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Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership presents... ISSUE 15 - SUMMER 2015

Inside this Issue ASK AMY STAGING RECEIVES HONOR Granted Prestigious Eclipse Integrity Award... PAGE 2

SSEP PARTICIPATES IN DP&L PROGRAM Site Certification Program helps recruit projects... PAGE 2

NEW EMI FACILITY BREAKS GROUND Expansion needed to accommodate dramatic growth.... PAGE 4

Voter Approved Street Repair Begins City of Sidney Assistant City Manager/ Public Works Director Gary Clough recently released a finalized list of roadways to be included in the City’s 2015 Street Maintenance program. The streets slated for improvement include: • West Ave. - Court St. to North St. • Goode St. - Eastern Half • Hoewisher Rd. - Plum Ridge Trail to Parkwood St. • N. Main Ave. - Kossuth St. to Parkwood St. • S. Miami Ave. - Water St. to S. Main Ave. • Spruce Ave. - Railroad to Amherst Dr. • Fairmont Dr. - Spruce Ave. to Colonial Drive • Colonial Drive - Fair Rd. to Spruce Ave. • Stolle Ave. - S.R. 47 to Campbell Rd. • Stewart 3rd Subdivision (Stewart Ave., Daniel Dr., Glenn Dr. , Robert Dr., Cheryl Dr.) • Wells - Hoewisher Rd. to Parkwood St. • Parkwood St. - Hoewisher Rd. to Greenlefe Ct. The City expects to bid the street improvement projects later this summer, with a completion date anticipated before the end of November. Clough remarked, “Many streets are now at a critical junction where minor preventative maintenance and thin overlays will not extend the life of the pavement and delayed maintenance will continue to exponentially increase the severity of the pavement repairs and associated costs.” He noted that the proposed street program

for 2015 would focus on crack sealing newer streets to extend their lifespan and the remainder of the program’s first three years would be focused on streets in the middle of the pavement rating scale. City Finance Officer Ginger Adams reported, “The City expects to spend over $16,000,000 solely for street improvements during the five year period the additional 0.25% income tax is in place.” She continued, “This total includes the $600,000 allocated annually from the Capital Improvement Fund for street improvements.” In November 2014, City of Sidney voters approved an increase in the municipal income tax rate by 0.25%, with the proceeds from this increase being used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and maintenance of streets, alleys, bridges, and related curbs and gutters within the City. The increase was approved for a five year period.

Ask Amy Staging Receives Eclipse Integrity Award Ask Amy Staging, LLC (Botkins, Ohio) received the prestigious 2015 Eclipse Integrity Award from Dayton’s Better Business Bureau at an awards ceremony recently. More than 550 business leaders were in attendance at the ceremony held at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center in Dayton. The BBB has been honoring and recognizing organizations and individuals that demonstrate superior commitment to ethics and integrity in the marketplace. The Eclipse Integrity Awards are one of the most respected in the Miami Valley. Of the 200 nominations received for this award, 15 finalists were selected in various categories based on the number of employees which included Ask Amy Staging. “This application process was a great way to organize and collect our business policies – identifying strengths and weaknesses,” explained Amy Zumberger, owner and creator of Ask Amy Staging. “It has been a rewarding process that I hope to see make an even bigger difference in our continued growth.” Ask Amy Staging was launched in May of 2011 after Zumberger completed home staging training courses through Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP) and Real Estate Staging Association (RESA). Each and every year the business has encountered growth including; acquiring another staging business, adding Senior Downsizing and

Redesign services to the existing Home Staging services and opening a furniture showroom. Based in the Village of Botkins but serving the entire Miami Valley, Ask Amy Staging works with a variety of clients. “We work with clients who are sometimes at their most stressful points in their lives and the way that we treat them can sometimes make all the difference to them and their situation,” describes Zumberger. “We deal in people’s lives deeply and sometimes for a considerable amount of time. We pride ourselves on being sensitive to their situation, their home and belongings. Having a high level of integrity when working with our customers is important to our everyday business, and ultimately success.” To find out more about Ask Amy Staging and their services visit their website at

SSEP Participates in DP&L’s Site Certification Program One of the fastest growing trends in the site location business is the demand for project-ready industrial sites. The reason is simple: companies continue to put pressure on the time allowed for making a location decision as well as the time required to start construction and complete the project. As such, the location decision process demands available sites, and those sites need to be ready for development. Companies looking to build new facilities want sites that are ready to go and relatively “risk free.” As a result, communities who are seeking to recruit projects need to be prepared to market their sites with a wealth of site-related information and data on their community. Companies are not willing to wait for a community to find an appropriate site and determine its suitability for development. Recognizing this trend, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) initiated a site evaluation and certification program. To assist with this endeavor, DP&L has retained


McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), a site selection consulting firm based in Greenville, South Carolina. MSC has executed a number of similar programs around the country. The programs are designed to closely parallel MSC’s site selection projects, with the questionnaires and required support documentation similar to that which is required on siting projects. Currently, the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership is preparing documents to certify a 250-acre site in Sidney. The SSEP has completed Phases I and II of the certification process and has been approved to proceed to Phase III. Phase III of the certification process requires performing various studies of site including environmental, endangered species, archeological, and geotechnical. While the process is very detail oriented and time consuming, the site, if certified, will become much more marketable and ready for immediate development.

