the cemetery and side/rear
son. Waterlines are installed, and for $544,000. The other permits
sewer lines have been designed
more than $198,000 annually for lot lines. Estimated price: $18,000 ily to provide for.” He wouldn’t reveal what his
drainage improvements. used; $30,000 new. included remodeling, fence, car-
and are ready for installation, port and accessory buildings.
With a new menu, new em- big plans were for the restau-
In June, council approved a bid • Replace the pool filtration
Johnson said. The village’s voluntary curb- ployees and new attitude, Jed’s rant in 2012, but did say with
of $68,200 from Van Horn Hoover system. Estimated price: $24,000
The village also was interested side recycling program collected
and Associates, Findlay, to study parts, $13,500 labor. Village per- seems to have the formula for a grin, “Stay tuned. I’ve got a
in developing an industrial park 395,888 pounds of plastic, glass,
replacement of five stormwater sonnel will do some work to save success down pat. “The service few things up my sleeve.”
across from Continental Struc- steel cans, tin, paper, newspapers,
culverts in town, and to determine about $6,500.
tural Plastics on Wyandot County chipboard, cardboard and alumi- was lacking...it just needed a Jed’s Barbeque & Brew is
if retention ponds can be installed. • Possible construction of new
96. The company is the village’s num during 2011, or about 4.8 fresh perspective and I knew lovated at 2020 Tifﬁn Avenue
In September the company began buildings for public works and
largest employer with more than percent more than 377,692 pounds
collecting data and doing com- electric departments. that I could turn it around.” in Findlay. The phone number
500 workers. puter mapping. collected in 2010.
The village sought a $3 million During 2011, there were more With his keen marketing back- is 419-421-5337.
Job Ready Sites Program grant than 171.6 million gallons of Village statistics Maurer: 419-427-8420 ground and years in sales, he Paid Notice
through the Ohio Department of drinking water produced by the Carey’s gross income tax rev- email@example.com
Development, but the application village’s well field, and more than
was denied, Johnson said. 296.6 million gallons of waste-
The grant would have been water were treated at the sewage
used to purchase 75 to 120 acres, plant.
annex the property and install util- “Note the difference between
ity infrastructure. drinking water and sewer flow,”
Separately, an upgrade of the Mayor Steve Smalley said in
village electric substation that his annual “state of the village”
serves Continental Structural address. “This is why sewers
Plastics, an automobile plastics flood. Both illegal taps in sani-
manufacturer, is still being con- tary (sewer) lines, and (water)
sidered, he said. infiltration and inflow through
The village has plans for an aging infrastructure.”
estimated $1.5 million to $1.7 The village received more than
million project to serve the area, 61.6 inches of rain and more than
Johnson said. 23.9 inches of snowfall last year.
A 5 megavolt amperes trans-
former would be replaced with a
15 megavolt amperes transformer 2012 plans
with five circuits. The additional This year, the village plans to:
capacity would allow the company
to expand, and provide sufficient
electricity for future development
and other companies which could
locate in the area.
By late spring or early summer,
SolarVision, a Westerville com-
pany, plans to construct a solar-
powered electric generation farm
on village-owned property.
Council approved a resolution
last June allowing the company
E6 SENECA COU NT Y THE COURIER
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Seneca commissioners approve
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TIFFIN — A comprehensive development of a technology and Design is proposed by 2016 and schedule a personal tour.
economic development strategy, energy incubator at a former indus- implementation by 2031. Funding
approved by the Seneca County trial site on Springville Avenue. sources are being sought.
commissioners in December, will Also, construction of the Iron In preparation for potential
guide county efforts over the next Triangle Park and Visitors Center new industry, Seneca County has
two decades. near downtown Fostoria will been designated a foreign trade
The 71-page document was pre- begin this year. The $1 million subzone of Hancock County. The
pared by Ben Kenny of the Wood project will redevelop a former designation provides tax breaks
Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Commu- junkyard and give train enthusi- for companies which export prod-
nity Action Commission. asts a viewing area. ucts.
Kenny, along with Rich Focht, A second Fostoria Industrial Also, the county has been des-
president and chief executive Park, estimated at nearly $1.3 mil- ignated an alternative energy zone
officer of Seneca Industrial and lion, is expected to begin devel- by the county commissioners. The
Economic Development Corp., opment in 2013. Several sites are designation provides tax credits
Jill Griffin, executive director of being considered, north in Jackson for wind, solar, hydroelectric and
Seneca Regional Planning Com- Township, Seneca County, and bifuel operations which may locate
mission, and Joan Reinhard, west in Washington Township, in the county.
executive director of Fostoria Hancock County. Also, Seneca Industrial and 419-424-1808 • 2820 Greenacre Drive
Economic Development Corp., The Jackson Township site, Economic Development Corp.
presented it to the county com- Findlay, OH 45840 • theheritagehc.com
bounded by Ohio 12 and Sandusky continues to work with Burgess
missioners. It was developed by Street, provides 170 acres, is and Niple, a Columbus-based
a 20-member committee of busi- zoned industrial/commercial, has engineering company, to develop
ness, government and education
The document will be submit-
city utilities and Norfolk Southern
In Fostoria, a 10-year commu-
an inventory of brownfield sites,
former industrial locations which
may be contaminated and require
Ball Metal Beverage
ted to the Economic Development
Administration in the U.S. Depart-
ment of Commerce. The develop-
nity-wide revitalization plan will
be implemented in 2013. The plan
will focus on future development
cleanup before further use.
Seneca Industrial and Eco-
nomic Development Corp. is one
Packaging Division, Americas
ment administration may assist of Fostoria and includes funding of six recipients of a grant from
with the cost of infrastructure source options. state Department of Development
and improvements which create A business education coalition to study a brownfield area on Wall
or retain jobs, according to the in Fostoria also is preparing a plan Street in Tiffin.
report. to develop a one-stop job develop- Karen Bowers, director of
The plan includes an economic ment center by 2016. development for the group, said
development strategy with eight Separately, possible wind farm the $50,000 grant will allow a
goals, including: developments in Seneca County committee to study the area and
• Retention and expansion of and overlapping into neighboring then develop possible uses within
existing businesses; counties are being considered. At the area.
• Attracting new businesses; least one company is expected to A plan is required to seek fed-
• Facilitate workforce employ- start construction this year, Focht eral grants for cleanup.
ability and training; said. Three companies are looking Once the Wall Street area is
• Provide infrastructure to at the area. done, the process may be repeated
support business location, reloca- The state will approve the loca- for other possible brownfield sites.
tion and expansion throughout the tions of wind farms, Focht said, The Wall Street area includes
county; which will locate near electric the former American Standard
• Market and brand Seneca distribution lines for easier trans- property and land south to the
County and its communities, both mission. railroad tracks.
internally and externally; Separately, plans are being pre-
• Provide an environment for pared for highway improvements Maurer: 419-427-8420
entrepreneurs; throughout the county, from a Fos- firstname.lastname@example.org
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