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Claims in Cooper suit dismissed

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and would-be buyer Apollo Tyres, of India, appear to be done with their legal wrangling after last year’s failed deal. Both sides agreed to dismiss their claims and counterclaims in an order signed Wednesday by Delaware...

Christmas card tradition fading

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The tradition of sending Christmas cards is waning. Industrywide, 1.4 billion Christmas cards will be sent this season, or 30 percent fewer than in the early 2000s, Hallmark Cards estimates. The Greeting Card Association paints a similar picture. It...

Ralphie’s plans to relocate

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Ralphie’s Sports Eatery, 1523 Broad Ave., will be moving to the former Ponderosa Steak House building at 730 Trenton Ave. in March. Ralphie’s will close the sale of its Broad Avenue property to Speedway by the end of December, said Rob...

Findlay’s G.S.W. plant marked by growth, resilience

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The past quarter-century has been a story of growth for G.S.W. Manufacturing in Findlay. The automotive wiring harness systems supplier has grown from $1.1 million in annual sales to $138 million, and from 11 employees in Findlay to 230. Most of the...

Could Apollo deal reappear?

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Another courtship between Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Apollo Tyres was not ruled out Thursday by Cooper Tire Chief Roy Armes. “I don’t think … we can comment on any kind of speculation or rumors or anything else that might be out...

WITH VIDEO: Natural gas pipeline: Big economic impact

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The first pipeline to carry natural gas west from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in eastern Ohio could pass through Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Henry counties by late 2016. Each of those counties would collect millions every year in property...

Cooper closes deal with China partner

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s disaffected former partner in a huge tire plant in China has completed its buyout of Cooper Tire’s interest in their partnership, Cooper Chengshan Tire Co. Cooper sold its 65 percent ownership interest in the...

Preliminary tariffs imposed on Chinese tires

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Federal officials took a step this week toward imposing tariffs on Chinese-made tires, which unionized Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. workers have complained are underpriced and costing U.S. jobs. As soon as next week, U.S. companies will have to post...

WITH VIDEOS: Retailers ‘getting pumped’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER The official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season in Findlay will start about 5 p.m. Thursday. Just hours after their Thanksgiving feast, many shoppers will hunt and hustle for “door buster” deals. Others will skip the turkey and...

Business owners: mixed reactions

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER While rural Hancock County residents seethed and scolded Friday about a tentative flood-control plan, downtown Findlay business owners worked like any other day. Several business owners said they knew little about the plan on Friday. After sustaining...