Tooling Technology Expanding in Fort Loramie Recently, Tooling Technology, LLC began construction of a new addition to their facility in Fort Loramie, Ohio to make room for the additional growth and production the company is experiencing. The expansion includes the construction of a 20,000 square foot addition to the existing 86,000 square foot facility with an investment of nearly $1.5 million. Tooling Technology, LLC produces high quality cast and machined tooling by providing expertise from print to finished product. They utilize the latest technology, techniques, and CNC equipment in designing, engineering, manufacturing and testing your tooling to meet the customer’s quality specifications and delivery demands. It is their reputation for on-time delivery that makes them

the company of choice for customers who are looking for consistency and dependability with a fast turnaround time. Tooling Technology services its customers through a combination of experience and capabilities that include: • A substantial group of dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable personnel • A full spectrum of technologically advanced engineering capabilities The Village of Fort Loramie encouraged the project with an Enterprise Zone Agreement which will provide tax savings to the company. In exchange, Tooling Technology will create 25 jobs that would add more than $1 million in annual payroll.

Workforce Partnership Plans for Growth


For the upcoming 2015-16 school year, the Workforce Academy will expand at Sidney High School. Ross Casting & Innovation (RCI), will be funding and implementing a pilot program where students will experience a new, challenging educational experience by learning advanced skills needed to be successful in college or in the workplace. Accelerated topics covered include technology basics, safety, quality assurance, business processes, management and operations, public speaking, and other related topics. A Careers II class has been added which will allow students to continue development of a personal career plan as well as expose them to in-demand careers in Shelby County. Enrollment for the other Academy classes at SHS are projected to more than double the pilot year at approximately 300 students, and every 7th and 8th grade student at SMS will also go through the Academy.

The Workforce Academy will expand throughout the county as well. In partnership with Fort Loramie Schools, a state-of-the-art media center is being designed with four Academy classes being offered. Additionally, Anna Local Schools will be offering a Workforce Academy class to their high school students and Russia Local Schools, Sidney Christian Academy, and Lehman Catholic High School will also be partnering with the Workforce Partnership. A total of approximately 1900 Shelby County students will pass through the Workforce Academy during the upcoming school year. For more information on the Workforce Partnership, visit or contact Sharon Maurice, Director, at or call 937-498-9900.

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Inside This Issue • Voter approved street maintenance begins • Ask Amy Staging receives honor • SSEP participates in DP&L program • Tooling Technology expanding in Fort Loramie • Workforce Partnership plans for growth • EMI begins new construction in Jackson Center

Thank You to our contributors: SSEP; Kari Egbert, City of Sidney; Julie Ehemann,The County of Shelby; and Jeff Raible, Sidney-Shelby County Chamber. The publishers invite your comments, suggestions, story ideas, and sponsorship of future issues. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mike Dodds - *For a free digital copy of Shelby Sizzles, please visit

EMI Begins New Construction In Jackson Center EMI recently began the construction of a new facility in Jackson Center which is needed to accommodate the dramatic growth the company has experienced. The new building will provide 105,000 square feet for office and manufacturing space and will be located at the west end of the Village on West Pike Street (St. Rt. 274). The company will invest $5.1 Million in the project, create 10 new jobs and retain nearly 100 current jobs in Jackson Center. Ferguson Construction Company in Sidney is the general contractor. For more than 40 years, EMI has been one of the most experienced and reliable manufacturers and suppliers of automation equipment and maintenance products for the plastics industry. Their products and automation systems are found in many of the largest—and smallest—plastic processing facilities. EMI was established in 1968 to provide innovative, high-

quality, products for injection molding machines. As the injection molding industry grew, a need began to emerge for technology to automate the handling of plastic molded parts. To meet this need, EMI began developing conveyors and engineered automation systems including central conveying, box filling, parts diverting, cooling, and many other custom engineered systems. The Village of Jackson Center worked closely with the company to provide a number of incentives to encourage the expansion. The incentives include a 15 year/100% abatement of the new real estate taxes, waived tap fees for water and sewer, and will install water line and additional hydrants. For more information on EMI, please visit their website at

Shelby Sizzles Newsletter Summer 2015  
Shelby Sizzles Newsletter Summer 2015