Smashing good time

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Take testosterone and titanium to the Hancock County Fair and — CRASH! BASH! SMASH! — you’ve got the annual demolition derby. Guys have spent thousands of dollars and many hours muscling up machines for Monday’s event at the south...

Insurance firm suing former Findlay workers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Huntington Insurance is suing several former Findlay office workers, claiming they joined forces to unlawfully take away customers, using old contacts and Huntington information. The top defendant in the lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court is...

Valuation set for Cooper’s Chinese plant

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s partnership with China’s Chengshan Group is worth $440 million, according to an independent valuation firm. That valuation announcement gives Chengshan Group 45 days to decide whether to end or possibly mend its...

Malls: Changing times, changing tastes

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Times change, and time can wither shopping malls. Findlay Village Mall needs to change to avoid fading, according to experts who study malls and consumer behavior. “Typically, what we see when a mall goes through difficult times is either...

Findlay mall facing stiff competition

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Findlay Village Mall appears to be teetering on the brink. Its occupancy rate is lower than average. Its largest anchor store closed this year. In a few months, another big retailer will move across the street. On a recent afternoon, a store manager...

MPLX building plan approved

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Construction of a six-story, 120,000-square-foot headquarters for Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary, MPLX LP, will start in November and be finished in spring 2016. The building will be across Hardin Street from Marathon Petroleum...

Company plans stock buyback

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Wanting to boost its stock price and show confidence it has enough cash to chart a new future in China, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. on Thursday announced it will repurchase $200 million of its stock. “Our balance sheet remains strong and we have...

Cooper Tire’s 2nd quarter profits climb

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Selling 10 percent more tires and having lower raw material costs, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. grew profit by 7.6 percent last quarter to $38.2 million, the company said Thursday. Earnings amounted to 59 cents per share in the April-June quarter. Sales...

Marathon pumps up profits

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s barges on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers helped it earn higher profits on its gasoline and diesel fuel, boosting second-quarter earnings by 44 percent to $855 million, Marathon reported Thursday. Earnings amounted to...

2nd plane crash victim identified

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER A 26-year-old Toledo woman, Tiesha McQuin, was the female passenger killed with a Grob Systems executive in an airplane crash early Sunday about two miles north of Findlay, family members of McQuin said Tuesday. Tiesha McQuin was riding in the plane...