Trump’s popularity will fade, senator predicts

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER If it were Sen. Rob Portman’s show, it appears that Donald Trump would be fired. Trump is amusing at times and good for TV ratings, but also is causing dissension in the Republican Party, Portman said Wednesday during a meeting with The...

Portman gets warm welcome from Cooper’s union workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio was welcomed as a “friend” and “ally” Wednesday by unionized Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. workers at their union hall in Findlay. Portman was part of a successful effort to impose tariffs this...

Parking an issue for wait staff

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER And you think parking downtown can be a hassle when you want to shop or dine? Try being a waitress at a downtown Findlay restaurant during lunchtime. “Every two hours they ticket, so we have to go out in the middle of our shift and move our...

Many merchants favor parking plan

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Many downtown Findlay merchants like the coming changes to make Crawford Street one-way with reverse-angle parking. Crawford Street will gain 36 parking spaces, something downtown can use. Sheriff Michael Heldman has expressed fears that it will make his...

Trucking firm picks Findlay

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Twenty-five trucking jobs will be coming to Findlay soon, and possibly 75 within a year, as Penske Logistics sets up operations on Findlay’s northern end. A $1.5 million, 9,775-square-foot building, to be on the east side of Distribution Drive just...

U.S. proposal for ozone limits draws criticism

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A proposed tightening of federal ozone limits this fall would cost Ohio $23 billion and tens of thousands of jobs over two decades, a petroleum trade association official said Thursday. “This has the potential to be the most costly regulation in...

Parking restored, businesses cheer

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Nine parking spaces were reopened Thursday on Findlay’s South Main Street near the Marathon Petroleum expansion, thanks to a protesting merchant who enlisted the mayor’s help. Guitar Ranch co-owner Deb Frye was delighted her petition drive...

Cooper Tire pumps up Q2 earnings

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling more tires and widening its profit margin, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. grew profit by 58 percent from a year earlier to $60 million in the second quarter, the company reported Thursday. Earnings amounted to $1.03 per share in the April-June...

Liberty Township apartment plans worry neighbors

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Homeowners just west of Findlay are worried that planned apartments could jam their street with 180 additional cars leaving and returning each day. “There’s going to be an awful lot of traffic,” said Margaret Cole of Thimbleberry Drive....

Marathon’s profits slip 3.4% in Q2

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp. had a strong April-June quarter, though smaller discounts on purchases of crude oil reduced profits 3.4 percent from a year earlier to $826 million. Earnings amounted to $1.51 per share, up slightly from $1.48 per share a year...